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Minor Chord: Major Player

Massachusetts' The Minor Chord Music Outfitters is certainly no "minor" player. Learn what makes the store successful, including its outstanding staff.

Still Strong At 60-Plus Years

Having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018, Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center has put down deep roots in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan-area music co...
Mike Risko, Miriam Risko, Mike Risko Music

Married to MI

Mike Risko Music has been a one-stop shop for musicians who want to listen, learn and play in the Ossining, N.Y., area since 2010, when the store grew out of a ...

A Home Run in Cincinnati

Michael Schear didn’t set out to be a music store owner back in 1991, when Antonio Violins opened its doors. By trade, he worked in sales, distributing paper an...
Texas Music Emporium

Rebel Retail

The story of Houston’s Texas Music Emporium is an unlikely one. An auto mechanic by trade, but a guitar player at heart, the store’s president, Jim Cappiello, o...
Guitar Exchange

Exchanging Pleasantries

When Gary Kramer opened The Guitar Exchange in 1998, he already had years of experience under his belt. Not only was he a veteran of the south Florida MI scene,...
Randy Shayler

The Head of the Class

Unlike the owners of most musical instrument stores, Randy Shayler is not a musician. Beyond some childhood piano lessons and a stint playing clarinet in the sc...

The Spicer of Life

Having grown up in a household where “my dad always had instruments around the house for me to pick up,” it’s not surprising that Tim Spicer would look to recre...
A&G Central Music

A Real Class Act

A&G Central Music, winner of the Music Makes a Difference and Dealer of the Year awards at NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer 2017 event in July, is also one of the most...

Strait Shooting

Strait Music Co. Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Clint Strait, Vice President Clint Strait is the first third-generation member of h...