Musicians step into Music Box Records’ spacious studio to record, rehearse, and market their work. Part recording studio, part rehearsal space, and part indie label, the studio welcomes music-makers not only with professional recording tools and clean, airy facilities, but also with a team of experienced producers and promotional gurus. The crew cares deeply about music, and even runs an outreach program called Music Lab that invites high school students into the studio to learn industry secrets, such as how to build a following and how to smash an air guitar without ruining it completely.
This is not your run-of-the-mill shop. We are Chicago's oldest guitar & tube amplifier repair shop. With 20+ years experience, you'll find no one more dedicated & experienced than Specimen. The shop is also the home to the Chicago School of Guitar Making where we teach guitar repair/building classes and amp building classes
Dr. Fretgood's musicologists breathe new life into weary instruments and other music-producing gear, readying pieces for anything from hitting the road to banging basement rehearsals to streetside serenades. Amps that buzz, cut out, or distort sound worse than vacuuming through a kazoo can get straightened out in an amplifier tune-up. During the tune-up, Dr. Fretgood's sound-wave-soothing staff cleans jacks, scrubs and lubricates pots, tightens hardware and loose connections, and checks and adjusts bias.
The instructors at ACM School of Music pass the torch of musical aptitude with piano lessons and music-theory classes that kindle classical-music appreciation in a new generation. With a focus on teaching students to write their own compositions, experienced musicians explain the rudiments of the form, from a piece's first quarter note to its adolescent experimentation with mixed-meter phrases to its emergence as a full-grown adult arrangement. The school's resident ensemble, Palomar, breathes life into contemporary compositions with an annual concert series. As a nonprofit driven by the goal to expand the cohort of composers and audience members, ACM also facilitates educational initiatives in local schools and offers programming to Boys & Girls Clubs.
As a classically trained musician and 10-year veteran of the fine art of lutherie, Paul Wargaski constructs fine wooden instruments to the standards set by Italian masters. To create his violins, violas, cellos, and double basses, Paul sculpts each part from carefully selected wood. His tools and methods hark back to those perfected in 18th-century workshops, and his instruments provide musicians with tones previously known only to mother violins caring for their young hatchlings. For beginners, Paul shapes fractionals and offers worry-free rentals that include regular maintenance and repairs at no additional cost.
With more than 20 years of sound-shredding experience, Chicago Music Exchange meets the needs of veteran axe slingers and newly minted musicians. Expert technicians christen six-strings with a standard setup, restringing an electric, acoustic, or bass guitar and manicuring the minutiae that lives inside. Technicians adjust truss rods and nut height and tighten hardware before cleaning instruments of scuffs garnered during street fights with oboes. Setup includes oiling and cleaning of the fingerboard, as well as a top-to-bottom 40-point inspection. Experts pore over the fingerboard, frets, and body while also inspecting action and electronics. The sound-savvy staff at Chicago Music Exchange will ensure that wires and bridges are secure and that smooth fret ends are configured to channel the spirit of Jimi, Elvis, or Tchaikovsky's black-sheep brother, Thad.