Fornaszewski Music Store

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  • 3007 Nameoki Rd

    Granite City, IL 62040

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  • 618-877-3475

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For about 50 years, Fornaszewski has provide hip musical culture to a little steel town near Saint Louis. John was a musical promoter and historian, he taught thousands how to play drums and get gigs. He recruited for the Local 717, the East Saint Louis Musician Union and chaired the Association of Rudimental Drummers. When his soon, Stan took over the drum chair, John started collecting and dealing antique books.
He always has interesting musical stories and unique pieces of musical gear.

The shop itself was always a mecca for players to meet, usually during the evening hours, it was never a high pressure place to shop. Most of the store's clients call, John or Stan ahead to make an appointment, as the coolest gear is usually somewhere else. There were always little kids with drumsticks and books standing around waiting for their lessons.

For example, one day Fornaszewski wrote out the Brazilian Bossa Nova Beat and gave it to me ... ever since, I have a great latin drumset feel ... now that's a music store !!!

(it's not Guitar Center, more like a Grenwich Village Boutique)

Billy Drew
Glendale, CA

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★★★★★

For about 50 years, Fornaszewski has provide hip musical culture to a little steel town near Saint Louis. John was a musical promoter and historian, he taught thousands how to play drums and get gigs. He recruited for the Local 717, the East Saint Louis Musician Union and chaired the Association of Rudimental Drummers. When his soon, Stan took over the drum chair, John started collecting and dealing antique books.
He always has interesting musical stories and unique pieces of musical gear.

The shop itself was always a mecca for players to meet, usually during the evening hours, it was never a high pressure place to shop. Most of the store's clients call, John or Stan ahead to make an appointment, as the coolest gear is usually somewhere else. There were always little kids with drumsticks and books standing around waiting for their lessons.

For example, one day Fornaszewski wrote out the Brazilian Bossa Nova Beat and gave it to me ... ever since, I have a great latin drumset feel ... now that's a music store !!!

(it's not Guitar Center, more like a Grenwich Village Boutique)

Billy Drew
Glendale, CA

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This store is a cluttered mess. I brought in a drum (Fornaszewski's supposed expertise) for repair. They told me they would fix it and get it back to me as soon as possible. After three months with no word back, I went to the store to see if they had maybe lost my number. They had lost my drum instead. After searching frantically for it, they found it in the exact same bag I brought it in. They never even looked at the drum. Pathetic. One should expect much better service from a local merchant. I would advise anyone in the area to instead go to omega Music downtown. The people there gave me several options to fixing my problem and resolved it quickly.

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This store is a cluttered mess. I brought in a drum (Fornaszewski's supposed expertise) for repair. They told me they would fix it and get it back to me as soon as possible. After three months with no word back, I went to the store to see if they had maybe lost my number. They had lost my drum instead. After searching frantically for it, they found it in the exact same bag I brought it in. They never even looked at the drum. Pathetic. One should expect much better service from a local merchant. I would advise anyone in the area to instead go to omega Music downtown. The people there gave me several options to fixing my problem and resolved it quickly.

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I have been there before and they do have good items and friendly workers but what really makes me mad though is that they are hardly ever open and it drives me crazy they don't even put up store hours and it's like their policy is "we'll open when we want to so too bad". I have to return my band instrument (percussion kit) that I rented and I have been trying to give it to them for three weeks now and like I said they are hardly ever open so if you know their store hours (if they have any) please tell me.

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I have been there before and they do have good items and friendly workers but what really makes me mad though is that they are hardly ever open and it drives me crazy they don't even put up store hours and it's like their policy is "we'll open when we want to so too bad". I have to return my band instrument (percussion kit) that I rented and I have been trying to give it to them for three weeks now and like I said they are hardly ever open so if you know their store hours (if they have any) please tell me.

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Hey there Alex i agree with you i had the exact same problem in this store also i was in there and the guy told me i needed to hurry cause he had a student in back some advice for the store GET MORE THAN ONE WORKER WORKING FOR YOU ON THE DAYS YOU TEACH these guys are very rude hey Alex check out Hudson music on Johnson road their great guys

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Hey there Alex i agree with you i had the exact same problem in this store also i was in there and the guy told me i needed to hurry cause he had a student in back some advice for the store GET MORE THAN ONE WORKER WORKING FOR YOU ON THE DAYS YOU TEACH these guys are very rude hey Alex check out Hudson music on Johnson road their great guys

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i have read the the first two reviews. all i can say is go to the shop and see for yourself, this is the net and anyone can post in anonymously good or bad. my personal experience here is very positive. i shop at several music shops and this is one of the primary two i frequent. the repairman keith that works here is very skilled and truly knows his craft beyond his local competition. the prices are as those of comparable shops. they do have the can do attitude.
one thing i really like about this shop is that it is not filled with noises from other people making noise on instruments as they claim to be testing the instruments out. i have tested instruments in this shop and all my questions have been completely been answered. this is a smaller shop than the franchises which is actually a blessing. it is ran by people that are passionate about music and not a bunch of wanna be music superstars.

ignore what has been posted whether it be good or bad and go see for yourself.

bill

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★★★★★

i have read the the first two reviews. all i can say is go to the shop and see for yourself, this is the net and anyone can post in anonymously good or bad. my personal experience here is very positive. i shop at several music shops and this is one of the primary two i frequent. the repairman keith that works here is very skilled and truly knows his craft beyond his local competition. the prices are as those of comparable shops. they do have the can do attitude.
one thing i really like about this shop is that it is not filled with noises from other people making noise on instruments as they claim to be testing the instruments out. i have tested instruments in this shop and all my questions have been completely been answered. this is a smaller shop than the franchises which is actually a blessing. it is ran by people that are passionate about music and not a bunch of wanna be music superstars.

ignore what has been posted whether it be good or bad and go see for yourself.

bill

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I wish I could give this place a good review, but the workers at this music shop have always been very hateful to me. On one occasion I walked in to look at instruments and 5 minutes after walking in they told me if I didn't buy something that I needed to leave. Everything in the store is highly over priced and don't expect any real deals from this store. If you want to sit down and test an instrument out, they will also limit your time to a very minimum amount and if you play something too long they will tell you to buy it or leave. Also, another time I brought in a guitar to be repaired, I was told it would be $50, when I came to pick the guitar back up, they charged me $80. I would suggest making a little more driving effort and go to Mojo's Music, or Swing City Music, both which are very fair and don't have the "get out of my store" policy.

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★★☆☆☆

I wish I could give this place a good review, but the workers at this music shop have always been very hateful to me. On one occasion I walked in to look at instruments and 5 minutes after walking in they told me if I didn't buy something that I needed to leave. Everything in the store is highly over priced and don't expect any real deals from this store. If you want to sit down and test an instrument out, they will also limit your time to a very minimum amount and if you play something too long they will tell you to buy it or leave. Also, another time I brought in a guitar to be repaired, I was told it would be $50, when I came to pick the guitar back up, they charged me $80. I would suggest making a little more driving effort and go to Mojo's Music, or Swing City Music, both which are very fair and don't have the "get out of my store" policy.

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Fornaszewski Music Store has been one of the leaders of musical instruments in the Granite City area for a very long time. They have many to choose from and are very knowlegable of the instruments they sell. I recommend this music store to everyone. They are icons of the music business in the area.

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Fornaszewski Music Store has been one of the leaders of musical instruments in the Granite City area for a very long time. They have many to choose from and are very knowlegable of the instruments they sell. I recommend this music store to everyone. They are icons of the music business in the area.

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