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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000786.txt from 1998/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Local independent music stores
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 18:43:10 -0400

At 03:12 PM 4/15/98 -0400, Fred Jackobowitz 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...
>This makes them worthy of my support???? I think not!

If that is their attitude, they deserve to lose your business. But still,
don't check out the merchandise there and then order from the catalog. It
isn't ethical. Just do the whole thing mail order.

The one reputable
>store in the area which cares gets alot of recommendations from me.

There you go! If these guys get it, support them, like you are doing.
Maybe the others will catch on, or go out of business because everyone is
going to your place.

> I would not be surprised if many areas with smaller populations
>and fewer stores don't have that one good store around. People don't go to
>catalogues only for the price. If stores want the business they ought to
>really clean their act up.
Stores do the best they can, but it is not easy to find knowledgeable help
(they just got lucky with me! :-) ).

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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