Store Hours (Central Time):
- Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Closed Sundays
Reach Us By Phone:
- Toll Free: 1-800-278-9080
- Local to Madison: (608) 257-5877
Reach Us By Email:
- 4253 W. Beltline Hwy,
Madison WI 53711-3814
As the short description on our front page states, we are an established
music store here in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is both the Capitol
of Wisconsin and the location of the largest branch of the University
of Wisconsin. These two great institutions are located at either end
of State Street, about 8 blocks in length, which spans about half
of an isthmus between two large lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.
From 1936 until 2001, Madison Music was located just about half way
between the Capitol and UW at 414 State Street.
In January 2002, we made the big move to new, expanded
quarters on Madison's Beltline Highway that rings the Southern and
sides of the city. Our address is 4253 West Beltline Highway,
Madison WI 53711-3814. Our local phone number is (608)
257-5877 and our toll-free number is (800) 278-9080. For
detailed directions see MADISON MUSIC LOCATION above or on the front
Old Location - Fond Memories!
We took this big step for a number
of reasons, but the most important included expanded space for
guitar display and playing, ample free parking, and an easy-to-get-to,
Madison Music was founded in 1936 under the name Patti Music.
We changed the name of our store in 1994 to reflect our geographical
home and location as we were drawing more and more of our patronage
from across the country, not just here in our own backyard.
Though we always carried fretted instruments, in the 1980's
and especially in the last 20 years, we have been more intensively
developing our high-end acoustic guitar, mandolin, resonator
and banjo inventory and reputation. With a growing stock of
fine and rare instruments, more and more people are seeking
us out from all over the country.
We feel that we should have as many instruments in stock as we can
possibly afford and display so that a customer can choose from a wide variety
of makers and a wide variety of models by each maker. We think it should
be up to the customer to decide what is the best make and model for him
or her, not us by limiting selection to a few choices. Of course many of
our guitar builders make only a few units a month with long lead times
so it is hard to always have the perfect selection at any one time, but
we have new additions arriving weekly. If you don't see what you are
looking for, just ask us and we'll let you know what's coming! Or, better yet, we'll order it for you.
We provide a quiet room where much of our stock is on display, to play
and compare for the only critical ear that really counts, your own. It's
amazing what the results can sometimes be when someone who has a pretty
firm idea about what they like and don't like actually gets to try out
the competition. Some long held convictions have been changed in a short
time in that back room. On the other hand, it is nice to have a conviction
confirmed by trying the best that is made in America and then sticking
with the old tried and true.
If you are coming to Madison, see if you can swing around our way and spend
an hour or two with us. If you can't make it anytime soon but you
have questions, call or e-mail us and we'll help in any way that we
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