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Support Your Local Music Store – Reader Submission from Steve Rosati

steve RosatiSteve Rosati, a Reader Submission

Recently I had I traveled out west to the sunny city of Anaheim, this trip was a great chance to reconnect with friends and companies. I was out here to share a new bass that was built for me by one of my students, it’s a very cool piece and if any of you know me; you’ve seen the progress all over Facebook. However this was not my only agenda, I am on a crusade to return community back to our craft. How do we do this? Well I’ve pondered the inevitable decline of our music stores; instruments and music… This was for most of us our first brush with bass and music.

The Disappearance of physical music stores troubles me. The internet is an awesome way to search out and discover new players and instruments. But without the stores the community connection is broken. I’ve thought about this a lot recently, as a private music teacher who has seen a decline in the student rolls, as well as in the programs in the schools and colleges. So, where have all the new students gone? That’s the big question, well I believe that the breakdown is due to the lack human interaction in the stores, the store functioned as a meeting spot, think pod, hang.

The local hang is so important it’s where you learn about the other players in your area and gigs. The store also functions as the show room to try guitars that may be outside your financial grasp at the moment, but provides you with dreams of one day owning that instrument you actually played. When you buy a instrument on the web(sight unseen) you never really know what you are getting.

For instance kid A buys a guitar, it comes in the mail 7 days later, chances are this instrument is not set up or tuned(why would it be). Kid A plays the guitar a couple times but gives up not having any real instruction on it or input from other musicians.(and I know what you are going to say what about YouTube, but that’s just entertainment, you wouldn’t use it learn to perform open hart surgery.)and so the journey ends prematurely. The Music store is more than just a place to buy guitars/basses it’s the meeting point where you could connect with the community. It’s where I met many new students and it’s where I met my first music teacher, it’s also where I searched for band mates.

The truth is the nature of the web is creating hermits out us, and our craft requires, no demands that we interact with other musicians. I hope that one day we return to having a meeting place where we can trade ideas and stories in a musical environment because the existence of our craft depends on it. Support your local music store.

About Steve Rosati
A lover of fine cigars, scotches and fast cars(not really). Oh and basses, yeah lots and lots of basses. I’ve played with some great musicians and recorded some cool tunes. Life is good! 




  1. Steve Rosati

    Steve rosati

    February 1, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Please pardon the typos wrote this on my IPhone.

  2. Jamie Lebish

    February 2, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Hi, I have a question. I play 5 string fretless bass in a jazz quintet. I am a guitar player as well. I need someone to design a 7 string bass- with the regular 5string bass plus a highB and high E string? Can this be done without calling it cheating? Do you know anyone that has one? Jamie.

  3. Eric Parsons


    February 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Hey Steve – Great article! I hope more people come to value those services that only a local store can provide. I do also shop online – mostly because my local store only carries certain lines, but I really do enjoy the convenience of being able to grab a set of strings or a new cord when I am running off to a gig. Also – these stores often employ the luthiers that setup and repair our instruments.

  4. Ray Simonetti

    February 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this article! The internet is great for getting a name or product out there, however, for a musician at any level the local music store is where you can actually play the instruments you are looking at on the web. The part about ordering an instrument on line and it not being set up or in tune reminded me that it was my now long time friend at my local music store that showed me how to tune and set up my bass, which led me down the path to becoming a luthier. The local store is so much more than just a place to buy instruments and accessories. It is a gathering place where ideas are shared, lessons are learned friendships are made.

    @ Jamie Lebish. I am a custom bass builder and would be happy to talk to you about a custom 7 string bass. Feel free to visit my website @

  5. Steve Rosati

    Steve rosati

    February 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, guys thank you so much for chiming in on this. I can’t stress enough that the music store is the back bone of our musical community

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