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We're a music store and stringed instrument shop in Beacon, New York located in the heart of the Hudson Valley featuring quality new, used, vintage and consigned stringed instruments as well as music lessons.  We also carry a wide variety of strings and accessories, art, gifts, CDs and vintage vinyl recordings.  It's a relaxed, low-pressure shop where we encourage visitors to stay a while and try things.  We're located at 393 Main Street, a few doors down from The Town Crier Cafe, one of the East Coast's premier acoustic music venues for the past 40 years.  We strongly encourage people to visit both places when they come by!

Actively seeking consignments of quality used and vintage instruments and equipment

Expert set-up and repair  -  Lessons by well-known area musicians

A Most Special Banjo!!
We are now offering this unique Vega prototype "Pete Seeger" long-neck banjo, an instrument that was actually owned by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and early 1960s and then played by Bernie Krause as he toured with The Weavers in 1963-64.

When young Bernie Krause joined The Weavers in 1963 to replace the out-going Frank Hamilton, he went to visit Pete Seeger up in Beacon, NY and Pete gave him this Vega long-neck that had been given to him by the Vega Company, likely the prototype made ​just as Vega was releasing the Seeger model in the late 1950s
Bernie played this Banjo with The Weavers as they toured through 1963 and 1964 before breaking up.  The Weavers would not play together again until their reunion with Pete Seeger in 1980.  

Shortly after 1964, Bernie Krause gave up music for other pursuits and the banjo was put in storage.  It remains in near- perfect playing condition having not been significantly used for almost 50 years and comes with a leather banjo bag, a letter of authenticity signed by Bernie Krause and photographs of Bernie with The Weavers.  Bernie has also signed the inside of the banjo head.
The banjo is all-original except Bernie changed out the tuners, removed the arm rest and changed the original head which had torn.
(Please call for details)

News and Events:
Saturday September 5th 3:00 pm 
Andy Stack Workshop:
Jazz Chords for Folk Guitarists.

Beacon welcomes power music couple Andy Stack of the Buffalo Stacks and Tanya Elizabeth formerly of The Duhks.  If you've ever seen them play together at Quinns or elsewhere, you know they are both something special.  Andy plays a wide variety of American roots, rock, blues and jazz based styles and is a marvelous teacher and all around good guy.  Main Street Music is pleased to announce that Andy will join our teaching staff in the Fall, and to kick things off, we are having a Workshop on September 5th entitled, "Jazz Chords for Folk Guitarists."  

We can all stand to learn a  little more aout jazz chords and theory, and if you are a beginning musician, or even an established folk musician, but find that you are gravitating to the same three or four chords most of the time, here is a chance to free yourself of those restrictions and to open up your writing and playing to a whole new set of possibilities.  The Workshop will begin at 3:00 pm and will consist of a short introdiuction by Andy who will tell you somnething of himself and his musical journey, followed by a mini concert where Andy will demonstrate some of his ideas, all followed bu a one-hour workshop in which Andy will teach some of the chords and theory that can help make your music more colorful and interesting.  We'll also be serving snacks and refreshments as usual.  The cost of the workshop is $30.  Please call and reserve a spot early as space is limited. 

845-765-8548
Larrivee has Arrived!

MAIN STREET MUSIC IS PROUD TO NOW CARRY AMERICAN MADE LARRIVEE GUITARS 
WE HERE AT MAIN STREET MUSIC ALWAYS HAVE ADMIRED THESE GUITARS. WE HAVE HAD ONE ON CONSIGNMENT BUT NOW WE ARE FULL SERVICE OFFICIAL LARIVEE DEALERS. Come check out this beatutiful OM-40 INSTALLED WITH A LR BAGGS UNDER SADDLE SYSTEM. THIS GUITAR HAS A WARM GORGOUS TONE THAT FILLS OUR STORE WITH IT'S ROLLING BASS A CRISP CLEAR TREBLES IT FEATURES A SOLID SPRUCE TOP AND SOLID MAHONGANY BACK AND SIDES. 






August Monthly Specials:
                       - Free lesson with all new Guitars under $400.00
                       - $45.00 instrument setups    
​                       - Darco Electric Strings, buy 2 get 1 free - all gauges  


Saturday September 12th: Second Saturday Open Song Circle and Jam:

MSM will be holding our regular monthly Open Song Circle at 4:00 pm on September 12th.  We'll supply the snacks and drinks.  The circle is open to all who would like to play or to just listen, and you'll be done in time for your evening plans. The event coincides with The City of Beacon's regular Second Saturday celebrations, a day when shops and galleries show their wares and stay open late and serve wine or snacks.  Second Saturday is a great time to stroll the streets of the city and to stop in here at 393 Main Street and share some music. 

David and Jake
New Additions:
1971 Martin D-28

We now offer this lovely vintage Martin D-28 from a private collection. This guitar has seen a bit of playing in its day but remains in good condition with playable action and huge tone.  It has that real vintage feel, smell and  patina which makes this a true players imnstrument. 

Asking $2,195.00  Hard case included.














1960's Bacon longneck
Here for sale is a lovely vintage  (Pete Seeger style) Banjo featuring 24 brackets, rosewood neck with white binding and a wooden pot with bakelite shell style outer layer. I appears to have an original plastic head thats stained from years of playing witch gives it great character. The tone is classic 60's longneck sound. The tuners have been recently upgraded to the very best two-band planetary tuner. 

Now asking $975.00



Gold Tone GT-750 Banjitar:
This is a slightly used/near-mint instrument.  The GT-750 Banjitar was designed for optimal volume and tone. utilizing a unique 20-hole bell brass tone ring for bell-like sound characteristics and chime-like sustain. The brass tone ring provides more acoustic volume and a more focused tone. Upgraded from the GT-500, the GT-750 features the bell brass flat top tone ring, curly maple resonator, and bound fingerboard and resonator. This model also features the Sliding Magnetic Pickup (SMP) with volume control which provides a great banjo-like tone through an amplifier.

​Asking $795 with case.

Introducing Deering/Vega banjos 

Main Street Music is proud to be carrying quality Banjos made in the USA. 

Current models in stock:

Goodtime open back 
Goodtime II resonator
and a Vega Senator 5 string



Stop in and hear them for yourself!


Still loving "Edwina!"  Edwina is our new microphone from Ear Trumpet Labs of Portland Oregon, a small family-owned company that's been supplying well-known musicians with great high-gain stage microphones for the past several years.  Performers such as The Milk Carton Kids, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw now exclusively use Ear Trumpet microphones.  Jacob and David recently purchased an Edwina model because of its ability to catch both of their instruments and voices simultaneously with a wonderfully natural acoustic sound.  They decided to carry the Ear Trumpet line and are now the area's exclusive dealer of Ear Trumpet products.  Come in and hear one for yourself; you'll fall in love too!
Summer Store Hours:  

                                                       In general,    Wednesday 12 - 7 
                                                                            Thursday     12 - 7
                                                                            Friday          12 - 7
                                                                            Saturday     12 - 7 
                                                                            Sundays      1 - 6  
                                                                            or by appointment.  

If you're coming from a distance, please call ahead as we're also working musicians and may be on the road.
Tel. 845-765-8548.




Soon to be announced:  news of Jacob and David's next appearance at a venue near you.

Available for house concerts, too!

                           
Actively seeking consignments of quality instruments and equipment.

Expert setups and repairs   -   Music lessons by top area musicians.

Main Street Music is primarily a "folk" acoustic instrument shop, but we also feature some quality electric guitars, tube amplifiers etc. This website has only a partial listing of the instruments we have in stock.
                     
We also offer our instruments online through Reverb.com.  But if you’re more of a hands-on shopper, please come by and see us.  We like it that way.  

Some Items of note currently available at Main Street Music:

1960 Gibson J-50 - with good action and monster good tone - see guitar page.

1920's B & D Tenor Banjo - In very good condition with good action and tone.

1971 Martin D-28 - Good action and huge tone, a true player's instrument.

1991 Martin D-28-12 - Near Mint condition with good action and rich tone.

1970s Gibson B-25 Deluxe - lots of tone in a small package with thin neck profile - see guitar page.

1992 Dobro Hawaiian - a vintage instrument in mint condition  - see guitar page.

2002 Deering Guitar-banjo - the well-known "Boston" model, in mint condition - see banjo page.

1964 Guild Capri Archtop Acoustic-Electric - with 2 humbuckers and in excellent condition- see guitar page.

1979 Wine Red Fender Stratocaster - with fat frets and a lead humbucker installed - see guitar page.

Vintage LP "Galaxy" Congas - they weigh mucho and sound like it - call for details.

Original Korg Wave Drum - together with editor, rim and flight case - a rare find - call for details.Editor, rim and f 
Gallery

John McCuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stops in to try a banjo or two.












The proprietors of The New Main Street Music 
come visit us at our new localtion at 393 Main Street.


Members of the Steep Canyon Rangers hang with owner Jacob Bernz at Main Street Music

Members of the Steep Canyon Rangers hang with owner Jacob Bernz at Main Street Music

Here for sale is a beautiful mint condition Dobro "hawaiian" DM33. The instrument was stored away for many years so it is a rare opportunity to have a near vintage instrument in such fine condition.






















Pete Seeger tries out a banjo at Main Street Music




















local hand made made Mark Grazioso Dreadnaught Guitar $995.00 a beutifully made Guitar it doesn't get better than this.


Jake and Thomas Wesley Stern

Jake jams with roots group Thomas Wesley Stern

We offer a variety of strings, straps and accessories.

We offer a variety of strings, straps and accessories.

Co-owner Jacob Bernz at the store.

Co-owner Jacob Bernz at the store.

A recent addition, a beautiful  1997Guild D-30 BLD-maple sides and back.

A recent addition, a beautiful 1997Guild D-30 BLD-maple sides and back.

Gibson 5-string "conversion" banjo, circa 1927 and later.  See banjo page for details.

Gibson 5-string "conversion" banjo, circa 1927 and later. See banjo page for details.

Hand-made guitar from Artisan Fretted Instruments of Williamsburg, MA. See guitar page for details.

Bill Vanaver

Bill Vanaver tries a Fairbanks-Vega

Owners Jacob Bernz and his father David Bernz play their instruments down by the Hudson River.

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin jams with Michael Mark and John Cobert

Matt Emmer

Our friend Matt Emmer tries an old S. S. Stewart Mandolin

German violin

A century-old German violin restored by Rafael Storm. See our violin page for details.

Perry Robinson

Renowned clarinetist Perry Robinson has fun with a flutophone

Thom Joyce

Hudson Valley musician Thom Joyce composes a new tune on a Blue Ridge tenor guitar

Masachusetts based singer Karen Brooks and owner Jacob Bernz

Jeff Haynes

World class percussionist Jeff Haynes tries his hand at the acoustic bass.

Fred Hellerman of The Weavers enjoying our Second Saturday Jam

Vega Long-neck prototype actually owned by Pete Seeger and then by Bernie Krauss who played it with The Weavers.

Our friends, and great musicians, Kim and Reggie Harris. Kim and Reggie have been singing and writing songs of justice, of slavery and freedom, of the underground railroad, of Pete Seeger, of peace, social justice and the environment for years, and of those singing this type of music, there are none better or kinder. You can learn more about them at kimandreggie.com