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Andrew Broughton

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« on: November 02, 2017, 01:32:59 pm »

Is there another store like this in the world? I always try to make a point of going there whenever Iím in NYC...




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Re: B&H
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 02:22:50 pm »

Cool.  Never seen the physical store.  Have bought lots of stuff, both camera and audio from them.  Always a good experience.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 02:25:46 pm »

Well, there's Thomann in Germany, for music instruments Etc. Situated in a small village in Bavaria, the shops not small though!



Even has it's own cafť and repair workshops and a room for PA equipment/lighting.

https://www.thomann.de/gb/compinfo.html

and a German interview/piece about the company if you didn't know who they were https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article153261040/Der-Musik-Monopolist-aus-der-deutschen-Provinz.html
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 03:08:35 pm »

Is there another store like this in the world? I always try to make a point of going there whenever Iím in NYC...




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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 05:04:03 pm »

Just Music similarly has a giant brick and mortar store in Berlin. It's like a department store for musical equipment. Good staff, too, although i don't actually visit their PA dept much.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 06:47:49 pm »

Growing up, it was always my goal to get to spend a day or two at The Woodwind and Brasswind store in South Bend, Indiana. Sadly they have since closed their brick and mortar store.

I wouldn't mind visiting the Full Compass store in Madison, Wisconsin.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 07:15:52 pm »

Growing up, it was always my goal to get to spend a day or two at The Woodwind and Brasswind store in South Bend, Indiana. Sadly they have since closed their brick and mortar store.

I wouldn't mind visiting the Full Compass store in Madison, Wisconsin.
For the maximum stuff in a small space Chuck Levin's in Wheaton MD is pretty impressive

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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 08:07:27 pm »

For the maximum stuff in a small space Chuck Levin's in Wheaton MD is pretty impressive


Boy do I miss being local to WPS & Chucks!

But my last visit to NYC included B&H.
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2017, 08:12:17 pm »

Sweetwater in Indiana is an unbelievable complex. Sales reps have a stainless spiral slide that goes down to the cafeteria.
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 09:41:57 pm »

Sweetwater in Indiana is an unbelievable complex. Sales reps have a stainless spiral slide that goes down to the cafeteria.
Does Sweetwater still have a brick and mortar store? I thought they went to all online sales as well.
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2017, 09:44:53 pm »

Does Sweetwater still have a brick and mortar store? I thought they went to all online sales as well.

They have a huge store in Ft. Wayne, IN. Dedicated areas for various product lines, a number of recording studios, a small performance hall, plus a restaurant, a coffee shop, a used gear shop, etc.
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Re: B&H
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 05:56:49 am »

Is there another store like this in the world? I always try to make a point of going there whenever Iím in NYC...



Oh, I went past that a couple of times last month when I was at AES...
Seems that I really missed out on something.

Maybe next time.

But I have been at the Thoman store and had a chance to look at their warehouse. The store is cool but the warehouse and logistics just blows you away!
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 02:03:30 pm »

Up until a few years ago, there was a fantastic musical instrument store in downtown Portland, Oregon that took up about a quarter of a block. It was called Apple Music Row, and besides generically selling musical instruments, they had an entire storefront just for guitars, they sold a lot of PA equipment, and at one time I think they might have even sold vinyl.

How they kept their name without running afoul of Apple Computer, I don't know. Maybe they were the first to use the name. (They opened in 1975.)

The owner retired a few years ago and closed up shop. It's hard to sell any bricks-and-mortar retail business that is dominated by giant online discounters. The only reason many of these old shops can keep going is they have very little debt. To open or buy such a shop now would likely require a huge investment and ton of debt that the business model cannot support.

While the storefront's closed, he is still working on selling the remains of his collection of stringed instruments online.

https://www.gbase.com/stores/apple-music
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2017, 03:22:41 pm »

Up until a few years ago, there was a fantastic musical instrument store in downtown Portland, Oregon that took up about a quarter of a block. It was called Apple Music Row, and besides generically selling musical instruments, they had an entire storefront just for guitars, they sold a lot of PA equipment, and at one time I think they might have even sold vinyl.

How they kept their name without running afoul of Apple Computer, I don't know. Maybe they were the first to use the name. (They opened in 1975.)

The owner retired a few years ago and closed up shop. It's hard to sell any bricks-and-mortar retail business that is dominated by giant online discounters. The only reason many of these old shops can keep going is they have very little debt. To open or buy such a shop now would likely require a huge investment and ton of debt that the business model cannot support.

While the storefront's closed, he is still working on selling the remains of his collection of stringed instruments online.

https://www.gbase.com/stores/apple-music

Jonathan - Didn't you also mention in another thread that Powell's Technical Bookstore is also closed? 

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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2017, 04:02:20 pm »

Jonathan - Didn't you also mention in another thread that Powell's Technical Bookstore is also closed?

I don't think it was me.
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Re: B&H
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2017, 02:58:49 am »

Chuck Levinís Washington Music in Weaton Maryland was and probably still is the largest single music/PA store in America when I lived in Maryland. The main store is big, next door is their instrument repair shop, next to that is the piano store and PA store and the family also owns Washington Pro (WPS) behind them. Basically a block of anything you need to outfit a beginning band all the way to a touring sound company and broadcast TV or recording studio.

I was a dealer for many things back in Maryland and sometimes it was cheaper to buy retail from Chuckís as I got a lower price and did not have to pay shipping.

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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2017, 11:42:38 am »

While it wasn't a single store, W. 48th St, Manhattan, in the mid-80's was amazing.  At that time I was working as a private courier and daily, my last stop in the city was in Rockefeller Center on that block.  If I hustled through my route,  I could usually add a half hour plus to my lunch time.  It never got old.  These days, the quotes I get from Chuck's are still usually below cost that my other sources pay.
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« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2017, 06:26:57 am »

How they kept their name without running afoul of Apple Computer, I don't know. Maybe they were the first to use the name. (They opened in 1975.)

I guess it was the timing. I seem to recall that Jobs and Woz had to deal with Apple Records over their name at some point in their early days.

Or perhaps the territory.

There is a small travel agency in my state called Starbucks...and as far as I'm aware, we are the only state that doesn't have any coffee chain stores of that name.

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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2017, 05:52:15 pm »

There is a small travel agency in my state called Starbucks...and as far as I'm aware, we are the only state that doesn't have any coffee chain stores of that name.

There's a Vietnamese restaurant in Fremont called iPho. I'm waiting to see how long that lasts. -F
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