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Where do you guys buy your stuff?

Hey guys,

Im in the market for an API lunchbox, with both API and Great River pres. Where should I go to make this purchase? Im in the Los Angeles area and really don't want to got to GC Pro (and I dont think they can get Great River). I know some people on here have there own stores, and I don't want to step on anyones toes. But I need a good deal. I hate big chain stores where they don't care about the customer.
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I buy used.
If I can't then it is a toss up between Atlas, Mercenary or Vintage King.
Sometimes Sweetwater (if it is more generic).

Never buy from MF or GC unless I absolutely have to.

Had great service from Atlas and Mercenary. Not so good from Vintage King.
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I have an "inside guy" at GC. So far he's been able to get me really good prices on everything I need. GC doesn't carry everything though, so I'm sure at some point I'll be buying from Mercenary, Vintage King, or Front End audio. I know that there are lot's of gear pimps on here, sorry if I left anyone out. It really comes down to who gives you the best price, but if you're not sure what you want this gets a little tricky, i.e. if you need to try some things out. I wouldn't want to waste someone's time auditioning a bunch of gear knowing the whole time I was going to order it online once I made up my mind.
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I buy most of my stuff from one of three;

Alto Music - Bobby Montemurro (makes me wish I was from New York)

Calistro Music - Craig Calistro (worlds greatest keyboard player)

Vintage King (for specialized items) - Mike Nehra (super guy, no ego, No BS)

These guys have never let me down
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eBay, MusicGoRound and Full Compass.
American Musical when I must. but I rarely must.
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Calistro Music
+1 for Calistro.
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I buy from

Mercenary

SoundPure

VintageKing esp for Shadow Hills items

Sweetwater
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vintageking, sweetwater when there is 12months same as cash!!!
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+1 for Calistro.
+2 for Calistro.
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+2 for Calistro.
+3 for Calistro
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Calistro Music - Craig Calistro (worlds greatest keyboard player)

Vintage King (for specialized items) - Mike Nehra (super guy, no ego, No BS)
Mike and Craig are pretty much unbeatable. thumbsup
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I usually buy from Rack N Roll here in Nashville. Just made my first purchase from mercenary audio, and that was just fabulous.
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For specialized stuff, Vintage King.
Bought a Korby KAT5, a couple of Shadow Hills mic pres, and some Ultrasone cans from them.
Great folks to deal with.

Alto Music for general stuff.
Got my Rosetta 200 and 800, D.W. Fearn VT-2, all my McDSP software there.

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The Avenue of Sound...got my Focal Twins 6Be there! amazing service!
Also got some other high End gear ... Amiel is a very cool Gearslutz!

Ebay!!! got some great deals 100% working.
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I always try to buy used:

Classifieds Here
eBay
Craigslist

When New:

Bayview Pro Audio
Mercinary
Sweetwater
Vintage King
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Sweetwater. And, if they don't stock it then Sam Ash, Guitar Center, or Ebay.

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I've had excellent experiences with Vintage King, Mercenary, Sonic Circus & Pro Audio Canada. eBay has been a trip but I buy and sell used here on GS first nowadays.

But I've still spent more money at Long & McQuade Calgary than all of them combined... they have a running total since 1989... really sick to look at sober...
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mercenary for the audio gear. (15 years? time flies!)

sweetwater for the computer stuff, everyday stuff, little stuff.

sometimes i get really weird little gadgety stuff (18" IAC cables) and cabling from Markertek.


Sweetwater's in house tech support for the computer based stuff is really great. they help you get to the bottom of the problem no matter what. not like waiting on the phone w Digi for an hour then having them tell you the problem was with your mac-you should call them and be put on hold there for a while.
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I do my best to spread the love and my money

Mercenary (Normal Gear)

Atlas Pro Audio (500series Gear)

Redco Audio (Obvious I would hope)

Vintage King (The odd stuff & the Shadow Hills stuff)

Sweetwater (Mics & the Digital stuff)

Front End (Mics & the little stuff)

Drumworld (Obvious I would hope)
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Nathan at Atlas is great. Never failed to serve me well as a customer.

I've worked with Ryan at Vintage King. He's been great also. Getting used API 512s from Vintage King is a great bang for the buck.

I'm sure Mercenary, Front End and others provide great service too.
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in Europe I can recommend www.amptec.be

super support, I can ask them the stupidist questions and they still remain friendly. (Maybe buying a 64 fader Icon helped)
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High End Gear:
Atlas
Mercenary
GS Classifieds
Full Compass (where I occasionally get incredible deals - been a customer for 20 years)

Other (cables, pop filters, software, normal MI stuff)
Sweetwater
local Mom & Pop

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sweetwater when there is 12months same as cash!!!
love those kinds of deals! :D
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GC Pro...PK has the best prices, carries everything.

Atlanta Pro Audio...Chick will let me try anything and if I don't like it will take it back

Sweetwater...when they have the 12 months same as cash

I try to avoid the folks that post on this forum to bash some gear but turn around and pimp theirs...

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+1 for Alto!! great place. KILLER prices

Merc is great too (esp if you don;t know what to get - which rarely happens to me anymore

I may get slammed for saying this, but I get a lot from Musicians Friend. They are starting to carry some big lines now (a-designs, tube tech etc.) w/ free shipping, a years deferred interest, a 5% ASCAP discount and a 30 day return policy it's a hard one to pass up . . .
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I've had great dealings with the gcpro in Nashville. Front End is great to buy from too. I've had excellent correspondence with VK, Mercenary and Atlas but for one reason or another I went a different way. I've bought a lot here on GS with excellent results every time. This is a great bunch of folks here.
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But I've still spent more money at Long & McQuade Calgary than all of them combined... they have a running total since 1989... really sick to look at sober...
I'll second L&M Toronto as being a good place to go for ME at least. They often let me loan out gear at no charge for reasonable periods of time. Often that gear has gone back, just as often (maybe more often) it never leaves my rack, and I walk back in with a sheepish look on my face and a credit card in my hand.... I too have seen my running total with them and it's enought o make a grown man weep :-)

Now I recognize that that's not everyone's experience with this location (and I'll say that the Guitar dept at the Toronto location has left me with a bad taste in my mouth) but for me, the audio guys there have gone out of thier way for me to earn my business.

I'll also hit up Saved By Technology here in TO. I try and buy locally whenever I can because I'm way to impatient to play with my gear to order online.
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Ebay and here. I still have yet to development a relationship with a store... something I must do soon.
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