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Was in NYC today, came back very disappointed


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I had to go to NYC today for an interview, so I swung around to Sam Ash & Manny's after it was done. Manny's is exactly the same it was 2 years ago, Sam Ash has been completely remodeled (1st floor anyway).

 

So I go and look at the synths in SA, oh lord... what a letdown. They had all the Korgs Yamahas, and Rolands, only 2 E-MUs, a Moog Voyager (not hooked up), an Ion (it was working - loved it), Novation KS, Virus desktop and a boatload of stage pianos. What they didn't have: Andromeda, Supernova, Nord Lead 3, Nord Modular, any Waldorfs, no analogs (besides the Voyager)...

terrible.

 

So I go to Manny's.... even worse... the only thing they had that SA didn't was a Studio Electronics SE-1x, everything was cleaned out there too. No Waldorfs, no Nords, no E-Mu. Just some Tritons, Motifs, and Virus C.

 

I think they went down the crapper way too far - my local GC has more of a selection than the biggest NYC shops now. I'm not even mentioning nothing in those two NYC shops was hooked up except the Ion.

 

Oh yeah, bought the new BT CD for $10.99 at Virgin Mega - only good thing about the trip.

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The problem is that SamAsh now owns Mannys (I think they bought it about five years ago) as well as the rest of the street. 48th Street used to be a paradise for both new and used instruments. Manny's carried top-of-the-line gear, Ash the generic stuff, AlexMusic the lower lines as well as catering to Latin & ethnic music. Then there were the specialty guitar & horn shops, and the drum shops two blocks over, and sheetmusic stores. And if you go back a bit further, used dealers such as WeBuyGuitars (where Ash's guitar shop now resides).... I used to love hanging out there. Now it's rather boring. The better place nowadays is (I think) 30th Street off 8th Ave. There's Rogue Music, as well as a couple guitar shops & whatnot.

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I used to love going there, too.

 

48th St. has become one big Sam Ash location split into different store fronts, like a Sam Ash strip mall.

 

Manny's keyboard dept. has always been a cramped, weak section of the store. It's current state doesn't surprise me.

 

IMO, the current best music store on 48th St. isn't a keyboard store. It's Rudy's, a small guitar and bass shop with no attitude (OK, maybe a little) and nice merchandise. Mark Knopfler's Pensa guitars come from there.

 

I always stop in Rod Baltimore's brass and woodwind shop, too. It's a dusty old place with cool new and vintage instruments. It's the only place I've ever seen a left handed trumpet.

 

At least the nearby Colony Music is still a good store for printed music. :thu:

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Originally posted by coyote:

The problem is that SamAsh now owns Mannys (I think they bought it about five years ago) as well as the rest of the street. 48th Street used to be a paradise for both new and used instruments. Manny's carried top-of-the-line gear, Ash the generic stuff, AlexMusic the lower lines as well as catering to Latin & ethnic music. Then there were the specialty guitar & horn shops, and the drum shops two blocks over, and sheetmusic stores. And if you go back a bit further, used dealers such as WeBuyGuitars (where Ash's guitar shop now resides).... I used to love hanging out there. Now it's rather boring. The better place nowadays is (I think) 30th Street off 8th Ave. There's Rogue Music, as well as a couple guitar shops & whatnot.

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