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Craig Armstrong - Nominates His Favourite Music Shops

It feels more a boutique than the average grungy second-hand record shop that stocks a lot of old and obscure vinyl. Do they know me in there? Possibly I'm in there quite a bit
9-11 Wellington Street, Glasgow. Tel: +44 (0)141 2481661

One for me, because it does a lot of old jazz and I'm a West Coast jazz fan. As well as the work I do with Massive Attack, I do a lot of soul tracks, and come here for background. But I often go in not knowing exactly what I want, or whether I'm going to come out with dance music or Debussy
305 Byres Road, Glasgow. Tel: +44 (0)141 339 2996

The megastore in Piccadilly Circus is one of the leading record shops of the world. I go there mostly for the avant-garde classical department, which has a range I really haven't found anywhere much else. I've bought CDs in there I've been looking for 20 or so years. But it's good on jazz, too.
1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1. Tel: +44 (0)20 7439 2500

A place I go for film soundtracks. It only ever has five albums on sale - it's one of those shops that only sells the best of everything: the best chair, the best watch, the best whatever. They change the Five CDs they sell every week, so it could be new releases or just favourites of the assistants. I always buy all five - which, being a musician, isn't an abnormal amount for an evening's listening.
213 rue Saint-Honore, Paris, France. Tel: +331 55 35 33 90

There are a few record shops amid the second-hand bookshops near Air Studios in Hampstead, where I record. But a shop I go into a lot is Tony Bingham, which stocks old musical instruments. They search out obscure things for museums and have their own great collection of ondiolines, the first electronic instrument. For me it's a bit like a kid's sweetie shop.
11 Pond Street. London NW3. Tel: +44 (0)20 7794 1596

Another thing I do quite a lot is I get records and instruments from the auction website. I've also used it to buy a couple of drum machines, a Wurlitzer piano and a VCS3 synth. I've been trying to buy a Dan Martin electric sitar for ages, but no one wants to sell one. It was used on early Steely Dan tracks, but you can play it like a guitar

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