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Top Music Stores in the Michiana Area - Elkhart, South Bend, Mishawaka

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If you’re in the market for musical instruments and accessories, you’re probably looking for a single resource that lists the most prominent music stores in the Michiana area.   As a retailer of musical instruments and accessories, we are often asked our opinion of other music stores in our area.  Realizing that we can’t be everything to all people, we put together the following list of prominent local music stores in alphabetical order.   As you compare various music stores and their brands, please remember that buying from a music store with quality brands is essential. A music store should...

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Why You Should Buy A Guitar With Railhammer Pickups

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Invented by Joe Naylor, Railhammer pickups provide a unique sonic solution. Pickups with "rails" have been around for some time now. These rails have a distinct advantage in the lower pitch range of the guitar. They keep the low end nice and tight, and prevents the low notes from sounding muddy. However Joe noticed that an unfortunate side effect of using rails is that it makes the high notes sound more harsh and shrill. So he started to experiment with combining the best of both worlds. This puts the rail part of the pickup under the lower wound strings, and puts the...

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PRS Announces Reclaimed Limited Edition Series Guitars

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Last week PRS Guitars announce two limited edition models. Limited to around 600 guitars PRS is offering a “Reclaimed Limited CE24” and a “Reclaimed Limited S2 Vela”. Both of these guitars will be semi-hollow guitars that use two exotic wood species new to PRS, Peroba Rosa and Brauna Preto.  Typically more than 100 years old this wood is found in southeastern Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. According to Paul Reed Smith, “Michael [Michael Reid, Wood Manager] has been sourcing wood for me and the company since before there was an official ‘PRS Guitars.’ Wood is our lifeblood, and I trust Michael’s instincts....

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Purchasing a Guitar: 101

Posted by Maria Bicknell at

You may have walked into a music-retailer and thought, “I am ready to buy a guitar.” Or, maybe you’re shopping for someone else who has expressed interest in starting up on the 6-string (if it’s a surprise you’ll have to hone in on your investigative skills). Be sure you're working with a music-retailer whose employees have integrity! (Like these guys).  Note: This shouldn’t be an overwhelming process, feel free to comment below with questions and we’ll work together! Establish Your Desired Sound: Despite how interesting this would be, Bob Dylan didn’t buy an electric guitar, tune it into “Drop-D” and become...

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Winter NAMM 2015 - Preview

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The world's largest music equipment show is almost here. Winter NAMM 2015 hits January 21-25 in Anaheim California. Octave Music will be there! We will be posting updates to our social media sites all during the show. Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube page. Things to look for: Jody Jazz - Will we have a new Jet mouthpiece for tenor saxophone? Will the Giant Series mouthpiece line expand? Washburn Guitars - As an Elite Washburn dealer it will be interesting to see what new products will be...

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