On a relatively mild November day, I stopped by Zero Street Records in Omaha, NE to shop for LPs and visit with Mike Garber, the shop owner and WorthPoint Worthologist (check out his profile by clicking the Worthologists link at the top of the page). As I shop for records, Mike and I swap stories about recent finds, the internet, and what we’d been listening to lately.
This is Mike’s second shop and it’s one of my favorite places to frequent for great deals on records. Today, there is reggae playing on the stereo as I thumb through the new arrival bin. Grading records can be subjective, so it’s a bonus to be able to look at a record in person before you buy it. Mike uses a universal grading scale published in Goldmine magazine, but he also grades very conservatively. When he sells online, buyers are always pleased with their purchase.
I’ve bought many records from Mike and wish I had more time to play them. As I walk around the store, I look on the wall and see a Nick Drake record that I haven’t played in a long time and make a note to play my copy when I get home.