Vinyl Bars/Audiophile Bars/Japanese Jazz Cafe's

jeffrey_t

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I feel you Jeffrey, I love to pour good wine and have a few snacks (cheeses, crackers, etc.) before heading down into the music room to spin vinyl. The friends I’ve made in Portland tease me how much they hate that I’ve done this — now they all set out some form of snacks when we visit each other to share our systems. My wife thinks this is hilarious.

I can appreciate David’s comments… it would seem a most intimate and personal sharing something perhaps culturally suited.

My wife and I have a favorite little tasting room we like to visit, but it is only for a single label. The wine maker is a real music and jazz lover we’ve discussed putting a system in their space, including a turntable. The cost is usually measured against having local musicians play live, which they do on weekends. For many patrons just having some background music is plenty… but a space needs to be treated a wee bit because after you get a dozen people into a space, chit-chatting and laughing the sound levels get high very quickly. Then the comments from the person pouring wine become difficult to hear. (Ever notice just how loud a restaurant is?)
My wife will actually make a meat and cheese board when I have music lovers over to visit the system. My wife was out of town when I had from friends over and they asked "where are the snacks?" I guess I need to step up my game.

These Jazz Kissa bars are very small and extremely intimate. I really need to visit one someday.
 
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Once I have sold my equipment and set up the perfect venue for listening to my music, I spend the remaining years of my life as their number one customer.
@Rensselaer your post #37 helped to flesh out your motives. after reading it I would ( imho ) take the following course:

1) look for the right protege. your records and knowledge are the primary value. Try and turn someone already into, lets say jazz, towards your curated AAA classical etc.

2) Start planning to sell off most of your system. Sorry if this sounds harsh. Most of it is 'too nice' and not suited to a bar or an unknown successor.

3) Start building a system, use for now and one day for the venture. your 301 could be a good basis or maybe an EMT 930, maybe even a Lenco? Sme 3012r or FR64S etc. Build a vintage system that can be (a) good enough (b) less costly overall and (c) comprised of gear that is likely to appreciate- a compelling point for the one to eventually buy all this.


I have helped open half a dozen restaurants over the years...point 1 is the most important and perhaps most difficult.
 
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shakti

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Vinyl Jazz Bar in Cologne , Germany:



Vinyl Jazz Bar in Berlin, Germany:




just 2 examples for Jazz bars in Germany, one exists since around 50 years, now with Linn sound system, one is relatively young with a vintage UK sound system as well (classic B&W plus Quad)

I love to be at the Metronom :)
 
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Rensselaer

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Vinyl Jazz Bar in Cologne , Germany:



Vinyl Jazz Bar in Berlin, Germany:




just 2 examples for Jazz bars in Germany, one exists since around 50 years, now with Linn sound system, one is relatively young with a vintage UK sound system as well (classic B&W plus Quad)

I love to be at the Metronom :)
I like the rhinoceros ethos/model: vintage equipment, no DJ, bartenders put on LP and play each side through completely.

Unfortunately, I have not heard back from the commercial wine dealer that I approached so it appears as if all the great input everyone has contributed to this thread has been academic. Still, I very much appreciate everyone’s helpful expertise and experience. Thank you.
 

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Mark, one thing you need to realise. The hospitality sector out there is absolutely stretched to the limit. In the UK we're struggling w supply line issues, shortage of sufficiently trained staff, 1001 post Covid and mid Brexit maelstroms. It may be your idea would be more attractive in calmer times (remember those?), just not practical at this precise moment in time.
 

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