Elderly Instruments is a musical instrument retailer in Lansing,
Michigan, with a national reputation as a seller, repair shop, and
locus for folk music. It specializes in fretted instruments, including
acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, banjos, mandolins, and
ukuleles, and maintains a selection of odd or rare instruments of many
types. Elderly is best known as a premier repair shop for fretted
instruments, as one of the larger vintage instrument dealers in the
United States, and as a large dealer of Martin guitars in particular.
Industry publications, particularly music retail trade and bluegrass
music journals, frequently feature articles about the Elderly repair
staff. The company also provides consignment services for rare and
vintage instruments. Elderly has undergone two major expansions: into
mail order in 1975 and then into Internet sales in the 1990s. Today it
is recognized internationally for its services and products; its mail
order and Internet business account for 65–70 percent of its total
revenue. Elderly grossed $12 million in 1999. In addition to retail
and repair services, Elderly Instruments is frequently noted as a
center of local music culture, particularly for bluegrass and "twang"
music. Elderly Instruments operates a wholesale record distribution
business, Sidestreet Distributing, in the lower level of its complex,
servicing more than 300 small retail businesses.
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French and Indian War: Ten-year-old Mary Campbell was taken captive
from her Pennsylvania home by members of the Native American group
Lenape, presumably becoming the first white child to travel to the
Connecticut Western Reserve.
The Manchester Ship Canal, linking Greater Manchester in North West
England to the Irish Sea, officially opened, becoming the largest
navigation canal in the world at the time.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the
international sport governing body of association football, was
founded in Paris.
Aboard the Spirit of St. Louis, American aviator Charles Lindbergh
completed the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight, flying from
Roosevelt Field near New York City to Le Bourget Airport near Paris.
Indonesian President Suharto resigned following the collapse of
support for his three-decade long reign.
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Wikiquote of the day:
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Tongue it grew.
-- [[Alexander Pope]]