Perhaps Times Square's best kept secret is 48th street, or what locals fondly call "Music Row." Along this street are retailers of specialty instruments, instrument repair shops, and sheet music stores. "Music Row" hosts New York City's highest concentration of music instrument stores.
Since the early 1930s, "Music Row" has been a center for the musical community, playing host to repair shops and music stores, yes, but also to rehearsal spaces, studios, and musical venues. Among the most famous patrons of these establishments were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. Some of the most well known stores to have graced this historic district stores included Terminal Music, Stuyvesant Music, Silver & Horland, and Manny's.
Below please find a sampling of the many music-related stores to be found on "Music Row" and in Times Square.
Alex’s Musical Instruments
Known for their quality, personal service, Alex Musical Instruments boasts an array of new and used piano accordians, diatonic accordians, chromatic accordians, guitars, repairs, and accessories.
New York Woodwind & Brass Music Corporation
(168 W 48th Street)
Rudy's Music Stop, Inc.
Rudy's Music Stop specializes in new and vintage electric, acoustic, classical, resonator and archtop guitars as well as basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and pedal steels and one of the largest selections of strings in New York.
One of America's largest musical instrument chains, Sam Ash offers one of New York City's biggest selections of all the industry's newest gear, including guitars, keyboards, percussion, lighting and equipment for studios and DJs.***
***To move to 333 W34th Street.
IN THE DISTRICT
The Colony Music Center
The Colony Music Center, which first opened in 1948, located at the base of the Brill Building, offers one of the world's largest sheet music and karaoke selections.
Jon Baltimore Music Company (151 W. 46th second floor: 212 575 1508)
Former 48th street retailer.
Jon Baltimore Music Co. specializes in all types of new, used and vintage woodwind brass instruments, in addition to carrying various accessories, native instruments, and rentals.