“More than a music store. It’s an industry icon”: Iconic gear retailer Sam Ash Music reportedly set to close 18 branches nationwide – including its flagship New York store

Sam Ash
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Sam Ash Music is reportedly set to close its famed flagship New York store, as part of 18 branch closures.

The announcement sees the 100-year-old firm reacting to the increasing difficulty of running physical stores in the digital age. The Manhattan branch, which is one of the US’ most popular music equipment stores, is reportedly one of a raft of store closures.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.