I spent yesterday afternoon looking at music stores in Missoula, MT about an hour away from home. Access Music on Orange Street didn't carry anything I was looking for, and it seemed they carry a lot of Washburn stuff. Some drums and other things, but still, mostly Washburn. Then I went down the road and across the river to Electronic Sound and Percussion. What a difference. All kinds of guitars (elec and acoustic) and ukes and drums and THINGS. Quite an experience and the staff was very involved and took time to talk to my family. Allowed the 10 year-old on the drums. Pretty brave of them. Actually bought an inexpensive uke. had a real sweet sound. didn't have any books my wife liked, so we went to Outlaw Music. They were out of books, but the owner spent some time with me because I was looking at a mandolin I had seen on a previous trip. helped me out with a few things I was worried about, and I'll probably buy it next time I have some money. I also checked out a Epiphone Masterbilt Banjo. What a difference between that and my current Fender Banjo-pak banjo. Worlds apart, and probably going on my xmas list as well. At least until I can save enough for something better, like a Tennessee Crafters, Ome or Gibson. The River City Roots Festival is in Missoula in two weeks, and the bands are supposed to be pretty good. See you there.
on “Foraging in Missoula”
Friday, August 31, 2007 @1:19:47 AM
Man. You missed by far the best store. Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments has nothing but the best stuff, new and vintage, and they sell all over the world. They are on Knowles St.- hard to find, but worth the hunt.
Friday, August 31, 2007 @4:51:43 AM
I'll second what Stanger says. Greg Boyd has a great store if you are looking for instruments and parts. You can visit his web site at www.gregboyd.com.
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