48th Street = Desolation Row. Bye-Bye Brick and Mortar Music Stores

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Where can you go to get undownloaded sheet music or a capo now? Although I guess they were all really Sam Ash anyway, which has now moved way over on the West Side. Rudy's is still there, I think. But RiIP nearby Colony Music is well, which bit the dust last summer as well.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 18 February 2013 12:54 (eight years ago) link

they will take my brick and mortar store when they pry it from my cold dead hands

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:00 (eight years ago) link

luv you, Berklee School of Music store

This beat is TWEENCHRONIC (DJP), Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:06 (eight years ago) link

who else has one? Julliard.. Although they moved it around during some construction. Don't know whether they ever moved it back or stayed in the other location.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 February 2013 13:37 (eight years ago) link

I have a great music store on my doorstep and another not far from my office.

The main problem seems to be that none of the music stores in the city I live in are open past 6pm between Sunday and Wednesday.

What do people do if they work an office job but need to buy guitar strings? I think to myself, "well, I guess I can buy guitar strings on Thursday. Or maybe I could leave work early and maybe make it there before 6pm."

One time I did leave work early and made it to the music store at 5:45pm. They'd already pulled the roll shutters down.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 23 February 2013 13:38 (eight years ago) link

First line of my post went missing was more or less: "Berklee has a brick and mortar music store? *slaps foreheatd*"

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 February 2013 13:39 (eight years ago) link

Have of version of same problem as fields of salmon. I buy the house band of strings from a classical place could Luthier- see the famous endorsements here http://luthiermusic.com/- which is still there right a few stores down on Birdland on 44th Street but closes a little after six so I can't really get there most of the time.J&R Music World actually opened their own store for musical instruments in recent years which will do in a pinch, but I haven't totally warmed up to it.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 February 2013 13:46 (eight years ago) link

This is why we are open until 7 mon-thurs

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Saturday, 23 February 2013 18:04 (eight years ago) link

Not that that helps any of you, but still

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Saturday, 23 February 2013 18:05 (eight years ago) link

It does help me in that it makes me happy that someone still cares about the working stiff who might want to tag up with his meager musical aspirations on his way home at night.

Do you still stock instructional materials/sheet music? Matt Umanov doesn't anymore, just those little gig bag chord books.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 February 2013 18:12 (eight years ago) link

we stock instructional stuff but i cant give away sheet music or tab at this point, all the old school publishers are in full panic mode and trying to find other stuff to sell at this point, its pretty much over for them i think

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Saturday, 23 February 2013 21:47 (eight years ago) link

Wait, what is there to replace sheet music and tab? Or is it that people just don't give a fuck?

how's life, Saturday, 23 February 2013 22:15 (eight years ago) link

They just download it off the internet? Or they ask their friends to email them a giant zip file with charts for every song ever recorded? But yeah, I know, it's kind of sad. RIP, sheet music:(

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 February 2013 22:21 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

The only thing worse than music stores that close at 6pm is dealing with their staff between 5pm and 6pm. Half of them behave as if they have a bag of cocaine burning a hole in their pocket. I get it, you're about to close the store and you have other things to do. During the last hour of your shift you're liable to be short-tempered and easily distracted. I still need to purchase things, which I came here to do in the 15 minutes you're open for normal people.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:51 (eight years ago) link

there's a sam ash in forest hills -- took me a while to realize this, and was surprised to run across it

--808 542137 (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:53 (eight years ago) link

Walked by there recently. They have a surprising amount of single page sheet music as well as books, although some of the latter seem well-thumbed by decades of customers- kind of a Store That Time Forgot. Although I did see some guys go in there to try out -what are those things called again?- oh yes, Lunchbox amps.

What About The Half That's Never Been POLLed (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:57 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Went by Park Row today and saw that most of the J&R stores are closed now, there is mainly only the one on the corner of Broadway.

Orpheus in Hull (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 July 2013 19:22 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

That last J&R is of course gone. Rudy's reopened on Broome Street.

When I Get To The Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 August 2017 19:49 (four years ago) link

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