We Care About Your Safety

In light of current circumstances, we’re taking significant steps to ensure your safety in our store.  Thankfully, as of now, no one affiliated with North Conway Music Center has contracted COVID-19. If any of our staff members develop symptoms or come in contact with infected individuals, we are directing them to stay home and follow the CDC’s instructions.

Following is an explanation of what we are doing to ensure the safety of our customers and staff:

Monitoring:

Like you, we are closely monitoring local and national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19 and taking action based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), applicable public health agencies, as well as our own common sense.

Daily Cleaning:

Multiple times daily, we are cleaning and disinfecting shared surfaces; keypads, door handles, counter tops, writing utensils, and so much more. We are also cleaning our hands at any available interval.

Retail Safety:

As always, we are not accepting returns of any items that are intended to come in contact with your mouth once the package has been opened, regardless of whether it has been used. We have suspended the use of try-out mouthpieces for our band instruments. We have suspended in store instrument try-outs. All band instruments are being regularly sanitized. All consignment band instruments are sanitized and then stored for a minimum of 10 days before going on the wall for sale, to ensure your safety.

Repair Department Methods and Practices:

Repairs are done using gloves and masks in most cases. Play-tests are not being performed unless the instrument can be stored for at least 10 days before we blow on it. If you need the instrument before ten days, you are very welcome to come in and play test your instrument. Repaired instruments are cleaned and surface sanitized before they go back in their case. Instruments in need of substantial cleaning will be accepted for repair only if cleaning is part of the repair process.

If you have further questions or concerns, please call the shop at (603) 356-3562. For updates on store hours and other goings-on, please check back here, or visit us on Instagram (@northconwaymusic) or Facebook (North Conway Music Center).

We’re all in this together, and we look forward to ending this pause in services ASAP!

My Horn Isn’t Pretty, Does That Make It Bad?

We’ve all seen a professional musician playing on a beautiful instrument, one that is most likely way out of our budgets. Sometimes we start to look down on an instrument because it’s not “pretty,” and I think that’s a stigma we should break.

Your horn doesn’t have to be pretty to play well. It’s just a fact. Many of us receive our instruments as hand-me-downs, or maybe the ones we bought used have some finish imperfections and don’t look new or shiny. This is totally okay! Many professional players got famous on instruments that aren’t the best looking, and that’s because it’s about the sound of your instrument. Sure, it’s nice to have your instrument look super sparkly all the time, but not necessary.

I like to bring up the example of Louis Armstrong’s first cornet. It’s currently on display in the museum that was his home growing up, but that horn has a lot of issues, from an aesthetic and a repair standpoint.

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Louis Armstrong’s First Cornet

Obviously there are certain things we must consider; if there is an aesthetic “boo-boo” that disrupts the playing ability/functioning of the instrument, it’s time to take action, but most aesthetic issues don’t affect the instrument in that way.

What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be discouraged if your horn doesn’t look awesome. If you enjoy playing it and it sounds good to you, that’s the baseline for what matters. If you’re concerned about the way your horn looks, bring it on in for me to take a look at! We can see if what’s going on has anything to do with structural integrity, or playability. We can discuss aesthetic-improving options. See you soon!

 

Looking Into the New Year

This New Year we wanted to share a few New Year’s Resolutions with our awesome customers (that’s you!) that our staff has set for themselves. While some may be taken more seriously than others, we are putting our best feet forward with our goals for 2020.

John

“I’ve stubbed my toe twice on my guitar in the past month, which is more than I’ve picked it up and played it–I want to pick my guitar up everyday this year to play. I also want to try making less banjo jokes!”

Gary

“After 40 years of playing electric guitar only, I want to get back into my acoustic guitar. I also want to learn to play another instrument–maybe a banjo!”

Ryan

“I want to start writing more again. I also want to more actively use my metronome while practicing, and to work on my modes and scales.”

Nicole

“This year I want to learn how to apply my music theory knowledge to my guitar, to better my songwriting skills. I also want to more often remember that ‘hot things are hot’ when soldering parts at the bench–I burn myself way too often, hahaha!”

 

Trying to Buy For a Musician? Are You Stumped? We Can Help!!

Shopping for a musician and have no idea what to get them? We have your back. Here’s a list of our employee’s TOP 5 gifts you can find in our store this holiday season. All of these gifts are in stock now, so act quick and get yours before we run out!

John:
-Alfred’s Complete Essential’s for Music Theory $34.99
-Korg TM-60 Tuner/Metronome $39.95
-Any Heil Mic, starting at $109.95
-Mackie Mixer, starting at $109.95
-Tusq Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins (easiest way to improve your guitar’s sound!), starting at $24.95

Ryan:
-Fishman FT-2 Tuner $14.95
-Lemon Oil for Fingerboards $4.95
-iRig interfaces, starting at $109.95
-Scarlett Focusrite Digital Audio Interfaces, starting at $109.99
-Mackie CR3 Monitors $109.99

Gary:
-John Pearse Alternative Material Picks, starting at $3
-Heil mics, starting at $109.95
-Casein or Tusq Bridge pins, starting at $24.95
-Casiotone CT-S200 Portable Keyboard $129.95
-Oasis instrument humidifier system $20.95

Nicole:
-Chopsavers Chapstick for Musicians $4.95
-Brass Mouthpiece Cleaning Brush $2.59
-Spiral Bound Manuscript Paper Notebook $4.99
-Scarlett Focusrite Digital Audio Interfaces, starting at $109.95
-Overscore Manuscript Tape $9.95