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Whenever anyone came back from Stateside, the first question was always "d'ya go to Manny's?" I still use a leather strap I bought there on that first visit".

I worked at Sound City in London in 73, and thought we were cool until a trip to NYC showed me the real deal, I was in awe. Whenever anyone came back from Stateside, the first question was always "d'ya go to Manny's?" I still use a leather strap I bought there on that first visit.

Malcolm Simpson

Added by Sandi on April 27, 2009 at 9:23am — No Comments

"All the studio musicians had 4 and 5 dates a day and they would hang at Manny's between gigs"

I moved to New York from California in 1968, 41 years ago. My "old man", Stuart Scharf was a studio guitar player and produced Spanky and Our Gang, he wrote "I'd Like To Get To Know You" which was a big hit and he always used to talk about Henry and we used to go buy strings and picks and scoring paper at Manny's and joke about how he constantly had to tune his guitar.



All the studio musicians had 4 and 5 dates a day. In those days you'd walk into A&R or any of the recording… Continue

Added by Sandi on April 26, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

"Actually wore a Manny's "Schlepper" T Shirt at my Wedding Reception in 75"

Actually wore a Manny's "Schlepper" T Shirt at my Wedding Reception in 75' after dumping the Tux.....used to get the "Pro" 40% on a guitar back in the Day.
John L. Veneble

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"In the '70s, Manny's was like the Promised Land. You felt like you were a part of history"

"In the '70s, Manny's was like the Promised Land. You felt like you were a part of history just walking past the place--nevermind walking in...!"

John Kormos

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Guitar bought at Manny's played on Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" by author Kevin Odegard

Dear Henry,

Here is the Martin D-28 you hand-picked for me in 1969. It was a

lucky choice and I keep it in perfect condition. Millions of Bob

Dylan fans hear this guitar on the opening notes of "Tangled Up In

Blue." Thank you for personally helping me pick out this instrument

-- I came all the way from Minnesota to buy it especially from you.



Peace,

Kevin Odegard

Author "A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and The

Making of Blood on The… Continue

Added by Sandi on April 23, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

From Danny Kortchmar

Re: Henry Goldrich, proprietor of Manny's for 50 years, talks about The Yellow Guitar, Bo Diddley, Hendrix......

"Wow! i bought my first guitar from Henry in 1958! Henry is a great guy...the Goldriches are a terrific family and losing Manny's
will be a sad,sad thing."

Danny

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THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, "The Talk of the Town "....The Wall"



John Seabrook, staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine, did a beautiful article in the May 18th issue. It gives you a feeling of what it was like to "hang" at Manny's, which is why we built this site....so the hang can go on… Continue

Added by Sandi on April 15, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

"...as Ray Davies wrote "some that are famous, some that you've never even heard of."

"As a Music Industry sales rep for too many years, I remember the old days of Manny's well. I don't think there is any chance of "saving it", the name is owned by Sam Ash, and midtown real estate is just too valuable these days for a music store to be there. I advise all who haven't visited to take a walk through while they still can just to see all the signed 8X10's, Jimi, Carlos, Genya, jazz stars, blues stars, and as Ray Davies wrote "some that are famous, some that you've never even heard… Continue

Added by Sandi on April 12, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

"When I moved to NYC in the 1984, I had no friends and was without a guitar. I went into mannys and bought my Guild d-40"

Tucker Woodbury at 1:20am April 7
When I moved to NYC in the 1984, I had no friends and was without a guitar. I went into mannys and bought my Guild d-40. It's been a great friend ever since. Loved that music store.

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"This is one on the most amazing guitar shop ive been in my life and ITS A LEGEND , A PIECE OF MUSIC HISTORY"

Felix Rodriguez (Collège Lionel-Groulx) wrote
at 12:57am on March 31st, 2009
if there is a manifestation held in new york , ill come down from canada and i will be there FOR SHURE , this is one on the most amazing guitar shop ive been in my life and ITS A LEGEND , A PIECE OF MUSIC HISTORY.

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"I remember as a young kid (9 or 10) having my dad drive hours from New Jersey to go buy sheet music".

I remember as a young kid (9 or 10) having my dad drive hours from New Jersey to go buy sheet music. My dad was in awe of the place. I thought sheet music was very serious...no pictures, not even words.
Merrill Aldighieri (France)

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"I was 10 years old when I walked into manny's and bought a farfisa organ it was my fist band."

I was 10 years old when I walked into manny's and bought a farfisa organ it was my fist band.. It was like walking into a dream for a kid.. everyones pictures were on the wall.. I've been playing music ever since.

Vine Saccento
Brooklyn

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"I bought my first guitar there when I was 13...snuck out of my hotel room while my parents were sleeping and went down to Manny's"

I bought my first guitar there when I was 13...snuck out of my hotel room while my parents were sleeping and went down to Manny's and bought it from cash I had from working and beating other kids in black jack. All because of Jeff Beck, whom I'm going to see inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame tonight!
Alan Sholiton

Added by Sandi on April 7, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Living in Manhattan in the Seventies I used to wander into Manny's (I played guitar in my high school band "The Shags" out on Long Island)

Living in Manhattan in the Seventies I used to wander into Manny's (I played



guitar in my high school band "The Shags" out on Long Island) and was all too



familiar how Manny's was not just a "guitar store" and there was certainly an



understood accepted behavior when you entered that store.







You did not ask to try out a guitar and start jamming on some riff you could



slog through as kids do today in music store. Not happening… Continue

Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:43am — No Comments

I spent many of my 'cutting out of school' days at Manny's as a kid growing up in Brooklyn

I spent many of my 'cutting out of school' days at Manny's as a kid growing up

in Brooklyn. I would do anything to hang there just to hope to stand in the

same spot Jimi Hendrix did when he was trying out a Strat. I still go there

whenever in the city, frequently walking many blocks out of my way just to spend

time in the store.



JT Cane

Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:41am — No Comments

I love to strap on a Reverend, Eastwood, SX, Dan Armstrong, Framus, Hagstrom ...

There's a lot of cool guitars being made these days but it's impossible to try

them before buying. Guitar Center only carries a handful of lines. I love to

strap on a Reverend, Eastwood, SX, Dan Armstrong, Framus, Hagstrom ...



Tom Quinn

Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:40am — No Comments

Manny's was like a glimpse of heaven & the garden of Eden & a Jewish bakery all rolled into one with Henry as St Peter standing on a chair

Manny's was like a glimpse of heaven & the garden of Eden & a Jewish bakery all



rolled into one- with Henry as St.Peter, standing on a chair.







All of those beautiful guitars in their mostly muted colors, enticing you to



touch them and dare to learn how to play them. And the amps and Fender



echo/reverb units to get you the BIG sounds you heard everywhere around you.



Every once in a while you'd go in there and catch a… Continue

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"...and I saw Gene Cornish on the street way back when..."

"...and I saw Gene Cornish on the street way back when..."


Classic. I once saw Gene Cornish there. And Leslie West. It was the mecca where

I trained in from CT, plunked my hard earned down and traded up my Zim Gar for a

Tele.


I still love to window shop on that block when I'm in NYC.



Bill Nollman

Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:38am — No Comments

"And on the walls are signed pictures from every act every to ply the boards..."

"And on the walls are signed pictures from every act every to ply the boards..."





.... and one of Dino, Desi and Billy's early black and white 8 X 10 promo photos



used to be located under one of the "Ms" in the name Manny's as you walked in



the store. That's what I remember seeing when I visited the store manny (haha)



years ago. I was very proud to see that photo up there, seriously.







Sorry to hear the store is… Continue

Added by Sandi on April 6, 2009 at 12:37am — No Comments

I went to Manny's last because I knew it was the coolest and I wanted to savor it.

About 9 years ago when I really started to get a handle on soloing I walked into



Manny's confident for the first time...previously I had only gone in with my



guitar playing older brother and uncle (having grown up in VT, but having a dad



from Brooklyn we would go to NYC pretty often).







It was amazing, it was the first time I went to the store alone (I was 18), I



did my usual walk around Sam Ash and the couple of other guitar… Continue

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