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    This article was published in this morning's SunSentinel. You have to wonder if the same dubious quality of guitars offered at Musician's Friend will be unloaded here as well. Also worthy of consideration would be repairs, set ups, ect. As usual with purchases from a chain store not known for instrument sales, buyer beware.

    Best Buy to offer musical instruments, lessons at select stores
    Electronics chain to offer instruments, music lessons

    By Arlene Satchell

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    October 3, 2008

    Consumer electronics giant Best Buy Co. Inc. is adding musical instruments to its entertainment repertoire at roughly 85 stores nationwide.

    Today, Best Buy Pembroke Pines becomes the first of six stores in South Florida slated to carry the instruments by the end of the year.

    The 2,500-square-foot store-within-a store features more than 1,000 guitars, bass drums, keyboards, recording equipment and other instruments and accessories.

    Best Buy had offered a smattering of beginner guitars and home-recording equipment, but now it wants a bigger slice of the $7.5 billion U.S. musical instrument market.

    "Consumers have always looked to us as a resource for music in a variety of formats. Now they'll be able to rely on us for help with musical performance and creating, too," Steve Hehir, the chain's senior vice president of musical instruments said.

    The stores will cater to novice and professional musicians and carry brands such as Fender, Gibson, Roland and Drum Workshop.

    Michelle Espinoza, a Colorado Springs transplant, said she'd consider shopping at the Pembroke Pines music store if it had specialized staff and accessories, and offered instrument repair services.

    Espinoza usually travels several miles from home to find accessories for her three musician sons who are avid fans of Guitar Center Inc., the nation's leading musical instrument retailer.

    The Best Buy in Pembroke Pines will have five to seven trained musical instrument specialists and will offer guitar lessons. There also will be drum and amplifier rooms to test equipment.

    Sammy Ash, chief operating officer of Sam Ash Music Corp., said the chain's extensive instrument selection, along with the passionate "guitar heads" staff should hopefully insulate them from bigger rival Best Buy.

    Sam Ash Music, the No. 2 U.S. musical instrument retailer with three of its 45 stores in South Florida, has been in the music business since 1924.

    Still, Ash said Best Buy might lure some business away initially because of its existing customer base and the convenience of one-stop shopping.

    At Boomer's Music in Wellington, owner Melody Stuart said she's not worrying about Best Buy's musical overtures.

    Stuart's 1,500-square-foot mom and pop store has a strong local following. It sells a variety of Washburn, Music Man and Samick guitars, mostly geared to beginners, priced from $40 to $2,000. Piano, guitar and drum lessons also are available.

    In Fort Lauderdale, at Music Arts Enterprises, a 45-year-old independent music store, reaction is mixed.

    "If Best Buy dives in and they're highly successful, it'll certainly hurt us and others," co-owner Mike Katz said.

    The electronics big-box retailer already is looking to harness cross-over potential of video gamers, by placing displays and gaming stations near store entrances to spike interest.

    "If you're selling that much Guitar Hero and Rock Band (video games) why not sell the real thing?" said Russ Crupnick, an analyst with The NDP Group, a market research firm that tracks the video-game industry.

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    That makes me extremely happy, maybe this is the prelude to the resurgence in Rock Music. I just hope the ADD, need it right away generation of today finds the patience and tenacity to actually stick to it rather than get bored with it, and move on to something with more instant gratification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeautifulGirl5150 View Post
    That makes me extremely happy, maybe this is the prelude to the resurgence in Rock Music. I just hope the ADD, need it right away generation of today finds the patience and tenacity to actually stick to it rather than get bored with it, and move on to something with more instant gratification.
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    Best Buy tested this heavily in 10 locations...this is what they are doing to gear up for all the floor space they'll lose when CDs are gone, mark my words...

    This made my co-workers and I extremely nervous in our "small' town with a second Best Buy that just opened up less than 2 miles from the mom and pop store we work at.

    There are 3 music stores in our area, and the only store that clashed with any major brands Best Buy was carrying was us (Fender, Marshall, Roland, etc.), while the other stores (Ibanez, Peavey, etc.) would have had zero conflict.

    Luckily it didn't open here.

    We have already started to experience a crunch, though, as some manufacturers are way backordered on product, leaving us high and dry, but also cluing us in to how much Best Buy has ordered for their 85 stores.

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    My best friend manages a Best Buy here in the Twin Cities (where Best Buy Co. is located--their campus in Richfield is huge). He let me in on all the happenings a couple of years ago, as they started by selling cheapie-shitty instruments like Target and Costco, then graduated to Fender and Gibson at those select "test" locations. I worry about the ma and pop stores a little, but I think they're really gunning for Guitar Center. And it would also make sense they're thinking about making up for what will soon be almost no music/CD/DVD sales. Big businesses are always looking for the next thing to expand into. It's why you can buy music at Starbucks and fancy coffee at McDonald's now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    My best friend manages a Best Buy here in the Twin Cities (where Best Buy Co. is located--their campus in Richfield is huge). He let me in on all the happenings a couple of years ago, as they started by selling cheapie-shitty instruments like Target and Costco, then graduated to Fender and Gibson at those select "test" locations. I worry about the ma and pop stores a little, but I think they're really gunning for Guitar Center. And it would also make sense they're thinking about making up for what will soon be almost no music/CD/DVD sales. Big businesses are always looking for the next thing to expand into. It's why you can buy music at Starbucks and fancy coffee at McDonald's now.
    You're right...but the big difference between this and GC, is that Best Buy plans on rental programs, lessons, and repairs. These are the 3 main spots that manufacturers (Fender, Taylor, and Marshall have specifically mentioned that these three things are key) already suggest a small store concentrate on when Best Buy does this in your area. It seems, then, that Best Buy is keen on cornering the entire market. Of course, if they can do it succcessfuly, there's nothing to complain about. That's the way the cookie crumbles, so to speak.

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    The Best Buy in my area (Fairview Heights, IL) is doing this exactly .25 miles away from an already flagging Guitar Center. I think it will be the nail in the Fairview Heights Guitar Center's coffin, as it is already doing poorly by having not much in the selection of mid-to-pro level equipment. Coupled with Guitar Center's new unwillingness to negotiate prices, I will be surprised if GC survives in Fairview Heights for too much longer.

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    I have no idea how the GC in my town stays open. I've never seen more than 3 or 4 cars in the parking lot... Even on a weekend. I rarely go in, but I've also never seen the same person working there twice. I only use them when I need some quick cash for somthing I don't want anymore...

    I guess at age 35, giant billboards of SlipKnot, along with music so loud you can't even hear yourself think isn't really what I need in a music store...

    Luckily I still got a good "mom and pop" 5 miles away that carries most the brands I Like... Only thing is, I feel guilty if I go in and don't drop over $100 on something.... I know he counts on people like me to actually buy something more than strings and picks once in awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJC View Post
    I have no idea how the GC in my town stays open. I've never seen more than 3 or 4 cars in the parking lot... Even on a weekend. I rarely go in, but I've also never seen the same person working there twice. I only use them when I need some quick cash for somthing I don't want anymore...

    I guess at age 35, giant billboards of SlipKnot, along with music so loud you can't even hear yourself think isn't really what I need in a music store...

    Luckily I still got a good "mom and pop" 5 miles away that carries most the brands I Like... Only thing is, I feel guilty if I go in and don't drop over $100 on something.... I know he counts on people like me to actually buy something more than strings and picks once in awhile.
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    our mom pop stores aroundme are not worth going into, so I thnik its good to get GC some compitition. I agree, they no longer stock any mid to top merchandise. its always "i can order you one"... well fuck, I can order me one.

    GC put everything around me out of business with their prices and then forgot what made them a great store.
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    Some of the GC's in my area (Dallas and Plano TX) do very well. Most of the stores are packed on the weekend and you can't get a sales guys time to ask a question or buy a guitar. During the weekl some of those stores are slow and the sales guys are sitting around jammin. There are a couple of Mom and Pop shops in the area that are OK. I go to them for setups, and repairs, etc.
    Their is a Best Buy in Plano, TX (directly accross the hwy from QC) that already sells guitars, keyboards, strings, picks, etc. They have a couple guitars that are OK, but its mostly shit. I myself would not be interested in going into Best Buy, and sitting down to compare guitars, ask questions about a particular guitar, or trust that the sales kid knows anything about the guitars that Best Buy sells. I don't think that the seasoned guitar player would venture off to BB for their guitar needs. It seems that BB would be most profitable around the X-mas season when Dad runs off to do some shopping for the kids and stumbles accross the guitar section at Best Buy for a last minute gift.
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