That's Bakersfield in general these days isn't it?Yessir. First pro-level set was purchased from Pete Jones Music in Bakersfield in 1987. Store has been gone for 25+ years. Took lessons there, too. It’s a tough drive-by now to see the old building, unoccupied and in disrepair.
I bought my first drums in the mid 80s from a little shop that I’m sure must be long gone. I’m not positive but I think it was in New Haven CT. A hole in the wall near downtown, no employees, just the owner. He had permed ringlets of rock star poodle hair, and a notoriously unpleasant attitude.
Almost everything for my first decade + of playing came from Drumwright, just outside Reading, UK. Great family business, always super helpful and wanted to make sure you got what you needed, not just the most expensive thing. Used to put on great drum clinics too
It was a fine shame when Drumwright went out of business (also my pick for this thread)
Only a 30minute drive from us so when that closed the local options narrowed massively.