| vintage vinyl records | rock | new wave | jazz |

Northport, New York On Etsy since 2014


| vintage vinyl records | rock | new wave | jazz |

Northport, New York | 993 Sales

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Last updated on Mar 17, 2020

Don't be alarmed! Handshake Records will open again soon.

Steve Shea

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Steve Shea


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About HandshakeRecords

Sales 993
On Etsy since 2014

Music fan. Neuroscientist.

Hello and welcome to Handshake Records.

I have been obsessively collecting music since I was 10 years old. My earliest rock music memories are of my parents’ Beatles albums and Jesus Christ Superstar. The first cassette I ever owned was Synchronicity by The Police. My first concert was REM and Throwing Muses. I still love all of those and many many more.

I love few activities more than digging through piles of records. In my shop are the things of interest that I find here on Long Island. There is a broad range of records in my shop, but I don't sell things I don't appreciate on some level. I am particularly interested in classic rock, new wave, jazz from the 50s and 60s, and unusual or campy records.

What do I do when I'm not collecting or listening to music? I am a neuroscientist. I study the brain. I also have a brain disorder. These facts are unrelated.

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Don't worry, it's really not that bad so far. But that is the origin of my shop name. It is also why I donate 10% of every record sale to Parkinson's disease research. So have a look around, buy some records and help a good cause.

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 17, 2019
Welcome to Handshake Records, offering quality vintage vinyl records and supporting Parkinson’s Disease research. 10% of all sales go to PD charities.

| vintage vinyl records | classic rock | new wave | jazz | rare | kitschy and unusual |

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I hope you will be happy with your records, but if there is a problem with your order, please contact me right away. If a record is damaged or otherwise not in the stated condition, you must contact me within 3 days of deliivery. A full refund for the purchase price (not shipping) will be issued upon receipt of the returned record.

Return shipping is at the buyers expense.
I currently accept PayPal and Etsy Direct Checkout.

Please note that you do NOT need a PayPal account to complete PayPal transactions using a credit card. Simply select PayPal as your checkout method and then enter your credit card payment information where indicated WITHOUT logging in.

Immediate payment is expected. If payment is not received within 24 hours of order placement, the item(s) will be relisted. 

New York buyers will be charged New York state sales tax on both item and shipping fees. NYS sales tax is a destination tax and is determined based on the buyer's shipping address.
I currently only ship within the United States, Canada, and the UK. If you are international and I have something you really want, email me and we can probably work something out. International buyers are responsible for paying any associated customs fees.

All records are shipped in a sturdy cardboard record mailer at 4.00 USD for the first record and 1.00 each per additional record. Shipments are made in 1 – 3 days of receiving payment via USPS media rate mail with tracking.

***All shipments will be made to the address indicated on the ETSY INVOICE unless otherwise requested.

All orders marked “delivered” by the USPS tracking information that are lost or stolen are not refundable. Please make sure your mailing address is safe!

Additional policies and FAQs

Every record has two grades e.g. EX/EX where the first grade is for the disc and the second grade is for the sleeve.

I grade records according to the following criteria:

Mint (M) - This grade is only applied to sealed records.

Near Mint (NM) - I use this grade sparingly. It basically means the record/sleeve looks new and has only the most minor imperfections and shows almost no signs of ever being played. Vinyl is very shiny, almost mirrorlike. Sleeves with cutouts or punch holes never get this grade.

Excellent (EX) - This is a record in very, very good shape that was likely played but was handled very carefully. The vinyl is still very shiny and has only a few superficial scuffs. The label is clean and virtually undamaged, with only minor spindle marks. The sleeve may have minor creases and/or very light shelf wear or factory cutouts. As far as I can tell, the inner sleeve is original and has minimal splits in the seams.

Very Good Plus (VG+) - Records that get this grade still have much of their shine, but include some scratches and scuffs that are superficial and cannot be felt with a fingernail. The label may have minor wear and spindle marks. The outer sleeve typically has more prominent shell and ring wear, but is intact with no splits. The inner sleeve may not be original or may have more prominent splitting.

Very Good (VG) - records that get this grade are still quite listenable, but they show signs of wear that dull their shine. They typically have more prominent hairline scratches that cause appreciable surface noise, and they may have one or two scratches that can be felt with a fingernail. The scratches will affect the sound, but not cause skipping. The outer sleeve is often split a few inches or has substantial shelf wear, and it may include writing. The inner sleeve may be absent.

Good (G) - Frankly, these records are in pretty rough shape, but are playable. If I list such a record, it will have to be pretty rare or interesting.