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Don Teach is owner of Shreveport Music.
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Shreveport Music Company carries a wide variety of instruments and accessories.
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Shreveport Music own Don Teach restored this nickelodeon.
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Shreveport Music's location on Milam Street in 1953.
It’s understandable that I should have mixed feelings about the recent comings and goings that have occurred at 115 East Kings Hwy.
You see, for almost seventy years of my life, music was my life. And 40-plus years of that same lifetime were spent fixing things—from piccolos to backhoes; violins to pickup trucks; to well, whatever needed fixing. You might then realize that two of my favorite businesses to visit would be music stores and good old-fashioned hardware stores.
It broke my heart when one of the last of those good old-fashioned hardware stores, Centenary Hardware, closed its doors after having been open since 1947. But wait! Just a short time later Shreveport’s oldest music store, Shreveport Music Company—founded in 1911—moved its location from East 70th Street to none other than 115 East Kings Hwy.
Now, although I had lost my neighborhood source for any kind of screw, bolt, nut, or nail I ever needed, we now had acquired a store where you can find pianos, guitars, amps, drums, and just about anything else you might need to make music professionally or in your garage.
Owner Don Teach says this is the music store’s second time to occupy space in the same block. The store has had quite a few changes of address over the 103 years of its existence. Some years back, Shreveport Music Company was located in the 700 block of Milam Street and sometime in between, they occupied a different location in the Highland area.
A few fireworks flew prematurely over the subject of buying from locally-owned businesses versus such places as “big box” stores and the internet. Like Don, this is my favorite soap box to preach from. Ironically, it was in Centenary Hardware that I had it brought home to me. I had just bought what I thought was a dozen carriage bolts from a big box store but found that I had actually only picked up eleven. So I made a quick trip to Centenary Hardware to get the one I was short. It cost me $.38, and at the big bargain store I had paid $1.64 apiece for the first 11.
Don insists—correctly—that the great savings people think they are getting on the internet are also a myth. I long ago discovered that every instrument I had to work on that had been purchased from one of the much-ballyhooed bargain internet sources had something wrong with them—sometimes minor, but too often serious missteps in the manufacturing process. All that said, even the apparently low prices are a sham when you figure in all the shipping and “handling” and, if you and the seller obey the law, the sales tax. The local dealer, according to Don, has far more control over the price he charges for his top-quality products.
It looks like the current location of Shreveport Music Company, directly across from Centenary College with its large number of music students, is going to be highly successful. Meanwhile, I must find myself another place to buy those hard to find hardware items.
By Chuck Lambert