Long Beach, California 2021-06-02 00:55:23 –
Today, Long Beach has lost its last musical instrument store and there is no alternative. This closure has long beach without losing the place to buy strings, fingerboard, or record sessions. It’s a turning point for musicians. They are losing a landmark in music history.
Gilmour Music on Seventh Street has been a leading musical instrument store on Long Beach for decades and one of the few places in the community with affordable practice rooms. It was until the death of owner Clint Gilmour in the first week of November 2020.
After Gilmour’s death, Linda Gilmour, a 37-year-old wife and school teacher, ran the store. But a few months later, she soon realized that the burden was too great to bear. According to music liquidator and businessman Eddie Montana, she decided to sell the store.
Montana was brought in by Mrs. Gilmore to help clear the rest of the store’s inventory. Having lived on Long Beach for a lifetime and playing multiple instruments, he has known Gilmour since he attended Wilson High School together in the 1960s.
Montana recalls his first full-fledged work in the music repair industry as a stringed instrument maker at Gilmore’s in the 70’s and 80’s for nearly 20 years. He remembers that for six months in the store’s early history, renowned guitar maker Leo Fender had a workspace in the store.
Gilmour is not only a store and repair shop, but also the location of Long Beach’s oldest recording studio, hosting the largest event of the 20th century in the last 80 years.
In addition to Long Beach’s local sublime, Gilmour hosted many hosts such as John Coltrane, Rat Pack and Oingo Boingo.
The news of Clint’s death suddenly arrived for Ryan Wagner, an instrument mechanic who had a special job under Gilmour for over a decade and was trained in instrument repair from Montana. “A week before Clint died, he invited me to see his wife, but the next time I went to the store, I realized that. It was a tremendous shock.” Wagner said.
It was only a few months later that Montana called Wagner and asked if he could help with the liquidation. According to Montana, the pace of sold-outs rose significantly in the last two weeks before the store closed.
“I tried to market it as much as I could, but many knew it only within the last two weeks,” Montana said. He felt that closing was a huge loss to the community and visited many people asking what would happen to the store after it closed.
According to Montana, when their lease ends in a day, the store is most likely to be marketed to others who want to open a music shop. Montana goes on to say that it’s time for a “refresh” and Clint. The shop was suffering from online retailing for some time before his death.
Montana remained optimistic when asked again if she was interested in having a musical instrument store in this space.
Montana says, “No matter what happens, I believe there will be another music store here someday, and I hope it will be a rebirth of Gilmour.”
He remained pragmatic about clearing and closing, but there was a clear sense of loss in the way he talked about the impact on the store and its community. “In the last few weeks, so many people have been overwhelmed by this situation. We are doing our best to bring back the positives,” said Montana, “three out of every four I spoke to. Was able to see all the good things about it. “
Beginning June 1, the 1935 E. Seventh St. store will be available for rent and the rest of the store’s inventory and contents will be empty.