I ran downtown today to pick up some supplies for my music lessons. After my non-preparedness last time I wanted to be sure that the lessons would actually be going forward.
Considering I had beautiful service from both locations (one of which I have worked with before), I will certainly name drop.
At Rayburn Music I bought a box of five 2 clarinet reeds, a box of five 2 1/2 clarinet reeds (for my student) and a box of 10 3 Vandoren clarinet reeds for me. I also bought a reed holder for myself that will hold 8 reeds as well as a "Reed Vitalizer". Silly Rico. When will you learn that you aren't that fabulous? I would have gotten the Vandoren one, but it only held 2 reeds and was 2/3rds the price of the one I DID buy. Silly Vandoren as well!
After paying (with a mysterious 31% discount on all items...), I asked if they had any cleaning swabs, as I'd forgotten to ask. The guy working said 'yes', and asked if I was a teacher. (I had previously mentioned that I wanted the shitty reeds for a student and was not willing to buy them Vandorens!) I said that yes, I have the one student, and he gave me the cleaning swab gratis.
Folks, please frequent Rayburn Music, as I have a great appreciation for them right now.
I also stopped at Music Espresso to pick up the lesson book that my student had ordered but not received (Breeze Easy Book 1), and a folding stand. The folks at Music Espresso are great, and not only have a huge selection of sheet music and books, but will order for you anything that you need. Their staff is also friendly and knowledgeable. Please frequent Music Espresso as well!
I spent $70 at Rayburn Music and $24.33 at Music Espresso for a total of: $94.33. I also stopped at CVS for a small notepad, pencils and a sharpener for: $4.52, bringing my grand total to: $98.85.
All I forgot to pick up was: a cleaning swab for me (I didn't have the heart to ask him for two when he was giving it free), and disinfectant spray. But I can probably order those online with no detriment. It seems like most music stores have to order the spray anyways (I quickly looked around both stores to no avail -- I also checked my WW shop back home while I was there).
Relooking through Breeze Easy book 1 has gotten me excited for the lesson today. How soon she'll be playing music!
Update: This was a really good lesson -- the girl is SO excited about her instrument, and she's doing really well. It's a good thing that I picked up the supplies, because if we were waiting upon the order her mom made, we'd still be waiting for something to do!