Earlier this week, I went to the local outlet of America's big-box music store. I had been there maybe a month or two earlier to buy strings, things seemed normal at that time. But this week, sheeeesh... The store has the retail "smell of death" about it. The store and displays have been re-arranged so the merchandise is more spread out. It looks like things aren't being re-stocked. The books section was apparently dismantled and modular teaching studios installed in that corner of the store. Strings were moved from behind the display counter to a 'self serve' area on the sales floor, and it seems like the string selection is much less than it was. Some displays in the "Pro Audio" area were wrapped up in shrink wrap with a "this display closed" sign taped to it. I asked my bandmate if he'd been to a gee see lately (there's 3 in my immediate area) and he described the same situation at another store. I know lots of people dislike this chain, but I'd be sad if it closed. Between competition from Amazon, Reverb and Sweetwater, this would be a tough time to be in the musical instrument selling business. Have you been to your local chain music store lately? Do things look normal, or does it appear they're circling the drain?