Looking for that last minute present idea, or just got a saxophone with a busted reed?
Dropped that microphone once too often, or sound like a bullfrog singing through a bowl of soup?
Gone twang when ya bass should have gone boink?
South Melbourne is blessed with a fine array of music related shops – and we have picked three of them that Jammers have used in the past – they might be worth a visit. Mention the Jazz Jammers and let them know we will be asking for support come May 2nd and 3rd- Festival time.
The Music Place: 339 Clarendon Street, practically an institution, a specialist shop for brass and wind players, once owned by David Temby, passed through the capable hands of Brett Willis, and now has a young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff offering a range of services for saxophonisti, il trumpettore and other musos of that ilk or similar.
The Music Place are past sponsors of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival.
The shop has had a makeover, there is still a goodly display of a wide range of instruments, John Coltrane (actually it might just have been someone who thought they were John Coltrane) was trying out stuff last time I was there – and the staff seem to encourage that sort of thing…
Bass Centre: 173 Park Street. A short stroll from the Music Place, a specialist shop for bass players and their like. Get past the fairly modest exterior, and you will be visually assaulted by all things bass – axes hanging on the walls, boxes on the floor waiting for shipment – the place is fairly buzzing, and has been for 30 years. This one comes recommended by bass players in the know – and the staff modestly claim to be the best bass centre in Australia, although there used to be a shop near Fitzroy Crossing – it was shut on the day I went there. So was Fitzroy Crossing.
Whatever, South Melbourne is definitely the music centre of Melbourne, where The Bass Centre deals in both new and used equipment, and given its high turnover, constantly has quality stock on show.
They can be contacted by phone on 03 9696 6561, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, live chat, or can talk to you face to face in the store (old school!)
Factory Sound: 75 – 85 York Street: where Jammers get a fair bit of their gear: this shop is bursting with a huge range of amps, mixers, speakers, mics, you name it, they got it. You get the same good service if you spend $100 or $100,000 – I know, because I have done both.
Tip: the in house range of Factory Sound leads and cables come with a life time guarantee, and are as good as, if not better than, commercial cables in fancy packaging. We use them at the jams…