For all the access we now have to online commerce, items like music instruments sometimes demand real-world interaction. (And you know how much I love Real World things.) Tom at Music Thing has polled readers there to find out where surviving music shops live around the planet. You can take a look at the map, and add your own locations.

See the map at Google

The results are heavily tilted toward acoustic instruments, naturally, though they happily go well beyond the expected Sam Ash and Guitar Center fare. I’m curious about shops which specialize in electronic gear — analog, digital, old, modern, software, whatever. Of course, not every city can be lucky enough to have a Robotspeak, which is basically CDM heaven (or credit card Hell, depending on how you look at it.) If you do have an electricity-friendly shop, though, let us know, and I’ll add it to my Desired World Tour Destinations list; point it out in comments here.

If you have a shop near you, no matter how small, be sure to mark it!

  • I am one of the lucky ones that does have a Robotspeak in their city, well seeing as it's just over in lower haight.

    If you're ever traveling through SF you owe it to yourself to go in there and buy something!

  • dy-wen

    If you ever pass through Brussels, have a sniff in the shops around the Rue du Midi (zuidstraat), (rue du marché au charbon) and rue st-Jean near central station…

    Get rid of mucho Euro's…

  • MonksDream

    I looked at this yesterday and thought I'd drop a few pins today. What happened to all the stores that were here? I don't want to bother adding to this if it may disappear arbitrarily. What gives?

  • MonksDream

    Never mind my previous post! Looks like it was a Google updating thing.