I got to take a personal time trip today (for real). Music Store stuff......

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  1. studio1087

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    I've mentioned (too many times) that I worked in sales at a nice Fender, Martin, Gibson, JBL, Roland, Boss etc. retail store in Central WI when I was in college. 1982-1985. Working in that store was one of the most joyful things from my youth.

    I've been in Central WI for days because mom had surgery. Mom is fine. All went well.

    After spending 20 hours in the hospital in two days mom kicked me out today. "Go do something!" "Eat a good meal!" "I'll be ok for 2 hours".

    I went to see my old boss. Here's the store today. This is 2019...….

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    First of all, glad Mom's OK. Now.....what did you buy? :)
     
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    The shell pink with the all rosewood neck, hopefully... I just want to see it up close!
     
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    I hope you plugged that purple Hendrix strat into one of those amps!
     
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    But - when I was a wee small lad of 18 years all of this space (above) was pianos and band instruments and orchestra stuff.

    The "Combo" department was in the basement. For rock and roll and chicken pick's you had to go downstairs.

    I learned today that the old guitar room downstairs was left alone when all the guitars came upstairs. The red shag carpet where I sold first edition Squires and Peavey Bandit amps was still untouched in the basement. There was some old stuff stored down there but I got to visit my mostly untouched childhood showroom where I sold, sold, sold and sold.

    The rock and roll staircase to the underworld....

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    There were inside and outside guitar racks all around the red shag. You could play on the inside or the outside of the shag area.

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    PA was on the wide shag back wall area.
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    This artwork has been on the lesson hall wall since 1981 (I think - it was there when I was there).
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    I believe that I took this in trade in 81. I take full responsibility for this dead inventory. :cool:
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    The basement lives. Forgive my self indulgence but this put more joy in my heart than I can describe. I want the damned carpet. I used the stack Peavey practice amps and Bandits three deep under the guitar racks and they moved and moved and moved. Lord we peddled Peavey. My dad always thought that this was the greatest business experience for me at a young age. My father was right about almost everything. I miss him. It was great job.
     
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    But you have not answered the question what did you buy?

    By the way, very nice store.
     
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    My congrats to you Studio. That would have been my dream jobs at that ago too (actually still).
    I'm glad to see your old store survives and looks like it is doing ok.
    Is that anywhere near Plover?
     
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    Is that a Ludwig kit, just lying around unloved in the basement? Cos, you know it could lie around mine and I could save ye the space..
     
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    I bought nothing. It all happened so fast. I said hi. One thing led to another. The next thing I new I was rolling in red shag carpeting giggling.

    Yes it's near Plover. How do you know about Plover? Are you from Plover? Do I know you? I grew up near Marathon. No one knows about Plover or Marathon. Did you beat the crap out of me in high school football? I freaking out now. :cool:

    It looked too new. Layaway??? I don't know.
     
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    Haha, no Studio.
    There's a big Del Monte plant in Plover that I used to go work at sometimes.
    Wish I'd known that store was nearby, the red shag carpet alone would have been worth the visit.
     
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    What...no Yellow Guitar went home with you?
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    I think this is amazing that you had the opportunity to go back.

    Way back.

    I don't see too many chances in my future for...that.
     
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    That would be fun revisiting. I occasionally stop in at a local store I frequented as a 13-14 yo and had an account at back then. I don't recognise anyone there now and they now ask you to leave the store if you smoke inside.:oops:
    It used to be a great hang for local musicians back in the day.
     
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    glad the M&P are OK,
    its great you got a little diversion down memory lane, its important to take time for yourself!

    now onto the stuff...... I want some of those racks they got there!
     
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    You worked at Del Monte sometimes? Are you a technician. Do you work with canning equipment or conveyors? Are you employed in the exiting world of packaging?? Now I’m triple freaked out. We could be be brothers! Who are you??!!? o_O:cool:


    There are all sorts of amazingling intelligent women in this world FenderGyrl.....but only you understand me. :)
     
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    John, your life story is so enjoyable to read. Lot of interesting facets!

    And your dream job in that store is young man fantasy stuff that anybody can relate too. I play it in my head though and I'm the customer and I get lucky enough to meet John Studio back in the day...:)

    The pics are great. Sounds like the experience was a gas!
     
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    With the black headstock? Veeery interesting.
    Love all the pics, and glad yer mom's on the mend.
     
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    They have a lefty Stratocaster, I like this store already! :)
     
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    Nice photos and seeing the independent store but more important, you mom doing fine.

    The not from Germany part of my wife's family has from Germany roots in Wausau. A popular photo used by brewers and the state historical society has her great, great, great..... whatever grandfather in it.

    Just east of that canning plant is where the county holds vehicles under watch for law enforcement or insurance investigations. That's creepy for me because I had to go there when a family member was killed in an accident. It still had the semi tractor years after a crazy murder done near Wausau.

    I often think of when my wife decided against a job in that area - Wausau. For my kids Plover is mostly a mark of how much more time to go before at the cabin or back home. Some trips where you fill the tank. When there have been complaints about Madison, I can only imagine how they might feel abused if they grew up there. My outdoor interests would have had me happy in Wausau.
     
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    Very cool. Great pictures. I’m really happy that you got to go see everything - and that you were allowed to poke around in the basement. That nostalgia/childhood memory stuff is awesome - I love having those opportunities. And it’s good to hear that your mom is doing okay.
     
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