Originally Posted by evolving_machine
Except for some unexpected political discussion, I think everything else is just a rehashing what was initially said in the first few posts.
I would like to see some kind of a solution to the problem other than avoidance, or just going on the web. It is unfortunate that once in a while the musician needs to touch and hear the instrument or equipment they are about to purchase, so the stores have a function of sorts.
If the major manufactures understood this problem they may want to sponsor their own outlet stores. Like apple do their stores. But, then the customer would have to visit several stores to compare products between different manufactures. The outlet stores could show off the companies products. Perhaps many companies would do several products at their own outlet stores.
well if somebody here has several million to outfit an actual pro shop here with educated sales people and offer decent prices and carry a nice selection of stuff on a regular basis, well you would probably have a whole state worth of business...
there is your solution.