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Best Places To Buy Music Gear Near The Twin Cities

Whether you're visiting a local shop or a nation-wide chain, a music store has to have what you're looking for. Also, you need to know what you're buying, especially if it's a new instrument -- an option that online options simply can't feature. So, check out this list of music stores around the Twin Cities!

Fine Line Music Cafe

Willie's Guitars

254 Cleveland Ave. So.
St. Paul, MN 55105
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Willies is known for its vintage guitars and high quality gear, but it definitely has more than just that. Come here for basses, amplifiers, laps, resos, ukes, mandolins, effects pedals and more. Also provides amp and guitar repair.

First Avenue

Schmitt Music

2436 Cleveland Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
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Operating in nine locations around Minnesota, Schmitt Music offers a great selection of pianos, guitars, organs, band and orchestra gear, saxophones and others. Do you want to play music, but have no experience? Schmitt also offers lessons.

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Music Connection

77 8th Ave SW
Forest Lake, MN 55025
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Family owned by musicians and teachers, Music Connection has been selling music gear since 1981. Music Connection, staying true to its name, has a great selection for any musician.

Varsity Theatre

Groth Music Store

8056 Nicollet Ave.
Bloomington, MN 55420
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Groth has a staggeringly large selection of musical instruments, including stringed basses, cellos, violins, pianos, keyboards, guitars and a lot more. Professional musicians also stop by to give demonstrations.

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Mr. Marks Music

1921 2nd Ave.
Anoka, MN 55303

Tucked away within the cozy buildings of downtown Anoka, Mr. Mark's Music is hard to describe. It's a repair shop for music instruments and gear, but also has an interesting and varied selection of guitars, violins, amps, effects pedals and more.

The Cabooze

Twin Town Guitars

3400 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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This standard, but high-quality, establishment located in Uptown is a great place to get repairs or buy stringed instruments and amps.

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Guitar Center

1641 West County Road B2
Roseville, MN 55113
(other locations as well)
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Since there are locations in nearly every state, Guitar Center is by far the largest music store in the United States. That doesn't mean that the store lacks in quality, however. On top of offering a wide array of musical gear, Guitar Center also has great financing options -- if you want to pay for expensive equipment over time.

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