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Chilliwack's only vinyl record store set to open on Mill Street

Vinyl enthusiast and plinth builder Karl Motz had so much success at an event at Cultus Lake last year that he is opening up a record shop on Mill Street in Chilliwack. - Paul J. Henderson
Vinyl enthusiast and plinth builder Karl Motz had so much success at an event at Cultus Lake last year that he is opening up a record shop on Mill Street in Chilliwack.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

After the success of his Fraser Valley Vintage Audio Fair at Cultus Lake last fall, and seeing the boom in record sales in recent years, vinyl enthusiast Karl Motz has taken the next logical step.

Motz is opening up Chilliwack's only record store on Mill Street where he will also sell vintage and brand new turntables and amplifiers.

For years Motz has been building custom plinths out of mahogany or cherry to use with old turntables. He has also been selling refurbished Denon or Thorens turntables along with other gear through his website, www.classicsound.ca.

In September, he brought vinyl fanatics from all over to Cultus Lake for his audio fair, which he said was a big success.

Chilliwack's only vinyl record store will feature a great selection of new and used records, plus audio products focusing on the audiophile and two-channel market.

Motz said he will have a technician on site for repair work and he will sell unique tube amplifiers and vintage audio as well.

But is there really a market for this niche of a product in little old Chilliwack?

"I can certainly pull from other areas because of the uniqueness," he says. "I like to think I've got the Fraser Valley as my market."

The closest store doing anything similar is in Surrey, he says, but even they don't carry very many new records nor do they have new equipment.

Motz's store is ready to go and he's hoping to officially open by next week.

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