Every time I wound up in New York Recording I would go to Mannys first thing. Outside of work it was the main reason to be there.
Added by Gary Vandy on April 30, 2009 at 12:59pm —
I bought lots of accessories, strings and guitars at Manny's throughout the 1960's and '70s. And although I enjoyed the hustle and the photos and the excitement, I can assure you of one fact: If you weren't a rock star, you were treated like absolute shit. The downright rudeness of surly employees (themselves frustrated musicians) was something you could always count on. Warm greetings were reserved only for members of The Who--but then, only because they were good for a few grand in purchases… Continue
Added by Josh Alan Friedman on April 30, 2009 at 11:48am —
It was a great treat growing up in NYC and having Manny's to escape to and pass some time. I loved noodling with the drum equipment upstairs. When I bought my Simmons electric drums (remember those) and later my Yamaha kit there, It felt like I had went through a religious experience. The cymbal selection was quite extensive and I loved the unusual inventory you had from around the world. Part of my childhood is in that store and I will miss you much! Best of luck with your future plans!
Added by Liam McCann on April 30, 2009 at 8:37am —
A tv show should be made as it would be extremely popular, be something worthwhile to watch, and people could hear about the greats from some of the greats while they are still available......
Added by Dennis Antoine on April 30, 2009 at 7:26am —
Keeping this short will be hard...
My first trip to Manny's was back in 1976. I waited at the counter forever, but nobody paid me any attention. I was working with Harry Belafonte at the time and told the other guitarist Scott Kuney about what had happened. Back we went to the store. When Irene and Billy saw Scott, who was already a seasoned pro customer, they talked to him immediately. He proceeded to introduce me to everybody behind the counter. I never had to wait again - I was… Continue
Added by Ted Perlman on April 27, 2009 at 10:30am —
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.
Added by Sandi on April 27, 2009 at 9:23am —
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 —
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
Added by Sandi on April 26, 2009 at 10:30pm —
"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...!"
Added by Sandi on April 26, 2009 at 8:02pm —
Growing up up the river from NYC, there was a regular route whenever I took the train in. Get to Grand Central, walk up 5th ave to 48th st, go to Manny's, have an Orange Julius on the corner, proceed to whatever else I was in town for. I would take my guitar students down to Manny's to buy their instruments and to ogle all the pictures on the walls. In 1974 I bought a 1969 Martin D-28 from a buddy who had purchased the guitar at Manny's. He picked it from 40(!) D 28's that Manny's had in stock… Continue
Added by Dore Coller on April 26, 2009 at 6:44pm —
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.
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 —
I worked in the guitar department through a good portion of the 90's. Other than what I do now it will always
be remembered as my favorite job and the best people to work for. So many memories.... Judy calculating how much money I lost because I smoked so much. Huge fights with Ian and Judd about pricing always knowing that I could not win. It was just fun to argue with them.Leaving and going to Sam Ash for a year and then coming back. While I was at Ash Henry would call me every now and… Continue
Added by Evan Gluck on April 23, 2009 at 9:20am —
I am so pleased that you have joined our site. Please pass this along and tell your stories. I love all you music lovers! Keep on Rock and rolling
Added by Holly Goldrich on April 22, 2009 at 8:39pm —
I walked into Manny's for the first time in 1959. I bought a WFL White Marine Pearl 4 piece set and still use it to this day! I even used this great set on Mandy, Everybody Plays the Fool and even with Sinatra on New York, New York!! I got to know everyone at Manny's very well and really enjoyed running into other musicians coming in to buy just about anything they needed there. The feeling at Manny's was like coming home to your own family! Everyone there knew you as well as everyone displayed… Continue
Added by Jimmie Young on April 22, 2009 at 9:00am —
Well, I never actually searched for my picture on the wall for a couple of reasons. one: I never gave them a picture, two: If they had a publicity picture of the Brats from 1967, they do have me and three, I moved to L.A. in 1974 so maybe I wasn't sufficiently well known in the studio scene to warrant boasting that I shopped there. I must say, no other music store felt like Manny's. I occasionally bought a thing or two at other stores out of necessity but I always felt that I was being… Continue
Added by Ira Newborn on April 22, 2009 at 8:30am —
Us Europeans can be a bit up ourslves at times, but we would slap a Listed Building Order on Manny's just like the Tower. When visiting NYC, us Brits just visit Manny's just like tourists go to the Tower, Buck House or Trafalgar Square. On returning from any trip to the US, the first question from any fellow musos is "d'ya go to Manny's?". Sorry TGC just doesn't cut it. The Wall is as serious work of living art I can think of, I've even mailed the Tate Modern (no answer) to display it, but the… Continue
Added by Malcolm Simpson on April 21, 2009 at 6:14pm —
first of all.........i adore all of you!!!!!...manny's has been my second home for 35 years!!!!!!......
i've been treated like family since the day......or.....maybe ......the 2nd day i walked in........(that's a inside story between me and rick s)
bought my 1st fender rhodes there when i was a kid.....18 years old.......might just have been the only time i paid full price!!!!!!!........i've begged.....i've borrowed.....(.never stolen)......but the list of equipment, keyboards, more… Continue
Added by bette Sussman on April 21, 2009 at 3:46pm —
I arrived in NYC Saturday July 14th 1983 from Louisville, KY to follow my music dreams. I started working for Manny's on Tuesday July 17th. I had no idea what an adventure working in a store could be. Of course, Manny's isn't just a "store": it was a magical place where musicians exchanged ideas, opinions and phone numbers. I would say it is one of the best arguments for "brick and mortar" vs. "alternatives"... Which is funny because I got my Rick 4001 shipped to me from Manny's back in the… Continue
Added by Bobby Neil on April 21, 2009 at 2:00pm —
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."
Added by Sandi on April 21, 2009 at 11:40am —
I went to Manny's to buy something that would change the sounds of my guitar.. I was on an artist's salary and the guy working at the store, totally helped me out.. I'm sure he gave me the machine at cost (don't tell Holly!!)...
Added by Donna Malech on April 19, 2009 at 7:30pm —