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  • Bland, bland bland!! -- a rant about music stores

    A couple of days ago I went to check out a music shop in the new neighbourhood; a place called Cosmo Music, it's one of the bigger stores in the Toronto area.

    YAWWWWWNNNN!

    Wall of fenders here, in the usual colours; 95% of them were strats. (Just how many ****************ing strats do we need on earth??) Wall of Pacificas and Ibanez there. A dozen Gibsons with "Please ask for assistance" cards tucked in behind the strings. About 10 of those PRS Santana #8 specials, and 5 "real" PRSs just to they could say they had 'em, hung up on the highest rack. A single, brown, dusty DeArmond on a floor stand, with two broken strings. Bla!! Just like a million guitar shops in a million neighbourhoods the world over.

    Amps? 2 BJs, a Blues Deluxe, a DeVille; a Princeton with a fourteen year old plugged in playing Randy Rhodes really BADLY. A Peavey Classic 30, a Delta, and 2 Bandits, plus something called a "Rage" that smelled so strongly of silicon transistors it made me a bit queasy. A marshall somthing or other half-stack. A Line 6 thing. Bla!!! I spotted an Ampeg reissue, raced over to it, only to find that it was a bass amp.

    Pedals? A big array of Boss things and Dan'o things in gawdy colours.

    Acoustics? You bet...75% Yamaha, 10% Fender, 15% other assorted brands. Nothing exciting, except a wood-body resonophonic Fender that played so poorly it startled me.

    I knew the price of everything before looking at the tags, except the MIM fenders, which continue to creep up.

    Went to the counter. Asked for Ernie Ball 10-52's --- you guessed it, all out. "You want a set of D'Addarios in those enviro-packs?" "Not if it would bring world peace!!"

    Went to the repair shop, asked about putting an fx loop in my BJ; a guy with a nametag that said "Bob" had a hard time understanding the question; he was sure I said "Blues Deville" but I pointed out that that amp already has an fx loop. "Oh yeah..." Bob, who according to the plaque on the wall is a Gold-Certified Fender Electronics Repair Technician, took my phone number and said he'd call back with a price. He hasn't.

    There was nothing NOTHING NOTHING even remotely interesting or characterful in the whole store. I felt like jumping up on the counter and yelling "OOGA BOOGA!!" at the top of my lungs, just for a break from the oppressive blandness.

    Ugh!!

    - Rob

  • #2
    Personally I prefer to go to second hand / used music stores. There is always the dream of finding that special something that someone else has tossed, and nothing beats the rush of getting a great negotiated bargain basement price
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    • #3
      Guess they need some Kramers.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Smokey
        Guess they need some Kramers.
        .... only in a perfect world
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        • #5
          I really like 'the guitar shop' on lakeshore in mississauga.

          Small shop: for electrics they do have a lot of strats. But they have a dozen prs guitars (most of em ridiculously expensive) a few teles and gibbys...then theyve got:

          Some nice hollow bodies by fender and gretch
          Godin guitars.
          Ernie balls
          A couple of danelectros
          And a few other nice electrics.
          And they do bring in various other brands just to mix things up.

          They have as many acoustics as electrics, and carry mostly the simon and patrick line (S+P, larrivee, seagul A+L) as well as some taylors, martins, and a few other semi-decent cheapie guitars.

          Not too much in the way of amps for some reason.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by babybatter
            I really like 'the guitar shop' on lakeshore in mississauga.


            My three fave guitar stores in Toronto are:

            The Twelfth Fret

            Capsule Music

            Songbird Music

            All three have a great selection of used guitars and amps, plus 12th Fret has lots of really neat new gear. Ben there, BB?

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            • #7
              'Ben' to songbird, I beleive. They had all the used gear, and all the clones and Heritage guitars, right? Not a shabby shop.

              I know 12th fret does all the high end gear. Havent been there.

              Dont know a darned thing about capsule.....whats the dirt?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by babybatter
                'Ben' to songbird, I beleive. They had all the used gear, and all the clones and Heritage guitars, right? Not a shabby shop.

                I know 12th fret does all the high end gear. Havent been there.

                Dont know a darned thing about capsule.....whats the dirt?


                Capsule are about 5 blocks west of Songbird, on Queen Street. They have every vintage gutar and amp you have ever dreamed about. Their guitar selection is great, and their amp selection is usually KILLER, especially smaller vintage tube combos like Gibson, Garnet, and Ampeg, plus the assortment of blonde and BF fenders. As reasonably priced as these things get. Great staff; nice atmosphere. It is like a Turbo-Songbird. Sadly they don't show more than about 20% of their stock on their web site, unlike 12th Fret and Songbird, who are pretty much up to date on the web.

                You owe it to yourself to visit 12fth fret as well. Just a great store.

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                • #9
                  I've got a nice selection of stores in des moines, excellent in fact. I can usually find an example of anything I'm interested in buying. One guy that carries several boutique acoustics, including the brand that I ended up with.

                  My favorite is a vintage shop run by an old hippie who can only drag his ass out of bed for half a day 4 days a week. But he's got every amp that fender or vox ever made, strats from every year starting in '59, some rare old beatle era Rics, etc. Enough to make you sick. I bought an absolute mint SF champ from him for $225 this year. Dude will talk your ear off, though.

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                  • #10
                    Old grizzly dudes with vintage gear are cool !
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                    • #11
                      I believe I might have been tempted to pick up one of those two Bandits, take a few steps back from the Wall o' Fenders, swing it back and forth 3 or 4 times, and then let it fly smack into the middle of all those Strats.

                      Just for the hell of it.
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                      • #12
                        Hey Rob, I was in T.O this weekend and got to check out the Songbird there....holy ****************, talk about a killer store!! It ****************en' eats the Ottawa one for breakfeast! Really friendly staff, too (..and I thought all Torontonians were ****************************s...seems there's a small percentage that aren't...) I did go by The 12th Fret, but it was closed, which is too bad 'cause that's where I wanted to go most, they're like the only store in Canada that stocks high end replacement pick-ups, ah well, another time I guess....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ShatteredMindofBob
                          Hey Rob, I was in T.O this weekend and got to check out the Songbird there....holy ****************, talk about a killer store!! It ****************en' eats the Ottawa one for breakfeast! Really friendly staff, too (..and I thought all Torontonians were ****************************s...seems there's a small percentage that aren't...) I did go by The 12th Fret, but it was closed, which is too bad 'cause that's where I wanted to go most, they're like the only store in Canada that stocks high end replacement pick-ups, ah well, another time I guess....


                          Why the hell didn't ta look me up, you Ottawa fuchkead!!

                          You shoulda gone 5 blocks further west to Capsule. It eats Songbird for lunch...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TeleCastrMaster
                            I believe I might have been tempted to pick up one of those two Bandits, take a few steps back from the Wall o' Fenders, swing it back and forth 3 or 4 times, and then let it fly smack into the middle of all those Strats.

                            Just for the hell of it.

                            Har!!

                            Excellent post.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rob Quail

                              Har!!

                              Excellent post.

                              PS Scott Jones.




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