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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000777.txt from 1998/04

From: Kenneth Wolman <>
Subj: Re: Local independent music stores
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 16:47:30 -0400

At 03:12 PM 4/15/98 -0400, you wrote:
>In Baltimore we have quite a few local music stores. With one exception,
>they are all in it for the fast buck. They constantly sell students stuff
>they don't need, refuse to carry music and accessories that I, as a
>private teacher - not
>a band instructor, request (because they can only sell one or two instead
>of 100), staff their stores with extremely uninformed 'dweebs' who get
>instructions wrong and insist that what they have is better anyway,
>take weeks to replace a pad, charge full list price for student
>instruments which they sell tons of, etc...

That is another aspect of the problem and I imagine it applies to people
who are not in "music district" neighborhoods in large cities. I've called
local stores in Jersey--not the chains like Sam Ash--and when I ask about
Pomarico crystal mouthpieces, they either have never heard of them ("Poma
who?") or tell me it's a special order item and they stock low-end stuff
for kids just starting to play ANY instrument (Tonettes, anyone?). I can
only imagine walking into the local music store near my apartment and
telling them the owner want to buy a LeBlanc Opus and Buffet Prestige, then
dialing 911 so the EMS guys can revive the salesman after he faints....


Kenneth Wolman Information Technology Morgan Stanley Inc.
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