This goes along with Welder's "New Topics to Discuss", but I thought I'd start a new post to keep it somewhat organized.
Like most all of us, I'm always searching for new music stores to visit or call. I thought it would be interesting to see where we've all been across the nation and even the world and see what our favorites are with a short description of these places and maybe even give a wish list of places we'd like to see.
Here's my list of favorites I've visited:
Wildwood Music, Roscoe Village (Coshocton, Oh): Don And Marty roll out the red carpet for all their customers. High end store with one of the biggest selection of Martin and Taylor guitars you'll find. Very picky about their inventory and keep instruments in cases or glass cases and are always wiped down after test drives. This is the kind of place to actually buy an instrument. No trades or used inventory though, All acoustic and always quiet when I visit.
Elderly Instruments, Lansing, Mi: Huge inventory of about anything you would want, used, new and vintage. Free to pick up anything and play but they keep the extremely costly instruments in "the vault" and can play upon request. You could spend a whole day here and it will seem like only an hour or so. It's a blast.
Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, TN: I haven't been to the new store yet, but if the same people are there, I'm sure it's excellent. Great high end inventory and Billy is superb to deal with.
Smoky Mountain Guitars: Very nice store, not at all crowded when I was there and very high end inventory. It's the only place I know that carries Altman guitars and mandolins. This is where I traded for my Collings.
Artisan Guitars Franklin, TN: Only been there once, but was treated great and was impressed with their high end inventory. If I remember right, they didn't have much in the way of Martins other than used. I'm not much of a Martin guy so it didn't bother me, but for Martin lovers, there was not a whole lot there. That may have changed since I last visited. They had a lot of Collings and Santa Cruz. not sure about Bourgeous, I just can't remember. Very neat place to visit.
Wilcutt Guitars, Lexington, KY: They have a nice inventory of nearly all the big names, even McPherson and they want you to play them. Try to go through week, it was a zoo on a Saturday that I went the first time.
My Favorite Guitars, Naples, FL: Jon is a great guy and knows his stuff and is very helpful. This is more of an internet store where he ships all over, but does have inventory on the floor and are more than welcome to come in and play.
Sweetwater Music, Ft Wayne, IN: This is the place to go for recording, mics, software, electronic devices. etc. These guys are top notch and very professional and really know how to help and give advice. And the place is HUGE! I think 90% of it is warehouse and shipping.
The places I would love to visit are: Mass Street Music in Lawrence KS, Greg Boyd"s House of Fine Instruments, Missoula, MT and Acoustic Music Works, Pittsburg, PA.
I'm interested to see where others have been if anyone's interested in replying.