Buffalo >Allentown Music
Integrity, Ethics, and Talent. I have been a customer of Allentown music for six years, and an employee for two. I am proud to work at such a place where I m not told to pressure customers, and do my best to help them select the right instrument for them, not the best profit for us. The pricing is fair, and Joe Maniaci will go out of his way to help out any musician as much as he can (he taught me how to string my bass when I first started, knowing it would result in me not paying him to do it, but knowing how important it was to me to know how to do it myself). As a musician himself Joe knows what is best for many of his customers and has taught me and all my band mates quite a bit. He is one of the few business owners I have met who maintains his integrity and is still successful, so much so I hope to one day bring my kids here for their first instruments.
Friendly, fair, well - informed.
I've been going to Allentown for a bunch of years now and I've always been happy with the service. The owner is knowledgeable and always honest. I've heard him recommend AGAINST someone spending more money in his store than was necessary, because a cheaper piece of equipment suited their needs better.
I've bought used gear there, new gear there, accessories, instruments and audio production tools. You might find some better deals on ebay, but you'd honestly have to search, especially when you consider shipping. Also, you really can't beat the owners open, informative customer service. This is not the shop that offers blowout, monthly deals and steals on select equipment. This is a guy who offers fair prices on all his stock, year round.
I definitely recommend stopping in to see what he's got before you head to the big box stores.