Saturday, September 03, 2011

What It's Really Like To Work At A Music Store

My son saved up his money and purchased an amplifier for his guitar. It was DELIVERED yesterday by UPS. It was DELIVERED TO OUR HOUSE. It came via a PACKAGE DELIVERY SERVICE. We did not GO TO THE MUSIC STORE. I SAID, WE DID NOT GO TO THE MUSIC STORE. THE STORE. THE MUSIC STORE. MUSIC STORE. WE DID NOT GO THERE. 

This is how people who live in Western Maine shop for guitar amplifiers, and everything else Aubuchon Hardware doesn't have -- you take the Intertunnel to England:


Cameron Wood said...


Spent 2 1/2 years working at such a store - a large, cacophonous one with no dividing walls between sections that also had several drum kits set up for use. On any given day, the reasons for the sounds being produced could be broken down as follows:

1% - looking to buy, right now.

99% - desperate to have musical genius noticed by everyone in store, right now.

I do not miss it.

vanderleun said...

Oh Gawd. The Heir with an amp.

There goes the neighborhood.

vanderleun said...

I think, to make the house perfect, the Spare needs a drum kit!

Jewel said...

If it's an old house with formica countertops, plastic coated drum sticks will guarantee to cause a spinal column collapse.

Leslie said...

That was actually very funny. It shows the same reason I cannot go anywhere near an arcade(or a perfume shop)...the noise, noise, NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!

John Lien said...

I hear if you nail cedar shingles to the walls it can deaden the sound somewhat.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Cameron- My brother runs a music store. I got an extra little frisson posting these videos.

Do I love Gerard Van der Leun? Yes; yes I do.

The spare has an entire drum kit and can play it fairly well, BTW.

Hi Jewel- Beating on anything in here will cause the house to collapse long before any body parts.

Hi Leslie

John Lien puts in the shiv!

T.K. Tortch said...

Awwww. I've got a soft spot for music stores. And I've witnessed I think every scenario shown in those vids. And I never even worked in a music store!!

But I really do miss the kind of store that would have a big stock of old guitars and amps you could, you know, actually play-test. Instead of deciding that the guitar looks awesome on a website and then crapshoot whether you would like it or not when it arrived.

Ebay pretty much killed second-hand guitar shops. The interwebs giveth, and taketh. Consarndit.