One of the most important resources for musicians, would have to be a list of local music stores. Not only are they are a great place to begin your music journey by buying your perfect instrument; but they are crucial to making sure you are always stocked up on strings, picks, sticks and having your maintenance on speed-dial.
The first time you need anything instrument-related, you always have to jump on to google and start with a few key words… “where to buy guitar strings in Adelaide” , “best violin repairs in Adelaide” …
And you’re quickly diving into a long list of various threads, ads and general chaos.
So how can you possibly know the best places to go in Adelaide?
Well, we at Music Eternal, are here to solve your problems! (Well, this one at least…we don’t know why your cat is coughing up feathers…)
We have compiled a list of local Adelaide music stores, complete with a description of what each one has to offer, links to their website and then, we have asked our experienced tutors what their go-to place is for various instrument needs.
So here it is – the only list you’ll ever need for your music store needs!
Global Music Revolution – OG Road, Klemzig https://www.globalmusicrevolution.com.au
This is your best local guitar and band, online store. Their online service and pickup options are brilliant!
They specialise in guitars, however, they also have drums and percussion, keyboards and recording gear. They’re an excellent shop for amps, PA, sound systems and they also have a large performance space and rehearsal rooms on it’s way.
Winston Music – Daw Park
Winston Music is a great all-rounder shop. Here you can find pianos, keyboards, guitars, drums, strings, and brass and woodwind, plus a good selection of sheet music and workbooks. They also do a selection of instrumental hire, and have a list of contacts for all your service and repairs.
Size Music – Glen Osmond Road, Parkside
These guys are the “Orchestral Specialists”. They sell brass, string and woodwind instruments, as well as sheet music. They offer both school and personal hire and will do repairs and maintenance, as well as “Pro-Set”, a professional instrument set up.
So if you are about to book a free trial with us because you want to learn flute, head to Size first to hire an instrument!
Leaver and Son – Osmond Street, Norwood https://leaverandson.com.au/ For all your piano needs, piano moving, tuning and repairing. Leaver and Son combine their furniture repair skills with their piano restoring, tuning and moving business to create a store where you can buy a piano, have one brought to new musical life in their workshop or have your piano safely moved and tuned.
So remember, if you are looking to have one of our amazing piano tutors come to your home, get that piano tuned first!
(They also kindly hosted the Music Eternal Teacher’s Band on their front lawn during the setup for the Norwood Pageant in 2018)
Holden Hill Music – North East Road, Holden Hill
This store is really geared towards electric instruments/rock band instruments. Keyboards, guitars, drums, bass, amps and the occasional mandolin thrown in there. They also offer a “Join A Band For Fun” program, plus instrument repairs and equipment hire. They also have a music school at their location.
Presto focuses on woodwind and brass instruments; repairs and accessories and hire.
Fretco – Gilbert Street, Adelaide
Fretco is any guitarists dream store! They sell vintage and second hand guitars, as well as offering repairs, refinishing and modifications and upgrades. They also offer build-your-own guitar kits, which includes everything you need to build your very own guitar.
Harrison Music – Grenfell St, Adelaide
Harrison’s is a true family business with 30 years of experience passed down generations. They have a bit of everything, from guitars and keyboards, to print music, to strings and woodwind.
Derringers – Forestville & City
These guys are an excellent all rounder. From instruments to recording gear and lighting gear, Derringers covers most bases, including instrument hire. They also have a price challenge guarantee and an online store.
Salvis Fine Guitars – George St, Thebarton
Salvis is your guitar specialist, with custom guitars, repairs, setups and second-hand guitars. Highly recommended by our very own guitar tutor, Sam.
These are just to name a few, and we know that there are many more private businesses out there too!
A few excellent private repair businesses include:
Erebus Reactor – Amp builder and repairer- music electronics. https://www.facebook.com/erebusreactoramps. Custom tube/valve amplifiers built to your application, from drawing board to reality. We absolutely recommend Liam from Erebus Reactor, not only is he a musician himself but he has a keen eye for aesthetics and detail and is definitely the man you want for all your musical electronics repairs.
Mountford Music – Instrument hire, deliveries and repairs https://mountfordmusic.com.au/. For great quality hire instruments at affordable prices and fast delivery, absolutely go to Jamie Harrison from Mountford Music. In business since the 1990’s, they are a family-owned business and fantastic to work with.
David Platt – Piano Tuner http://www.thetuner.com.au
Tim Whelan – Adelaide Fiddler and String Instrument Repairer https://timwhelanmusic.wordpress.com/about/
Tim is a proud transplant from Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Adelaide. He is a Fiddler, a fiddle teacher AND repairs string instruments. Check out his blog and YouTube channel and maybe dust off your dancing shoes!
We all know that finding the perfect place to buy, maintain and equip your instrument can be overwhelming- don’t worry, we’ve all been there!
If you have more questions about where the best place to go is, why don’t you contact us and see how we can help you!
In the meantime, happy strumming, bowing, tinkering and plucking!
The Musickers at Music Eternal Australia
Originally written and posted by Kimmy Everett of Vocal Worship, edited and re-written by Beth Brady.