September is Classical Music & National Piano Month!

Celebrate Classical Music by finding some classical music to listen to alone or with friends and family. If there is a concert to go to, take a few friends or family along.

All during the month, take time to honor everything piano. Pay tribute to pianists everywhere, piano makers and those who simply enjoy piano music.

Cello and Piano

August is National Back to School Month!

Help students prepare for their arts & music endeavors! Check your supply list, tour your new school, learn your schedule. Volunteer to show a new student around your stomping grounds. How do you get ready for back to school? Share on social media using #NationalBackToSchoolMonth.

August is Back To School Month!

June is National DJ Month!

DJs, masters at their craft with technical skill, keep the nightclubs dancing, fitness studios sweating and music festivals feeling the rhythm. Whether broadcasting to listeners on the radio, engaging TV audiences, or setting a mood for a special occasion the DJ is an essential part of our culture.

June is National DJ Month!
Support Your Favorite DJ!’s Bold New Vision A Joke On Lefties Pranks Lefties Pranks Lefties

On April 1, 2018 sent an email to members & subscribers announcing a ‘Bold New Vision’ to left-handed players… April Fools!

Now let me state as a dedicated lefty; Good one! Fooled me! I thought for a moment an influential entity finally saw value & benefit in a niche market.

Though very funny & I can take a joke, there’s definitely a feeling of disservice & insult to lefties like me. Walk in our shoes for all the times & years entering a music store & all one can do is look at the guitars on display or find weak, limited, & questionable-quality inventory of such instruments. Then add insult to injury when checking the price tag as manufacturers & retailers impose significant price markups on left-handed instruments.

Of course there a many solutions to such dilemmas like building your own & buying online, but wouldn’t it be wondrous to walk into a local music store & be able to try several, quality left-handed instruments -the hope of every dedicated lefty.

Kudos to on a well thought out & executed April Fools prank. I’m sure all recipients had a good laugh. Being lefty one has to have a good sense of humor to survive in a right-handed world. Disappointingly is laughing at lefties, as portrayed in the video, instead of laughing with them.

To, take a trip some time to Southpaw Guitars in Texas & reflect on if that was the norm. As the three reps said in the video “… and right is wrong”… & smug.

Thank you for entertaining this mild-mannered rant. Time for me to return to the margins. -Neil @ NDSMR

1976 Fender Stratocaster

A treasured and much gigged Fender Stratocaster at NDS Music Repair for several upgrades and thorough cleaning. Customer was experiencing issues with sticking/non-working pots, high E string finger-board roll off and worn nut. Also wanted hardware updates with requirement that they be genuine Fender parts.

A pre slotted Tusq nut is employed to replace worn nut and mitigate the string roll off issue. Customer approved nut and the use of CTS pots to replace all the stock ones. Fender genuine parts consisted of 5-way pickup selector switch in place of stock 3-way, Highway 1 trem bridge assembly, Highway 1 trem arm, Pure Vintage trem spring and claw package. The Highway 1 bridge has a narrower string spacing which completely resolved the E string roll-off. Wiring was updated to accommodate the new tone possibilities of the 5-way selector and tie the bridge pickup to the middle pickup’s tone control. Stellar!

Work was performed in stages with guitar fully disassembled. A good part of it comprised of cleaning and detailing (as it were). A bare body photo shows graceful aging and original color of a 40+ year old guitar.