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In the Key of Middle C

In the Key of Middle C

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 12 years since Myrna Sislen took over as Owner of Washington DC’s Middle C Music, she has become known as a tireless advocate for the independent music retailer. Whether she is giving a seminar at the NAMM show, lobbying for music education on Capitol Hill or hand-delivering instruments to needy children in South […]

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Sax And Violins In Tucson

Sax And Violins In Tucson

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Neither Michael Faltin nor his wife, Leslie, dreamed of becoming business owners. He was a band director, musician and former member of the Drum Corps. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. However, when Michael began teaching music in the local middle schools, “I was frustrated with music store choices in our town and saw […]

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Singing The ‘Bluesairmen’

Singing The ‘Bluesairmen’

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

For musicians seeking the best-quality used guitars, basses, amps and effects, Bluesairmen Guitars is a beacon in the otherwise-limited MI market of Garden City MI, some 20 minutes west of Detroit. Original Owner David Goldsworthy opened the shop in May 2005 “to help bring the old-days, hands-on vibe back to a guitar shop after everyone’s […]

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The Little Store That Could

The Little Store That Could

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Island Music is one of the East Coast’s must-see musical instrument retailers, with a jaw-dropping inventory that literally goes from the floor to the top of the 16-foot ceilings. However, that wasn’t always the case. Having overcome considerable early adversity, Island Music has truly become “the little store that could.” Island Music’s story dates back […]

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High Strung Violins & Guitars Changes Keys

High Strung Violins & Guitars Changes Keys

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

High Strung Violins & Guitars, Durham NC’s 25-plus-year-old music store, is on the move again, this time expanding from 1805 W. Markham to the corner building right next door. The former Trinity Lounge/Sirens venue is now serving up guitars and violins instead of wine and beer. The Grand Opening Party was held on February 22 […]

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The Mayor of Music City, Maryland

The Mayor of Music City, Maryland

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 1965, five miles south of Baltimore in Catonsville MD, a young musician and music fan opened a small eight-by-eight shop behind a coin shop and started teaching music lessons there. Almost 50 years and thousands of square feet later, Bill’s Music has become an irreplaceable part of the Catonsville music community, offering a one-stop […]

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UP, UP<strong>TOWN AND AWAY</strong>

UP, UPTOWN AND AWAY

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

It has been 23 years since Jim Nardi first opened Uptown Music in a 600-square-foot space located next to a hardware store. Although the store’s physical presence has grown exponentially—Nardi purchased a carpet retailer that was going out of business in 2007, creating 5,000 square feet of display space, plus another 3,000 square feet for […]

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A Vintage Shop Grows In Brooklyn

A Vintage Shop Grows In Brooklyn

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

A rarity among his contemporaries, Steven Uhrik, Owner of Retrofret Vintage Guitars (Brooklyn NY), grew his business out of a love for the technology behind musical instruments and a fascination with how the instruments work. Uhrik was working as a tech and luthier when, in 1983, he acquired a loft building in Brooklyn that formerly […]

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The Center Of It All

The Center Of It All

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Palatka Music Center has been offering a one-stop shop for the 11,000 residents of Palatka FL since opening its doors on October 29, 1979. The store not only offers a full-line selection of musical instruments and merchandise, but also boasts three lesson rooms, a performance area and a recording studio, which are designed to offer […]

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Changing Of The ‘Gard’s’

Changing Of The ‘Gard’s’

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gard’s Music was a mainstay of Glendora CA since opening in 1978, delighting the local MI community for generations. Daniel, Christy, Matthew and Ellen Sandt purchased the store in 2008 and, since then, what had been a small family business with a more-than-30-year legacy has developed into an ever-growing MI chain that strives to maintain […]

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