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Kops Records

Posted by Staff / Posted on October 11, 2010

Kops RecordsKops Records is committed to keeping 45s in circulation, with boxes of singles in every genre, stocked next to used and new vinyl. Kops has evolved over the years, from oldies shop to DJ store to collector's hub without every really changing its focus - a consistency that's almost baffling considering how much the music industry has changed.



robert / October 13, 2011 at 03:15 pm
do they still buy old records from the 50s.60s in 78s,45s, and lps
Caitlyn / February 3, 2012 at 08:22 pm
I love Kops. I've been there a few times and the staff have actually taken the time I ask my name and introduce themselves. Makes me feel right at home.
lucien / February 17, 2012 at 07:21 am
I went numerous times to Kops and found the staff well informed and extremely courteous , the soul,r&b ,rock sections are staggering in the choices that they have.
ABK / July 6, 2012 at 11:29 am
I love this place and go there every week or two. They've stepped up their selection a lot and seem to be on top of everything coming out, in addition to the tons of mint vintage they put in every week.
Wish I knew where they were getting it.
EA / August 21, 2012 at 10:24 am
Having just initiated myself into the world of vinyl over the last year, this place was a great find. The staff is incredibly friendly and the lack of pretension is appreciated. Prices are reasonable and if you are on the fence about a particular record they are always prepared to cut you a deal to make sure they walk out happy.
Daniel / May 17, 2013 at 07:46 pm
The staff is very friendly and resourceful. I talked to Nick who was happy to help me find exactly what I was looking for. I'm currently indulging myself on the jazz soul record he recommended to me. Thanks :)
Peter / November 15, 2013 at 07:30 pm
This is probably the best vinyl store in Toronto. Exceptional quality, super organized, and top-notch staff. The prices are admittedly pretty steep but that's what you get for the quality they provide.
David / April 26, 2014 at 11:24 am
I can remember shopping for records here in the 70's maybe 80's, either way its been around a long time and has street credibility. Don't forget to check upstairs for the vintage vintage, mostly 45's with a good Canadian rock collection.

Prices and inventory are very reasonable, the collection esoteric. I will keep going back!
Sammy / September 24, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Used to be a great store with friendly staff. Now I go in and they tell me Billy Talent is filed under 'T' in ROCK/POP. Useless. The staff are rude and the owners are insane.
John / January 4, 2015 at 02:24 pm
As I kept reading the comments I can say they do their best to satisfy the customers and be as helpful as they can.

As for the fact that some people are complaining that the records they buy are warped, they come warped, especially once it comes off the hot press and packaged and sent to them. Some people just need to keep in mind that records can warp, it comes with the format. If you don't like it stick to CD or digital.

I've been going there for years, and they're the nicest people. I also know them personally. Keep in mind retail is a stressful environment at times, and customers don't know how much work they're sometimes, and they need to be mindful that curtain records won't play on modern turntables (Crosley, Electrohome, etc). Customers that shop there need to remember that cheap inexpensive turntables will only go so far and can warp and scratch your records. So if you end up wanting to return something that you claim is skipping and you're using (i.e Crosley) it will do the exact same thing on the same copy you choose to return in for, and keep in mind, this costs the store money. Something people never seem to keep in mind. Get over it and stop being cheap and buy a real turntable!

Prices are very reasonable and they will match the price of other record shops selling it cheaper. And they can do special orders (If you wanted, and is still in press).

Sometimes things get shuffled around with areas changing, but that's all part of bringing new and exciting selections to dig through. If you're one of those people who just want to walk in and ask where things are without having the satisfaction of looking for yourself, then you're truly not a vinyl digger. That's the fun isn't it? now it's just a fad that everyone is following (not necessarily a bad thing).

All in all Kops has been around for a decade now, and has some of the best prices I've seen in Toronto. Comparing Sonic Boom's price being $27.99 to Kops' $22.99.

Where could you go wrong?

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