The Vinyl Music Vault in Oneonta is a one-man labor of love. Meet owner Vincent Mashburn, who is every inch a native New Yorker. Fast-talking, no-nonsense, eccentric, and opinionated, he is as much a reason to visit as the more than 100,000 records that line the shelves of his music emporium. His selection runs the gamut—soul, rock, folk, jazz, classical, opera, salsa, hip hop, metal, country, easy listening, cuarteto, Gregorian chants, you name it. The store has every conceivable modern music format—8-tracks, 45s, 78s, tapes, CDs, LPs—and the vintage stereo equipment to listen to it. "It's like a little museum where you see all the formats man has devised over the course of time—formats we attribute to technological advances, but really are due to laziness," Mashburn says. He is a purist, preferring the sound quality of old-school formats like reel-to-reel tapes over digital, which he says sound like a "foghorn." With 37 years' experience as a junior high school band teacher, Mashburn's instinct to educate is strong. He teaches customers about genres, artists, instruments, recording mediums, and equipment. "Most people don't grow up with music anymore, so someone has to take their hand and show them," he says. "Music has been my field since I was born. When it's your business and it's your passion, you do it better than anyone."