Mumbai gets a new vinyl hub
From vintage LPs, T-Shirts and audio equipment to hot sauces, the Revolver Club, in Mahim is more than just another vinyl store
As if the sound of a new vinyl store opening in town was not enough to get us excited, we found that the three-month-old Revolver Club also houses bottles of hot sauce (Sriracha) and cool T-shirts from brands like, No Nasties and Groove Control. “That’s the fun of owning a store. We can store and sell whatever we want,” says Jude de Souza, who co owns The Revolver Club with Parth Pandya. “The idea behind the store is to not be just a vinyl store, we eventually want it to be more of a lifestyle store. We intend to house comic books, start a café and a whole lot of other things, but we will do that gradually,” he reveals.
A turntable available at the store
Set the record straight
You can buy a vinyl here, with prices starting from Rs 300, going up to Rs 1,000. “We have a capacity to stock about 5000 LPs. The pricing of LPs depends on a lot of factors such as, its condition and where it was made. We source a lot of second-hand music from Catholic and Parsi families who have been collectors. We have a section on the website too where people can buy second hand music and also get in touch with us if they want to put theirs up for sale.”
You can pick high-end home theatre systems and speakers at The Revolver Club too. Pics/Sameer Markande
He adds that when they source from collectors, of 50 LPs sometimes as few as three might catch their attention, which also become fast-moving products, and sell immediately. “The others,” he continues, “stay with us for a long time, which leads to their prices depreciating. People often make the mistake of going to Chor Bazaar and buying an LP for R3,000 on the belief that the value of the LP is very high.”
The store also houses music by many less-known Indie artists. The owners also source from their network in USA and Europe. When quizzed about the name of the store, De Souza tells us that it was a spontaneous pick. “Turntables revolve, so a friend of mine came up with this idea. I liked it. It also gives us space to include other things in the store as opposed to calling it a vinyl store and getting restricted to vinyl.”
A few titles available at the store
The store was earlier home to Nova Audion, the parent company of The Revolver Club, which sells high-end home theatre system, projectors, sound systems etc. As the owners continue to sell these online, currently, Nova Audion is set to find a new home shortly.
Currently, the store also stocks professional turntables, speakers, amplifiers, and maintenance kits for recording systems. For their wide, eclectic collection, we think, The Revolver Club is certainly worth a dekko.
Time: 10 am to 8 pm.
At: G-3, Fairlands Building, opposite Vijay Sales, LJ Road, Mahim.
Log on to: www.therevolverclub.com