MEGA-big music store

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by AllodoX, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. silvermaneZ


    Oct 10, 2000
    Houston, TX
    My only fear would be that kind of store being like a Guitar Center or MARS Music here in the states. Yea, there are alot of toys to play with, but the service will be horrible, and the prices will be very close to retail, with no room for negotiating. HAve fun trying stuff out, but be wary of buying anything....
  2. Comakazi


    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US

    I agree here. Mars, and the like, are impressive as hell to see, but TRY to get some help. The few times I've been to them I couldn't get a sales person to give me a second look, and after about twenty minutes of being ignored and having to fight with all the other people there to get a look at a bass and plug it in only to have other guys competeing with each other as to "who was the biggest badass on their guitar", I had a headache and was ready to leave.
  3. tip : grab the most expensive bass you see, plug it into the biggest amp you see, crank it way up, and start doing some bad-ass powerslapping... 100% guaranteed that someone will be there within 10 sec. :D
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    sometimes i feel lucky to live here in italy. we have beautiful women, bella vita, sun, pasta , pizza and small and crappy music shops!


    in a shop like that i'd die in less than 5 minutes....
  5. Comakazi


    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    Actually, from my experience, that seemed to be the salesperson's job! :p
    Pretty bad when you can't get the sales guy (or girl) off a bass so you could check it out.
  6. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    ...and that is why I dislike Guitar Center!
  7. BWB


    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    Which is precisely why you should patronize
    different stores in your area, talk to your friends
    and don't shop price alone.

    In my city, we have Guitar Center. No MARS.
    There are about 10 other music retailers. One is
    a small shop, in my neighborhood, that offers
    great service but their prices are really steep.
    Knowledgeable, helpful staff. But the pricing
    makes it tough to shop there.

    In the middle we have "Bob's" (name changed to
    protect the innocent. Bob's prices are kind of
    competitive, they have a setup tech, the staff
    are younger players but have enthusiasm and I've
    never been hassled.

    Then we have Guitar Center. Forget service.
    Forget getting questions answered or anything
    more than a passive-aggressive behavior when
    you ask to try something out or ask an intelligent
    question. Their prices can't beat, though.
    But the kids in the store trying to impress each
    other and/or the staff by doing the one funk run
    they know on the bass over and over and over
    are enough to never make me go back in there.

    Here's the rub: I want, very much, to buy a Mesa
    Boogie Powerhouse 4 x 10 cabinet. But GC is the
    only Mesa dealer in the area, and I'll be damned
    if I am spending $800 at that store.

    So, I go to "Bob's". They just re-set up my Precision
    for me, I can chat with the staff, and
    when and if I wanna buy something new I'll go
    there first even though I will pay a little more
    money for the privledge. It's worth it.

  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    That store is not far from where I grew up, so I frequented it very often. It's supposed to be the biggest store in the world with 4,500 squaremetres.
    The service is ok, not better or worse than in smaller shops.

    The different departments operate pretty independently, so it's more like several shops in one.

    You sometimes can get better prices elsewhere, though.
  9. I agree with the price-thingy... this huge store is ideal for browsing.. then you can go and order the pedal you like at a local store.. On the other hand.. they have a huge variaty in pedals.. i counted about 26 bassoverdrives.. :)
  10. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    Their online store has an impressive variety of basses. I wish they had pictures though for all the brands. :)
  11. How much would this be in american dollars?

  12. $ 140
  13. LWatford


    Jul 28, 2001
    Helena, AL

    :eek: and I thought my local MARS was bad...:D
  14. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Ok someone tell me why you put guitars like up to the ceiling?

    Me: "Um yes, I would like to try that bass up at the top"

    Sales guy: ":eek:"
  15. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The red line that's across the middle of the picture (with the black/white sign) is actually a walkway.
    You either go downstairs to the main room or you can stay upstairs and walk alongside the wall.
    You can reach any guitar (if they let you ;) ).


    Same in the pic of the drums department.
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    That's the way the main Guitar Center in Dallas is, and there are local shops that way too.

    You have to ask them to get them down for you.