Was going to comment on our exquisite piano show room. We had Yamaha, Steinway, Baldwin.My 2nd grade music teacher and her husband own Farley's House of Pianos in Madison, WI. They restore pianos and such.
I went in there once and was talking to her husband about how I had a crush on my music teacher (back then) and I was slightly leaning with one hand on a piano. Then I looked, and the price tag said 78,000 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I straightened right up and thought "I can't afford to even BE in this store!"
We have a couple of Saied locations here too. (Tulsa, Ok) I guess we are lucky. I always shop the Music Store which is also a full shop with really darn near everything (limited gamelan gear maybe) and repairs and rental. There are a couple other smaller shops that do horns, and some cool hole in the wall fiddle shops.We have a local store here called Saied that sells pianos and band/orchestra instruments and supplies. The do sales, rentals, and repairs. I think they give lessons also.
The store has been in business since 1946. You cant buy rock band stuff there, but it's the only orchestral gear store in the area. Between all the schools and University, they arent going anywhere anytime soon.
The training to become a Sales Engineer at Sweetwater is very long & arduous. I get their newsletter & they once did a whole issue on that process. So all have been trained in everything to a certain degree. Then if they can't answer the question right away, you'll have the answer before you hang up.I've never sold instruments but I've been around them for 40 years and one thing I can't understand is how someone can call an 800 number, talk to a "sales engineer" and expect to get accurate knowledgeable information about an Apollo Audio Interface and that person can recommend a clarinet?