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January 12, 2012 12:11 AM Subscribe
Where does one purchase musical instruments in Birmingham, UK?
posted by Because to Shopping (15 answers total)
I find myself in Birmingham for the foreseeable future. That's all right, but I find myself here without a couple of fairly important sanity-saving items: I need a keyboard and an accordion. (Yes. I do. Do not question me.)
Back in the Old Country (I get to call the US that now), I always dealt with my keyboard-obtaining needs via hand-me-down-- I don't need anything especially fancy and would not know what to do with it if I had it, this is just for messing around. And for anything else, one could find pawn shops and junk shops with vast selections of used instruments. It's been a while since I needed to pick one up (and how the Hell do you lose an accordion anyway?), but last I knew one could find a perfectly workable used accordion pretty cheaply there. But I'm not certain the equivalent of such shops exists here, and if it does I certainly haven't found it.
I'm not broke, but I'm not wealthy, and I would really rather find something fairly inexpensive. I've discovered what looks to be a specific accordion shop (!) which has used ones, but even if that turns out to be the right solution for that part of the problem, I still need a keyboard. And I'd like to have an idea of how to go about this sort of thing more generally-- you know, when I need to pick up an old autoharp or a set of guitar strings or heaven knows what all. So, in a world without Guitar Center and vast pawn shops full of shiny cast-offs, what on earth do I do?
Forgive typos, as I'm doing this on my phone for lack of an Internet connection. Forgive logical errors, as I am probably still jet-lagged. And than you in advance for any answers you can give me!