Recycle Your Metal Instrument Strings With Us!

Every time you change your guitar strings, metal is being added to a landfill. We’ve teamed up with D’Addario and their Play Back string recycling program to help our environment in an easy, friendly, and free way.

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What is Play Back?

D’Addario’s Play Back recycling program is a free and easy way for you to recycle any brand of metal guitar strings. An estimated 1.5 million lbs of metal strings are put into a land fill every year, as they are not recycled through municipal recycling programs. All you have to do is bring any brand of old metal strings (guitar, mandolin, banjo; anything as long as it’s metal!) to the store and drop them in our drop box, located at the front desk. We take care of collection and shipping of the strings so you don’t have to. Any time, any metal strings, we have you covered.

No matter the brand, bring your metal strings in and help us keep landfills string free

 

Bass Guitar Wiring -> Before; During; After

Customer dropped off beautiful old bass guitar, had some rewiring done in 1975!  Owner stated it was cutting out and sometimes had no signal.

A little messy and maybe a little crusty

Got the go ahead to rewire with new pots and output jack but save the switches and capacitor.

Got all the crusty foil off

Got the new foil on and placed controls on the pick guard.

Got it all wired up.

All wired up

Wired in pickups and all is well.

New volume and tone control, output jack. Saved the capacitor and switches.

Got a question about the electronics in your guitar?  We can do most any electrical work on guitars.  Stop by and let’s take a look.

The Importance of COA’s for Woodwind Instruments

What is a COA?

A Flute Undergoing a COA

The abbreviation “COA” means a Clean, Oil, and Adjust. In length, this means that your woodwind instrument is going to have all the keys taken off. I’ll then clean and polish the interior and exterior of the body, as well as all the keys, hinge rod tubes (the place the rods go in), screws, and rods. This cleaning removes any old oils or dirt that could cause the keys not to work as freely or smoothly as they should. I’ll then assemble the instrument, oiling the rods and screws, adding or replacing any felts or corks as needed, and making any key interaction adjustments needed. When your instrument is all clean and oiled, not only will it’s fingerprint-free finish polishing make it look nice, but it will play with a faster touch response, and smoother movement.

A Saxophone on the Bench for a COA

A COA is common maintenance, occurring every 3-4 years, depending on the player. It’s important to know that this cleaning can become necessary in the instrument’s ability to play throughout its life. Without regular cleanings, rods and screws can freeze up, and keys (as well as the body) can start to deteriorate. Cleaning your instrument helps it live longer, play better, and look swell in the process.

How Long Will I be Without My Instrument?

COA’s are a common maintenance procedure, and can usually be turned around anywhere from 2 days to a week (depending on the lineup at the bench). Please allow the appropriate time for cleaning your instrument before you need it.

For more information on COA’s or to see if it’s right for you and your instrument, please bring it by for us to look at. Every instrument is different, and will be evaluated before determining if the COA is right for it. Our evaluations are free and done in shop, so drop by anytime. Thanks for learning with me, and I hope to see your horn on my bench soon!

 

A Music Center Blooms in North Conway

In 2008 we had the idea that a full service music center would be a nice addition to the North Country of New Hampshire. We did some research, asked some musicians, and founded North Conway Music Center in a little 800 sq.ft. storefront on the North side of town.

From day one we were busy. Thanks to such strong and growing community support, we needed more space. In 2013, having completely outgrown the initial space, we moved to a new upgraded location right on the strip in North Conway.

Our 4,000 sq.ft. space in the Red Barn Center hosts teaching studios, our repair center, rental spaces, lots of new and used instruments and all manner of accessories.

Among our many services, we repair acoustic and electric instruments, we buy and trade used instruments, appraise musical instruments, offer school band instruments and sound systems for rent, and much more.

Please come visit us and find out why so many folks have found us to be knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and convenient! We’re open 7 days a week right between SeaDog Brewing and Dunkin’ Donuts on the strip in North Conway. Call us at (603) 356-3562 or email us. We welcome your questions and comments.