There are many music stores out there, it can all get quite confusing. The stores I like to visit also have websites which allow for browsing online and price shopping before you ever hit the store. In the past year I have purchased instruments or accessories at Guitar Center in Towson, Music & Arts in Timonium, Best Buy and Music Go Round in Cockeysville, as well as the online store – Musician’s Friend. I have also found some good stuff at Bill’s Music House in Catonsville in the past.
My advice is to research and visit as many stores as possible to find the store or stores that you like best. See who has the most knowledgable salespeople in order to effectively answer all of your questions but who will also give you space long enough to try out a few different instruments.
Compare prices. An instrument is something that you will likely have for a long time, maybe the rest of your life, so you don’t want to rush into it. If you think someone is planning to give you one as a gift, let them know that it’s a very personal item and send them a link to the exact model that you want or at least the model number. They will be happy that they’ve given you one that you’ll love. Even better…gift certificates!
If you find a music store that you really like, let me and my readers know so we can check it out, too. Send e-mails to Clayton@TheWanderingMusician.com. Have a very musical day.