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Since 1924, this nationwide chain has been supplying musicians and DJs with everything from 99-cent guitar picks to recording equipment that runs into six digits. (The store also reimburses down-on-their-luck musicians with cash for trade-ins.) Helpful staffers, typically musicians themselves, have plenty of advice for prospective buyers and encourage customers—and potential instrument-renters—to take advantage of the "try me" policy resulting in a cacophony of sounds at back. Instructional books, DVDs, and videos as well as sheet music are arranged library style but there's no shush policy here.


Those on the store’s mailing list are privy to "secret sales" plus a list of closeout items.