EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece was previously published at Richland Source in 2013.

MANSFIELD -- The sound of music, from every ilk of amateur and professional, from every kind of instrument and noisemaker imaginable, was once a vital element of the life and education of everyone in Mansfield. 

This was, in no small part, due to the passion and devotion of one man, whose name above the door of his music store meant countless hours of practicing for several generations of kids and adults in the 1920s through the 1970s. 

The place was SMART’S. It was, as the ads said, ‘A REAL Music Store.’

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