"We got much more money than we expected..."
"For the most part, the business of buying used LPs and CDs is a bit shady, a half-step up from a scam...Then I found Volver [and] we got much more money than we expected, thanks to the honesty and integrity of Lincoln Stewart... He arrived when he said he would, brought his own canvas bags to transport the LPs, and was very organized and efficient... I was amazed to learn that we owned several LPs that were actually considered valuable! The top-earning LP was a pressing of some promotional Metallica album, that we didn't even know we had, worth $185! ... We earned a pile of cash. We lightened our load. It required minimal effort. It was fair to both buyer and seller. And now other people will have the opportunity to enjoy those LPs. All in all, a very good deal." -- Laura K.
[Note: Laura blogged about what it was like for me to visit her and her husband for a housecall. You can read her full review here.]
"There's no one I'd rather do business with."
"I've been buying and selling records with Lincoln for the last five years. There's no one I'd rather do business with. When he says he'll pay 50% of what he'll sell a record for, he means it. And his payouts are always fair. I've never walked away from a deal feeling cheated or with seller's remorse, which is a common experience I had before I started selling to Lincoln. The guy knows his records, from pricing to grading. His previous shop, Good Music, was a go-to destination for collectors and crate diggers to get amazing records at reasonable prices. It was Toronto's best kept secret. Volver, operated out of Lincoln's loft, is picking up where Good Music left off. Inventory is priced to move, unlike the dusty wall pieces that hang around most Toronto record shops for months. There's always fresh things coming in, which keeps me coming back. Roll by the loft, hang out with Lincoln and his dog, and see why Volver puts other shops to shame."
-- David Lipson
"Without doubt, Lincoln will give you the best price."
"I have been buying collectibles from Lincoln longer than I can remember. Whether it was my Criterion LaserDisc of Coppola's Dracula from Art & Trash or recent Beatles in Mono vinyl boxset from Good Music. Two things matter to me when buying collectibles: honesty and integrity. When Lincoln says he offers fair prices in and out you can believe it. Buying and selling is a hassle-free experience. I've sold and bought records all around and I can say without doubt, Lincoln will give you the best price."
-- Derek Ambrose
"The only guy I go to when I have records to sell."
"I've been been dealing with Lincoln for a few years, and I've had nothing but positive experiences. He charges fair prices, and goes out of his way to stock quality records in good condition. There's nothing else you can really ask for as a buyer.
"Lincoln is also the only guy I go to when I have some records to sell. My experience leaves no doubt that he offers top dollar, and he'll tell you straight what your records are worth. If you have records to sell, you can't do better than Lincoln. In fact, the reason he has such great records for his customers to buy is probably because he's such a pleasure for people to sell their records to. Highly recommended."
-- Peter Cimino
"His prices have always been beyond fair and I appreciate his no-nonsense demeanor. Visiting him at his loft was simple and added a pleasant personal touch to the exchange."
-- Matthew Cosgrove
"He cares about records, he cares about music, and most of all he cares about his customers."
Lincoln is unique among record sellers (and buyers). Not because he only sells online and then you have to pick it up yourself. He’s unique because he’s a record business guy who cares about music and the people who listen to it. Start with his website—photos are super clear, descriptions are sober and accurate, and prices are fair. Plus the fact that his stock is lovingly selected in the first place. Then, when you buy something, you embark on an excursion to Lincoln’s secret lair to pick it up. This is the best part. This is when you discover that he’s nice—and so is his dog—and he cares about records, he cares about music, and most of all he cares about his customers.
-- Paul Ruta
"there is little debate that Lincoln's the best source for finding rare records at a fair price... no one really does it like Lincoln does."
"Lincoln is my go-to guy when I have top-shelf records to sell. I stress quality because he is picky -- he will only buy records in terrific shape. In exchange, he offers the best prices in the city. My time as a record seller to stores across Toronto reinforces this claim. When he makes you an offer, he is as transparent as possible and is always willing to give you a breakdown of his offer. I used to go to others, but now it's just him. When I have records in which he's not interested, he's willing to refer me to a dealer who he thinks will be.
"If you are not sure if you have the kind of records Volver is looking for, he'll speak with you about your records or visit you at your home. He offers an even better exchange if you take store credit, which is great since he is constantly restocking premium vintage vinyl. In fact, there is little debate that Lincoln's the best source for finding rare records at a fair price in Toronto. I would even extend this claim across Canada. As someone who has been through record stores, big and small, across the country, I have never come across anyone else that is able to so consistently acquire great records AND sell them at reasonable prices.
"Chock-full of original pressings, the records he stocks are always a treat to dig through. Lincoln’s innovative approach of daily uploading his inventory to the web—first through Instagram, and now through his website—is a refreshing and exciting addition to my day and life as a record digger.
"I’ve said it to peers in the record world and I’ll say it again here: no one really does it like Lincoln does."
-- Marc CalabreTta
"A reliable source in Toronto..."
"I've been dealing with Lincoln since I first met him in the early 90s--first at Art & Trash and then at Vortex Records, Good Music, and now Volver. He has great taste in music and under his eagle eye, I always manage to find a record I've been on the hunt for -- and always in the best condition! It's comforting to know there's a reliable record source in Toronto."
-- Danko Jones
"My experience buying was amazing..."
"I really loved my experience buying records from Volver. I enjoy getting the daily record texts, not just in the hopes to find something that I'm looking for, but because I've had the chance to find out about a lot of stuff that I didn't know about, or that I've somehow forgotten.
"My experience buying was amazing as well. I expected it to be a typical Kijiji sale with him walking to the door and us doing a simple exchange. but Lincoln invited me in, offered me a drink and we listened to the record while we chatted about music. It was wonderful and I'm looking forward to buying more!"