An independent record shop
in the heart of Poole Old Town
Boiler Room Records specialises in collector's LPs, Singles and CDs. New and used. We buy record collections and can come to you, just give us a call to arrange: 01202 660618
Boiler Room Records is owned and run by father and son: Mark & Ren Northey.
Poole born-and-bred, Mark Northey has always loved music with a passion – but especially David Bowie. From the age of eight and his first record – Ashes to Ashes – to seeing his idol live on stage 55 times he is the first to admit that music runs through his veins.
For someone who has amassed a personal collection of 14,000 records and CDs over the last 38 or so years it is, he admits, the closest to being in heaven while on earth.
“I used to hang out all the time in record shops – from Snu-Peas in Boscombe to Big Brother Records in Ashley Road as well as the record fairs. It was a huge part of my life.”
“It’s any record collector’s dream to own and run a collectable record shop and, yes, it’s fair to say that my dream has just come true.”
The opportunity to acquire Boiler Room Records, at 27, High Street, first came in 2017 when the owner, Mike Zimmerman, confided to Mark that he was planning to retire.
The time wasn’t right but the two stayed in close contact.
Then in 2019 Ren also a keen music fan, told Mark that working in a record shop was his idea of a perfect job.
Mark said: “We made an offer for Boiler Room Record’s stock, which was accepted, and officially took over the shop.
For the first month or so we monitored the footfall.
The shop needed a re-brand so we closed from just before Christmas to February 1 for renovations, including a new floor, lighting and racking.
We’ve spent about £15,000 and also put in about £12,000 worth of stock.”
The new-look Boiler Room Records will buy and sell all music related memorabilia including records, CDs, posters and T-shirts.
But it especially majors on second hand rare and collectable original records.
Vinyl has seen a revival in recent years, and among all ages.
According to Classic FM, in 2018, more than 4m chart-eligible LPs were sold in the UK alone – an increase from the 3.2m records sold in 2016 – with the final figure for last year expected to be around 4.5m.
Mark said: “People want to have a tangible product. You just don’t get the depth of sound in a CD or digital format and some records were made for mono.”
The new-look Boiler Room Records is one of several record shops in the Bournemouth and Poole area.