Enman's aims to prevent vinyl from becoming a lost art on P.E.I.

Ancelene MacKinnon comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 16, 2016

Enman’s Audio Video Unlimited now supplies vinyl records to the public through special orders. Owner Bob Picard said there is a difference in quality when it comes to listening to records, and he wanted to offer that service to his customers.


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What started as a small collection has turned into about 250 albums.

Blake Craig and his friends would spend their weekends in junior high listening to vinyl records.

What started as a small collection has turned into about 250 albums.

Those albums, which Craig stores in four milk crates, have been spinning on a turntable again over the last few years, bringing up nostalgic memories of when his love for music began.

Craig said his first vinyl record would have been Led Zeppelin or The Beatles.

“Listening to music has always played a big role in my life. I’ll make a conscious effort to sit down and listen.”

He was recently able to expand his vast musical library when he ordered vinyl records from Enman’s Audio Video Unlimited.

He and the owner, Bob Picard, are friends, and Picard sent Craig a list of the few hundred albums that are available to have ordered in.

“I bought five albums I didn’t have. It has been a big plus to pick out what you want, and Bob has been really good at supplying a variety of artists.”

Craig has the stereo on four or five times a week for three hours at a time.

“I’ve kept my albums in boxes, and I’ve never parted with them. It’s absolutely great to listen to those old albums I had when I was a kid,” he said.

He said there’s a difference in quality when you listen to an album compared to a CD.

“I’m pleased to see vinyl is making a comeback. I guarantee I’ll be going back to Enman’s for more.”

Picard agrees the sound of an album on vinyl can’t be beat.

Picard’s large collection of records is on display at the store, and customers can make special orders from his supplier in Ontario, a service which began in November.

“I have anything from Aretha Franklin, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen to David Bowie.”

The list also includes new albums and is updated regularly. He’s happy to offer vinyl and turntables, as it’s considered a lost art, he added.

“We want customers to be aware we sell audio and we’re not just a television store.

“I still believe in vinyl and traditional music. There are many people who still go home and listen to their albums.”

Picard said he has been a music lover for the past 40 years.

“My family was into music and my kids are into music one way or another. It’s a tradition that will hopefully keep being passed down for generations to come.”