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wilco real life in new acoustic music store (21) real life in new acoustic music store 01 Aug 05


I thought there might be some interest in my new acoustic music store. I don't do any internet or mail order sales, so this isn't an ad.
   I'm in east tennessee, home of Appalachian music, close to nashville, and surrounded by bluegrass music. There are tesivals every weekend. Often, there are several each weekend.
    I stock about 300 instruments: fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolines, upright bases, dobros, and their derivatives. I had not previously been in the music business or in a retail business.
    Mandolins and fiddles are the top selling intstruments. Also, sell a lot of upright basses. 95% of inventory is made in Asia.
    Big surprises have been that there are so many musicians who have no one to play with regularly, that there are so many fiddlers, that the internet guts your sales, that quality control is a minor issue with many manufacturers, how competitive guitar sales are, that you need to have some "expensive" lines of instruments, that lots of people just like to "hang out" in music stores, and that this lots of fun. Plus, it cost more than I anticipated.
    Many musicians have told me that they have dreamed of doing what I'm doing: let me encourage you to do it.

Wilco 48


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