It's a cool shop with great gear and a very helpful staff.
You can either push the "call button" or call the phone number so they can open the gate for you.
ONCE INSIDEOnce inside I was immediately greeted. Everyone I spoke with was very friendly and very knowledgeable about audio gear. I originally set up the appointment with Chris Karn. When I arrived I was as assisted by Robert Alexander. Both of them are totally easy going audio guys. During my visit Robert and I spent a good deal of that time trading stories about guitars and pro audio gear. It was a lot of fun.
THE ROOMSThere are two "showrooms" and a "lobby" type area as you enter through the front doors.
The lobby area has a glass case with "stompbox" type effects in it. There were some acoustic absorption panels on the walls with graphics of Les Paul eating a sandwich at an electronics bench. Very cool indeed.
RACKS OF GEAR
MORE RACKS OF GEAR
SO MUCH GEARThe main room has a ton of cool gear as well as a small iso-booth with lots of cool mics ready to be auditioned. Lots of tall racks with gear top to bottom. There were also a few mixing/control consoles set up around the room. They looked ready to demo as well.
There were some familiar brands like Manley, API, Neve, Purple, Dangerous and Shadow Hills. There were also some brands that I did not recognize at the time such as Burl, Looptrotter, Buzzaudio and Airfield. Ah, the things you learn when you go visit places.....
SECOND SHOWROOMThe second showroom looked like the place you go to audition monitors. Their slanted walls made me feel like I was going to fall over. Inside this room were an API and an SSL console. Both consoles looked like they were fully ready to to be put to the test.
CONCLUSIONIf you can get a chance to visit Vintage King Los Angeles I highly recommend it. It's a different experience than visiting a typical local music store. VKLA is dedicated to Pro Audio! They really take good care of you while you are there. Also, you can demo all kinds of killer gear!
Find out for yourself at: vintageking.com
Phone Hours (Sales)
Mon-Fri – 10am-9pm ET
Sat – 12pm-5pm ET
Phone Hours (Customer Service)
Mon-Fri – 10am-6pm ET
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