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    Phoenix CD stores

    Heading out to Phoenix, more specifically Mesa, next Tuesday. Hit below -40 with wind chills below -50 Celsius a few days ago (think Saskatoon was the coldest place on Earth that day) so am looking forward to some warmer temps. Hoping to take a day browsing some shops. Have been there a few times and have explored a few stores ie Zia Record Exchange which was pretty decent. Any hidden gems I might have missed?

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    PS I don't buy vinyl anymore.

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    Zia is pretty much it for CDs...every other store specializes in vinyl, with CDs being an afterthought. Not sure how long ago you were here, but there's a new Zia at Southern and Gilbert in Mesa.
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    Thanks for the info. The last time I was there was around three years ago and there was some talk about Zia opening a store in Mesa. Will be hitting
    hitting that one for sure. Will likely try a few other Zias, maybe Bookkmans if that's still around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlneudorf View Post
    Thanks for the info. The last time I was there was around three years ago and there was some talk about Zia opening a store in Mesa. Will be hitting
    hitting that one for sure. Will likely try a few other Zias, maybe Bookkmans if that's still around.

    Jon
    What Bookmans is now selection wise is what K-Mart once was compared to a real record store. If your time is limited, save Bookmans for last.
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    Half Price Books handles CDs and vinyl.

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    Thanks Hippypants. Will likely go to the Mesa store for sure.

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    To tie in with another thread......Phoenix is where PROG folks might go to die! Maybe the collections of Boomer's will congregate there in the next decade....and that would tie in with the thread "Prog 2029"...... ahhh, the missing pieces are coming together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    To tie in with another thread......Phoenix is where PROG folks might go to die! Maybe the collections of Boomer's will congregate there in the next decade....and that would tie in with the thread "Prog 2029"...... ahhh, the missing pieces are coming together!
    Hey I resemble that remark . This is true. Sometimes while browsing Zia you will find there is a bit more prog than you remember all in a similar vein. That's exactly what I thought. Clearing out Dad's old CDs. That or a vindictive ex!

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    Also slightly off the thread topic, don't be disappointed that temps aren't quite so warm. We're having the first winter in the last 5 years...at least to the extent at which we have winter. During the past 4 years, autumn gave winter a miss and went straight into spring.
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    Yeah, was looking at the forecast. Hoping it warms a bit more but it will certainly be much better than the 'great white north'. Can't do anything about the weather. All i know its getting weirder and weirder. Climate change anyone?

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    Even our "bone chilling" 55 degrees will feel downright balmy compared to Saskatchewan.
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    Yep. I don't have to bring any clothes. Second thought, maybe I should.

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    What about Stinkweeds and In Groove? Looking at photos they do at least carry a few CDs. Worth checking out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlneudorf View Post
    What about Stinkweeds and In Groove? Looking at photos they do at least carry a few CDs. Worth checking out?

    Jon
    They're mainly vinyl...2 of those stores for whom CDs are an afterthought.
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    One store, or rather a chain of 2 stores I just remembered: The House of Used. One location is at Lindsay and University next to Safeway. The other at Brown and Mesa Drive next to Bashas...both in Mesa. They have a fairly good selection of CDs.
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    Ok. Awesome. Thanks!

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    Just one caveat: don't look for an actual sign reading "House of Used." Their signage on both stores will read "Movies-Games-Music."
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Just one caveat: don't look for an actual sign reading "House of Used." Their signage on both stores will read "Movies-Games-Music."
    That's very helpful, thanks again.

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    Arrived in Mesa yesterday. Beautiful! This is our fourth time to the desert and my wife and i love it here. There are some similarities to the prairies of Saskatchewan. Not so much in geography but in the vast openess of the place. I dont know but something just clicks with me here. Hopefully we will be able to spend some winters here when retirement comes.

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    Enjoy your stay! It was cold here last night.

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    Thanks Gruno. I will!

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    Revolver Records
    918 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    602-795-4980

    Mojave - http://www.mojavecoffeeaz.com/
    4747 E Thomas Rd Suite A, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    480-794-0341

    The 'In' Groove https://theingroove.com/
    3420 E Thomas Rd
    602-957-2453

    Check out those. I have not been in any, but In Groove seems like it could be a good one.

    Good luck!

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    Glad your enjoying it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlneudorf View Post
    Arrived in Mesa yesterday. Beautiful! This is our fourth time to the desert and my wife and i love it here. There are some similarities to the prairies of Saskatchewan. Not so much in geography but in the vast openess of the place. I dont know but something just clicks with me here. Hopefully we will be able to spend some winters here when retirement comes.

    Jon
    I have a friend from Edmondton who bought a place in Yuma for a winter home. He sits with his wife and a calendar trying to figure out which 180 days / year they can spend in the USA as Canadian citizens...... bummer when you own Both homes but can't stay as you like.
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    Zia is my go-to. There's a couple of them if I recall. The Tempe one, which relocated a few years ago, is the one I had the best luck with.

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