RIP: Austin music store legend Ray Hennig, 91.

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  1. Fiesta Red

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    Awwww...what a great story about a Legend of Music. Sorry he passed on but he left so much it seems. Thanks for sharing. RIP
     
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    I worked for Ray in 1985-1986.
    I have lots of great and interesting memories.
    I first met him in 1972, when I was a freshman in high school.
    My entire garage band, Blew Grass;), drove to Waco to buy a Peavey bass amp, and Sunn guitar amp.
    4 guys and two big amps in the bass player’s 1968 Mercury Cougar.
    Dumb kids we were.
    It was an extremely cramped 100 mile ride back to Austin.
    We also met Ray’s son Steven.
    Steven was a red hot guitar player, and only a year older than me.
    Ray discounted stuff 30-40% off retail.
    No one in Austin at the time could compete with that.
    He later opened stores in Temple and Austin.
    I did sales, and made a run between the three stores for service and stock exchange.
    It was often a 12 hour day.
    The Austin store fell victim to the Austin “newcomer/real estate siege” of the last 10 years.
    Anyways, Ray had the best deals, and a huge selection of used stuff.
    RIP, Ray.
     
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    ……….. :(
     
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    Frequented his stores several times. My Fender Supersonic came from his Temple, Texas store.
     
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    I bought the 1991 '57 AVRI Strat that is in my avatar new from him, as well as countless accessories, supplies, and repairs. The Austin store used to be the center of that universe back then.
     
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    Ray was a great man who helped countless musicians. he will be missed... RIP sir.
     
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    Ray was a good dude. He will be missed by many.
     
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    Ray was always nice to my wife and I when we visited his store. Sorry to hear this sad news. (91 Wow a Full Life of great music and music history). RIP

    Lost_N_Austin
     
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    Yeah, he came to the Waco store all of the time in the 1970's, I was a young beginning player, and he treated me the same as he did any customer...
     
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    I had a buddy that worked in the Waco store and I went in there a lot when I was a poor college kid. I think the most I could afford there when I was playing gigs were new guitar cords and picks, lol. But I drooled in there a lot, and they were always friendly. Hated it when that store closed.

    I know running a business isn't all fun and games, as I've done it. Ugh. But imagine that. A life spent in the music business helping musicians.
     
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    Sounds like a cool guy reminds me of a guy around my parts that my dad used to tell me about that in the late 70’s -80’s would help out all the teenage musicians and let them rent p.a’s and such from him for next to nothing
     
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    Awww RIP Mr. Hennig.
     
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    Two encounters, one indirectly, one in the Austin store. About 1975, I took a 1953 (?) Guild F55B acoustic to Guitar Ressurection to sell for a friend. As the story goes, the guitar ended up with Ray Hennings, from there I really couldn't say. The second encounter occurred in the late 90s. My wife had a dietetics conference in Austin during the summer. My son and I went knocking about Austin and ended up at Heart 'O Texas. While there, we encountered Jerry Jeff Walker, trying out an acoustic/electric. He asked my input on tonal adjustments, and seemed happy with my suggestions- no big deal to him, but a cherished story for me.
     
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    RIP Mr. Hennig.

    I'd visit his store every time I'd stop by Austin Vintage Guitar when I'd go to Austin.

    This was up until the store's shopping strip was converted into condo high rises.
     
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    Wow yes center of the universe- it was indeed

    I bought two guitars there and spent a lot of time in there

    He was many times stringing guitars on the counter toward the back.

    Wonderful place that was, the real Austin, it’s been gone for some time
     
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    Amen!
     
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    He looks contented and well in those photos. Comes from doin' what you love.
     
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