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bojan_1 5th August 2005 08:02 AM

gear shops in new york city
 
any gearslutz' favorite equipment shops in new york city?

thanks,

bojan

themaidsroom 5th August 2005 08:33 AM

i've lived here for 19 years and i buy nothing here................
instruments are a different story.........
mandolin brothers.....
rogue music........
and probably the weird little places........


the 48th street situation is so pro-sumer, and then you've gotta listen to
someone playing "cat scratch fever" really loud - i can't handle it anymore ........
the new guitar center is even worse.........

i buy things online and i like walking in new york


be well

- jack

Carlos Boll 5th August 2005 01:29 PM

The only thing I buy at local stores are strings.

Bob Ross 5th August 2005 01:47 PM

You can occasionally get a better-than-retail experience at Dale Pro Audio, but there's definitely nothing here that compares w/ Mercenary or Atlas.

audioez 5th August 2005 02:29 PM

Yes, or you can check out the used dept at B&H. One engineer I worked with bought a Neve33609c there years ago... good luck

grahluk 5th August 2005 03:00 PM

Can't say enough good things about 30th street guitars. Neither has the above mentioned prosumer hell or the snooty boutique vibe. They seem like serious lovers of what they sell and their luthier (Matt?) is excellent and personable. +1 to Dale Pro Audio. Prices might not be as close to margin as someone out of state but they do give good support and they are here in the city. If you are on good terms they'll allow you to demo stuff at your place.

FMNYC 5th August 2005 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by themaidsroom
i've lived here for 19 years and i buy nothing here................
instruments are a different story.........
mandolin brothers.....
rogue music........
and probably the weird little places........


the 48th street situation is so pro-sumer, and then you've gotta listen to
someone playing "cat scratch fever" really loud - i can't handle it anymore ........
the new guitar center is even worse.........

i buy things online and i like walking in new york


be well

- jack

the man speaks truth.
i could not agree more.
all i can add is some little places in brooklyn have sometimes interesting finds, rumbleseat music for example, when it existed that is.

FM

FM, ask for him by name.

Kenny Gioia 5th August 2005 03:19 PM

I get all my Pro Tools and Plugin crap and Dale Pro Audio. Great prices.

Everything else from Fletcher.

I can't stand going to the 48th Street stores either. It can take you an hour and a half to get a freakin mike cable. geez.

Although I do buy my drum stuff their.

jerkrecords 5th August 2005 03:43 PM

rogue music rocks.
just got an 1176 from them yesterday.

pete

Jan Folkson 5th August 2005 03:49 PM

There's some nice shops. On 44th bet 8th and 9th, there's a great nylon string guitar shop called Luthier, and on 9th in the high 40's, there's a great guitar shop called NY Guitar and Bass Boutique.

48th street is great if you need something fast, but I get nearly all my stuff from Alto Music in Middletown, NY.

eligit 5th August 2005 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by grahluk
Can't say enough good things about 30th street guitars. Neither has the above mentioned prosumer hell or the snooty boutique vibe. They seem like serious lovers of what they sell and their luthier (Matt?) is excellent and personable. +1 to Dale Pro Audio. Prices might not be as close to margin as someone out of state but they do give good support and they are here in the city. If you are on good terms they'll allow you to demo stuff at your place.

been going to 30th st guitars for years. good people. TONS of great blackfaces and tons of used guitars. no BS. obviously ebay is cheaper but you can't try before you buy on ebay....

you can try everything at 30th st. no pressure.

no recording gear there that i have seen.

cdog 5th August 2005 06:06 PM

For pro audio the 8.25% sales tax just kills it for me. Plus, I have a guy in Cali who crushes Dales's prices by 15-30% WITHOUT factoring in the 8.25% mezed

They make a killing on commisions there at Dale.

My guy in Cali makes a tiny percentage, but I buy EVERYTHING from him, from mics and cables to $4000 EQs.

I have never put a ton of stock in pro audio "service".... you either have a good price or you don't, you either have a return policy or you don't. If something breaks, I send it to the manufacturer.

For guitars, amps, FX:

30th Street Guitars
Carmine Street Guitars
Ludlow Street Guitars
Rudys Music (48th st)
Rogue Music
Matt Umanov Guitars
Mandolin Bros if you have a car and $$,$$$

Jim vanBergen 5th August 2005 06:23 PM

I have found great USED gear deals at the pro audio companies that service NYC and the Broadway community. Cadac mixing consoles (you simply may not believe how amazingly good they sound!), Summit tube EQs and comps, lots of good BSS and dbx gear used (who was looking for 903 racks?) all of it well loved but VERY well maintained by quality engineers. I bought some EQs from Sound Associates, comps, mics and DI's from PRG Audio (used to be ProMix/ElectroTec) and a bunch of other stuff from Masque Sound.

High end audio new? Fletcher or direct from the maker whenever possible.

Dot 5th August 2005 06:34 PM

Rogue Music and 30th Street Guitars are right across from each other. I lived and worked in NYC for nearly 10 years and did almost all my gear shopping at Rogue. They've got a mix of everything, and you never know what you might find. Coolest store in the city, IMO.

It's worth a stroll down 48th street, but more to just take in the freak show.

Riad 5th August 2005 10:18 PM

Whatever you do don't buy anything from SamAsh or Manny's music (owned by SamAsh) they're overpriced assclowns.

I like Dale Pro Audio.

FMNYC 5th August 2005 11:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Riad
Whatever you do don't buy anything from SamAsh or Manny's music (owned by SamAsh) they're overpriced assclowns.

I like Dale Pro Audio.

so so true.
thumbsup

FM

Lek 6th August 2005 02:35 AM

Lark Street Music over in Teaneck, NJ (not too far from Manhattan) has great vintage and boutique guitar gear. Buzzy, the owner is great, extremely laid back.

u b k 6th August 2005 04:12 AM

my impression of dale pro is that their rooms sound like ass, the staff is useless, and they don't know what good sound is.

also, their prices are high.

other than that, they rock!


gregoire
del ubik

warhead 6th August 2005 04:14 AM

Dale Pro sho' do look perty in them pitchers...

War

rll 6th August 2005 05:16 AM

Chris at Tekserve on 23rd Street is really amazing. Bought my PTHD rig and it has been humming along, no problems. I've sent about 5 others to them, and all had great experiences. Best price I found after mucho shopping around, although this is almost 2 years ago when they just got into the pro audio game, so things may have changed. Beat the tax by sending it to NJ or CT. Amazingly good support, which can come in handy on the computer front, perhaps more so than other gear. 48th Street is hilarious. Sam Ash Pro was on Broadway and they were decent for cable, connectors, etc., but have been reduced to 1/100th of the size. They now linger on the 48th St. Music Strip Mall.

themaidsroom 6th August 2005 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by rll
Sam Ash Pro was on Broadway and they were decent for cable, connectors, etc., but have been reduced to 1/100th of the size. They now linger on the 48th St. Music Strip Mall.


i used to get stuff at sam ash pro.......at the old store.........

on a side note, for any nyc slutz into vinyl - colony music - right there at that
corner has a hidden, but un****ingbelievable basement full of vinyl in pristine
shape, some of it sealed - you've got to convince the guy you're serious to have
him open the door, but then.........more vinyl than i've seen in any one
place in 20 years.....

be well
- jack

Lek 6th August 2005 05:37 AM

Calistro Music in Connecticut is only like an hour from NYC. Great service and very knowledgeable!

absolutkj 6th August 2005 05:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by themaidsroom
i used to get stuff at sam ash pro.......at the old store.........

on a side note, for any nyc slutz into vinyl - colony music - right there at that
corner has a hidden, but un****ingbelievable basement full of vinyl in pristine
shape, some of it sealed - you've got to convince the guy you're serious to have
him open the door, but then.........more vinyl than i've seen in any one
place in 20 years.....

be well
- jack

colony music is on Broadway and what? They may have a great selection but how are their prices? I was shopping in New Jersey they other day and I found original pressing of Les Paul and Mary Ford's How High the Moon, as well as some mint Errol Garner and other gems... $2 a piece!!! I've found decent vinyl and cds in Brooklyn too, but they tend to be a little bit more pricey.

themaidsroom 6th August 2005 05:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gp71
Calistro Music in Connecticut is only like an hour from NYC. Great service and very knowledgeable!


i have had nothing but great experiences buying stuff from Craig Calistro



- jack

NathanEldred 6th August 2005 06:59 AM

If you are in New York, look up Studio Consultants, they go back further than anybody in that immediate area that I'm aware of, and IMO are more knowledgable than Dale or Calistro. They are one of the 'good guys' too IMO...not just trying to move boxes.


Studio Consultants, Inc.
321 West 44th Street
Suite 908
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 586-7376
Fax: (212) 582-2169

themaidsroom 6th August 2005 07:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by absolutkj
colony music is on Broadway and what? They may have a great selection but how are their prices? I was shopping in New Jersey they other day and I found original pressing of Les Paul and Mary Ford's How High the Moon, as well as some mint Errol Garner and other gems... $2 a piece!!! I've found decent vinyl and cds in Brooklyn too, but they tend to be a little bit more pricey.


the prices were o.k. to expensive, but the guy would haggle if the pieces
weren't clean - good clean vinyl that doesn't require searching is never cheap
right now, in my opinion, the internet has changed so much of the old pricing/
geography equasions.............if you are willing to spend $30 on one piece
of vinyl , a title you really love, try speakers corner....... its amazing new vinyl


be well

jack

thethrillfactor 6th August 2005 07:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NathanEldred
If you are in New York, look up Studio Consultants, they go back further than anybody in that immediate area that I'm aware of, and IMO are more knowledgable than Dale or Calistro. They are one of the 'good guys' too IMO...not just trying to move boxes.


Studio Consultants, Inc.
321 West 44th Street
Suite 908
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 586-7376
Fax: (212) 582-2169


Are they still around?

Last i heard they became a place for post and then they shut their doors. cellfone

absolutkj 6th August 2005 03:53 PM

There is this guy in the Hamptons, Long Island who has a huge selection of vintage American gear- Fairchild, RCA, Ampex, Altec, etc. I wasn't happy with his prices because he bases everything off of what they are going for on ebay (and people pay stupid ammounts for vintage **** on ebay, regardless of the condition). But I was super impressed with his collection of about 100 RCA 44bx and 77dx mics. He said that he bought Gotham Audio a while back, and that he also bought a few big studios or something. His name is Robert Van Dyke. Anyone know anything about this guy? I wish I could afford his gear.

cl516 6th August 2005 05:21 PM

i got my myteks from studio consultants in nyc also,
they were very helpful and knowledgable.

themaidsroom 6th August 2005 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by absolutkj
There is this guy in the Hamptons, Long Island who has a huge selection of vintage American gear- Fairchild, RCA, Ampex, Altec, etc. I wasn't happy with his prices because he bases everything off of what they are going for on ebay (and people pay stupid ammounts for vintage **** on ebay, regardless of the condition). But I was super impressed with his collection of about 100 RCA 44bx and 77dx mics. He said that he bought Gotham Audio a while back, and that he also bought a few big studios or something. His name is Robert Van Dyke. Anyone know anything about this guy? I wish I could afford his gear.


he quoted me some ok prices on some rca pres, but in a raw state, ultimately, he
was always GROUCHY NO TIME FOR QUESTIONS ARE YOU GOING TO BUY IT??
sometimes i didn't know whether to believe him or not, things like :
me : "do you have any altec birdcage mics?"
him: " have any? i have 57 of them all set to go........."

i gather from your post that you have been to his spot.........

- jack