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21 Pleasant Street - Northampton, MA - 01060


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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 Fender, Gibson, Martin, Yamaha, Seagull, Godin, Rickenbacker, Orange, Epiphone, Kala, Gold Tone, Cordoba, Pearl, Ludwig, Zildjian, Dream, LP, Boss, Electro Harmonix, Zoom, Focusrite.

Downtown Sounds sells guitars from Martin, Fender, Gibson, Seagull, Yamaha, Godin, Rickenbacker, and Epiphone. We sell amps from Fender, Roland and Behringer, digital pianos from Yamaha, PA and recording equipment from Behringer, Shure, Audio-Technica, Rode, Samson 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 Rover.

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 Ron Burati.

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.

Blackstar Amps at Downtown Sounds

We have just received a number of Blackstar amplifiers.  This company was formed several years ago when a group of engineers who worked for Marshall decided to go out on their own.  They’ve created a very cool line of amps.  We have received the new ID Core series, which are small, reasonably priced, stereo practice and/or studio amps.  In addition to sounding great out of the box, they can be re-programmed to tweak the settings by hooking them up to your computer through USB.  We have the 10 watt, 20 watt and 40 watt models in stock.

In addition we received the larger ID 60 professional combo amp with 1 12″ speaker, it features very cool tube emulation circuitry with which you can dial in the sound of which ever tubes you prefer.

Finally, we received the HT5R tube combo amp, which is great for use in the studio, featuring great valve tone even at low volume settings, reverb and channel switching.

Please come in and check them out in our amp room. (Click on image for more info on the amp)

On Sale Now

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