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2609 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN | Directions 3721136.116597 -86.748480
Neighborhoods: Nolensville Road
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AMAZING SELECTION, seriously – wow found so many classic records i've been searching for forever! regarding other reviews, the staff has been nothing but nice to me on several occasions, they let you dig which i like, i can't stand people that check up on you in stores. The selection is NUTS you can find any sort of jazz, classic rock, country, 60s 70s, funk/soul, childrens, anything.... the store is rather large and stuff to the brim with crates upon boxes under every available shelf. It would take days to browse everything. If there's something youve been looking for, Phonoluxe probably has it. Oh yea, and carefull pulling out the parking lot almost died
Miss this place – I have not been here in a few years as I no longer live in Nashville. When I first moved there I was working at the HH Gregg around the corner on Thompson LN, and would go here on my lunch break. At first I had the same experience with the staff and getting help, but as I came in more and more, and at times knew what I was looking for I built a raport with the staff and got to get some good recommendations for things i might like.
Great Selection Doesn't Overcome Lousy Attitudes – From all the Reviews of Phonoluxe that I had read at Citysearch and Yelp, I was somewhat prepared for the haughty, "don't bother me boy" attitude of the store's staff, but I ran into a problem that other reviewers have not mentioned. I went to the store to SELL records, not BUY them. It seemed reasonable to assume that the store must depend on people selling their old, rare, and out of print vinyl records in order to maintain that huge inventory that other reviewers raved about; therefore, I mistakenly assumed that the Manager would be delighted with the selection of 120 albums that I had to offer. The lot contained titles, primarily from the 1960s and 70s, in very good to excellent condition, covering pop, jazz, classical, country, and blues genres, and including numerous rarities. After waiting nearly an hour for the Manager to review my collection, I was amazed to hear him bad-mouth the selection as really having nothing worthwhile (especially since, browsing during my wait, I had seen two of my titles on their shelves listed as RARE and priced at $40 each . . . and mine were in better shape!). He then added insult to injury by offering me $15 for the entire collection! Apparently he thought that I was mentally challenged and he would just take that candy from the stupid baby. When I told him, as nicely as I could, that I appreciated his time but I would prefer to pass on his offer, he acted insulted made some rude remarks to a co-worker despite the fact that I was standing right there!
If you really need a particularly rare or hard-to-find record, by all means, try Phonoluxe but be prepared to deal with rude, better-than-you attitudes from the staff. If, on the other hand, you are ready to part with all or part of your precious record collection, don't waste your time here. Try Craigslist to locate reasonable local buyers.
One of the Greatest Record Stores in TOWN!!! – This was the best shop I have been to so far!!! Easy to find and great selection of music, especially for the Country Genre!!! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for hard to find old time Country records!!! Also has a good selection of CD's if interested. But 100% satisfaction for me when it comes to Vinyl!!!! I will for sure be a long time customer!!!! Also is a great location for people in the outer Nashville-Brentwood area!!!! I really have nothing negative to say about this record shop at all!!! I hope everyone has as good of an experience as I did!!!!
Who cares about 'customer service'? You're there for the music. – No, the staff may not be the friendliest, but I'm sure they deal with more than their fair share of interesting individuals considering their location. All that aside, Phonoluxe absolutely kills every other record (read: vinyl) store in Nashville in pure selection. The only store that even comes close is The Groove in Five Points, where you have to deal with the same customer service, just the indie snob version of it. I love this record store, and will continue to be a regular customer. Highly recommended, just don't go in expecting a hug and a pat on the back.
best place for music in nashville – if you want to find a great selection of bluegrass as well as other hard to find cds, this is the place. dont sweat the comments on staff as its an ok place, the prices are ok and the selection is the best in town.
Worst music store I've ever been in – The rules of capitalism state that one is in business to make money but how this place stays in business is beyond me. The employees are rude; they treat customers like they're all shoplifters or idiots. There are staff (males) who will bend your ear for hours with their opinions on politics, or any other subject than why you went there in the first place: to find your favorite music affordably. And you can bet that whatever YOU like or ask about, will be laughed at because their taste is so superior to yours! They will regale you with trivia to show off their vast "knowledge" which, after a short while sounds like nothing more than vinyl fetishism. Yuck.
I have been shopping there for years and years, and more times than not, leave wondering why I went in when Grimey's is just up the street and they seem to appreciate my business. Whether they actually DO or not, doesnt matter--I still dont feel like a chump for having stopped in. Apparently the owner doesnt care, either, since the same sad sacks have worked there for years but the place has really gone downhill in the past few years. You take your life into your hands when exiting the parking lot.
Stick with the Great Escape or Grimey's--they don't hold their merchandise for ransom with exorbitant prices. The movie "High Fidelity" could have been modeled after this store and I don't mean that in a good way.
They've done one thing right: occasionally have a pretty girl with a smile at the checkout.
Great finds, so-so service – I go to phonolux frequently in my quest to find RARE old school hip hop CD's that ultimately replace all of the stuff I had on tape. I also tend to find a good selection of Christian and Gospel CD's - which I'm heavily into. If you can look past the questionable service, it's a great place to find good stuff from music to movies. The prices can be pretty competive (I've been to other second-hand stores). I've found CD's for two dollars before and some out-of-print CD's for around 15 - 20 bucks. Speaking of which - if you are looking for some great out-of-print music this is the place to go. And, yeah. The service is a little shabby, but once you become a regular, the smiles and friendlier service becomes more prevelant. For all of you visitors, it's not quite "NO SOUP FOR YOU!" type service, but you might get that vibe.
Good to Fair – I've been to Phonoluxe several times and have bought several things from there for a good bargain, but the place (employees) are scary acting. They watch you like a hawk and act like you are going to steal something. If you look through the boxes that are stacked under the cd racks they yell at you and say "those are overstock." Then don't have them out where people think we can look at them!
I always feel dirty after I leave the place, but it is a great little place to find some bargains and some promotional items of your favorite artists! They are a bit expensive as well on many things, but there are some bargains to be found, but don't ask them for help. It seems to put them out. I guess they shouldn't have the business if they don't want to help the customers! Plus, I've heard them talk bad about other customers when they left---this was just this week! I guess they don't appreciate the customers shopping there!
Enjoy your bargain hunting!
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