Friday, 22 September 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM
For the love of old-fashioned music
NESTLED on the third floor of the Central Market in Ipoh, is a small shop that still sells old vinyl records and cassettes.
The 75-year-old owner, Cheng Ah Lek, an ardent music lover himself, patiently waits for customers to visit his shop established some 17 years ago.
Before the current location, Cheng used to operate from a shop on Osborne Street (now Jalan Dato Tahwil Azhar) for 30 years.
“I have my regulars from all over the country who come to purchase the items.
“People still purchase vinyl records as they feel that the sound is still more powerful, despite it being the digital era now,” he said.
Cheng said he has a variety of records and cassettes, and some of the vinyls sold at his shop are no longer in production.
Some of his vinyl records dates back to over 50 years.
He has a collection of over 2,000 records including those from The Platters, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Ahmad Yusoh.
The cassettes comprise albums in English, Malay and Chinese.
Cheng said some of the older generation still preferred to listen music on cassette players.
“They still like the old-fashioned ways, as they find it easier compared to the new technology, which they feel is complicated.
“I will probably operate my shop for another year or two, because age is catching up.
“Even now, I am running the shop just to pass my time,” he said, adding that two of his children are already working in Kuala Lumpur.
Also displayed in his shop are several types of erhu (a two-stringed bowed musical instrument or spike fiddle from China). Cheng said these instruments were also for sale.
He started learning how to play the instrument on his own when he was young, and it has become his hobby.
“On Sundays, a group of friends usually gather in front of my shop, and together we play the erhu over a cup of coffee,” he said, while playing a tune to show how it functions.
His shop, Perniagaan Nanyang is open daily from noon to 5pm.