That's it in a nut shell for me as well. No local shops around me for miles and I mean miles. So I am left with GC and ordering online from Amazon.com or other music instrument sites.These days, I just go to Guitar Center. Sure, it's Walmart, but they have lots of stuff -- more than the small specialty shops.
+1 . Rumor says that PDS chose the location just so they could be close to local 47, the musicians union, which is across the street. I don't know if it is true, but it sounds good.
Agreed! Up in Wheatridge. Got a beautiful old K from there. A great shop.http://www.drumcityguitarland.com/drumcitygl/stores/1/index.aspx
Home of the world's most expensive drum set.......really! Great guys! My parents took me there for my first kit in 1975.
I dont hate guitar center i just HATE how they put all the local music stores put of buisness. It pisses me off and there everywhereee. I always wanted to go to memphis drum shop and drum center of portsmouth. Seen there vids online and they both seem like great drum storesdamn, I HATE guitar canter, i refuse to buy from them. used to work for them, absolutely hated it… i order stuff online from other places who match them as well or come very close, and there are plenty of them. i even know a few places who sell brand new gear much less than GC, B&H audio in NYC being the first that comes to mind. GC was selling the alesis videotrack for around $120 bucks, i got mine from B&H for $30, brand new!!! there's the percussion center in houston that i looooove! 5 star drum shop, and man do they rule. not very big, but great place. interstate music, steve maxwell's drum shops, forks, sam ash, memphis drum shop, and drum center of portsmouth, NH are all fantastic as well.