The Record Baron is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 39 reviews!
Super helpful owner, great selection.
New or used, there is a GREAT selection here. Be prepared to dig. This is a must stop if you are anywhere near Buffalo NY
the baron is a great guy i go in there and talk for 30 min- an hour every time i go in there. he does have some over priced items but most items are the normal price. the older used stuff can get much higher priced but he bargins a bit on used stuff
Cool local record store.
Great selection and very knowledgeable owner.
Awesome place and an amazing owner Dan. ???
Almost any store that sells LPs is a nice store. But, but ....... The Record Baron indeed is a nice store. And it is a wonderful thing when I find LPs I've wanted as I've done there multiple times. Recently there's been a remodel which makes shopping easier than before. Good work!
nice selection of records.
Friendly and knowledgeable, definitely an audiophile paradise
Always enjoy stopping in, listening to what’s spinning, chatting with Dan (great guy, great stories) and finding a vinyl gem or two. If available, just ask and Dan will order what you’re looking for. An underrated shop.
Lots of music to choose from... new and vintage vinyl, cds and even cassette tapes. Family owned and a very nice family too. The daughter asked if she could help us find anything and even moved some items so we could get a better look at a display. She also gave us the business card for her brothers store on Hertel Ave and she said it was twice the size and all vinyl. The father wrote the hours on the back of the card so we could be sure to stop by when they were open. The selection was good and my daughter with 730+ massive rock albums actually found a few she didn't have! If you collect vinyl it's worth stopping in.
Lots of music to choose from... new and bigger rage vinyl, cds and even cassette tapes. Family owned and a very nice family too. The daughter asked if she could help us find anything and even moved some items so we could get a better look at a display. She also gave us the business card for her brothers store on Hertel Ave and she said it was twice the size and all vinyl. The father wrote the hours on the back of the card so we could be sure to stop by when they were open. The selection was good and my daughter with 730+ massive rock albums actually found a few she didn't have! If you collect vinyl it's worth stopping in.
Just a great store and the owner is beyond nice. Can’t wait to wander back in and see what amazing music they have in the bins.
This was such a great shop whenever I was there. Messy as all heck, but just doing the job of promoting the good items of the past collections. Dan was there and always about the quality of what he had or what you were bringing him. He never had everything you wanted or needed, but I liked how he would manage his huge collection that was there. I used to run a shop on Long Island so I am familiar with how the business is supposed to be run and I thank the owners for doing it just right.
Very cool store, huge collection and a great verity of music. I really enjoyed seeing some
Of the rarer records and had a nice conversation with one of the employees. Stop by and check it out for yourself!
The Record Baron has a whole new look, he has hired George Puleo, who has removed everything from the floor and has repriced all the records. You will not find over or under priced records, but you will find the same quality. Check out his Facebook page
Great service and friendly
Go and experience it for yourself. You won't be disappointed. Tell George Puleo that Loretta sent you and He will give you some wise advice.
I used to have a vast vinyl record collection (3000). A historic flood in Kenmore back and the early 90s ruined all of my vinyl. I have been heartbroken ever since knowing full well it could never be replaced. Before that I would make frequent visits to the Record Baron and browse for more rare and obscure albums. Often with great success. Dan is super knowledgeable and has been a fixture in Kenmore for decades. He knows this business and we'll hook you up. If vinyl is your thing the Record Baron should be your store.
All killer, no filler, and the Baron knows his music. The Record Baron defies all laws of physics with the sheer volume of great records in such a small space. A good selection of jazz essentials, rock, psych, and other great tunes. And if you don't see what you're after - ask. He's my go-to shop for imports and limited releases.
Stop by and show some support for an outstanding local brick and mortar!
Dan has the selections you want. A visit to Record Baron never disappoints. The density is only matched by the high quality. Strictly choice vinyl offered here.
Great selection and great atmosphere. Dan you are a gentleman and a scholar. I will definitely be buying a lot of records from here.
I love The Record Baron! Just wish I lived closer!
Huge selection. If you don't see what you're looking for ask Dan and he'll let you know if he has it. Everything is in great condition and if it isn't, he'll let you know.
Haven't been to the shop but dealt with them at Vinyl Mania in Buffalo Iron works. They had a great selection, great prices and were a pleasure to deal with.
Great store, packed with tons on vinyl, never leave without something.
The owner is great and knowledgeable. Had a really good time swapping concert stories. We are now back in Michigan listening to AC/DC Back in Black on vinyl as loud as the neighbors can take it.
Amazing selection. The owner was also very helpful, courteous and had some great stories.
Amazing!!!!! Very wide selection!!Have to check it out !!
Great selection of hard to find records
Well, I think the previous reviewer was a bit harsh. I think it is a bit too hasty to write the entire store off just because the owner is a bit of a pretentious penny-pincher (ha! alliteration!) when he is, after all, the owner of a record store. Anyone seen/read High Fidelity? Lord knows beggars can't be choosers, and good selections of records in decent shape are not exactly dime a dozen, especially in Buffalo. I've been to Record Baron a number of times, and the owner (I assume) was nothing but friendly, if a bit eager to tell stories. I'd rather pay a small markup to buy records I know are in playable shape than sift through hundreds of scratched-up albums in the hopes of finding one thing that I might be interested in, and hoping that it's in listenable condition. That being said, yes, Antique Man on Allen is also a good option for used records, but Record Baron seems to be more geared towards the audiophile niche (e.g. new releases, re-releases, EPs). The records I bought here were no higher than average prices, that I noticed, and he did not attempt to drop a deuce anywhere on or around my person.
Was told to check this place out from the lovely folks over at the Speaker Shop in University Heights and what a score!
For the most part a lot of the records aren't priced so the owner prices them when you check out and they are usually pretty high (which I guess is my only reason for not giving 5 stars), however I have never seen quite a collection like the Record Baron's and I have been to vinyl shops all over SF, Seattle and NYC. How often is one able to find vintage Bessie Smith AND Japanese imported B-side My Bloody Valentine in the same trip? And in beautiful condition? Not often.
Yes, it is a little cramped in there but personally I prefer cramped spaces as opposed to large ones when shopping for vinyl. Something about crouching and digging and having an allergy attack along the way that really just adds to the experience for me.
Another great plus is that the owner will put records on hold for you!
Will definitely be back and surely be spending a lot of $$
Before visiting the Record Baron, I had been a serious record collector for years and had hit every other record store in the Buffalo area. With the shop being in Kenmore it wasn't near anything else of importance to me and therefore I just never made it out there. Finally on a day off I made the trip and after browsing for a bit I asked myself "Why didn't I get out here sooner?" Upon entering the shop you'll notice that it is just LOADED to the brim with merchandise. There are boxes of records underneath other boxes of records, records on the floor and the actual record displays are crammed to absolute capacity. If you're a digger and a picker, you'll surely get your enjoyment for "the thrill of the hunt" here. There are also many different types of music memorabilia throughout the store from statues and figures to old tshirts to ticket stubs and vintage concert posters etc etc.
Now, onto where this store really shines; selection and condition. The Baron stocks just about every genre from blues to heavy metal and within each genre the selection is expansive and varied. I usually go into record shops and find one or two gems if I'm lucky, but here there were so many gems I felt like I HAD to leave there with that I became so overwhelmed knowing there was no way I could afford every one I really wanted. I knew I'd be back many times. Many of these, too, were scarce albums I never thought I'd run into. Seeing so many impossibly rare records all in the same place was truly mind blowing. Every record on the shelves has been cleaned, and you'll also notice that 95% of the records for sale are housed in brand new poly sleeves, something I've NEVER seen at any record store in my life. He cares about his stock so much that he'll take the extra expense of providing a brand new sleeve for almost every piece he puts out for sale. This is with good reason too, as I've also never seen a record shop before where overall the records were in such top notch condition. You'll never find beat up pieces of junk vinyl here like you do at most other places and even with the more common pieces he has, you'd be hard pressed to find a copy in better condition anywhere. The Record Baron truly believes in selling collector quality vinyl and nothing less.
With the quality of his merchandise, though, comes the one big downfall of the Baron; his prices. The man is very knowledgeable about all genres of music and he knows what he has. If you find a rare record, you're gonna pay rare record prices. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but some of his prices go way above and beyond the threshold of sanity. You're gonna be paying all of what that vinyl is currently going for, if not a bit more, but some items seem to be priced at what they might be going for in 10-15 years. You might find a holy grail piece in superb condition, but you're sure as hell not going to find a good deal. At least not on used vinyl. I was able to score a deal on a newer record that came out 4-5 years ago. He still had a factory sealed copy priced at the original $17 when it had since gone out of print and was selling for $40-50 online..... nice! In general, though, bring lots of money and be prepared to pay up.
Dan, the Baron himself, is generally a nice guy. I kind of understand some of the hate towards him as he can be a bit stern and gruff at times but he's really a decent guy. If you simply talk to him you'll find him more than willing to converse about anything and everything. He will not budge at all on his prices if you inquire (unless you're a BIG spender), but if you ask him about the time when guitars ruled the world and bands were shrouded in mystique, well, I hope you have the next hour free. In conclusion, if you're a vinyl nut like I am you would be doing yourself a great disservice by not visiting this place. While the prices are high, the selection and quality are second to none and I can almost bet you'll leave with something you didn't expect to find. This is the kind of record store that makes you realize how badly other record stores need to STEP IT UP
Great old-fashioned record store with a happy, eager to engage owner. I have to be you not to listen to the old negative reviews. There isn't a computer anywhere near the premises, and the prices are extremely fair. If you think it's too much, you probably don't know what you're holding (white-label promo of the Kinks' "Face to Face" in mono? you'll never see one again). I scored a NM copy of Bowie's "Young Americans" for $6, an original Horace Silver "Song for My Father" on Blue Note for $15!
The stacks are crammed, there's vinyl on the floors, and it isn't easy to move through it all, but if you have an hour in Buffalo, stop here, talk to the owner, and dig. You'll likely find something you weren't expecting.
If he sold all of his stock, then this guy would be the "Record Barren." Luckily, he never has. Probably because of the high prices, but...
Honestly I would have given this place a 3 or 4 because (a) it's overpriced, and (b) sometimes the guy is a nickel-and-dimer and doesn't have the best customer service or business acumen. However...
It's a little family-owned music shop! These things are dying out! You can find some real hidden gems here on formats which are just no longer available. It's tiny and cramped and reminds me of Europe. It's a one-of-a-kind, and a dying breed!
And knowing the Record Baron like I do, and knowing he's not a bad guy and there are deals to be had in here - one or two - I have to give it a 5 star just because it's so underappreciated and underrated. So there you have it.
Let me put it this way. I'd much rather go to Record Baron than have a Red Baron Pizza. You want to talk about a waste of money, try one of those frozen pizzas. Awful.
Record Baron was the very first record store I stopped into on my recent two-week record-hunting, diner-eating-in, cheap-motel-sleeping-in, road trip-driving-on exploratory vacation across upstate New York. I arrived right when they opened in the morning and the owner, Dan, gave me the quick two-minute tour of the place, steering me away from the metal (the way I was dressed, I guess. But there's an extensive metal section if that's what you're after), guiding me toward some of the real treasures in his bins.
It's true the prices are a little high here, but only for the stuff you're not likely to find again anywhere else. When things are neat and they're rare, they cost a little more. That's just the way it is. You've just got to pay a little extra if you don't want to leave with the turds on your chest, and in your collection too.
I picked up a sealed 1984 African hip-hop 12" by Drum and a sealed 1983 Sugar Hill LP by The Sequence, some great African disco LPs by groups I'd never heard of before, and some used LPs by Kraftwerk, Sparks and Bohannon. It's a great little shop, and I'm enjoying the records I picked up there as I'm typing this very instant.
Great selection of used records
Part of the enjoyment of collecting vinyl records is going to the little mom & pop record shops, digging through the albums, talking music with the owner & customers. If you agree, then this place is for you. Excellent selection of records, new & used. The used vinyl has obviously been screened for condition. I picked up a couple of rare used discs that look and play like they're brand new. Good competitive prices, knowledgeable owner, killer selection. Wish I'd checked this place out sooner.
Well 1st, I want to say the only reason I'm not giving a 5 star review is because I rarely do so but if 4.5 was an option I would..this record store has a wonderful selection & I've purchased vinyl from them that I don't see available in several bigger stores in big cities that are great vinyl cities such as Seattle, Portland , San Francisco, Austin..there selection for the square footage of the store is awesome. I read some of the negative reviews that refer to only getting a $1 or $2 & then seeing them for sale for $18, hey that's business..I've received store credit on vinyl I traded in that maybe I'd receive $5 for & see it a week later for $50, but personally if I'm done with a record I want someone else to enjoy & support the record stores..& to refer to there shop as a pawn shop, the reality is in a sense to a degree all record stores are, that's business..if you know the industry there simply isn't much of a mark up in new vinyl. There money is to be made thru used & both the gentleman & his wife have always been pleasant with me & are knowledgeable to those who felt they had not been treated fair on trade-inside they had options..
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