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'In Get Records we lose a good friend'

30 March 2008 – Specialised record shop Get Records will close down, News from Amsterdam reported earlier this week on the authority of the Metro newspaper. Reports on the closure do not do justice to the shop and its staff, says customer Maaike Veldhuizen.

First of all it was somewhat lazy to largely copy a 'rather biased' piece by a Metro journalist, Veldhuizen says. And secondly, News from Amsterdam incorrectly reported that several expert staff members had been sacked during the past years.

That is inaccurate, confirms owner Dick van Dijk. While it is correct that several expert staff members have left the business during the past years, only one has been fired; the others left of their own volition.

Veldhuizen finds that the articles on the closure of Get Records do not do justice to the shop. “Get Records has always been a record shop with very enthusiastic employees, each obsessed with music. Founder Arie Romeijn, who suddenly died in 2003, has grown this business with love and passion. In all those articles I read nothing about him and I find that really very sad”.

After Romeijn passed away, efforts to keep the shop profitable eventually failed. “Which is sad, for this shop is unique and incomparable to any other record shop in Amsterdam. Love for music always came first. You can walk into Get with a vague idea of the kind of record you are looking for and almost always you go home with exactly the record you wanted (and most of the times much more)”.

“Also, there are frequently unforgettable in-store gigs and many customers can confirm that Get brought them into contact with music they would otherwise never have known. All this will disappear and never return. I think that I speak for the staff and many loyal customers of Get when I say that Get's closure feels like losing a good friend. I want to read about that too in the pieces on the closure”, Veldhuizen says.

Two Get employees are going to work at Concerto across the street, and some of its catalogue should turn up there as well. “The spearheads of Get will get more attention at Concerto”, Van Dijk says. Until now, Concerto customers were sent to Get if they were for example looking for special soul cd's or experimental dance music.

Image: Get Records team (from Get website)


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