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Musical Instrument Playroom

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Whenever I walk through a music store, I have a strong desire to pick up all the instruments and attempt to play them. Unfortunately most of them are kept behind glass, and you're only supposed to try one if you're looking at buying it.

So, in order to live out my little fantasy, I'd like to be able to visit a Musical Instrument Playroom, where I can pay by the hour to shut myself in a soundproof room with a myriad of instruments and go at it like a kid loose in a candy store!

Helium, Mar 02 2003

The horror, the horror http://www.guitarce...HollywoodQMAP_L.gif
Just beneath the soundhole of the guitar is an enclosed room where you can play a few undisturbed licks - the rest of the store is wall-to-wall noise. This Guitar Center is nearly a block long. [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I like it, maybe you could create another business where people would pay to watch fools with no musical talent play instruments shitely. Nah, scrap that idea, doesn't differ greatly from the pop music industry.   

       Seriously though, it's nice to know I'm not the only one that has an incessant desire to play with anything musical, especially weird exotic instruments.
RoboBust, Mar 02 2003
  

       Guitar Center, at least the one near where I live, allows, encourages, folks to play the stuff. It's a wild place. My children love going there.
bristolz, Mar 02 2003
  

       if only there were more places like that. Is that anywhere on the British side of the pond?
bloody_thesps, Mar 02 2003
  

       You need a different music store. At the one I used to frequent, everything was playable (except the harmonicas). The biggest problem was that there was more than likely someone playing another instrument beside you, usually not very well.   

       In fact, if you were a fairly regular customer, you could even borrow an instrument for a few days, take it home and see if you like it.
waugsqueke, Mar 02 2003
  

       Being semi-musical but not owning anything that looks like an instrument besides a cheap casio keyboard, I've wanted something like this for a long time.
RayfordSteele, Mar 02 2003
  

       The EMP in Seattle has several sound booths with miscellaneous equipment for the public to play with.
belg4mit, Mar 04 2003
  

       [bliss]: I don't think you can play wind instruments before you buy them (in the States) for hygiene reasons. I know that, with harmonicas, there's a kind of hand blower doohickey you can use to tell if you like the sound.   

       ['wax] Yeah, that place is intolerable. There are some nice vintage shops just around the corner though.
snarfyguy, Mar 04 2003
  

       In my experience of buying a guitar and a flute, the person behind the counter played a demo on them for me and I couldn't get my grimy hands on them until I had practically flashed the cash.   

       But, in defenc(s)e of my elf, it's not a booth in a store I was suggesting but a dedicated playroom, where one could go with no intention of purchasing.
Helium, Mar 04 2003
  
      
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