Slide Record Shop is a new independent record shop that opened in Bedford in 2017. We champion great independent music across many genres. As well as new releases, we also have a carefully curated selection of second-hand records.
The shop is run by Warren Alsop, a long-time music lover, vinyl addict, and ocasional DJ. Aside from spending way too many hours flicking through vinyl racks in numerous music emporiums in his hometown of London, he has been fortunate to dig through dusty crates - portable turntable in hand - in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Beirut, Bruxelles, Edinburgh, Ghent, Havana, Istanbul, Liverpool, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, New York, Osaka, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo & Utrecht.
All of the new vinyl listed in our shop is purchased either directly from the record label releasing it or from its officially appointed UK distributer.
Second Hand Vinyl
We take great care with the grading of our second hand vinyl. We primarily use the widely accepted 'Record Collector' magazine grading system and adopt a cautious approach to grading each record. Grading is always subjective and if you purchase a record from us and feel the grade does not live up to the rating we have provided it; then we will accept a return with no questions asked.
Mint: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
Excellent: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and / or creasing.
Very Good: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
Good: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discolouration, etc.
Fair: The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and / or defaced.
Poor: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.