Best Musical Instrument Stores in Wichita
From Stan Kenton to Karla Burns, Joe Walsh, Clif Major, Rudy Love, The Wichita Symphony and the many sensationally-talented musicians that call Wichita home - there is a rich musical tradition that lives in this city which is fed through our long-standing local musical instrument shops.
These are the places where our local guitarists buy strings and new axes, where students learn to play the violin for their first orchestra classes, where local churches buy a new P.A. system for their sanctuaries and where many of us fell in love with playing music for the first time.
It’s true that online sales have encroached on the viability of our local music shops, but for seasoned musicians, there is nothing more valuable than a trusted friend at their favorite music store to provide expert sales, service and the ability to hold and play a new instrument with their hands. That’s why we wanted to dedicate a blog to our favorite local musical instrument shops here in Wichita.
Senseny Music Inc.
Senseny Music has been a mainstay in the Wichita music community since 1984 and provides a wide range of instruments, sheet music and music classes in their huge building on East Lincoln. They carry orchestral instruments, acoustic and digital pianos, guitars, amplifiers, and percussion as well as an on-site repair shop.
Their impressive lessons studio offers classes for a wide variety of ages and musical interests. They offer individual lessons as well as group classes and camps for all ages. They even have a Kindermusik program for parents with children age newborn to 5 years so you can be apart of the experience as your children get their first exposure to music.
Address: 2300 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67211
Hours: Mon. - Thu. 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Fri. - Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phil Uhlik Music
Established back in the 1960’s, Phil Uhlik Music is a family-run instrument sale, repair and rental shop on east Douglas across from East High. They sell new and used guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, recording equipment, live audio and school band gear.
Uhlik also has an instrument repair shop onsite that fixes guitars, basses, amps, speakers, mixers, mics, keyboards and pro-level electronics. They also have teachers onsite providing guitar, bass and drum lessons as well as rental services and installation services. The staff is knowledgeable and honest and do their best to help you find what you need.
Address: 2160 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Just down the street from Uhlik is the family-owned drum and percussion mecca of Wichita - Midwest Drum. Established in 1992, Midwest Drum has specialized in everything drum and percussion related for 25+ years and built a steadfastly-loyal following along the way.
The shop also sells an assortment of guitars, basses and live sound equipment and has teachers on staff for drum and guitar lessons. Routinely, the shop also has guest performers in to do clinics in their venue room as well as the occasional local music show. If you’re into drums or would like to be, this is the place for you.
Address: 2228 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67211
Hours: Tue. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wichita Band Instrument Co. / E.M. Shorts Guitars / G,B & J Ray Fine Violins
Just a little further east on Douglas past Grove is a family-owned three-in-one hybrid music store that sells just about everything a musician could want. Founded in 1953, Wichita Band Instrument Co. has been providing traditional band instruments to schools and musicians everywhere for decades. They also provide repair and restoration services and their reputation is second to none.
In the same complex is the renown local guitar shop E.M. Shorts Guitars. They have a great selection of quality-brand guitars, basses, amplifiers, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and dulcimers as well as quality guitar effects pedals. They do price-match on their instruments and provide a two-year warranty in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty. This place is a treat for any guitar or bass enthusiast.
The third piece of this musical trilogy is the fine violin shop G,B, and J Ray Fine Violins. This shop specializes in selling high-quality violins, violas, violoncelli and contrabasses from around the world to prospective owners. They have the in-house expertise and experience in all three shops to match you with the best quality instrument you can find in Wichita, so if quality is your main goal you’ll want to start here.
Address: 2525 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67211
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Damm Music Center
Known as “the best Damm Music Center in the world,” locally-owned Damm Music has been the musical instrument haven on the west side since 2003. Featuring a full line of band and orchestra instruments, bluegrass instruments, pianos and keyboards, drums and percussion, guitars and basses, ukuleles and harmonicas, live sound and recording as well as cases and rentals available.
They also offer lessons from some of the best musicians in Wichita for drums, guitar, and piano. Their website includes an online shopping cart if you want to purchase online and they also have an onsite repair shop. They also feature regular student recitals in their Damm Music Venue onsite.
Address: 8945 W. Central, Wichita, KS 67212
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Fri.-Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Sun. 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
Garten’s Music is another west-side musical instrument staple that has been around for many years. While specializing in pianos and keyboards, they also offer a selection of guitars, ukuleles, band and orchestra instruments and are Wichita’s only Lowrey dealer.
They also offer individual and group classes for piano, guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, woodwinds, brass, and voice. Their Goofin’ Around Keyboard Class is also a popular group class for piano beginners who want to learn piano in a relaxed setting.
Address: 4235 W. Central, Wichita, KS 67212
Hours: Tue. - Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Since 1985, Simon McHugh of McHugh Violins has provided the Wichita string community with sales, service, and repair of fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows. They offer over 200 instruments in stock - German, French, British and Chinese at every price level from a few hundred dollars to over $10K.
Their full-service repairs and restoration of instruments include bridges, peg and string fitting, crack work, seam gluings and varnish touch in as well as soundpost cracks, broken necks and extensive edge rebuilding. They also offer a full line of strings and accessories including bows and bow work - rehairs, tip plates, grips, etc.
Address: 1626 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67211
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.