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American Musical Supply?? Good Online Company??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by FunkHead, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    I'm getting the best price from American Musical Supply for a Bass Amp. Has anyone had any experience wit them? I found a few minor complaints but nothing too serious reported. Thanks for any feedback, Gerry:D
  2. icecycle66


    Feb 4, 2009
    I like them. I don't use them much, and haven't in the past few years, buti've never had an issue with them in the past.

    They are teh same size as musiciansfriend, just a lttle class b in noteriety.
  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Thank you sir! I ordered a Hartke LH1000. Hopefully it will be a trustworthy workhorse.

  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I like them I have purchased plenty from them.
  5. Stephent28

    Stephent28 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    C470, CO
    They were the first to offer a 3pay plan w/o interest.
    I purchased a lot from them in the past and they were always great.
  6. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Great to hear. Thanks for quick replies.
  7. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
    They're actually pretty good as warehouse sellers go. The only issue I have with them is that they're located in NJ so I get nailed with tax in addition to shipping.
  8. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Good company. Purchased many items from them without issue. No worries....
  9. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    no problem here
  10. Doc Shock

    Doc Shock

    Mar 6, 2010
    Used 'em several times, from strings to amps. No problems.
  11. pflash4001


    Dec 2, 2011
    I ordered my Mackie Onyx 24*4 Buss Console from them with the payment plan a couple of years ago. No complaints. I've made several smaller subsequent purchases also with no problems. Hope your experience is as good.
  12. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I've also used them, going back to the 90s. Never had a problem.
  13. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Never had a problem with them either.
  14. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    I haven't used it but I've known people that have with good results. They do offer a different selection of brands than the other major players in this market.

    I've used it and it's ok. MF is owned by GC, and since I have a long time buddy in middle management at GC (former regional manager that went back to the floor for a better family life), you could say that I cheat. I don't use MF except for window shopping but... well you'll see my favorite a little later on.

    Music 123:
    A little "low-rent" but they're up front about military discounts which is nice.

    GREAT! Sweetwater is by far my favorite music catalog store.

    My first order from them was for a kick amp and beater guitar to keep me entertained while on deployment. The toys arrived 11 days later, while we were out bobbing around the ocean. 11 days!

    Unique to Sweetwater is that you get assigned your own sales rep to handle your questions/transactions. This means you don't have to explain yourself every single time you call. I had explained my gear plans and my rep called me a few months later to tell me to not buy one of the items (software) yet as its about to drop in price by several hundred dollars due to a new version coming out. I've never had a sales guy call me to NOT sell me something.

    Sweetwater carries the basics and entry level stuff that MF has but they also carry the 100k+ consoles used by Lucasfilm, so they carry the truly pro level gear that will make your head spin.

    Well in either case I hope this helps. :bassist:
  15. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Aren't AMS, M123, WW&BW, and MF all owned by GC?
  16. Great company. I have bought several items from them.
  17. BryanM


    Dec 15, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    WWBW and M123 are the same as far as I know but I believe separate from MF and GC, AMS is owned by the same people who run Zzounds, though I much prefer Zzounds to AMS. The prices are nearly identical but Zzounds does no interest 4-payments, they've always bent over backwards to help me out and the one or two times I've had to reschedule a payment by a day or two they've done so and waived the normal change fee. I've had good experiences with Sweetwater as well but I think they're geared more towards people who spend a bit higher than I do. (I spend about $800-$1000 annually on musical equipment and most of that goes to Zzounds or used gear.
  18. Remember that with MF you may get a cheaper total cost as you don't pay shipping or tax
  19. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    AMS has a very good reputation.

    I have made purchases and returned items to Musician's Friend and Music 123 and had good luck with them.

    Sweetwater is excellent to deal with as is

    Guitar Center is owned by Bain Capital and includes it sister companies/ subsidiaries Music & Arts, Musician's Friend, Music 123, GuitarCenter.com, LMI, Giardinelli, Musician.com, Private Reserve Guitars, Woodwind and Brasswind and Harmony Central.

    In case anyone is interested Bain Capital also owns

    Academy at Swift River
    AMC Theatres
    Aspen Achievement Academy
    Aspen Education Group
    Bavaria Yachtbau
    Bombardier Recreational Products
    Brake Bros Ltd
    Bromley Brook School
    Burger King
    Burlington Coat Factory
    Clear Channel Communications
    Copper Canyon Academy
    D&M Holdings
    Domino's Pizza
    Edcon Limited
    Excel Academy (Conroe, Texas)
    GOME Electrical Appliances
    Guitar Center
    HD Supply
    Hospital Corporation of America
    Kansas City Bolt and Nut Company plant
    Michael's Crafts
    Mount Bachelor Academy
    New Leaf Academy
    New Life Lodge
    NorthStar Center
    NXP Semiconductors
    Oakley School
    Sealy Corporation
    Staples Inc.
    Stone Mountain School
    Toys "R" Us
    Warner Music Group
    The Weather Channel
    Wellspring Academies
  20. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    AMS seems fine to me. I have purchased from them several times and would be happy to buy from them again.