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I’m visiting New Orleans right now and I tried googling to see if there are any good music shops around and the only thing I could find is a bunch of guitar/keyboard stores. Anything out there?
 

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I’m visiting New Orleans right now and I tried googling to see if there are any good music shops around and the only thing I could find is a bunch of guitar/keyboard stores. Anything out there?
Monday through Thursday only by appointment. Call maybe you can get referral. Otherwise ask a local musician or hotel desk clerk. I’ve also Had luck at tourist information centers.
http://nationofmusic.com/contact-us/

And please post your findings!
 

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You might want to ask one of the fifteen-minutes-and a tip-jar musicians on Frenchman Street where to go.

As mentioned before,SG is probably the surest thing
 

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It is sad what has happened to New Orleans. The physical destruction is one thing, but the cultural destruction is another. Many professional musicians left for better gigs (e.g. Colorado) out west as gambling took hold and casinos needed musicians back in the mid '80's. Then Katrina hit and changed the face of absolutely everything. On my first trip back to my home town after Katrina hit I saw a Werlein's music store on the corner of Canal St. and Peters Street or one of the other streets that run through the French Quarter. On my next trip, it was gone. Werlein's might not have been the best music store, but was the first company to publish music. That was important. Now it's gone.

As far as the pawn shops on Canal street--- there were two huge ones--- they're gone now.

Now the music stores are gone. When I was a kid, I could walk to two music stores. Everyone I knew was either a musician or had a family member who was a musician. Almost every street in my neighborhood had a garage band.

Now there are no more music stores. Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again.
 

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It is sad what has happened to New Orleans. The physical destruction is one thing, but the cultural destruction is another.
Yeah, the nicest restaurants now will let you in without a jacket and tie. I know that may not seem to be the end of the world for most here, but it used to be nice to see other diners respect the institution and dress for the occasion. Now they'll let anyone in no matter how they're dressed because everyone is struggling and they need the money.

But I digress... forget music stores in New Orleans. You need to seek out some fine dining. Go to Commander's Palace for lunch and be sure to inquire about the 3 cent martinis. Then dinner at Antoine's for the Chateaubriand and Oyster Rockefeller. Then off to Frenchmen Street for music.
 

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I still have the Albert clarinet I bought in Werleins, Canal Street, in 1980.

Music stores may come and music stores may go, but Steve Goods*** goes on forever…
 

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yeah, the nicest restaurants now will let you in without a jacket and tie. I know that may not seem to be the end of the world for most here, but it used to be nice to see other diners respect the institution and dress for the occasion. Now they'll let anyone in no matter how they're dressed because everyone is struggling and they need the money.

But i digress... Forget music stores in new orleans. You need to seek out some fine dining. Go to commander's palace for lunch and be sure to inquire about the 3 cent martinis. Then dinner at antoine's for the chateaubriand and oyster rockefeller. Then off to frenchmen street for music.
this...soooooo much this!!!!
 

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The first guy to suggested you check Nation of Music. I think that is Steve Goodson's place. I traveled with a band and was in New Orleans like 20 years ago and wound up at his shop/home to have a neck recorked and it wound up being an interesting experience. Steve is an incredibly knowledgeable guy regarding the saxophone, and understands all the mechanics of sound production and how to change your tone. Go see him and you'll get a history lesson of New Orleans, the saxophone, and lots of input on improving technique. It's no wonder Anthony Bourdain did a segment of his show Raw Craft with Steve.
 

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Well as far as finding a music store it was a total bust, I wasn't there that long anyways. I think next time I'll schedule a visit with Steve. I'll tell you one thing, New Orleans ain't ideal if you can't eat seafood LOL. I had never been to New Orleans before, what a cool place it is.
 

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Well as far as finding a music store it was a total bust, I wasn't there that long anyways. I think next time I'll schedule a visit with Steve. I'll tell you one thing, New Orleans ain't ideal if you can't eat seafood LOL. I had never been to New Orleans before, what a cool place it is.

I took the City of New Orleans downriver to take part in conferences and got introduced to New Orleans that way. I was very much reminded of Europe, particularly in a more relaxed and enjoyable view toward life, living, eating, drinking, and so on. Also the inevitable presence of tourism, which brings both good and bad features that need addressing. There is a great deal of competition for the food money being shelled out, so a place with bad service and bad food tends to get better fast, or run out of town. The biggest food problem is that a huge proportion of what is available is fried. Very good, no old oil, but fried. A lack of sufficient attention to vegetables, requiring the visitor looking for that to do a little hunting. But if you want red beans and rice, a fried oyster or fried shrimp poor boy, a decent bowl of jambalaya, or gumbo, or a plate of frito misto di mare, then you are in luck. Lot of places do those things GREAT. An Italian Deli cold cut sandwich on decent french bread washed down with a draft beer keeps me happy. Grits and shrimp at Commander's palace. Get a big spinach salad there. Used to go to New Orleans pretty often for work. Have not been for several years now. Started going so in ancient times when the music on Bourbon was still good. Moved to Frenchman long ago, though.

Be ready to haul out your wallet and pay up, or spend a lot of time to shop for the quality bargain.

I just gave up on music stores altogether, even though I had started out with high hopes.

"What a cool place it is" is right. Wish I was there this minute, instead of wondering which topcoat or parka to use today ...
 

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FWIW there's a tiny music store in the French quarter...can't remember the name but they're fairly new and pretty close to the French Market. They also have another larger store downtown, but I never made it to that one.
 
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