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PRESERVING is now open on the main floor of the New Ken Social complex at 1101 5th Ave New Kensington, PA 15068! Same building as previously, right on the corner of 5th Ave & 11th St. Use Entrances A & B on 11th St for entry. There will always be a sidewalk sign outside to guide you in while we are open.

Our hours are announced every Sunday evening via social media for the week. Our Google hours are also updated at this time. You can always call to confirm or if you have a specific question or request but rest assured, we ALWAYS honor the hours posted and they are ALWAYS up-to-date.

724 448 9175 is the shop phone.



PRESERVING takes prides in paying fair, transparent prices for collections both large and small.


Finding himself frustrated with other stores often making insulting offers, owner AJ Rassau found himself sometimes traveling as far Japan in order to receive fair trade-in values for his collection.

Over the past two years of running the store, it has become a sense of personal pride to send customers away feeling good about not only the amount of cash or trade value they received, but the fact that they know their collection is being given the time and respect deserved and, most importantly, being put into the hands of a new generation of music lovers.

While most small trades can be handled in a short time span, larger collections of higher-ticketed items can be dropped off, researched overnight and an itemized spreadsheet will be made available with a breakdown per unit.

We also are willing to travel for large collections to be inspected with offers made. Please call into the shop to make these arrangements.

We are open to any and all forms of music. Full length albums from the 60s to today are preferred but anything will be given the time of day. Vinyl preferred but always taking CDs, cassettes and band shirts as well.


We do not take 45s, 78s or 8 Tracks (unless you are looking to donate them).



After not only surviving but thriving in the 2020 nightmare in a different location, the store initially re-opened on the basement level of New Ken Social under the moniker of Preserving Underground in September of 2020.

Formerly specializing in all things underground (Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Alternative, etc) the store has taken on an entirely new life of its own thanks to the support of the local community and music lovers of all kinds from all around the area.

While the store will always maintain a specialty in the genres overlooked by most other stores, it also found the move as an opportunity to expand both in size and in scope. Everything ranging from Classic Rock to Jazz to Psych to Blues to Indie Rock is now fully stocked.

Despite going full speed ahead in regards to the current revitalized interest in vinyl albums, the store does not forget about the other collectible formats of music: CDs, cassettes and shirts.

Preserving Underground will still exist in the basement level as a concert venue in the near future; the record store has simply taken on a new life of its own and has become its own entity. No longer underground physically, no longer underground in selection.


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