New Store Hours: Noon until 5PM Monday through Saturday
My name is Nicole and I am the Band Instrument Repair Technician, as well as the Assistant Manager, here at the North Conway music Center. You can find me in the back of the store at my bench, or up front ready to help you learn!
Wow! I am so glad to report that with your help, and strings from the wonderful
people at D’Addario & Co. as well as Ernie Ball, we collected 200 pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks. You guys did this. Without the help of our wonderful community, we would not be able to give back like you all continue to do every year during this event. Thank you all once again, you truly are the best customers!!
This holiday season we are altering our hours to give you more opportunities to get the gifts you need, and stay safe doing so. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (603) 356-3562
Nicole here! I wanted to swing by and let you know that Band Instrument repairs are back in swing, as well as string repairs! All woodwind and brasswind repairs are currently undergoing a one-week waiting period from the time they enter the shop until they are tested for evaluation, just to keep everyone safe. I hope to see you all in the store soon!
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.
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!