CG Shops in Wisconsin

KDR
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CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by KDR » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:47 am

Hello
I was wondering if anyone happens to know of any places in Wisconsin that sells/specializes in classical guitars. I'm located in south central Wisconsin if that helps. I would prefer to playing before buying if possible.

Thanks for any info

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by Number 6 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:02 pm

Richard Brune is located in Evanston, IL. He is the closest in the area. Many players travel to his workshop.
You can look at his website to see the current used inventory. He and his son Marshall can also build you a
guitar.

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by Christopher Freitag » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:22 pm

Try Spruce Tree Music in Madison. I found an excellent LoPrinzi classical there when I lived in Madison. They carry mostly lower-end new classical guitars but interesting used things to wander in. You can see their inventory online.
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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by amy3000 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:48 pm

You might also consider a trip to Minneapolis to the Podium. They don't specialize in classicals but they usually have a selection of new and used. It would be worth a call first to verify what they have in stock. I don't know that their website is completely up to date so I wouldn't count on that for current stock. If you have any interest in Hill New World guitars, I noticed the prices in the shop are lower than the prices on the website. They're in a new location now about 2 miles from my house in South Minneapolis. It doesn't have the charm of the old location (they were forced to move because the block was "developed") and they no longer carry sheet music, but it's still probably the best place to look for classicals in the Twin Cities.

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by MrSteve » Mon May 01, 2017 2:47 pm

If you are really looking for a wide variety of truly great
Classical guitars than it would be hard to beat spending an afternoon at RE Brune in Evanston.

You might always find a hidden gem at one of the many retailers that sell guitars, but their selection in terms of strictly classical will always pale in comparison to what you will find at Brune
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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by Podobin » Mon May 01, 2017 4:06 pm

While Brune is fine, I wish that we had an additional option in Chicago. It seems that for such a large city, we could use another Classical Guitar specialist especially near downtown. Evanston seems to cater to north shore and NW students.

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by Number 6 » Mon May 01, 2017 6:50 pm

Sherry-Brener has a shop on Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago.
Danche Guitars in Forest Park sometimes has used classical guitars for sale.

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by Podobin » Mon May 01, 2017 8:46 pm

Exactly, we need a classical guitar dealer in downtown Chicago.

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by KDR » Tue May 02, 2017 9:38 pm

I wanted to say Thank You for all your responses I really appreciate the info. I'll look into all the places that were mentioned . =-)

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by play sweet » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:19 pm

Hi KDR,

I just noticed your inquiry, regarding your wish to purchase a classical guitar. I am responding to your search, because of your location (south-central Wisconsin) and our location (north-east Illinois). We live in a suburb, just north of Chicago & Evanston. If you are (& perhaps, you already have) made a visit to Brune's, in Evanston, we are about 10-15 minutes north of his shop.

I mentioned all this location info., because we (my husband & I) are selling our Manuel Contreras, Sr.1979 "Double Top" Concert Classical Guitar. We are the sole owners, of the guitar, which was purchased directly from the Contreras' workshop, in Madrid, Spain. It is hand made and signed, by Contreras. I have posted pictures and full description, on this site, under Manuel Contreras, on the first page. My site title is "play sweet." If you are interested in exploring the guitar further, my email is included, with my last posting. We will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have, about the guitar.

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Re: CG Shops in Wisconsin

Post by Keith » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:27 pm

This comes down to a tale of two levels of income. If you have the money (that is, over and beyond rent, 401K, loans, etc.) then guitars such as play sweet's Contreras or a guitar at Brune's would be a great choice. If you do not have the money for an upper end guitar (say $3K is your limit) you could try Spruce Tree in Madison or even The Old Towne School of Music in Chicago (they often have a mid priced guitar there) or even Craigslist. Brune may have a few in the mid price range.

As to Jimbo Sherry, great place to visit (his shop when I lived there was across the street from the Bean) for stories, wacko theories, etc. but I would be a little cautious about buying (google the many threads elsewhere or a search here). I have posted at this forum my couple of trips to see Jimbo. Wicked funny stories (I use to live in Boston) and bizarro Jimbo theories. Not saying to avoid his place but know what you might be getting into.

Speaking of Boston, you might want to try Aaron Green. Besides making superb guitars he also is a dealer of guitars and sometimes has guitars in the mid price range--or knows of them. You can PM here. Aaron is easy to work with.
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