Downtown Sounds

Best Musical instrument shop

Best Musical instrument shop
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Downtown Sounds

This year Downtown Sounds is celebrating its 40th year in business. Owner Joe Blumenthal says the business has changed significantly since he first opened his store. The internet has taken a big bite out of his musical accessories sales, but musicians still want to come in to feel and play instruments before they purchase them. Blumenthal says he’s kept the store going by spreading his love of music to the community. Right now, that means teaching a lot of ukulele classes. The ukulele is a fun instrument that’s easy to play and pretty popular right now with adults who are interested in making music, but were perhaps too intimidated to try before. “When you’re holding a uke,” says Blumenthal, “you’re just happy.”

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