Music Alley MA34-N Classical Junior Acoustic Guitar For Kids, 34 Inch
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All i’m trying to do is balance running a good guitar shop with raising awareness of the history of the studio and the street as a wholE” – Crispin WEIR, REGENT SOUNDS Let’s take a walk down Denmark Street in the 90s. Cliff Cooper was on something of a spree. He had the Orange shop in nearby New Compton Street, but that closed in ’78, and he opened Rhodes Music – apparently named after the explorer Cecil Rhodes — which was his first shop on Denmark Street, at number 22. “When I first went into the street, it was almost derelict and still nearly all music publishers,” Cliff recalls. “There was the Giaconda restaurant at number nine, where a lot of the bands hung out. They’d park in Denmark Street – no yellow lines in those days – sleep in their vans overnight, and play the Marquee the next night. Bedford vans everywhere!”
bands] would park on Denmark Street – there were no yellow lines in those days – sleep in their vans overnight and play the Marquee the next evening. Bedford vans everywhere!” – CLIFF COOPER, ORANGE AMPS CEOAn advert for Top Gear’s opening in 1969, as featured in one-time Denmark St resident Melody Maker. Image: Tony Bacon In 1989, he’d taken over a second shop in the street, number 21, as EMI moved its sound library out of the building, and he created the hi-tech Sutekina shop (sutekina means beautiful in Japanese), later renting the basement to Gibson for its London showcase. Come the 90s, and Cliff’s takeover quest saw him open in 1990 the PA Centre at 23, formerly the Forbidden Planet sci-fi and comics shop; Argent’s keyboard store at 20 (1992), turning it into a brass, woodwind, and sheet music shop; World Of Pianos at eight (’94); Hank’s acoustics kept at 24 (’95); Sutekina moved to 10 (’96), 21 becoming a second Rhodes Music, and a bass shop opened at 22; a drum and merchandise shop at 28 (’98), where Cliff locates his own office up in the crow’s nest on the fourth floor, while 23’s basement becomes auction rooms; and five floors at the Rose-Morris shop at number 11 (’99). Joe Macari (third right) in Musical Exchange, number 22, with customers and a Tone Bender prototype. Image: Ant Macari The third of Denmark Street’s lives is under way now and planned for the near future. Once the dust has settled, the street frontages will remain, but there will be a series of new venues and still, hopefully, plenty of guitar shops.
Brought this because my 5 year daughter was pestering me to have a go on my guitar (which was a present from a relative, therefore too sentimental to be broken). I didn't want to buy a tiny plastic guitar which can't be tuned but at the same time wanted something good enough that if my children did want to take up guitar it was there for a potential chord learning. Top Gear closed in 1978, as the Bradleys shifted efforts to their Strings & Things wholesale company, and number five became Roka’s, run by Top Gear’s amp fixer, Ron Roka. Sid worked briefly for Boogie Music and then went to Chappell’s in Bond Street until 1986. He moved to the States, working at Pete’s Guitars with Pete Alenov in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. These days he’s retired and living in Crete – and he’s written a so-far-unpublished book about Denmark Street. Top Gear staff full of Christmas cheer outside number 5 December 1971. Image: W. Warner Another beat boom Age - How old is your child? It’s important to match the product to their stage of development and ensure that it’s age appropriate. If your child is under 3 years of age, a toy with musical elements can offer a great introduction to rhythm, pace and songs. Once your child starts school, they may be ready to take things a little more seriously. For older children, opting for a more realistic design can be preferable.This did take a while to tune and for the strings (especially the three thin nylon ones) to fully stretch before they would hold a note. Seriously; we gave this to our daughter for Christmas and with daily use this took a good 3 weeks before you could play for half an hour with good note retention. You could re-string with steel to ease this but beware of tiny fingers and the harshness of steel strings on soft fingertips; personally I would persevere with the nylon and the dullness of note until they have got a bit more experience. Entertainment value - How engaging and fun is the design? For younger children, bright colours and lights can make a musical toy far more appealing. Some musical toys also offer several play modes, with a varied range of experiences whilst your child is learning to play. Size wise, our daughter is 7, but is tall for her age; this is marginally too big for her. She can reach a 'C' chord, but only just. This is a grower for her and would probably best suit and 'average' 9yo onwards. As an adult demonstarating, it is playable, but very tight!!!