Whether you’re looking to take up a new hobby and learn an instrument or you’re part of a band and you need to upgrade your equipment, Chennai has a whole lot of stores that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
From Ukuleles To The Veena, Here's Where You Can Find Your Fave Musical Instruments
Set up in 2009 by the Nippon Group, Sterling Music is a well-known name for musical instruments in the city. They have all the most popular brands, as well as every musical instrument your heart desires – including digital keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, amps, drums, and even wind instruments. And their store also carries Yamaha professional audio components.
But that’s not all, Sterling Music also has the Academy of Western Music which is their very own school of music that is tied up with the Trinity School of Music to teach students everything from piano to drums and violin to music theory. Some of the brands they have available are Ashton, Daddario, Epiphone, Fender, Granada, Levys, Promark, Roland Zidjian to name a few.
Price: INR 5,000 onwards (for musical instruments) and INR 1,600 onwards (for accessories)
What makes Saptaswara a great store for musical instruments is not just that it’s one of the oldest stores in the city (it was set up in 1979!), but that it has both Indian and Western musical instruments for you to pick and choose from. Did you know that the name of the store comes from the seven notes of Indian and Western music?
They have a wide range of Indian instruments in the percussion, wind and string instrument categories – encouraging more people to learn how to play Indian instruments. They also have every possible category of Western instruments, including ukuleles! Some of the brands they have available are Marshall, Sabian, Takamine Guitars, Yamaha, Casio, Fender, Gibson, Paiste and Pearl among others.
Price: INR 9,000 onwards
A very well-known name in the Chennai music scene, ProMusicals has provided instruments and equipment for some of the best-known bands and musicians in the city; including the likes of percussionist Sivamani and Leslie Lewis! They are also exclusive distributors in the country for some international and leading pro-audio manufacturers, making them your one-stop shop for everything. For ProMusicals, it’s not just about the musical instruments, it’s about every element that goes into making your music what you want it to be. Some of the brands they have available are Encore, Nord, Vintage, Kurzwell and more.
Price: INR 23,000 onwards
This store is, without a doubt, the oldest musical store in the country. Having been set up in 1842, Musee Musicals has been the only place for everything related to music in South India. With a store on Mount Road, it caters to musical teachers, professional musicians and even those who want to start to learn.
Like Sterling Music, Musee is also partnered with Trinity College to give students a chance to learn music theory and practicals at the same time. Their music courses cover Western music as well as Hindustani and Classical in vocal training as well as musical instrument training. Some of the brands available are Fender, Korg, Mapex, Pearl River, Tama, Alhambra and more.
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Price: INR 30,000 onwards
A relatively new kid on the block, Krish Musicals is a great place for young musicians and students. Often they have student discounts and sales that are targeted towards a much younger audience than most stores. Having started with acoustic instruments, the store now also has electronic and hi-tech musical instruments as well as equipment that goes with it. Their instruments range from percussion to guitars and wind instruments, as well as tambourines and electric pianos. Some of the brands available are Yamaha, Novation, Samson, PreSonus, Zoom and more.
Price: INR 5,000 onwards
Set up in 1985, Shruthi Musicals is definitely one of the popular stores in the city. With a guarantee of good quality products as well as international brands, the store has been providing customers with what they’re looking for since they opened. While the store is open every single day, customers can also shop their products online via their website. Unlike a lot of other stores, they don’t have a long list of instruments, they have guitars, pianos and drums – plus all the extra equipment that goes along with those instruments. Some of the brands available are Fender, Gibson, Vintage, Parker, Godin, C.F. Martin and more.
Price: INR 30,000 onwards