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Whether you play the trombone, or diddle with the piano – are an avid vinyl fan, or collect rare cassettes, the following are 5 of the best music-oriented shops in Pittsburgh. Buyer beware – the following have such a phenomenal selection, outstanding customer service and inviting ambiance that entire paychecks may go missing.

Jerry’s Records
2136 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 421-4533
www.jerrysrecords.com

One of Pittsburgh’s finest record shops – just ask Rolling Stone, who named this hallmark of fine music purveying one of the best record stores in the USA – buys, sells, and trades albums all day long. Jerry’s even runs regular auctions, with bidding beginning at a paltry $10.00. Each auction is categorized into genres – previous categories have been ‘jazz and soul’, and ‘psych’. Whether you’re looking for vocals, international, comedy, jazz, lounge, or some sound in between – owner Jerry Weber undoubtedly has it in stock. Let these albums inspire you as you peruse the collection of select, used instruments he also carries for sale.

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Sound Cat Records
4526 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 621-3256
www.soundcatrecords.com

With a superb selection of new and used vinyl records, and cds, arranged in such an orderly fashion your head’ll spin – Sound Cat Records, formerly Paul’s Compact Disc’s, has been serving Pittsburgh music aficionados for over twenty years. Tucked neatly into the urban shopping escape fondly referred to as Bloomfield, Sound Cat also carries your favorite music periodicals from the U.K., such as Uncut, and Mojo, music-related DVDs, and books. These magazines are great for the music aficionado who is looking for that specific magazine geared towards instrumentation and all other things related to playing an instrument.

Attic Record Store Inc
513 Grant Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
(412) 821-8484
www.atticrecordstoreinc.com

Tales have long swirled about the (probably) fabled rivalry between Attic Record Store and Jerry’s, both Pittsburgh vinyl-purveyor staples. Such tales aside, the Attic specializes in hard-to-find LP’s, and CD’s, and has a staggering array of products to choose from. The Attic also buys your unwanted music and pays cash in return. Shop smart, and keep your dollar local – see, feel, and listen to your music; don’t just blindly shop online.

NStuff Music
468 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 828-1003
www.nstuffmusic.com

Stepping away from music that’s already been created, this clever little store caters to the musician who likes to make his own music. Established in 1968, this family-owned and operated establishment carries a vast array of instruments. From synthesizers, to drum kits, amps, keyboards and even ukuleles for purchase – or lease! – this Pittsburgh operation even ships all over the country; you your uncle in Maui, or your brother in Des Moines can also enjoy N’Stuff’s excellent product selection, and fantastic customer service. Lessons, electronic service and installations also add to this well-rounded business’ repertoire.

Hollis and Germann Music
4136 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) 531-2781
www.hollisgermannmusic.com

You’ll be delighted with Hollis & Germann’s fine selection of masterfully crafted instruments. These maestros of fine accessories carry music books, instrument stands, cases, and a staggering array of woodwind, and brad instruments. Dabbling in both sales and rentals, the store also has an impressive online presence, and even accepts PayPal at checkout. Take your instrument to H&G for a fine-turn, or a complete repair, and rest assured that it’s in the most capable hands around.

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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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