Music takes centre stage at the Regent

Darryl Baser looks for musical treasures among the hundreds of vinyl records awaiting the crowds at today's Regent Theatre Anything But Books Sale. Photo by Brenda Harwood
Darryl Baser looks for musical treasures among the hundreds of vinyl records awaiting the crowds at today's Regent Theatre Anything But Books Sale. Photo by Brenda Harwood
Searching through hundreds of vinyl LPs and CDs for ''discs to spin'' during today's Regent Theatre Anything But Books Sale has been a trip down memory lane for Darryl Baser.

The Dunedin musician and parliamentary aide is looking forward to sharing some favourite tunes from artists as diverse as Grand Funk Railroad, Dolly Parton, Brian Eno, the Beatles, and even Devo, with the bargain-hunting crowds.

''It has been a lot of fun hunting through all these boxes of records for music to play and being DJ for the day should be a good laugh.''

With local firm Strawberry Sound providing two turntables and a CD player, he will have a professional set-up to use.

As organiser of the music for both The Star Regent 24 Hour Book Sale and the Anything But Books Sale for several years, Mr Baser is a familiar sight at the events.

''It's good to be involved in such positive community events and it's nice to be able to help out the Regent with its fundraising.''

Having recently acquired a turntable for his home, Mr Baser may be on the hunt for a few vinyl discs to take home himself.

''I have been enjoying playing vinyl LPs at home and it will be great to find some bargains at the sale,'' he said.

Vinyl was making a real resurgence at present, but new albums did not come cheap - costing up to $40, he said.

Hundreds of vinyl records make up just one section of the myriad items for sale in the Regent Theatre Anything But Books Sale, with sheet music, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, games and even a piano, a foosball table, and a viola for sale.

The sales starts at 3pm at the Regent Theatre and will continue until about 8pm - unless everything is sold earlier.

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