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Los Angeles Music Stores #2998513
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I'll be traveling to LA later this summer and I was wondering if anyone could help me out with a recommendation for music stores that have a full assortment of higher-end keyboards available for a "test drive"?

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To give you some names, in case you wanted to call them in advance for more info.


Perfect Circuit, Pro Audio LA, Westlake Pro, Vintage King LA....and then of course you have all those chain SamAsh, GuitarCenter...etc.

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L.A. is a weird place for gear unless a guitarist. There are stores, but most are focused on pro audio and being most their customers are the studios they don't have much of storefronts to display gear. Back in the 70s'-80's there was lot of small and medium size music stores, but most are gone and the big chains are what's left or the stores that mainly deal with the studios. I'd say make a list of what you want to check out and hit the manufacturer websites to see who is their dealer in L.A.

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Thanks, that's helpful. We're also spending a few days in San Francisco, so if there's good options there, please let me know.


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If you do go to Guitar Center and Sam Ash, make sure you go to the flagship stores of each on Sunset in Hollywood. They're across the street from each other, and you're more likely to see a decent selection of keyboards at those specific stores.

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Originally Posted by zxcvbnm098
If you do go to Guitar Center and Sam Ash, make sure you go to the flagship stores of each on Sunset in Hollywood. They're across the street from each other, and you're more likely to see a decent selection of keyboards at those specific stores.
Sadly, arguably better than anything else in town. frown

West LA and Goodman's used to rock for keys, but both are long gone.

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Originally Posted by Cabo
I'll be traveling to LA later this summer and I was wondering if anyone could help me out with a recommendation for music stores that have a full assortment of higher-end keyboards available for a "test drive"?


LA? NAMM
Full assortment? NAMM
Higher-end? NAMM
Test drive? NAMM

Should had come during winter when NAMM is in town. Most music stores are a joke anymore for new keyboards. Even if they land a used vintage synth, they put it right on ebay.

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Originally Posted by zxcvbnm098
If you do go to Guitar Center and Sam Ash, make sure you go to the flagship stores of each on Sunset in Hollywood. They're across the street from each other, and you're more likely to see a decent selection of keyboards at those specific stores.
Sadly, arguably better than anything else in town. frown

West LA and Goodman's used to rock for keys, but both are long gone.

dB


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Goodman Music in the very early 80's, before they expanded and only had the one store on Lankershim, was keyboard nirvana. It was better than Disneyland....


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