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21 Pleasant Street - Northampton, MA - 01060



Downtown Sounds is a full-service musical instrument retail store founded by Joe Blumenthal.

What We Do

Downtown Sounds is a full-service musical instrument retail store in Northampton, MA.

We sell top brand names of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, PA and recording equipment, woodwinds, brass, string instruments and sheet music, as well as a full line of accessories for the instruments we sell.

In addition, we offer lessons on guitar, bass, drums, piano, and woodwinds by some of the best professional musicians in the Pioneer Valley!


The brands we support include Gibson, Martin, Yamaha, Seagull, Godin, Rickenbacker, Blackstar, Orange, Epiphone, Kala, Gold Tone, Cordoba, Pearl, Ludwig, Zildjian, Dream, LP, Boss, Electro Harmonix, Zoom, Focusrite. Downtown Sounds sells guitars from Martin, Gibson, Guild, Seagull, Yamaha, Godin, Rickenbacker, and Epiphone. We sell amps from Blackstar,  Ampeg, Roland and Behringer, digital pianos from Yamaha, PA and recording equipment from Behringer, Shure, Audio-Technica, Rode, and Focusrite. We stock drum equipment from Ludwig, Pearl, LP, Zildjian, and Dream. We also sell banjos from Gold Tone, violins from Knilling and Yamaha, mandolins from Breedlove and Kentucky.

Top Notch Support

Downtown Sounds is also an excellent repair shop for all string instruments featuring Downtown Lutheries’ Owen Davidson and for amplifiers and electronics with Howard Rose. We regularly buy and sell used instruments, and take trade-ins. The store features a rental-purchase plan which makes it easy to have a quality beginners instrument, and revolving charge accounts for our regular customers. Most important, your satisfaction is guaranteed: Ask about our seven-day refund or exchange policy. Downtown Sounds also rewards its regular customers with a rebate program, offering 1% back in store credit to those who spend more than $750 per year, and 2% for those whose purchases exceed $1,751 in a year. LearnMore4

New Portable PA systems from Mackie

We have just received two excellent new small PA systems from Mackie.  The Freeplay is great for buskers, as it can be used with batteries; it’s also great for small studios or home entertainment, as it has bluetooth capability that will play music from your phone or tablet.  The Reach is a great sounding line array PA system which can be used alone or with a subwoofer for small stages.

Please click on the image for details on each one.



On Sale Now

Downtown Sounds monthly specials. See our What’s New page also!