Howdy y’all! See how much more laid back you get when you don’t have the stress of maintaining and running a retail location that requires your presence every day! LOL!
Since I last posted in this space, so much has happened with Reservoir Music, and with me, personally, all of it very exciting! And now the time has come to share some of it with you!
I am totally gassed to announce that Jeff ‘Mac’ McCoy, formerly of Rosendale Guitars, has joined me as in house luthier and tech for all fretted instruments! I believe that Jeff is without a doubt, and by far, the best fretted instrument repair tech in the HudsonValley and beyond! So far, Jeff doesn’t build instruments, only fixes other people’s mistakes, so my statements are no insult, or in any way aimed, at the many fine builders of fretted instruments that do reside here in the HudsonValley! And likewise, not disparaging any other instrument techs out there, struggling to survive in the cold, cruel world. I’m sure many of them are quite competent. Jeff, however, is the best, and no one will convince me otherwise!
We have worked with many great luthiers and guitar techs over the years, including the legendary Lou Mancuso (RIP), who did all of my repairs at the original Reservoir Music location, but this is the first time we have had an in house tech doing all repairs on location, and it feels great! During his down time from fixing client’s guitars, Jeff is setting up every guitar in stock, so you can be certain that any instrument you buy from us will play like butter straight out of the box!
Working with Jeff has refocused our mission and commitment to repairs, so if your gear needs help, call the Rock n Roll Doctors at Reservoir Musical Instruments, Fred and Jeff! We’ll fix it right the first time!
Now on to some other very exciting news! In my first post here, after the retail store closed, (still readable below), I said that I would endeavor to post all of our inventory online, on this website, and our Facebook page. That hasn’t changed! However, in the process of moving into cyberspace, I discovered some really cool websites that have taken precedence. My goal is still to utilize this website, but inventory changes so fast now, that a regular website almost seems so last century, if you know what I mean!
To that end, I have discovered two sites that I feel act almost as partners with their clients, and are well suited for doing business in today’s fast changing world. These two sites are www.reverb.com, and www.etsy.com. Reverb is only for musical instruments. Etsy is only for handmade and vintage gear. Between the two, you can see all of my listed inventory in one, or really two, spots!
The beautiful thing about these two sites is that anyone can go there and simply search for “reservoir music”, and everything I have listed on that site will pop up on one page! Technically, my store on Reverb is called Reservoir Music Center, but any combination of “reservoir” and “music” will bring me up! On Etsy, I’m ReservoirMusic, (one word. The capitals are optional), but, again, any combo of the two words will bring it up, although if you separate the words, it will ask you if you meant, “ReservoirMusic”, as one of your choices, and you will then have to click thru to get to my store. Once there though, again, everything in one place!
Ebay and Craig’s List, two sites that I also utilize, do not give this level of service without monthly fees, in Ebay’s case, and not at all, on Craig’s List!
So, for now, Reverb and Etsy are the places to find me on the web. Oh, you might stumble upon me on Ebay, or Craig’s List, or any of the many others that I use, but if you specifically want to see what’s new with us, Reverb and Etsy will tell you. Reservoir Music on Reverb, and ReservoirMusic on Etsy. Again, capitals optional, but that’s technically the way it is. As I get a more complete inventory posted on these two sites and the others that I use, I will eventually, also begin to post here, on this website, and on Facebook, as well. For now, though, I’m moving too fast for the more static forms of cyberspace!
If you do check us out on Reverb and Etsy, you’ll see that we have a lot more than just instruments and musical gear now.You’re just as likely to find items from the worlds of movies, theater, art, sports, fashion, politics, literature, entertainment, and popular culture in general! And more will be coming soon. I try my best to list something new every day!
Of course, I have not had the time to post all of our inventory online, yet, but I will, and when I do, you will be able to shop my entire shop, in seconds, buy anything, and have it shipped to you within days, right online! Creating listings is a very time consuming process, though, and my sense of time has changed since my surgery last March. I’ve gone back to stopping and smelling the roses, even in the midst of a busy work day! I finally have admitted to myself that I ain’t as young as I used to be, and when that happens, your sense of time changes. As Eric Burdon so eloquently put it, 40 or 50 years ago, “When I was young it was more important, pain more painful and laughter much louder, yeah”! So I’ve become the tortoise in the race to get our gear online, but you know who won that race, right? Yeah!
RESERVOIR MUSIC HAS MOVED, once again, to an office in uptown Kingston! We are now working by appointment only, and online. Over the next few months, I will be posting all of our gear on this website and the Reservoir Music Facebook page. To that end, I have just initiated that process with our latest acquisition, a fantastic sounding and playing Taylor 25th Anniversary 410-R! The guitar is at the top of the acoustic guitar inventory page. More pictures are available on request. Our phone number and email address remain the same, and they are posted on the "Contact" page of this website. The focus of our business now is buying and selling fine vintage and modern instruments and gear, repairs, and band instrument rentals. If you've got any vintage or nice modern music gear to sell, or, if you need anything, please contact us. The reasons for this change of location and mission statement are many and varied, but here's what it boils down to. I have health and family issues to address, the financials are much better, and stress and time management are vastly improved. Family, health, money, time, and stress is a hand that can't be beat! Thank you all for the great run we had as a retail store! We eagerly anticipate serving the needs of the Hudson Valley musical community, and beyond, for another 9 years, and more!