Originally Posted by chiimba
I don't mind GC for getting out of it what I need..which is basically to try guitars / amps / pedals. There are no other music stores around with much of a selection here so I have no choice (and GC is like 45 minutes away). I just ask the salesmen to leave me alone while I try what I want. I don't care much about the specs / etc of a guitar; I just go by ear and feel.
I've had worse experiences at a local small music store. I went in for some strings and wanted to ask about wireless system prices for my guitar / amp combo. The customer service is horrible at this place...I always feel unwanted as soon as I come in.
So I ask this old dude at the counter "Hey, I'm not sure what it's called exactly; but do you guys have anything that would give me the ability to play my electric guitar wirelessly through my amp; like an adaptor or something?"
He looks at me like I am a moron, and says "Well what are you looking for?" with attitude. I basically just repeat my question and use hand gestures to explain the concept in a cavemen like way. He then grabs exactly what I was asking about right behind him on the shelf and tells me the price. I also dropped a speaker off to get fixed once and they made it sound like a small job; but I didn't get it back for like 5-6 weeks. One day I walked in and just saw it sitting in the back weeks after I'd dropped it off in basically the same place.
I have a similar story. Round here there are two main networks: "Kley Zemer" and "Marom". Each one has a small shop in the city. Actually, the same street.
One bus-hour away is a 3.5 story store with a nice service and everything, but I don't go there much.
You see, I don't drive yet, and one hour on the bus per direction (two total) plus waiting plus finding the right entrance/the wrong one+the way to the right mall sector *all equals* a big pain. It's of "Kley Zemer".
Anyways, I usually go to the local two. When I was in the process of buying my first electric guitar, I went to Kley Zemer and checked out a few ones. Then I went to try Marom's, where I received good service from an old guy at the counter before. Only I have never been there alone before.
I came in, looked at the wall where most the electric guitars were, and asked a few innocent questions. The guy was the same one, but he answered shortly and hostilly.
After four questions, he asked me what I wanted of him. I said I was looking for a new electric. Then I asked to try one of the cheaper ones out.
He told me to get out and come back only with either my parents or my teacher, even if for looking around only.
Since then, I don't even get inside. I only go to either the small Kley or the large distant Kley.
And the same speaker thing happens to my school's music teacher, who is also the technical team's head with one of the two main PO's. He has periodic visits At the lab Marine has, which is not too near. And then it takes up to a month or so to get it back. They even dented the PO a few times when fixing, forcing him to go through it again.
The reason I know this is because I am his second man. I'd say right-hand, but I'm a lefty, and it seems like he might be one too. Or maybe he is ambidextrous.
P.S. I forgot to mention that it turned up well for me. My teacher is a friend of the small Kley Zemer shop manager, and he gets me discounts. Both Kleys are run by good natured musicians only. No matter your age and funding.