Ten Second Takeaway

The nondescript New Gramophone House houses an awe-inspiring wall to wall collection of old {and new} vinyl records. They also repair old gramophones and take special orders for newer records.

The what and the where

Appearances are deceptive, and when you reach the large NGH sign on Nai Sarak, all you find is a shoe and chappal shop. It’s only when the shoe salesman sees how confused we are that he points to the stairs at the back of the shop and motions for us to climb them. Upstairs, we reach a small room where the walls are lined with shelf after shelf of stacked records of everyone from Jack Johnson and B.B.King, to Kishore Kumar and Mehdi Hasan.

The current happs

Set up in 1930 in Lahore by Bhagwan Dass Rajpal, New Gramophone House made its way to Chandni Chowk in 1947. Today, it’s run by the founder’s grandson, Anuj Rajpal, who is likely to be found in the store, helping customers rummage through an extensive collection of records, troubleshooting issues with players, and enjoying playing a record or two for his patrons.

He also has an e-commerce website up and running with turntables, record players, spares and a selection of over 3,000 titles for sale.

The record story

You can find records from all labels, times and artists- whether it’s Indian ones like Lagaan and Dil To Pagal Hai or contemporary artists such as Vampire Weekend, there is a wide range to browse and buy. They’ll even take orders- in case you have a special LP in mind.

LBBTip: You can buy out-of-use pieces to use as room decor!

Where: Shop No. 9, Opposite Moti Cinema, Main Road, Chandni Chowk Road

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Contact: +91 9810955557

Price: Records are priced starting at INR 500, and go up to INR 2,000, depending on their condition and rarity

A new turntable from a reliable brand like Denon is available at NGH for as low as INR 13,900. If you want to experiment with a new one, we suggest you check a review site like Amazon for customer feedback before buying.

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