Play It Again Music Center
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CHANGES IN THE WIND
The Band Room takes over former
Play It Again Music Center location
A little over a year ago I launched the new and improved Play It Again Music Center web site, as the wheels were set in motion for a change in ownership. After over 25 years of serving Austin area musicians the store’s founder, Carol Scarlett, was taking a well-deserved break.
Major changes and upgrades to the site were made in order to better serve store customers – both regulars and new-comers. We wanted to do a better job of marketing, which meant informing everyone we could about the store’s diverse inventory, as well as its affordable rental and repair services being offered.
We also wanted to grab the attention of visitors to Austin for such popular music events as SXSW and ACL. We hoped they might come and explore the funky little music shop at 123 E. North Loop – which they have. So we made sure the store had new signage and the web site had a good site map, since the store is tucked away on the north end of Hyde Park, between Airport and Lamar. While conveniently located in north central Austin, not far from the UT campus, it’s not on one of the better-known thoroughfares in the area such as Lamar, Burnet or Anderson Lane.
We wanted to let band students and central Austin music lovers know that they didn’t have to burn gas and venture out to music store in the suburbs … just to pick up some valve oil for their trumpet or a box of sax reeds.
While the new web site proved popular (over 1,000 visitors a month) and was quite successful at attracting more customers, I’m sorry to say I was not successful in completing my purchase of the store. As a result, a company known as The Band Room, based in Lockhart, TX is now operating the music business located at 123 E. North Loop.
However, thanks to the settlement agreement that was recently negotiated I am still the owner of the Play It Again Music Center business name and web site, as well as various other assets. And I will continue buying and selling band instruments, as well as providing instrument rentals and repair services. However, until I am able to financially justify re-locating to a new retail location, I will be operating from my residence in Hutto.
So I will gradually be revamping this web site and updating it to help keep everyone informed; especially my vendors and the rental and consignment customers with whom I am still doing business. Since I still believe that central Austin needs a good little music store, I am recommending those who frequented the little shop on North Loop continue to do so.
While I don’t have quite as many rentals at my disposal as I once did, I still have 40-50 to rent out for the upcoming school year … at the same reasonable sub-$50 rental rates. I’m also accepting instrument repairs, with the usual 10 days to two-week turnaround. And as before, loaners will be provided if available. I also have several jazz and performance mouthpieces for saxophone I’m selling. Those are listed separately on the site.
While I don’t have a store you can visit, I WILL be able to offer FREE pick-up-delivery “concierge service.” That means all you have to do is call or email me, and I’ll come to your residence or other convenient location and pick up your instrument, and drop it back off. The same will apply for rentals. I’ll bring a selection of clarinets or trombones to your home, and you pick out the one you like. Also, note that in the future I’ll be processing rental payments either by check or through Paypal, rather than with credit card processing.
At first I probably won’t be able to provide reeds or music books, but I’ll work hard to make sure your rental comes with all the same care and cleaning supplies PIAMC has always provided in the past. The other accessories will be added as business increases.
Finally, thanks SO MUCH for your patronage over the past two years. I have enjoyed meeting you all, and working with each and every one of you. Hopefully, I will retain some of you as customers as I work to build a brand new Play It Again Music Center here in the Austin area.
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