We often hear a customer praise us with the phrase, 'I'm glad you're here.' or 'It's good to have a local music shop!'
Although this blog is not our soap box, we did want to address some of the dynamics that are involved in the running of a small retail music store amidst this ever changing sea of commerce.
Your support keeps us alive. Where and how you spend your money and the frequency in which you patronize businesses matters. Choices are limitless these days with the online goliaths offering everything we sell and more so how can we make a difference? Service, follow-through after the sale and support.
How can you make a difference? Here are few things that can facilitate and sustain our growth in brief terms:
We are not just a showroom.
Whether you're here to actually make a purchase or pass the time understand it's a balancing act for us to prioritize paying customers and visitors to the shop.
It's a kind of nebulous zone to exist in without seeming 'dismissive' of browsers and the curious, offering our time and knowledge that may assist in purchases made elsewhere.
We haven't got the same facilities as the 'big guys' to simply return items to stock or make exchanges. Our stock situation is reflective of the local demand and new trends in the market that we are obliged to support (we are literally smaller and like many businesses, we can only hold so much stock). 'Free returns' is not something we can do but we have many times in the past accommodated a customer's needs depending on the situation. Please bear in mind we may take a loss on our part to make a customer happy in the name of good business and other times it's putting out a 'fire'.
Due to our support and interest in the local scene we have built a network of connections for all sorts of musicians that we're so pleased to be a part of. This is what being a part of the community is all about-being 'local'. Over the years we have donated freely of our services and time to great local causes and institutions. Good things happen when people meet face to face in this world of online connections. We're here for the same reasons many of you are here for-the love of the arts and what can be expressed through it! Call it 'energy' or 'vibe', no matter how you interpret it it's what weaves it all together. If you like having us here in this brick and mortar location, keep in mind it takes support on both sides to foster and grow the music and musicians of tomorrow.
That's right, they're loose in the store as we speak!
However, this kind doesn't require as much care and feeding: The Seagull S6 'Original' like the Seagull guitars by Godin you remember with the latest refinements and feel you expect in a modern guitar:
Solid cedar top, Wild Cherry, Silver Leaf Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard and bridge.
If you haven't played a new Seagull prepare to be surprised!
Check it out! We just received a fresh batch of Alvarez guitars that are every bit as slick as their $1,000+ counterparts with beveled edges, solid rosewood, top notch preamp systems and that fast, easy feel these guitars are known for.
Taylor Guitar's 100 Series is a great place to start:
I great place to experience all the features and tone these guitars possess with walnut layered back and asides, 12-strings, and that well-known ES2 Expression System. Yes, they always come with a quality Taylor gig bag!
We get requests every week for used guitars so here's what's in the shop as of today:
'97 Taylor 412ce / '03 Takamine EF341SCX *SOLD* / '09 Taylor GCE
In fact, here's the complete list of our used instruments as of May 16th:
Alhambra Model 9-C, 1984
Arté Musica, ca.80's
Kremona CL 650 WS, ca.90's
Kremona S 63 CW, ca.2000's
STEEL STRING: Martin D41 2016 Takamine EF341SCX. 2003 *SOLD* Taylor GCE 2009 Taylor 412ce 1997 BANJOS: Deering Boston 2000's Deering Black Diamond 2005 Mayfair Tenor ca.70's FOLK & OTHER INSTRUMENTS: Premier banjo-uke ca.20's Apple Creek dulcimer. 2010's Roosebeck Balalaika 2010's Regal Artistic Resonator Mando ca.late 30's
In case we missed one check our inventory page for more info:
The difference when you buy from us rather than some online 'giant' that third party ships your guitar 'as-is' in the box is that we inspect & adjust every guitar we sell. You can also request your favorite strings and setup-good luck asking Amazon to do that for you. ;)
Our Taylor rep, Mike stopped by today with a Builder's Edition
K14ce to check out (that's his hand holding it for us in the pic).
Ok, so you don't have X-ray vision! On the L, the standard Taylor bracing, the R, you guessed it, their amazing 'V-Class' bracing So brace yourself ...yeah, we know, we know... It'll be here in the near future or you can preorder one!
We're inundated with mandolins from $99-$695! Brands from Savannah, Rogue, Kentucky, Loar, and Eastman for every style and budget-lots of 'A-Models' and one 'F' to explore here. Plus, you're buying an instrument that has been professionally set up for easy, beginner friendly action as well as the option of a 'pro' setup with different strings if desired. We never take an instrument out of the box and just hang it up for sale!
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We currently have two Gretsch 'Jim Dandy' models in stock but they rarely stick around long at < $170!
Also pictured to the left of our Eastman parlor guitar, a Gretsch G9531 'Style 3'
If you have't played one of these mid-priced 'Roots Series' Gretsch guitars you're in for a surprise: classic sound and looks with modern feel-astounding value!
We're counting up this week starting with two Taylor 214's. Just in today a shiny 214ce DLX featuring a solid spruce top and layered rosewood back and sides, hardshell case included. A Koa 214ce is also back in stock. (L)
We haven't forgotten the flutists out there, especially with these exceptional instruments in stock:
In the foreground, an Artley piccolo (synthetic 'wood' body, silver keys). On the left, an open hole Haynes flute and on the right, a Haynes Amadeus open hole. Looking to upgrade to a concert worthy instrument at a reasonable price? We might just have what you're looking for in your next flute.