About / What We Sell

Backbeat Store FrontBackbeat Books and Music is a locally owned store in Perth, Ontario.
We specialize in new and used books, vinyl and turntables. We carry new turntables from Pro-Ject and Audio Technica plus we carry speakers from Kanto and Microlab. At Backbeat we also have all the products to help keep that vinyl collection and turntable in top shape. We carry the Spin-Clean Record Washing System, Mobile Fidelity accessories, carbon-fibre record and stylus brushes, outer and inner sleeves, speaker cable and connectors, and much more.

We are focused on providing an in-store book and record store experience but have recently opened our eShop so you can purchase new records online and either pick them up at our store or have us ship them to you.
Our website (where you are now) is designed to provide a similar relaxed feel like our physical store. It is a place to browse release details on our products, read a book or album review, find links to other interesting articles related to our product lines and other news about our store.

Whether you are visiting from Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Montreal or beyond, we hope that when you are in Perth, Ontario you stop by and enjoy some time at our store. For now, enjoy some time on our website and get a taste of what Backbeat Books and Music is all about.


Who are the people running this joint?

Dan Chu – The Music

Christine Chu – The Books

Tenzin Chu – The “Boss”

Backbeat Books & Music


What We Sell


USED – We carry an ever-changing and expanding selection of gently used books of all genres – fiction, non-fiction, mystery/thrillers, classics, children’s and YA books. We have a particular soft spot for showcasing talented Canadian writers, as well selecting atypical books that are a little quirky or offbeat. We believe you will be impressed with our selection and happily surprised with our prices.

NEW – If we don’t have what you are looking for in stock, let us know. We can special order most books, and to thank you for choosing to buy from us, we offer a 20% discount off the retail price of books we special order for our customers.


NEW – You can find the latest release LPs from major label artists to indie releases. We also stock re-issues of LPs that are difficult to find used. Although we cannot stock every record that is available we do our best to source and special order anything you might want. Want to check out our inventory? Head to our eShop.

USED/VINTAGE – From 3Speed Automatic to Zon, we feature over 4000 vintage/used LPs in store, carefully shopped and selected to compliment our new inventory. Every record shop has it’s niche, we focus heavily on 80s alternative and always try to have an amazing selection available. We have everything though, from classic rock, prog, metal, jazz, hip hop, funk, soul, reggae, ambient, 12″ mixes and 45s. We select the used vinyl we feature in the store from our collection of over 20,000 records.

We are always interested in buying collections and pay the best prices possible. We buy Rock, Jazz, Blues, Punk, Metal, Reggae/Ska, Funk, Soul, Folk, Alternative, Soundtracks and more. Please get in touch with us about selling your records, don’t let them die in your basement, that’s just a sad thought.

Turntables and Accessories

Click here for our Turntable Price List

We carry new turntables from Pro-Ject and Audio Technica. Our focus is on entry level audiophile quality turntables with the ability to be upgraded as your desire for better sound increases. Whether it is the simple and beautiful design of the Pro-Ject turntables featuring Ortofon cartridges or the straight forward styling and excellent functionality of the Audio Technica turntables featuring a phono pre-amp and moving magnet cartridges we are sure to be able to find the right match for your needs. Looking for something higher end? Let us know we are able to special order most turntables from these manufacturers.

Looking for something to add to your system, we sell pre-amps from Pro-Ject and cartridges from Audio Technica and Nagaoka. You can also get record cleaning supplies, sleeves, 45rpm adapters, headshells and turntable mats. Looking for a new needle? We can special order one for you, specific to your cartridge.

and more…

To compliment the main product lines we sell we also carry:

  • album frames from Records on Walls
  • stationery and cards
  • record / messenger bags
  • patches and buttons