MANSFIELD – Finding the perfect musical instrument can sometimes be a difficult process. Depending on the type of musician, understanding the language of an instrument and the details can play a major factor into a purchase.
In most large music shops, just being able to talk to the owner and get some clarification can seem impossible, and it puts a damper on the excitement of falling in love with a new instrument. On top of that, there’s thinking about repairs and the hassle of possibly having to make a return on an online order.
Metronome Music Inc., a local Mansfield music shop, has reached its 58th Year in business thanks to the support of North Central Ohio and the local Mansfield community. Although there has been a distressing drop in music stores around America, Metronome Music stands tall.
“Our success is rather encouraging, and we are very grateful to our customers for their support,” said Larry Miller, president of Metronome Music. “We feel that the chance to try the instrument (and choose from a large selection) is a unique ‘niche’ in a smaller community.”
Along with providing a large selection and variety of musical instruments, the staff at Metronome Music are well versed in the knowledge of each instrument and love having the opportunity to explain the differences of each to their customers. Private lessons are also available in a safe environment for anyone just starting out or wanting to sharpen their skills.
For customers with poor credit and can’t afford to rent a band or orchestra instrument, Metronome Music has a fund open to students who wouldn’t be able to continue their music education because of financial problems. Those students can receive reduced fees on lessons. Metronome Music also supports different community organizations with financial and personal support.
Local Mansfield talent and newcomers in the music industry can find what they need as well as the support their need to grow as artists. Even during the pandemic, Miller has put even more work into the community and hopes the instruments his music shop provides will allow his customers to create powerful tunes that will reprieve them from troubling times.
“Some of us have been helped by our government, which is really appreciated,” Miller said. “If we ignore the negative words and actions we have experienced and remember the gift we have received because we are Americans, we will survive.”
So long as the community continues to show the overwhelming support they’ve given to Metronome Music, the local music shop will continue to prosper.
“We plan to keep plowing ahead,” Miller said. “Business doesn't grow unless you plant the seeds.”