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#2844878 - 03/27/17 08:13 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Jazzmammal]
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Originally Posted By: Jazzmammal
The demise of all the independent stores is not due to the internet although that was a factor, it's mainly due to the death of decent paying gigs.

That subject has been talked about a lot here but the fact is the number of players now who are actually making a living from the live playing of instruments as opposed to DJ's and kids playing Abelton with cheap controllers is a tiny fraction of what it was 30-40 years ago.

No customers, no stores.

Bob





Edited by HammondDave (03/27/17 08:19 AM)
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#2844899 - 03/27/17 09:12 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: SteeVtheRipper]
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Originally Posted By: SteeVtheRipper
There's also Analog Haven in Santa Monica and if you're up for a drive Noisebug
In Pomona.

I've never been to the new Analog Haven since they split from Noisebug. Cool place?

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#2844902 - 03/27/17 09:18 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Jazzmammal]
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Originally Posted By: Jazzmammal
The demise of all the independent stores is not due to the internet although that was a factor, it's mainly due to the death of decent paying gigs.

That subject has been talked about a lot here but the fact is the number of players now who are actually making a living from the live playing of instruments as opposed to DJ's and kids playing Abelton with cheap controllers is a tiny fraction of what it was 30-40 years ago.

No customers, no stores.

Bob


^ TRUTH

It certainly applies to my area.

Is Starving Musician in San Jose still around? Browsed there during a business trip back in 1990.

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#2844906 - 03/27/17 09:28 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
Originally Posted By: SteeVtheRipper
There's also Analog Haven in Santa Monica and if you're up for a drive Noisebug
In Pomona.

I've never been to the new Analog Haven since they split from Noisebug. Cool place?

dB


Fairly certain they don't have a store front in SM. Nothing indicates otherwise on their website. I'm pretty sure I checked with Shawn about 2 years ago before heading to LA and it didn't sound like it was happening. It was a cool place to visit when they were out in Pomona.

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#2844920 - 03/27/17 10:00 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Jazzmammal]
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Originally Posted By: Jazzmammal
The demise of all the independent stores is not due to the internet although that was a factor, it's mainly due to the death of decent paying gigs.

That subject has been talked about a lot here but the fact is the number of players now who are actually making a living from the live playing of instruments as opposed to DJ's and kids playing Abelton with cheap controllers is a tiny fraction of what it was 30-40 years ago.

A factor, for sure...but as the tools have gotten less expensive the amount of hobbyists home recordists has gone up, I believe, so I'm not sure this could be singled out as the main factor.

Of course, downloadable software/demo versions of same can also be cited as a factor in the decline of the brick and mortar store...and not just for the software itself, either. There are lots of software versions of hardware products, which - while arguably not a substitute for the real thing (for some) - are definitely a good way to learn/try out an interface and concept in your work environment before buying the hardware version.

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#2844958 - 03/27/17 12:31 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Software is the biggest factor in my case: my DAW replaced my sequencer and multitrack tape recorders, Kontakt and other programs replaced my samplers, and great sample libraries and soft synths replaced any need for a keyboard workstation.

That said, I used to buy all those applications—and even my Macs—at music stores (Goodman, West LA Music, etc.); but it's become very difficult to do so now. For example, I tried to buy Keyscape at a local music store last year; but they didn't have it in stock, so I wound up ordering it online.

Best,

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#2844961 - 03/27/17 12:41 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Geoff Grace]
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I'll add Vintage King to the list of worthwhile LA music stores. They're more focused on pro audio than keyboards, but they typically have a few nice synths in stock. I'd call first to see what they have before making the drive.

Best,

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#2845039 - 03/27/17 05:45 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: HammondDave]
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Thanks all for the recommendations.
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#2845071 - 03/27/17 07:39 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Husker]
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Found this place...

CAVEMAN


Edited by HammondDave (03/27/17 07:40 PM)
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#2845076 - 03/27/17 07:51 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: HammondDave]
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Thanks for all the recommendations. I'm headed to LA in few weeks and was hoping to try a few new synths. Online really doesn't cut it for an instrument.
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#2845322 - 03/28/17 04:29 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: AllanH]
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I also stumbled upon Timewarp Music in Mar Vista (on Venice Blvd near Sawtelle) this past weekend. A LOT of vintage stuff, including an Oberheim Four-Voice, a Memorymoog, a Roland JX-10 with programmer, a couple Hammonds, Rhodes, Wurli A200s, a couple DX7s, a Prophet 2000 and a bunch of stuff in the back in cases.

They don't have a functioning website yet but here's the info via Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/timewarp-music-los-angeles


Edited by elsongs (03/28/17 04:30 PM)

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#2845337 - 03/28/17 07:09 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: elsongs]
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Originally Posted By: elsongs
I also stumbled upon Timewarp Music in Mar Vista (on Venice Blvd near Sawtelle) this past weekend. A LOT of vintage stuff, including an Oberheim Four-Voice, a Memorymoog, a Roland JX-10 with programmer, a couple Hammonds, Rhodes, Wurli A200s, a couple DX7s, a Prophet 2000 and a bunch of stuff in the back in cases. los-angeles]https://www.yelp.com/biz/timewarp-music-los-angeles[/url]


Damn - nice find Elson twothumbs

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#2850741 - 04/20/17 10:59 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Markyboard]
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Thanks all for the help. Had a great day visiting Amoeba, the Sunset GC, and Perfect Circuit Audio, where I ordered a Nord A1R.


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#2850763 - 04/21/17 03:09 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Husker]
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Nice! twothumbs

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#2852273 - 04/27/17 02:07 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Markyboard]
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Just stopped in and checked out Timewarp Music. Lots of cool stuff ! The MemoryMoog is absolutely pristine with factory MIDI. Selling for 8500.00.

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#2852294 - 04/27/17 03:18 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: TommyS]
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The MemoryMoog is absolutely pristine with factory MIDI. Selling for 8500.00.

That's just nuts, man. rolleyes

I cannot believe the prices people are willing to pay for older synths. idk

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#2852366 - 04/28/17 03:21 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
Originally Posted By: TommyS
The MemoryMoog is absolutely pristine with factory MIDI. Selling for 8500.00.

That's just nuts, man. rolleyes

I cannot believe the prices people are willing to pay for older synths. idk

dB


Not to mention the cost of the follow-up therapy bills hitt

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#2852471 - 04/28/17 03:07 PM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Markyboard]
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Just take a look at vintage guitar prices.

I am hearing prices of half a million for late 50's Les Pauls.

I shudder to think of what some of what I used to own might be worth. I had my share of 50's Fenders and Gibsons ( sobs).

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#2854397 - 05/09/17 09:06 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Markyboard]
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Originally Posted By: Markyboard
Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
Originally Posted By: TommyS
The MemoryMoog is absolutely pristine with factory MIDI. Selling for 8500.00.

That's just nuts, man. rolleyes

I cannot believe the prices people are willing to pay for older synths. idk

dB





Not to mention the cost of the follow-up therapy bills hitt



On second thought, looks like a bargain

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#2854402 - 05/09/17 09:18 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Markyboard]
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On second thought, looks like a bargain


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#2854417 - 05/09/17 11:02 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: davedoerfler]
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If he's covering travel expenses then the price seems a little more reasonable.

If you purchase your own airplane that is. facepalm PianoBanana

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#2854424 - 05/09/17 11:21 AM Re: Good Music Stores in LA Area [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
Originally Posted By: TommyS
The MemoryMoog is absolutely pristine with factory MIDI. Selling for 8500.00.

That's just nuts, man. rolleyes

I cannot believe the prices people are willing to pay for older synths. idk


Owned my Memorymoog since 1986 (nobody wanted them back then). It is the one machine I got the most miles out of, it has a wide palette of sounds (even non-analog), and I learned a lot of sound design tricks on that thing that landed me the Andromeda gig. To play a Memorymoog is to believe. But yeah... the prices people are asking are nuts rolleyes Sad to say, there are people who will pay five digits for a LAMM.

Even the handyman's specials are commanding high prices... those days are gone. The chances are good that they ALL are handyman's specials, even the ones described as "restored".

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