For decades, musicians from around the world flocked to a segment of West 48th Street in Manhattan that was known as Music Row. Both sides of the block, just off Times Square, were lined with shops that sold and repaired guitars, drums, keyboards and other instruments. But the music finally died there in December when the last holdout, Alex Carozza, packed up his accordion store and 50 years of memories and moved off the block. Now, all that is left of Music Row are the signs and awnings that beckoned to virtuosos and neophytes alike. The block is haunted by empty buildings and the occasional tourist straining for some echo of its harmonious past. The old world is kind of disappearing slowly. Tacca said he had not yet visited Mr.
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He made guitars for Eric Clapton and George Benson, did business with Frank Sinatra and Tony Mottola, and earned a reputation as one of the premiere accordion technicians in the world. But over the past few months, Carozza, who will turn 89 in August, has mostly served as a symbol of a bygone era, the token old guy in yet another narrative of a vanishing New York institution. In December, Alex Musical Instruments vacated its three-story storefront on 48th Street, leaving the historic block without a single music store.
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For generations, music enthusiasts eager to buy an electric guitar, amplifier or metronome flocked to Music Row on 48 th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. And find the best price for a metronome or guitar. But the city that never sleeps is also the city where the status quo fades. Sam Ash, which acquired a total of five stores on that block, absconded to West 34 th Street in for a larger store and lower rents. Only Alex Musical Instruments, known for its accordions and repairs, remained. Faced with the reality he'll be leaving Music Row, Carozza has no complaints and no bitterness. He is 88 years old, but his mind remains nimble and his zeal for instruments and music is still strong. For those doing the math, the answer is guitars. What Alex Musical Instruments specialized in, more than anything else, was repairing musical instruments. Pasquale Ficoseco, who is a year-old expert craftsman, still comes in daily to fix accordions, cellos, guitars, violins — you name it.
They are the absolute best Music Store I've ever had the pleasure to do business with!! I've been a customer of theirs since Alex has always been very professional and a real gentlemen