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Ed Parks – Gear Guru

(Last Updated On: October 19, 2016)

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Ed Parks has made his hobby for audio electronics into a business.

After opening his Vintage Audio Exchange shop in Jamestown, Parks has been buying and selling stereo amps, speakers, turntables, vinyl, antique radios, jukeboxes, musician gear, and miscellaneous audio components.

“I just hate to see things going into the landfill,” said Parks. “That’s one of the reasons I’m here is to rescue items from going in the landfill. Sure, I’m here to make a profit and I’m a business but I also hate to see things wasted, broken, thrown out, and discarded.

“Not only is it bad for the environment, it’s just a bad thing because there are pieces that will never be again. Some of these radios are 80 years old. It’s really hard to find those.”

Parks’ talent for audio equipment grew from a young age in the 60s when he played in a band.

“When you’re on a low budget as a kid, you learn how to fix things real quick,” he said.

A challenge in Parks’ business is finding equipment for a vintage shop.

“These pieces in here are from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s,” said Parks. “They’re not something where once you sell a piece, you can reorder it. You have to go find another one and that’s tough to keep the store going. A lot of people would like to think there is a lot of this inventory out there, but there simply is not, there are a finite number of pieces out there.”

Parks plans to continue growing his business.

“Right now I’m a destination so people when they come, they came here for a purpose, and they come here only to come here,” said Parks. “It’s not like I have people wandering in off the street. It would be nice to be in a more visible place.”

Parks has a lot of people come with broken electronics but he only services turntables and repair speakers. 

“I am a sales and consignment shop. That is first and foremost.”

Interested in Vintage Audio Exchange? Check out the website at www.vintageaudioexchange.com or email Ed Parks at stereoguy@vintageaudioexchange.com.

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