Hi. I have bought more than a few musical instruments and accessories from Manny's over the years. I am a founder and member of Local 1000, AFM under the name David Sawyer. I was alerted to the WOF via Marcus Colasurdo, a cohort in Gimme Shelter Productions in Baltimore, MD. Marcus has close ties with Carolyn Mas. I am in no way associated with Viagra.
All is forgiven, gals. I'm just another kid (now 55) from Queens who remembers hanging in the store in the late 60's. I dreamed of buying a Gibson335 but Henry would never let me try it out ("got money, kid? gonna buy it today?" "no, mr. henry, but I will". "we'll talk when you're ready to buy, ok?". Ended up with a Hagstrom from a place that let me try it out first. $75 more and I'd have a 8K axe now. Thanks a lot, Henry. Coulda been a contender!
We all owe you a huge vote of thanks for putting this together. It makes me smile the way I felt when Henry gave me my first "Schlepper" shirt.
I have to laugh when I notice people speaking about "Abruptness" at Manny's. Being Jewish and from New York I guess I understood it better than most. I begged for every "Schlepper" shirt I ever got. I might have been an important Road Manager in my head but to Henry I was just a Schlepper, basically a putz with the good luck to be in the Music Business. He always treated me like a Nephew that he could not resist the opportunity to give a hard time to. I almost cry thinking of when my apartment burned down with my Gibson LG1 in it and then when Blood Sweat and Tears sent me down like a kid in a candy store to pick out a replacement at Manny's, Henry went into the back and brought out one of the last of the Martin D-28's made with Brazilian rosewood and said 'Here Kid, see if you like this one". He showed his love by giving you a great deal, the best products, and of course, a hard time in jest.
To a New Yorker like me there was only one Deli, that's Katz's, and only One Music Store that's Manny's. Manny, Henry, Stuart and all of the other members of the Goldrich family were and always will be giants. We knew the names of the gear. They knew the legends behind the gear. They were the Mensches and we were the Putz's that they lovingly allowed into their family business.
Thanks again and keep making those great videos. I hope to meet you sometime when I am in New York or if your in LA give a holler.
Sandi, this clearly is a labor of love for you. Even though you're a California girl, you've captured the essence of the New York music scene and music history with this site. I'm a native New Yorker, currently in Virginia, but I feel right at home looking at this stuff. Thanks for the invite!
Well, I always suspected even many stars were treated with equal abruptness. So thanks for alerting me to John Sebastian's testimonial. (Actually, Manny's was a beacon of good manners, compared to Sam Ash next door.)
Sandi, I have a tremendous amount of photos from the Outings. Celebrities, Henry with celebrities, musicians, etc. BUT...all traditional photos..non-digital.
I have fond memoies of the store and how Henry befriended me from the start. I even have the original receipts for a VOX amp in the '60's. And yes, I know Elliot. We worked together many times throughout he heyday of NY. Ask Hughie. Regards, Jack Cavari