Artichoke Music

★★★★☆
  • 3130 -A SE Hawthorne Blvd

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-232-8845

About Artichoke Music

Hours
Tue-Sun 11am-5pm
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The first day I walked into Artichoke music I was greeted by friendly and helpful staff. I heard the sounds of a song circle going on in the back room. When I inquired about what I heardI was given a private tour of the facility. I'll

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The first day I walked into Artichoke music I was greeted by friendly and helpful staff. I heard the sounds of a song circle going on in the back room. When I inquired about what I heardI was given a private tour of the facility. I'll

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they are EXTREMELY rude, regardless of whether or not you've got children with you.
they act as tho' it's a shrine that they are tending and not a music store that they are running for profit. it's not as tho' they have really stunning instruments... some of their stuff is nice, some is really nice, much is average. their "exotic instruments" are generally overpriced simply because they're a less common instrument, not because they're of a high quality.
they'd probably even make Pete Seeger feel unwelcome.

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★★★☆☆

they are EXTREMELY rude, regardless of whether or not you've got children with you.
they act as tho' it's a shrine that they are tending and not a music store that they are running for profit. it's not as tho' they have really stunning instruments... some of their stuff is nice, some is really nice, much is average. their "exotic instruments" are generally overpriced simply because they're a less common instrument, not because they're of a high quality.
they'd probably even make Pete Seeger feel unwelcome.

Pros: unusual instruments, mountain instruments

Cons: rude staff, overpriced instruments

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My daughter loves this store. She purchased her first guitar there and later returned for advice with the handmade guitar she had made in a community college class. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommended!!

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★★★★★

My daughter loves this store. She purchased her first guitar there and later returned for advice with the handmade guitar she had made in a community college class. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommended!!

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I was very excited to see the store after hearing about it on the kboo bluegrass show. My five year old son and I drove from Vancouver to check out Artichoke's instruments, and look into purchasing a banjo. My son enjoyed getting to experience all of the different sounds of the beautiful instruments in the store. I was however incredibly offended when I pulled down a youth sized guitar for him to strum, and the owner interrupted a song he was playing on the ukuklele to remind me that "you know that is a thousand dollar guitar." I was so offended. I told him that was an incredibly rude thing to say and that he had just lost a customer. His response was "That's fine." I would suggest taking your business somewhere else. Especially if you have a child, as they don't seem to be very kid friendly.

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I was very excited to see the store after hearing about it on the kboo bluegrass show. My five year old son and I drove from Vancouver to check out Artichoke's instruments, and look into purchasing a banjo. My son enjoyed getting to experience all of the different sounds of the beautiful instruments in the store. I was however incredibly offended when I pulled down a youth sized guitar for him to strum, and the owner interrupted a song he was playing on the ukuklele to remind me that "you know that is a thousand dollar guitar." I was so offended. I told him that was an incredibly rude thing to say and that he had just lost a customer. His response was "That's fine." I would suggest taking your business somewhere else. Especially if you have a child, as they don't seem to be very kid friendly.

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This shop serves as Portland's headquarters for folk musicians and folk instruments. They've been in business forever. Instruments (fair traders), performances, workshops, instruction.

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This shop serves as Portland's headquarters for folk musicians and folk instruments. They've been in business forever. Instruments (fair traders), performances, workshops, instruction.

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the little strip on Hawthorne is complete with rare/unique records, cds, and tapes, musical instruments, and friendly, helpful employees. Has a very hip vibe.

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the little strip on Hawthorne is complete with rare/unique records, cds, and tapes, musical instruments, and friendly, helpful employees. Has a very hip vibe.

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Great place to buy a guitar or other instrument. Staff is friendly and well informed. They can reccomend teachers and give other pertinent advice. Located in the Hawthorn district.
They have performances occassionally. There is a parking lot beside the shop.

PROS: location
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Great place to buy a guitar or other instrument. Staff is friendly and well informed. They can reccomend teachers and give other pertinent advice. Located in the Hawthorn district.
They have performances occassionally. There is a parking lot beside the shop.

PROS: location
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