Joe Blumenthal, owner of Downtown Sounds, has been selling musical instruments for over forty years. In his spare time, he plays electric and string bass for Klezamir (a local klezmer band), Orkestar Banitsa (a Balkan dance band), and Mando Paradiso, and tenor banjo with the Expandable Brass Band . Joe also leads our ukulele club, AEIOUkes. See Downtown Joe playing his novelty instrument, the nose flute, on YouTube!
Tom Shea has over ten years of working experience at Downtown Sounds. Tom works as both luthier assistant to Owen Davidson in Downtown Lutherie, as well as one of our salespeople. A longtime presence in the Northampton music scene, Tom is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and drummer and has appeared on many recordings and performed with : Hoolapopper, Scud Mountain Boys, Ray Mason Band, Lonesome Brothers, as well as performing solo as Half Ached.