For the record

As the faces of singers have changed, so have music and music players. From gramophones, record players, LPs, EPs to VCRs, cassettes and CDs, the medium of music has definitely undergone many transformations over the years.

Now with one being able to listen to music at a click of the mouse, many of the old music systems have gone out of use.

But for many music buffs, old is gold and they keep searching for old LP records.

"Though CDs are available, they cannot match the quality of records," says Syed Zafar Shah, owner of Shah Music Centre in Meena Bazaar.

The shop was established by his grandfather late Syed Ahmed Shah and has one of the biggest music collections. It has a wide range of record players, both electric and manual gramophones, LPs, EPs, etc. Many people also buy them for their antique value.

The shop also sells gramophones showpieces. "Actress Deepti Naval, politician V C Shukla and singer Sharda are a few of our regular visitors," says Shah.

"People always buy records of R D Burman, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, etc. But nowadays, English records are also in demand," he says.

"Gramophones are available for Rs 2,000 and can go up to any amount depending on its antique value," says Anuj Rajpal, owner of New Gramophone House.

For records, the availability decides the price. If a record is rare, its price could go up.

"Records of Hindi movies like Mughal-e-Azam, Pakeeza and Mother India are all-time favourites," he says.

Records of new movies like Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Rockstar as well as folk music are also available.

But with time, the quality of records have gone down, says Balwant Singh, owner of Guru Kripa Enterprises.

"There are a handful of people, serious music lovers, who buy them. People who still want to hear good music prefer to buy records," he says.

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