It’s now been almost two years since I closed the walk-in retail aspect of my business. We had that clubhouse open for forty-eight years, and it was one heck of a lot of fun, every single day of it. We never knew who was going to walk in next, and we loved it. What I can be proudest of though is having helped literally thousands of people over the years to make music, which is a great, great thing for everyone’s soul. I got to meet so many interesting people and I truly do miss that, but forty-eight years was exactly right, and I’m getting to relax a lot more these days. This does not mean, though, that I’m not selling fine instruments anymore. Quite to the contrary, I’m still very much active in that regard and while I’m no longer riding herd on five hundred guitars downstairs, I’m still very actively engaged in finding, and selling, the same high-quality, personally approved guitars and other fretted instruments as ever, putting them up here on my website. For any of you who may have guitars and such that you might want to find new homes for, please do contact me as I’m always on the lookout for more. Every few weeks or so, when I’ve got five or ten new acquisitions, I send out emailings notifying all you good people. For any of you who are not on my mailing list yet, please just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to get you right on it.
For the restoration and repair business, which is what I started doing around 1964 before opening the store in late 1969, and is what the reputation of the store was founded on, it’s still very much going strong in the same place it's been for over thirty-five years, on the second floor of the same place so many of you came to at 273 Bleecker Street, right here in good ‘ol Greenwich Village. I don’t mind saying that we‘ve been considered to be the best in New York at this ever since the '60s and the reputation holds to this day. We still do everything from action adjusting on your Strat or Les Paul to full restorations of the hundred-year-old Martin that’s been handed down through your family. The shop is open by appointment, Noon-5PM Monday-Friday so drop me a line to let me know when you’d like to come by and I’ll confirm for you.
And my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for so much over the decades and into the future.