I bought my accordion here in It needs repair but when I went to the address it was gone. The owner died, I believe, and they are tearing down all the old music stores on 46th street to make room for high rise developments. Hi-I went to Alex on 54th just last year to repair my accordion but all my phone numbers are saying they are "out of service. If not, does nayone have an up to date number? Yet, if you ever got to meet him, he was a very humble man who brushed off compliments with a smile. My friend the late great Joe Franklin searching through the contents of one pocket including 2 check booklets, one completely depleted for a fresh business card to give to Alex Carozza when he had his shop on 48th Street, priceless memory!
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For generations, music enthusiasts eager to buy an electric guitar, amplifier or metronome flocked to Music Row on 48 th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. And find the best price for a metronome or guitar. But the city that never sleeps is also the city where the status quo fades. Sam Ash, which acquired a total of five stores on that block, absconded to West 34 th Street in for a larger store and lower rents. Only Alex Musical Instruments, known for its accordions and repairs, remained. Faced with the reality he'll be leaving Music Row, Carozza has no complaints and no bitterness. He is 88 years old, but his mind remains nimble and his zeal for instruments and music is still strong. For those doing the math, the answer is guitars.
For decades, musicians from around the world flocked to a segment of West 48th Street in Manhattan that was known as Music Row. Both sides of the block, just off Times Square, were lined with shops that sold and repaired guitars, drums, keyboards and other instruments. But the music finally died there in December when the last holdout, Alex Carozza, packed up his accordion store and 50 years of memories and moved off the block. Now, all that is left of Music Row are the signs and awnings that beckoned to virtuosos and neophytes alike. The block is haunted by empty buildings and the occasional tourist straining for some echo of its harmonious past. The old world is kind of disappearing slowly. Tacca said he had not yet visited Mr. But when he does, he will not have to stand in line. In the middle of a weekday just before Christmas, there were no customers to interrupt Mr.