Instrument Makers

Anthony Klassen

Anthony builds the very best reproductions of classic era flat top guitar in the style of Larson Brothers and others. We are proud to carry them.

David Nichols

David Nichols has been a luthier for longer than most people can reckon. Hidden in the foot hills of the Adirondack Mountains and the northern most reaches of New York State, Nichols and his lovely wife Nadine run a business of guitar building, pearl inlay and making music. He is a true icon in the American, fretted instrument world.

Tom Cussen

We have known Tom Cussen for 30 years. He plays and make Irish Banjos for the world market.

Mandolin Links

David Grisman

The "Dawg" needs no introduction. His name is synonymous for the instrument and his work is the definitive directory of everything mandolin.

Mandolin Cafe

This is the hangout for most mandolinist. There is lots of information and music.


Bob Sneider

Guitarist/composer/educator Bob Sneider is currently the Jazz Guitar Professor at the world-renowned Eastman School of Music. Sneider performs a multi-faceted role at Eastman as Instructor of Jazz Guitar at the Eastman's Community Education Division and Jazz & Contemporary Media Department.

Gerry O'Connor

If you thought you knew the meaning of Irish tenor, think again. Gerry is a musician who whose playing is so electrifying you will think you are listening to an entire ensemble.

Kinloch Nelson

Kinloch is a local treasure.He is a solo guitarist/singer who presents a synthesis of jazz, classical, folk, American popular music, and original compositions.

The Campbell Brothers

These people are a true, local treasure and National treasure. Their brand of musicianship eminates from the heart and soul. They are sought after internationally as masters of the steel guitar. Visit their church for a special, spiritual retreat.

Walt Koken

A great deal of the revival of Appalachian Music during the 1970s evolved from Ithaca NY. Specifically, the Highwood String banjo was one of the most influential bands of the day.

Wayne Erbsen

multi instrumentalist, old timey music from Appalachia, Civil War, Railroad


Eastman Guitars and Mandolins

handmade instruments of supberb quality and a great value for the price.


offering a large variety of instruments from banjos to tenor guitar. If we do not have it in stock we can order in for you.

Kiwaya Ukuleles

Fine ukuleles at a reasonable price. Julie's favorite!!

Koolau Ukuleles

specializing in fine, ukuleles and guitars hand made in Hawaii from native wood.

Nash Guitars

Bill Nash creates fine replica solid body guitars with a beautifully aged and played look. They look and feel right and are fairly priced.

National Resophonic

the finest, new, "old" instrument around in looks, sound and playability

OME banjos

Ome has been in business since 1960 and their banjos have evolved into very special, heirloom instruments. We are proud be dealers for these fine banjos.

Paul Beard Guitars

making fine, resonator guitars since 1985 for professional musicians worldwide.

Republic Guitars

these are good quality resonator guitars at a price that will not give you the blues!

Rochester Links

First Friday Rochester

First Friday is a monthly citywide gallery night that encourages collaboration between non-profit, university, and commercial art venues in Rochester, NY. This initiative showcases area artists and arts institutions by promoting the First Friday evening of each month from 6-9pm as a community night for experiencing art.

Gallery Kauai

Kimo and Kaiulani, founded Gallery Kauai, located in Rochester NY. Together, they perform traditional Hawaiian Arts includes, chant, dance, slack key guitar, ukulele and story telling. They give lessons and add a bit of Pacific Culture to our fair city.

George Eastman House

This is the International Museum of Photography anf the home the film giant. With the mansion tour, the enormous photography exhibit and daily film venue, this is a must see and it lies across the street from the BVI house.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society

This is the local folk music club that has been around since 1971. They promote acoustic music throughout this area and put on a fine festival in September of each year.


One of Rochester, New York's oldest and largest city guides.

Java Cafe

The coolest place for the hottest drinks in town. Java's is around the corner from Uptown Music and a staple for Eastman students and locals alike.

Memorial Art Gallery

A suprisingly fine collection for a midsized city. This is really worth visiting.

Rochester Food Network

Local food for local people, events, markets, cooking, restaurants, beer and wine, etc.

Rochester International Jazz Fest

for the past four years there has been a great, growing Jazz Festival just down the street from BVI. Trust me this is a great one

Rochester Museum and Science Center

This is a small, pleasant museum with excellent exhibits on local history.

Rochester NY History

Rochester's history, an illustrated time line. The past is pictured through photography, art, post cards and drawings.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Since its founding by George Eastman in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has maintained a standard of artistic excellence demonstrated by extensive touring, performances at Carnegie Hall and recording projects.

Rochester Red Wings

We have always been fans of minor league baseball where rising and fading stars mix. All Stars such as Stan Musial, Boog Powell, and Cal Ripken started here. The Frontier Field is a beautiful, small stadium.

The City of Rochester

This is the City of Rochester Offical page. It is a mid-sized, Northeastern city in the midst of some dramatic changes. Pay us a visit.

The Dady Brothers

John and Joe Dady are Rochester area musicians who play fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, banjo, uilleann pipes, harmonica, and even penny whistle, while performing a wide range of music styles including country, bluegrass, folk, and Irish.

The Eastman School of Music

No longer just a place for classical training, the ESM has become a vibrant part of the community with an excellent, continuing education program.

The Landmark Society

One of New York State's first organization to work for the preservation of historic architecture.

The Refrigerator

one of the great local websites with everything from art and music to pasta and who's who

The Strong Museum

Margaret Woodbury Strong was the consumate collector. Her legacy started this fine museum which has evolved into the consummate children's museum which will delight young and old alike.

Visit Rochester

This site contains many good links to what is happening and what to do in the City of Rochester NY.

Special Friends

Tracy Bigelow

Tracy visited us recently and shared her brand of Old Timey Art. Her web site has some great prints and paintings that would interest people who are in to musical instruments.

Ukulele Links

Flea Market Music

Jim Beloff is one of the shakers and movers of the ukulele revival. He website has transformed the instrument.

Jake Shimabukuro

THE ambassado for the ukulele. He combines great musicianship with humility, somethng lacking in popular culture today.

Ukulele Diner

This is a beautiful site dedicated to the instrument, its music and history.

Guitar Links

Great Lakes Guitar Society

This newly formed organization of classical guitarists from the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse area promises to bring together those players from the Southern Shore of Lake Ontario.

Rochester Guitar Club

The Rochester Guitar Club was formed in October 2006 with a goal of providing a social nexus through which local guitar enthusiasts can meet other enthusiasts, keep in touch, trade and play songs, and in general explore the music and many aspects of the guitar.