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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

D’Addario Re-String Re-Cycle event Saturday 4/8/17


This Saturday we will be hosting a free re-stringing event courtesy of D’Addario strings and the Terra-cycle recycling program.  This program will introduce you to D’Addario’s premium string line–NYXL for electric and Nickel Bronze for acoustic guitar–and to the concept of string recycling. These new strings feature enhanced strength, projection and clarity.  It’s hard to describe sound, so the best way to check them out is to listen to them on your guitar.  And this Saturday is your opportunity to take a no-risk test-drive. Just bring your guitar to Downtown Sounds and we’ll put on a set for free.  We have a limited supply, so if you’d like to reserve a set for yourself, give us a call at 413-586-0998 or send an email to info@downtownsounds.com and let us know which set you want.  We have 9’s, 10’s and 11’s in the NYXL electric sets, and 11’s, 12’s and 13’s in the nickel bronze.

After we change the strings, your old strings will be deposited in a special box that goes to a company called Terracycle.  They specialize in recycling all kinds of consumer products.  So in addition to your free strings, you can feel good that you have kept your old strings out of a landfill.  Every time we take off an old set of strings at Downtown Sounds, they are recycled.   If you change strings yourself, we can also take your old strings if you want to bring them in.

Hope to see you Saturday.

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