Sure, everyone these days, and especially under current circumstances finds it pretty easy to shop for almost anything online. However, there are certain items that there is much to be said for the in-person experience associated with buying. Some may be related to a certain hobby or sport you play. Others possibly a boutique or unique clothing or shoe store. Or in the case of our article here today, musical instruments. In choosing your new home at Knightdale Station, you are minutes away from some of the most personable experiences one could ask for. Likewise, whether it’s a new guitar, drums, or a more classical instrument you seek, take a step back in time and enjoy the purchasing process at these locally-owned Raleigh Music Shops.
Speaking to the loyalty of customers at these Raleigh Music Shops is that they are doing business amid recent restrictions. Sure, they will have social distancing and safety regulations to follow. The hours and availability may be slightly different, but they may not be as well. Either way, these independent music shops are the lifeblood of what makes a musician special. Whether you need an instrument or just some accessories. The in-person experience, no question, makes your purchase more personal as well.
Raleigh Music Shops: Support Your Local Musicians While Purchasing an Amazing Guitar
Of our four Raleigh Music Shops that we will discuss in this post, the first two share a common main ingredient, the guitar. As any musician focused on their one individual instrument can tell you, each is its own special “breed.”
Maybe none of these particular “breeds” are more prominent than the guitar player. Thus, bullet-pointed below are our two locally owned Raleigh Music Shops with a description accompanying each.
Harry’s Guitar Shop
56 Pylon Drive, Raleigh
A Raleigh independent music icon in guitar sales since the mid-1980s is the first of our Raleigh Music Shops. For many years Harry’s Guitar Shop was located on Glenwood Avenue,. near Peace Street in Raleigh. However, with a need for a larger space came their move in 2015 to its current location near the NC State Fairgrounds.
Regardless of location, this Raleigh Music Shop is synonymous with the exact experience we spoke of in our introduction. Proprietor and namesake of this iconic Raleigh Music Shop, Harry Tueting spoke with visitraleigh.com about their business succeeding despite the current pandemic. “A lot of people are working at home and realizing they should get back to their guitar.”
He adds, “So we’ve been doing a lot of repair work on guitars coming out from closets or from under the bed. Just people rekindling things they can do at home, and music is one of those things—unlike football, it’s something you can go back to when you’re 44. It’s weird times but heartening that so many people have come into music again.”
Distance from Knightdale Station
to Harry’s Guitar Shop: 25 minutes (19.1 miles)
5211 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Just a short way up the road from the campus of North Carolina State University is another favorite locally-operated Raleigh Music Shop, Guru Guitars. First opening to the public in 2007, the same year that Harry’s moved from its Glenwood location, Guru Guitars would also relocate to its current Hillsborough Street locale.
While service and repairs have always made up a large portion of the business for Guru, co-owner Howard Critcher also told visitraleigh.com of their relationship and allure to the local music community. “It’s a place where people come in and know they’re talking to someone who knows a lot about guitars and how they work.”
Critcher continues, “Our service side is what people get a good feeling about, along with us having unusual old items around that you don’t usually see. It’s an interpersonal relationship when you work on someone’s guitar and have a back and forth about their playing style and the sound they’re trying to produce.” He concludes, “We’ll go out of our way to get that right.”
Distance from Knightdale Station to Guru Guitars: 25 minutes (17.3 miles)
Raleigh Music Shops to Find the “Beat” or Another Type of Strings
While guitar shops are many times the more well-known places that the local music scene surrounds, among the Raleigh Music Shops these next two stores also have maintained a loyal and enthusiastic customer base over their time in business. So, whether you “bang the skins” or prefer a more classical approach to “strings,” either of these Raleigh staples can deliver that same local feeling we refer to in our intro.
1003 East Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh
Known and billed as North Carolina’s largest drum specialty store is 2112 Percussion. Named after the 1976 progressive rock album of the same name by the always drum-heavy Canadian supergroup, Rush, this Raleigh Music Shop originated in a storage shed in nearby Zebulon, NC.
The store now calls the area just north of downtown Raleigh home. However, co-owners, Tony Williams and Chris Henderson try to keep alive the spirit of original owner Steve Johnson. ““We try to keep the same vibe that Steve had back in the day,” says Henderson. “The general vibe is an old-school neighborhood place.”
In closing, Henderson referred to his partners likening of the shop to the bar on the classic TV sitcom Cheers. “Like Tony says, we try to be the ‘Cheers’ of drum shops and offer what the other guys don’t—knowing your name, service, doing a lot of repairs.” He concludes, “So there’s an element of trust. People want to hear your opinion when you really use the gear and know what you’re talking about.”
Distance from Knightdale Station to 2112 Percussion: 20 minutes (10.5 miles)
John Montgomery Violins
509 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Since 1986, John Montgomery and his violin sales and repair shop has occupied space just a few blocks to the west of the NC Capitol Building in Raleigh. In this time, Montgomery has seen the music culture in the “Capital City” grow beyond his imagination.
Montgomery also spoke with the folks at visitraleigh, explaining, “”We start and end with bowed strings,” He continues, “No guitars, just violin, viola, and cello, and we do every kind of music played on those three instruments. I’m trained and experienced in period performance practice and setup, but there’s also the bluegrass and old-time crowd, and even a few jazz and rock players thrown in.
He concludes adding to his thoughts on Raleigh’s ties to bluegrass and the overall spike in that genre’s popularity. “With World of Bluegrass being in Raleigh now, it seems like bluegrass and old-time is more popular than ever here. But it’s popular all over, everywhere.”
Distance from Knightdale Station to John Montgomery Violins: 21 minutes (14.1 miles)
All of these iconic Raleigh Music Shops are well under a half hour from your front door at tKnightdale Station. So whether you need repairs, a new instrument, or are learning to play. All of these well-known contributors to the local music scene are nearby and ready to help you rock.
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Photo Credit: visitraleigh.com