Best Music Stores Around Pittsburgh

April 30, 2011 7:01 AM

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The Pittsburgh area runs deep in musical talent. From Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers to rapper/MC Whiz Khalifa, southwestern Pennsylvania has plenty of talent. It’s no surprise then that there are locally-owned music stores that do more than just sell instruments; they offer expertise and more.

Pianos ‘N Stuff Music

468 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 828-1003
Piano’s N Stuff in Blawnox has been around for 40 years and has one of the largest selections of instruments around. And not only to do they sell instruments, but they also offer equipment rentals and lessons for guitar, bass, piano, drums and voice. Their website is also a full online store, so whether you make the trip in person or go online, there’s plenty of selection.

Volkwein’s Music

138 Industry Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15275
(412) 788-5900

815 Ligonier Street
Latrobe PA 15650
(724) 537-9500
Volkewin’s Music is one of the oldest music stores in southwestern Pennsylvania, in business since 1888. This business has stores in Robinson Township and in Latrobe, Westmoreland County and boasts one of the largest selections in the tri-state area. Their repair services specialize in wind, string and percussion instruments. Also, they have a special rental program for school students.

Best Music Stores In Pittsburgh

Hollowood Music and Sound

601 Chartiers Ave.
McKees Rocks PA 15136
(412) 771-3060
It started as a guitar store in 1965, but has grown to offer professional sound services for some of the biggest concerts that come to Pittsburgh through Live Nation. They also have a division that designs and installs multimedia sound systems. Hollowood also does instrument repair, lessons and more. Located in McKees Rocks, the staff is friendly, helpful and informative.

Brighton Music Center

1015 Third Ave.
New Brighton, PA 15066
(724) 843-9380

2110 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

Brighton Music Center has locations both in the North Hills and in New Brighton, Beaver County. What’s most impressive about this store is its online services from customer service to rentals. They offer free shipping on most orders. Also, their program for school student instrument rentals allows the rental fee to be applied toward the purchase of a new instrument. They even deliver to most local schools.

Swissvale Music, Inc.

2037 Noble Street
Swissvale, PA 15218
(412) 351-5882
Their motto is “Run by Musicians, For Musicians.” Started in the ‘70’s by two members of the local band “Magpie,” the store expanded to offer not only instrument sales and lessons, but also professional sound services and a recording studio. They also list some of their prices online, but they recommend calling the store for their best prices.

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