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Old 06-28-2010, 04:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Long & McQuade's got a lot of stuff and I bought my first and only guitar there. I go there mainly to browse, but when they have sales, some good bargains are to be had. Only downside about the store is the tendency to attract 30-something wankers who play 19+ shows with their ****ty band at local venues in hopes of some day making it big.
I used to hear that crap everyday when I was working there, but thankfully I was working in another part of the store for most of the week so it wasn't so bad.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:48 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Only downside about the store is the tendency to attract 30-something wankers who play 19+ shows with their ****ty band at local venues in hopes of some day making it big.
do me a favour and email yourself this for the future

or are we just supposed to stop wanting to make music and get new gear once we hit 29?

also, all ages show are a huge hassle / liability in anything but the biggest Canadian cities. it only takes one butthole to start a garbage can fire or similar to have all subsequent events of that nature completely avoided by organizers for another decade.

@BD - glad to hear you had fun and came out of the experience with new gear as well hehe what kind of staff discount did you get? (if you don't mind / aren't legally prohibited to disclose)
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I got a $3000 mostly silver flute for about $2200. They were getting new models in and had to sell the old ones of course, and I needed a new flute at the time. I put the $800 towards a Yamaha acoustic guitar (because I didn't need another electric) and then my boss had given me a Cry Baby wah pedal on my last day.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:19 PM   #24 (permalink)
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For those of you who don't buy your instruments from music stores, where about do you usually get them? Online? I could never buy an instrument online I don't think... I need to feel it in my hands first!
I would say I've either bought or traded the overwhelming majority of my music equipment from friends. My bass and one of my guitars were gifts from my parents. I've never bought any instruments online.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:37 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Does anyone else get apprehensive when they go into a music shop to buy new gear or check out some instruments? I do. Every time! Maybe it's the pretty instruments everywhere, or the fact that the people who work there are always basically insanely good/ virtuosos, but I am always just really intimidated. Especially when you're trying out instruments in front of their judging eyes... I'm always inferring that they're probably thinking, "Wow, what's this chick doing in here, she can't play bass to save her life..." Haha.

Sorry if this thread is stupid or off-topic but I was just wondering! I have to go back into a shop soon to get my new bass set up and I'm just dreading that feeling of intimidation again... Is anyone else the same or am I just weird? OR are you one of those people who works at a store who I am terrified of? lol.
Yes, I do and it's horrible.
I haven't gotten an electric guitar yet partially because of this. Exchanging knowledge with the vendor and having to play in front of him doesn't make me too comfortable.
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Yes, I do and it's horrible.
I haven't gotten an electric guitar yet partially because of this. Exchanging knowledge with the vendor and having to play in front of him doesn't make me too comfortable.
that's fair and something i know all too well.

but at the same time it's quite entertaining to do nothing but play an open A chord and just pluck the strings randomly while refusing to plug in before dropping a huge wad of cash on a high end electric guitar. the clerks really don't know how to react when you run counter to their expectations hahaha

after all - the whole point of trying the instrument first is too test out the technical specifications of the instrument for yourself, not to audition or impress the staff.
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I hate walking into music shops. I had to replace the "Beater" on my drum set, and I had no idea what it was called. I asked, "I'm missing the ball thing that hits the bass drum...". I felt so out of place.
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The guy who I got my guitar from was pretty nice and I got a string unwinder and 3 guitar picks courtesy of him... that's pretty nice of him.
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or are we just supposed to stop wanting to make music and get new gear once we hit 29?
I think you know the kind of musicians I'm referring to. :P
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I do too, and I hate them too.
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