I happened across the most amazing instrument store today! More exotic musical instruments than I could ever imagine or dream of.. When I first walked in (I had to be buzzed in) I was struck by all the incredible bells, triangles, whistles, horns, bowed things, sitars, brass singing bowls and frankly things I couldn't imagine were instruments that surrounded me. Then I saw another crevice filled with saxophones of every size and color next to a multitude of moroccan horns and wooden flutes ..(there's another room? No, there's like nine other rooms!)then another room with tons more sitars and talking drums, then a dobro room..then, holy fuck is that a harpsichord?! than a gong room with some guy who spent ten minutes explaining to me the process of getting the "full swell" from a gong..he wiped the mallet in circular patterns around the gong as it slowly picked momentum then pulled back, waited a second and lightly tapped the center, making a vibration the almost knocked me over (I even looked behind me to see if anything got knocked down)..then downstairs to a cymbal room that I never found the end of..next to the percussion room filled with the jaws of many curious creatures(yes, the jaw bones are instruments)..crystal chime bowls..I played three styles of sitars(!!!)--one strum enraptured me, i dont think i could ever get past that first note...
Strangely everything is reasonably priced. Don't get me wrong--everything still costs a shiney coin but nothing that will blow yr hair back. Every few minutes I kept asking, "Am I really here?" I still can't get over the fact that I got to play a fucking harpsichord!!! In NO way can I do this place justice--there's no way to find the words. Plus it would take a three volume book length post to name all the instruments that passed my eyes (and my hands) But it exists! I dont think it was just a dream!
2300 W. Belmont 773-868-1234, Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-7:00pm
greatest place on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!