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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.