The LP Record – There’s Life in the Old Dog Yet
Teuchtler makes collectors’ hearts beat faster.
The LP record was supplanted by the new technology boom in the 1990s and by the market at the turn of the millennium, but it never completely disappeared. Demand for LP records has increased sharply recently. As an enthusiastic collector of LP singles, today I’d like to give other music lovers and LP fans a hidden insiders’ tip. Schedule a fair amount of time. Once you’re there, you’ll be taken in by the variety of music on offer and this store’s atmosphere and ambience.
If you’re interested in music and LP records, a visit to “Teuchtler in the Windmühlgasse” is a must during your next trip to Vienna. This Viennese institution and the oldest second-hand record and CD store in Austria is already in its third generation as a family-owned business.
As soon as I enter the store, located in an old bourgeois house, I always feel that time stands still. The wonderful indoor climate thanks to the arched construction creates comforting warmth in the winter and a pleasant coolness during the summer months. The family offers very friendly advice – in English or French in addition to German. A wonderful thing that struck me is that as a customer you’re never all by yourself in the store during opening hours; Teuchtler is always well-attended, and the nice thing is that the older generation, such as 40- to 50-year-olds, is equally represented.
What’s astonishing is that there are also very many people from the young generation who by virtue of their age never got to know LP records. Even if you don’t buy anything, you’re most welcome at Teuchtler. Experience this special feeling like I do and chat with the family – they’ll genuinely look forward to it.
In 1993 at the latest, after Richard Linklater filmed the first part of his trilogy, “Before Sunrise,” with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, Teuchtler became a fixed point for many tourists to Vienna from all over the world who again sought to experience the charm of this Viennese institution, get their photos taken in the original setting and flip through the multifaceted records on offer.
More than 20,000 shellac records are looking to be rediscovered. If you make an appointment in time, you can look through rare jazz, dance music, cabaret, classical and popular music recordings.
The repertoire of LP records, CDs, 78 RPMs, music books, hi-fi systems, music magazines, record accessories and gramophones is continuously changing because the demand is given due to affordable prices.
Rare recordings are seldom in the store for long, since Teuchtler does not charge exorbitant prices even for them.
The range extends from jazz, rock, metal, classical, blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, folk music, 45s, dance music, oldies, hits, 12” singles, shellacs (78 RPM), all the way to reggae, hip hop, swing, world music, disco, Viennese songs, Austro pop, funk, DnB, techno and kitsch.
My focus as a collector is LP singles from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s (German hits [“Schlager”], Austro pop and international evergreens from this era) and I always discover something at Teuchtler.
Teuchtler Schallplattenhandel CD und Vinyl, Windmühlgasse 10, 1060 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 1:00 – 6:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; the first Saturday of each month: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Many thanks to the Teuchtler family for their kind support.