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5 of the Best Music Stores in Brisbane
How We Picked the 5 Best Music Stores in Brisbane
1. Mannys Music
Products: Keyboards, Drums, Live Sound & PA, Lighting, DJ, Studio Gear, Headphones, Accessories
Address: 1/71 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
Contact Details: (61) 7 3099 6916
Operating Hours: Monday – Wednesday; Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
|Google reviews score||4.6/5|
- Fast shipping
- User-friendly website (easy checkout)
- Hard-sells instruments you’re not inquiring about
- Might experience late responses to inquiries via website
Mannys Music offers a wide collection of musical instruments, which you can immediately see when you visit its website. It has all types of instruments, accessories, studio gear, and live sound and PA systems.
If you go to its brick-and-mortar store, you’ll probably describe it as a paradise for musicians. The staff members are also always around while you’re taking a look just in case you need to ask for recommendations or information about a certain instrument.
Just in case you don’t have time to visit their store, you can also visit their comprehensive website. When you go to the homepage, you can easily see the types of products the store’s selling including the brands available.
As a customer, you’ll love how easy it is to navigate the website. Easy checkout process too so even those who aren’t used to online shopping won’t have a hard time with the transaction.
The delivery is fast too. We really commend them on how the instruments are packaged well so you’re assured they’re not going to be damaged in their journey to your house.
There are a couple of things we think Mannys Music can improve on though, with the first being their response time to inquiries. Customers want to know all the information before they buy, so the sooner it gets to them, the sooner they’ll make a purchase.
Another one is the persistence of some of the staff inside the store. We hope they can go easy on trying to sell instruments to customers who know what they’re buying because it can be taken as rude and can chase them away.
Other than those little things, it’s worth it to check Mannys out if you want to have a lot of options. And the best part is, it can price-match instruments if they’re cheaper in other music stores.
2. Riffs & Licks Music
Products: Guitars, Folk & Bluegrass, Amps & FX, Drums & Percussion, Keyboards & Pianos, PA & Live Sound, Recording, Used & Vintage, Accessories, Print Music, Band & Orchestral
Address: 56 Commercial Rd, Newstead QLD 4006, Australia
Contact Details: (61) 7 3124 7157
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM; Saturday – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
|Google reviews score||4.9/5|
- Free shipping over $100 (on most orders)
- Sells second-hand and vintage instruments
- Doesn’t accept orders via phone, only via website
- Shop is a little small and crowded
What we love about Riffs & Licks Music is that it doesn’t only sell new instruments, but also sells second-hand and vintage ones. If you’re a professional musician who loves collecting instruments, then this store is perfect for you.
The music store has a great selection of products, and they’re always in-stock. This is one of the reasons the customers keep coming back–they know they’ll always find what they’re looking for there.
The staff members are very helpful too. If you want to pick up a new hobby or want to seriously try playing an instrument, they can give you all the information you need plus some pretty decent recommendations so you’ll know which item to buy.
The physical store looks nice too in terms of how the instruments are organized inside. However, it’s still quite small so during busy days, it tends to get a little cramped, which might scare you off if you’re not too much into crowds.
One of the things that might inconvenience you is that the store doesn’t accept orders via phone, only through the website. However, the store can also make adjustments if you’re really having a hard time ordering online, and we’re giving them credit for that.
Riffs & Licks also offers free shipping on orders above $100. Add that to how reasonable the store’s pricing and you’ll definitely be appreciative of this music store.
3. The Music Spot
Products: Guitars, Amps & FX, Drums, Pianos & Keyboards, Studio & Live, Band & Orchestral, Folk & Ukuleles, Print Music
Address: 129 Browns Plains Rd, Browns Plains QLD 4118, Australia
Contact Details: (61) 7 3800 5229
Operating Hours: Monday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
|Google reviews score||4.8/5|
- Offers musical instrument rentals
- Offers a wide range of instrument repairs
- Some instruments are expensive
- Tends to charge every single adjustment during repair
We love a good music store that feels like a one-stop shop, and The Music Spot fits the criteria. Other than offering all types of instruments and stocking hundreds of brands, it also offers repairs of several types of instruments and also offers rentals.
First thing we love about it is how the staff communicate with its customers. We notice that while they provide information about the instruments and give recommendations, they don’t sound too pushy and let you feel it’s still your decision.
We appreciate how knowledgeable they are about what they’re selling, yet they don’t sound robotic at all. They really do know what they’re talking about so they tend to be really helpful when you make a choice which instrument or brand to buy.
While a lot of music stores in Brisbane offer repairs, there are only very few that offer repairs for a wide range of instruments–The Music Spot is one of them. It offers repair services for guitars & basses, drums & percussion, and brass & woodwind instruments.
However, we suggest that you ask for the full service amount before you avail of it. Sometimes the repairman tends to charge every single adjustment, and you might be surprised at the bill after the services.
Customers often say they love how great and wide the collections of instruments are in the store. However, they’re also quite expensive and don’t suit all types of budgets.
Speaking of budget, The Music Spot also offers rental options. If you can’t buy new musical instruments and still want to learn, you can avail of the rental services, which you can do in-store or through their website.
4. Arties Music Aspley
Products: Amps & FX, Guitars, Ukuleles & Folk, Drums & Percussion, Pianos & Keyboards, PA Live Sound & Recording, Orchestral, Print
Address: Aspley Hypermarket, Shop/35/59 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley QLD 4034, Australia
Contact Details: (61) 7 3263 7966
Operating Hours: Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM; Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
|Google reviews score||4.6/5|
- Homey and welcoming ambience
- Patient and accommodating staff who explain things in detail
- Doesn’t offer repairs
- Sales people tend to deliver long sales pitches
Arties Music Aspley is the place where budding musicians often go. The owner and his staff are not only helpful with the type and brand of instruments perfect for your needs, but they also offer tips on how you can learn easily with the instrument of your choice.
When you go inside the store, the first thing you’ll notice is its homey ambience, which feels very welcoming. The staff who’ll greet you also adds to that vibe so as a customer, you’ll instantly feel comfortable looking around and asking questions.
However, though generally friendly, it might be a little bothersome when the sales staff try to deliver long sales pitches. Most of us ask for information that we only need, so it feels a little uncomfortable to hear technical talks that seem to go on forever.
So many customers bought their first instruments at Arties Music Aspley, so it already has an established customer base. These loyal ones keep coming back to purchase new instruments and accessories, even bringing along new customers with them.
We want to let you know though that Arties Music Aspley doesn’t offer repairs, so don’t go to the store if you want your instruments fixed. However, the staff can also suggest third party repair services if you don’t know where to go.
Arties Music Aspley offers a competitive price list that can match any budget. So if you’re a beginner who wants to buy his first real instrument, it’s the place to visit.
5. Morris Brothers Musical Store
Products: Guitars & Ukuleles, Brass & Woodwind, String Instruments, Pianos, Print Music, Drums & Percussion, Accessories
Address: 2/17 Billabong St, Stafford QLD 4053, Australia
Contact Details: (61) 7 3356 3299
Operating Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday: 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
|Google reviews score||4.6/5|
- Best range of ukuleles
- Low-cost instrument rentals
- Needs consistent follow-ups regarding repairs
- Small variety in terms of the type of instruments
Morris Brothers Musical Store might not offer extensive collections of brands and instruments, but it’s known for its service and advice on its instruments of expertise. It also offers reasonable prices, which makes it a budget-friendly music store.
Morris Brothers Musical Store specializes in pianos and acoustic instruments so it’s quite understandable that it offers only a small range of instruments in terms of types. However, it does have the best piano and ukulele selection in Brisbane.
It also offers low-cost instrument rentals. So if, let’s say, you or someone you know wants to try first if an instrument suits you before you purchase one, you can try the rental services first.
The store staff are extremely helpful too. You can tell them if you need advice about things, whether as a professional musician or as a newbie, and they’ll willingly give them to you without making you feel belittled or disrespected.
We notice that some customers complain about needing to follow up the store with regards to the repair services because they’ll appreciate it if they get updates instead. If Morris Brothers Musical Store can improve on this, it’ll bring them more customers.
It’s a great store to go to if you want to casually look around even without planning to buy. We recommend going here if you want to try something basic as a beginner or if you want to buy a new guitar to add to your collection.
FAQs About Music Stores in Australia
Whether or not you’re a professional or a beginner, the music stores we’ve just finished rounding up are worth checking out. If you know very little about instruments, don’t be afraid to ask because the staff are knowledgeable and are always willing to help.