New Enterprise Sets Up Store in Previous Saratoga Guitar

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A youthful Brian Eno, his confront aglow with vibrance and speculate bumps jackets with Barbara Streisand draped in a Superman T-Shirt and sporting a pair of tube sox. Two rows around, Peter, Paul and Mary share smiles in front of a brick wall in Greenwich Village marking their debut, circa-1962. Upcoming to them, the Clash scowl along with a brick alleyway of north London’s Camden Industry marking their debut, circa-1976. A selection of string instruments are remaining introduced from their protecting casings a couple yards absent. Memories of Matt McCabe, the preceding longtime occupant of this room, permeate the area. 

“I’m a violin maker by trade,” explains Thomas Dunn. “Six generations of violin generating is where by I arrive from so there are a large amount of traditions listed here: the oldest household of violin makers in the planet, currently being capable to have on a Saratoga custom, and honoring Matt’s memory. That’s a thing that’s awesome for equally of us.”

That “us” is Thomas Dunn and Jason Planitzer. The two guys have embarked on a collaborative hard work to open a new store at 480 Broadway, positioned future to Town Corridor and the Saratoga Tunes Hall in the space earlier occupied by Saratoga Guitar. 

Dunn’s skills is musical instruments. Planitzer’s is in vinyl records. “We were both of those wanting for a area, achieved, preferred every single other’s vibe and imagined: it’s possible we could do anything jointly. So, we decided to share this room and make this variety of the new music middle of Saratoga,” Dunn suggests. 

They are hoping to open up the store as early as this weekend. The moment fully operational, it will include new and employed instruments for sale for players, musical instrument classes, instrument repair and restoration do the job and a comprehensive line of equipment – from strings and picks, to pedals and much more. 

For tunes enthusiasts and vinyl collectors, the shop will also feature a assortment of albums.     

“The stars aligned, and we are able to carry on the tradition,” claims Planitzer, originally from Pittsburgh and relocated to upstate with his spouse in January after possessing lived in Brooklyn for 15 a long time.

Off-Track Data

“I’ve gathered considering that I was in college, that is 20 decades now, and in the course of the pandemic my selection obtained a very little out of hand,” he states with a laugh. “It grew exponentially.” 

Planitzer explained he hopes to commence with 2,000 to 3,000 mostly utilized information. An already current romantic relationship with songs distributors will permit him to have some new vinyl as perfectly. “We will get, we will sell, we will trade. Identical as with the guitars and the stringed devices,” he suggests. 

Even with the ever-transforming soundscape of technologies about the previous many years, there continues to be and indeed is growing a marketplace of persons who enjoy vinyl documents. In 2021, a resurgence in vinyl information ongoing for the 15th consecutive year, in accordance to the Recording Market Association of The united states.  And new vinyl revenues grew 61% to $1 billion over the previous calendar 12 months – possessing previous exceeded that $1 billion mark again in 1986, in accordance to an article posted by Wide variety in March that is titled: Vinyl Sales Soar. 

“I operate in film and tv, I’m a area scout I read scripts and then go uncover the areas where by they movie. That’s what I did in New York Town for the past 14 decades and now extra and additional film get the job done is coming upstate – shooting in Schenectady, Troy, in Albany,” Planitzer claims. He calls his section of the collaboration with Dunn: Off-Track Records.  “This is a little something I can do in addition to film get the job done, a great deal as I did in Brooklyn. At that time, I worked at a record store – it is referred to as Record Grouch – and that was a blast. I adore finding new music from a shop. I get a great deal of new music online now, and I feel we all do, but there is nothing at all like heading into a store.”

6th Technology Violin

Dunn is carrying on the traditions of the Frirsz spouse and children of luthiers who commenced producing violins in the mid-1800s. Initially from Hungary, they are recognised as the oldest household of violin makers in the earth, spanning five generations. Fourth generation loved ones member Maximilian relocated to North America and eventually set up a store in midtown Manhattan the place he grew to become recognized as 1 of the foremost luthiers and restorers in the state. Max’s son, Nicholas, took around the small business in the 1980s and relocated to Saratoga Springs in the ‘90s. 

When he was a teen, Dunn began performing with fifth-technology learn Nicholas Frirsz on modest repairs and studying how to make violins. In 2011 Dunn turned Frirsz entire apprentice. Dunn phone calls his section of the collaborative space Sixth Generation Violin – carrying on the family solutions, traditions, and techniques of violin generating. 

“Those connections we developed up about 6 generations,” Dunn suggests. “And we will have a vary of new and applied instruments for sale, from substantial-conclude instruments of exclusive boutique makers and luthiers, customized-created, to college student rentals – violins, cellos, guitars, ukuleles, fretted instruments.” 

 A room wherever musical classes will be offered is remaining developed in the again of the shop, and Dunn says an teacher will involve somebody who formerly worked for Matt McCabe. 

The guys say they intention to provide a individual contact and human care for the neighborhood of music lovers and practitioners in the region. 

“We’re excited to be here and hope to be a element of the Saratoga new music group for several years to occur,” Dunn stated. 

Planitzer and Dunn say they hope to open this weekend and system to be open most weekdays through standard enterprise hrs and weekends from noon to 5. For much more information and facts about Sixth Era Violin and Off-Monitor Data, go to the retailer at 480 Broadway, or phone 518-893-9188.