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Gramex Classical & Jazz

Lower Marsh, London


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Gramex Classical & Jazz
9/10 from 14 user reviews
Address:104 Lower Marsh, Lambeth
London, SE1 7AB

Map:See Gramex Classical & Jazz on a map

Region:Lambeth

Nearest Station:Waterloo

Telephone: 020 7401 3830

Business Type:Records, Tapes & CD's

Opening Hours:Monday - Saturday: 11am- 7pm

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About: We buy and sell Classical and Jazz CDs & Records at very competitive prices.

Our stock is wide-ranging and changes very rapidly - most of our stock is unsorted, making it ideal for browsing. Visit us often to find the latest bargains. We often have rare CDs, foreign labels, rarities etc.

We offer competitive prices for CD/LP collections, whether large or small. Transport can be arranged if necessary.


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The Latest User Reviews of Gramex Classical & Jazz

User Rating: 9 / 10
dontaskpcandy
London
Added: Sep 2014

Just moved across the road, this shop is a slightly wider version of itself with all the brilliance and quirks of stock and owner preserved. Better wheelchair access, brighter lighting, same sofas. Rear stairs to coffee and toilet lit well. Cycle parking nearby,food choices varied, cheap and better than the BR station. Why are you not heading there right now!


Added on Sun 07 Sep 2014 at 21:07:46
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User Rating: 10 / 10
Viva Verdi
London
Added: Feb 2013
All In London User Recommended Business

If you love classical music, especially opera, Gramex is the place to go to buy or part exchange your CDs.

It is a charming place - you're made very welcome. It's worth a visit just to chat to the owner Roger. I go regularly as you often find a bargain and all my purchases have been in excellent condition.

It's the sort of shop that can never be replaced. A one off.

Name: Viva Verdi
Location: London


Added on Wed 20 Feb 2013 at 16:01:22
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User Rating: 10 / 10
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Added: May 2012
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From out of country, I visited Gramex on two consecutive days last October. I was immediately welcomed, and made to feel at home. They have older to recent releases. For the uninitiated, older CDs are on shelves, and the newer on tables or floor. All "used", all reasonably priced. Thank you, Grame

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User Rating: 10 / 10
Gramex
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a great place to be and getting lost in hundrends of cds and vinyls


Added on Tue 22 Nov 2011 at 18:34:08
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User Rating: 10 / 10
Michael Horwood
Cheshire
Added: Feb 2011
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I discovered this shop last year on one of my infrequent visits to London and was immediately made welcome in a way that I have never experienced in a shop. One was free to browse for as long as one wished and the selection of CDs was vast and varied. As in any such shop, it is entirely serendipity as to what you may find and prices are modest compared to some other second-hand shops that I have visited. The constant chat from Roger is a delight and you either take it or leave it.

Thoroughly recommendable.

Name: Michael Horwood
Location: Cheshire


Added on Fri 25 Feb 2011 at 18:29:31
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User Rating: 9 / 10
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Gramex is the best second hand CD store I have ever visited. There are many, many CDs to choose among, all reasonably priced. I had a delightful shopping experience there on 30 June and I will surely go there again the next time I stay in London.


Added on Tue 27 Jul 2010 at 12:10:51
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User Rating: 10 / 10
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A simply delightful shop for classical connoisseur or newcomer alike; the two owners have an encyclopaedic knowledge of repertoire and recordings and listening to them debate the relative merits of opera singers is like hearing a pair of Radio 3 presenters in full flow.

The prices are great value and the CDs, although second hand, all seemed to be in excellent condition. I'll be dropping by every time I visit London in future - they're only 5 minutes from Waterloo Station.



Added on Sat 10 Jul 2010 at 12:11:35
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User Rating: 10 / 10
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I love this place. Most of my CD collection has come out of their doors. The staff are most welcoming: once they get to know you, they offer you tea/coffee and whatnot. That's quite special. They are also highly knowledgeable - verging at times on the idiosyncratic, curmudgeonly and opinionated. But their knowledge of their subject is vast, deep, and honed by decades of experience. Their prices are keen, in order to keep people coming in the age of the downloader, and like all businesses they cannot give away money for stock they might never sell. But if you have stuff they want, you get a fair price. And on occasion, if you happen to arrive shortly after a large intake of stock, it can be an Aladdin's cave of delights.!

Every time I go back (four or five times a year), I fear that I will find it closed down like practically every other competitor. But they hold out, perhaps on account of passionate attachment to their craft as any commercial imperative. LONG LIVE GRAMEX!

Thank you, guys for existing!


Added on Wed 30 Jun 2010 at 09:58:14
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User Rating: 3 / 10
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The sign on the window says 'best prices paid'. I took some CDs to sell - including unusual early music - and was offered 50p per CD. I walked away..I can get better prices at a car boot sale. Take the sign down or pay decent prices.


Added on Thu 27 May 2010 at 14:35:28
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User Rating: 8 / 10
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I'm a student at King's who's recently moved to Lambeth, and strolling through Lower Marsh I discovered Gramex. As a cash-strapped student I have no money to pay full price for opera and oratario, so the prices at Gramex were extremely welcome. The format is brilliant: relaxing chairs, free cups of tea, and a chance to test your potential purchases before you buy them. Roger and friends are always most helpful and the frequent chats between staff and customers are normally illuminating. It's a wonderful place to while away a couple of hours and spend some time soaking up the atmosphere. Highly recommended to all classical music/jazz Londoners, and those coming over from abroad.


Added on Mon 15 Mar 2010 at 17:06:30
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User Rating: 10 / 10
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I re-discovered Gramex a few weeks ago, and the minute I walked through the door, I felt transported back in time,to when I first found this wonderful shop.
Nothing seemed to have changed, apart from there being lots of CDs and DVDs now. But still the magical collection of 12"and 10" LPs; Paradise for me.
I spent far, far longer than I should have that afternoon, letting train after train go because I could just not drag myself away from the wonderful company of Roger and his friends in the fascinating atmosphere of the shop.
As I had worked at Glyndebourne Festival in the years since my first visit, we had so much to talk about; opera singers, conductors, producers and designers that I had the great fortune to work with over the years.
Roger was particularly interested in the first British performance of "The Rake's Progress", and the premiere of Hans Werner Henze's "Elegy for Young Lovers" with the fabulous Elizabeth Soderstrom as Elizabeth Zimmer, and Kirstin Meyer as Carolina.
It will be interesting to see how a new production of "Elegy" in London, is received.
Hours late, I eventually managed to drag myself away from Gramex and head, with a happy heart, back to Waterloo Station, and my train.


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User Rating: 9 / 10
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GRAMEX is still in business in Lower Marsh Street. It is the only dedicated second hand classical CD shop I have seen, and I love the format, two old guys in leather armchairs dispensing advice and opinion. I'm getting into opera slowly and I was guided to an OK version of Verdi's Otello for 7, its 25 second hand on Amazon.

'Jazz' is downstairs in the cellar: this is your grandad's Jazz, Humphery Lyttleton and Louis Armstrong, not Coltrane or Miles Davis.

Long may they prosper.


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User Rating: 10 / 10
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A veritable mecca for lovers of 78s, LPs, and CDs--all used, of course, with a staff knowledgeable and most helpful. In 1999, I wandered in on a summer afternoon and came away with rare 78s by Adelina Patti. Now CDs have taken over most of the space, and I always find desirable classical disks to add to my collection. Proprietor Roger is a walking encyclopaedia of information about operatic recordings of artists from both past and present---no matter how "rare and rotten." His colleague John is equally helpful with both classical and jazz recordings. Gramex is now always my first stop after arrival from the US for a refreshing cup of tea and a look at the wares with Roger and John. Frequently, one may strike up a conversation with a star from Covent Garden desiring from Roger information about past stars in particular roles. Gramex is a refreshing change of pace from the musical megastores. "I went to London and got as far as Gramex."


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User Rating: 8 / 10
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Sells both classical(mainly) and jazz - all records/cds are second hand (usually in excellent condition). The selection is limited (according to what has been recently bought) but usually contains interesting stuff, as the knowledgable staff tend to buy only the best material. It has a pronounced air of specialists' shop (which it is, being frequented by nationally-known reviewers and musicians), yet staff are extremely helpful and are always ready to recommend works to the notive. You can also listen to stuff on headphones (and hear it because there is never music played in the shop - customers apparently didn't want it (and reflection of the customer-first attitude of the owner). All in all, an excellent shop, but as noted, you cannot guarantee that they stock any particular item - least of all a recent and 'popular' recording - that item released only in Belgium, on an obscure label, in the 1990s - you might find that.


Added on Mon 27 Jul 2009 at 15:25:55
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