May 3, 2007


by Chris Randall

I'm going to Seattle on Sunday, as a good friend of mine (and erstwhile Positron Recording Artist) is playing drums for Morrissey on his current tour, and the wife and I are going up to have dinner and chat about his current project, among other things. We'll be there a couple days, and I was wondering if anything interesting was happening in the Seattle environs on Sunday or Monday. Obviously, we'll be at the Morrissey show on Sunday night, but if there's anything happening during the day that is worth checking out, I'd love to hear about it.

Also, to those readers intimately familiar with the city, where is the music store? You know the one I'm talking about. The one that sells new boutique stuff and has quality, serviced used gear? The "real" store.



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May.03.2007 @ 2:35 PM
The Guitar Center is on Westlake.

Just kidding. Actually, I'd like to know the answer as well. Bass NW in Pioneer Square is great for all things on the low end, but I don't know about boutique stuff.


May.03.2007 @ 2:53 PM
I'm not in Seattle, but I've come across this one before in my web searching: link []">link []

Looks like a nice shop, albeit mostly guitar stuff and seemingly high prices.


May.03.2007 @ 3:01 PM
Emerald city is good, I would also say Trading Musician which is over near the U-district.
PS where the hell is the place with the Italian guitar stuff?

May.03.2007 @ 3:08 PM
For audio gear, there's link []">link []

For instruments, there's link []">link [] Not as good as anything in Portland but they'll have the occasional gem. (They had a CP70 for less than $1200 for awhile).

If you don't mind heading 45min down the road to Tacoma: link []">link [] is worth a trip. It's where Kurt Cobain got all of his gear. Ask owner Rick about his Mellotron that has a sound bank of Moody Blues Vocals. Also, he's a great gear hunter, so if you're looking for anything (guitar, synth, etc), he'll find it.


May.03.2007 @ 4:03 PM
space needle? lol.

for records i'd check out easy street. they have good 'in stores' sometimes too.

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closed till spring but the next time you are in seattle you should go here for the best sweets ever. i'm not even a desert person and i love the stuff they do.

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how's that for OT?


May.03.2007 @ 4:56 PM
Emerald City Guitars has boutique pedals and guitar amps, they are a bit overpriced but have stuff no one else has. No synths though. Petosa Music has some used synths, might be worth looking at but the dudes are kinda weird there.

Personally, I'd avoid Trading Musician. Never bought anything from Bass NW. Pacific Pro Audio always struck me as a mail order place. I tried to go there once and it's in a weird office building and is really hard to find.

Obviously Morrissey is playing on Monday :) If I see anything else I'll post it


May.03.2007 @ 5:02 PM
Oh yeah, let me point out that Trading Musician does have serviced, used gear (including synths), I've just had some bad experiences with them, but it is the one place where you could find a cool piece of equipment, I've certainly found stuff there before, just buyer beware!

May.03.2007 @ 5:22 PM
Chris Randall
"Obviously Morrissey is playing on Monday :)"

Hardy har har.

In any event, anyone that actually _wants_ to attend a Morrissey show is a little bit suspect to me. I've seen the man-child half a dozen times, and while his band is uniformly shit-hot ('twas the Polecats for a number of years, and soundcheck was always a blast) I find his audience of flower-wielding fanboys to be somewhat annoying.

By "somewhat" I mean "incredibly," of course.

I think, judging from the recommendations here, that I'll be taking a pass on gear shopping in Seattle once again. It's just one of those towns that has shit gear stores, for whatever reason. (Taking Bass NW out of the equation, of course. But that store, while on their game, isn't really my cup of tea. I only play bass because I have to.)



May.03.2007 @ 5:43 PM
I won't be at Morrissey :)

His band is pretty good though, I'll admit.

Don't blame you for bypassing the gear shoppin' - Portland and Vancouver have better stuff in the Northwest, IMO.


May.03.2007 @ 9:29 PM
Porco Rosso
What about Olympia? didn't seem too horrific when I was living in Aberdeen.

Oh wait, anything seems less horrific than living in Aberdeen Washington. Now I know why Kurt used Heroin.


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