Vinyl died a long time ago. Or so it would seem, but Barry Weisfeld, owner of the Princeton Record Exchange, has found a way to maintain a thriving trade in vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and other forms of media that allegedly are endangered species.

Weisfeld founded the Record Exchange 30 years ago and continues to do more than just survive. The store is a mandatory stop for music hunters, who come from as far as Illinois to buy, sell,trade, and hope for the find of a lifetime.

Part of Weisfeld’s secret to success is that he is Weisfeld is a compulsive collector himself.

Weisfeld’s combination of obsession, knowledge, and eidetic memory offers a lesson in the main ingredients in entrepreneurship.

Without this particular combination of compulsion and know-how — for his subject and for his customers’ wants — it is doubtful a place like the Princeton Record Exchange would have survived for so long.

And yet it has. And it shows little sign of slowing down.

#b#Princeton Record Exchange#/b#, 20 Tulane Street, Princeton 08542; 609-921-0881; fax, 609-683-5760. Barry Weisfeld, president. www.prex.com. New and used CDs, LPs, DVDs, and VHS, bought and sold. Reported in U.S. 1, April 14.

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