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Your Destination for Vintage Vinyl

(615) 356-0180

Nashville’s Vintage Vinyl Experts

Alison’s Record Shop offers an unbeatable selection of vinyl records in a wide variety of genres, including rock, blues and soul, big band, pop, soundtracks and musicals, and classical. Built on our genuine passion for music, our record store in Nashville, TN, is a treasure trove of vintage gems and rare finds. Stop by our shop today to listen to records on our state-of-the-art turntable systems.

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Alison Warford, Owner

Alison loves classical music and plays the cello. She’s putting her Bachelor’s and two advanced degrees in Theology to good use running the record shop! She also loves knitting and only wears sweaters she has knitted herself.

David Mears

David works at our record store on Sundays and Thursdays. You can rely on his wealth of knowledge about vintage vinyl to help you find what you’re looking for. Just ask if you have a specific record in mind—he’ll work hard to find a copy for you.

Brian Warford

Brian loves the gear! If you want to put an awesome system in your house to play your records, he's the man to call. He's also the music director at Hillwood Presbyterian Church and a longtime member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if I have a good record?

  • Visually inspect the record for scuffs and scratches under natural light. Light scuffs will not necessarily affect play. To tell the difference between a scuff and a scratch, gently run your fingernail over it. You can feel a scratch with your fingernail, but not a scuff.
  • Vinyl on a good record will appear shiny.
  • Play it on one of our quality audio systems. A record may look good, but the only true test is how it sounds when it’s played.

Do you sell 45 rpms or compact discs?

Yes! Alison’s Record Shop has a limited selection of both 45s and compact discs.

Do you clean my records?

Yes! A clean record will sound better and will prevent unnecessary wear on your needle.

What's the best way to clean my records?

  • If you have a lot of records to clean at home, we recommend the Spin-Clean® system, which is available in our shop.

Do you repair turntables?

We do not fix. We can replace a cartridge and we can set up a turntable to make sure that its working properly

I need a new needle for my turntable. Do you sell needles?

No, we only sell cartridges. If you need a needle, you can check out turntableneedles.com.

How do you grade your records?

Alison’s Record Shop generally follows the Goldmine system of grading vinyl records:

  • NM: Looks like it has never been played; no surface noise or pops
  • VG+: A few scuffs, very slight noise, and no pops
  • VG-: More scuffing than VG+, but no scratches; may have surface noise and some pops
  • G: Heavy scuffing; surface noise and pops; may have a light scratch but plays through with no skips

Most records below VG go in our bargain bin unless they are very hard to find. Records with scratches are marked as such. Some dealers will sell VG records with "light" scratches on them, but we do not. We also play-grade many of our records, so check for post-it notes for information about the condition of the record. Bargain-bin records are sold "as is."

Click here for more information on the Goldmine system of record grading.

My grandma gave me some old albums! Will you buy my records?

We’re always interested in quality vintage vinyl of all types. Bring your albums in and leave them at our record store. We’ll evaluate them for condition and value and make you an offer, with no obligation!

We do not buy:

  • Records that are scratched or overly scuffed or warped
  • Records with no jacket or a jacket in bad condition
  • 78rpm records

What can I do with my grandpa's old 78s?

Unfortunately, most 78s have no value, especially old classical recordings. For more information about the value of your 78s, check out The 78rpm Record Home Page. This page has links to all kinds of information about 78s.

Do you take trades for your records?

No, we do not take trades.

How do you price your records? Can I make an offer?

The price of an individual record depends on its rarity, its pressing, and its condition. We compare our records to similar items for sale on websites like discogs.com. We stand behind our prices, given the quality and selection of the records we offer, and do not accept offers lower than the listed price.

Visit Us Today

Whether you’re on the hunt for new vintage vinyl or are looking for someone to take old records off your hands, our team is here to help. Call or stop by Alison’s Record Shop today to browse our inventory or for more information.