Hyde & Zeke Records

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Hyde "&" Zeke's has been in Gainesville since 1977, when Bob McPeek and Ric Kaestner opened the shop. Today, the store is owned by Charlie Scales, who started out as an employee in 1981.

"It's a hell of a lot better than a real job," Scales said.

Hyde "&" Zeke's houses about 10,000 records, Scales estimated. People are always encouraged to stop by the shop and sell their old records for a price, assuming they are worth anything.

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"For that Sting album," Scales said, nodding toward The Dream of the Blue Turtles, "you'd get nothing."

In general, the people still in the market for vinyl records are not looking for mainstream music. Music by an artist like Madonna does not fly off the rack at Hyde "&" Zeke's. Music by Jimi Hendrix, on the other hand, remains popular among crate-diggers.

"Record buyers are pretty much a nutty group of people in a good way," Scales said. "They have eccentric tastes."

Scales said that, with the rise of CDs and, for that matter, iPods, business has declined during the last 10 years. However, he said that the people who still shop at Hyde & Zeke's are dedicated to music.

In comparison to the other two record stores mentioned, Hyde & Zeke's generally has a wider selection of music. There is everything from old pop records to classic rock to rap to folk.

And even though the shop doesn't do as good of business as it once did, Scales said there is a sense of loyalty between the shop and its customers.

"We're here for the people in our community," Scales said. "Hopefully they'll keep supporting us."


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