I clearly remember being 9 or 10 years old and my parents taking me and by 2 1/2 year old younger brother to manny's for a flat black lacquer Ludwig drum set. a real beauty. a snare, tom, hi-hat, ride cymbal and snare with a throne. bought it from stu, who I believe was manny's son. (my drum teacher ben halpern suggested we go to manny's).
and I recall that manny himself was there, working the crowd with his sales crew in that narrow store.
this was in the old store, before all the office buildings were on 48th st. and before they moved to the new more luxurious space up the street.
must have been back to that store 100 x over the following years, having switched to bass guitar and with my brother now playing 6 string. a migration to manny's with members of whichever band I was in was legendary, something we always looked forward to days in advance.
all of 48th street was electric with music and musicians and music stores from alex' to we-buy and of course, manny's.
but manny's was THE special place. loved grabbing the blue danelectro bass and plugging in, insecure in my playing skills and the thought that the guy next to me could have been....anybody.
I'm pretty sure I bought my sunn coliseum amp there, a monster for sure.....and of course, my les paul bass--mahogany brown and heavy as lead.
it's all different now. not the same, never will be again.