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Old 01-15-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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I went to UA in '74/'75 and probably the oddest/coolest music store I still shake my head at was the Chicago Store.
You'd find a vintage Slingerland snare drum with a gila monster stuck in it under a box you just tripped over. There was so much stuff in there, and in total chaos, that it was unbelievable.
You weren't allowed to go upstairs but one time I snuck up there and there were drumsets piled on top of each other like they were in a blender. I found a Ludwig tom that I negotiated with Joe about for hours and ended up with for $30.
I saw it in the movie "Alice's Restaurant" but it was funny because it was all cleaned up and tidy, obviously a set for the movie.

It was for sure the most fun music store of all time for me.

Has anybody gone there lately?
Is it still bonkers?
Is there still vintage stuff lying on the floor?
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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I went to UA in '74/'75 and probably the oddest/coolest music store I still shake my head at was the Chicago Store.
You'd find a vintage Slingerland snare drum with a gila monster stuck in it under a box you just tripped over. There was so much stuff in there, and in total chaos, that it was unbelievable.
You weren't allowed to go upstairs but one time I snuck up there and there were drumsets piled on top of each other like they were in a blender. I found a Ludwig tom that I negotiated with Joe about for hours and ended up with for $30.
I saw it in the movie "Alice's Restaurant" but it was funny because it was all cleaned up and tidy, obviously a set for the movie.

It was for sure the most fun music store of all time for me.

Has anybody gone there lately?
Is it still bonkers?
Is there still vintage stuff lying on the floor?
Haven't gone in to the downtown store in decades, but I would expect the same chaotic sense of organization as ever! They've even opened up a Chicago Store EAST. I went in a few weeks ago, and even THAT one is beginning to have that same sweet chaos about it!
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:33 AM
 
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Haven't gone in to the downtown store in decades, but I would expect the same chaotic sense of organization as ever! They've even opened up a Chicago Store EAST. I went in a few weeks ago, and even THAT one is beginning to have that same sweet chaos about it!
I would sure hope so. I remember seeing a set of 1940's Slingerland Radio Kings in pieces all over the floor. They had a signature from some guy from the Bronx on them, probably the most collectable drumset there is.
I would imagine with the current popularity of vintage gear that that stuff was picked over a long time ago.
I read that Joe's son operates it.
For sure a sweet chaos!
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I walked by it today and was surprised it was that old. There was a sign - Did you know? Family owned and operated for 90 years! That's something in the West! Wonder if it's always been at its current location... Could very well be.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Baja Arizona
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I walked by it today and was surprised it was that old. There was a sign - Did you know? Family owned and operated for 90 years! That's something in the West! Wonder if it's always been at its current location... Could very well be.
No, originally Chicago Store was further west around the 100 W block area, near where ALL of the county buildings are now, on the north side of Congress. That's the general area where there also used to be the Lyric Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Rueben Gold's Furniture, Meyerson's "White House" Dept Store, and La Selva Club - to name a few. Of course we now have that wonderful La Placita Shopping compound as well. Yay...

Then, when Aaronson Brothers Department Store (which had one of Tucson's first airtube delivery systems from cashier to accounting) closed downtown, Chicago Store moved in there!
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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That's cool info, thanks ZonyPony!
I found a cool history of it here:

Chicago Music Store of Southern Arizona (http://www.chicagomusicstore.com/history.html - broken link)

Back in '74-75 I bought a drum from Chicago Store's manager Mark Levkowitz's dad Joe. A few weeks later I was standing in line at a Greek restaurant and Joe happened to be behind me. When it came time to order I realized I had no cash with me and Joe offered to cash a $10 check for me. I have no idea if he remembered me from the store, but either way that tells you what kind of a guy he was.

ZonyPony do you remember if Ronstadt's Hardware was the store I have pictured in this thread?:

//www.city-data.com/forum/tucso...-hardware.html

thanks
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