February 16, 2012

101 Sound & 106 Sound



There is at 251 west 30th street in New York City a place called Armens Music Shop. I happened upon it one day accidentally. I was at Rogue Music (a pretty sub par music shop) across the street. From the outside Armens looks like a store that might sell garbage, or maybe something between musical instruments and garbage. But inside, the store is jam packed with analog synthesizers; one stacked on top of the other, all the way up to the ceiling. Though, when you ask an employing about virtually anything; price, availability, the most basic questions. their only response is "check our website". Their website (http://www.armensmusic.com) is just a link to their ebay store. The whole thing is rather strange. They have a few interesting, custom, rack-mount versions of things (Juno-106, SH-101, MiniMoog, Source, TR-909), but I don't believe any of these are for sale. I don't know, maybe I'll try to get a job there someday and do a good job of it. That could be nice.

6 comments:

  1. i was there when i was in new york and he is a pretty stoned guy, i mean "check our website".. i don't want to check out gear on the internet when you have this beautiful place with machines everywhere.. i really think it's a shame with that attitude :)

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  2. That is wild. And crazy.

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  3. yeah, it's just so crazy. such a waste! that's why i have that secret dream of working there and turning it all around. and probably getting paid minimum wage.

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  4. That's insane! I actually just picked up an sh-101 and a Juno 106. So amazingly pure. Very excited to own them...now I need to work on a 909!

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  5. Yes, Roland products (I've found) have such a clean sound and really sit well in a mix. The old standards (such as an SH-101), will always be useful and wonderful.

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  6. I happened to see this rant about Armen today on teh NYC craigslist, just thought I'd share.

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/msg/2976783031.html

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