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On Alvarado Street, Monterey's main shopping drag, you will find this got-it-all music store. The place buys, rents, sells, and repairs musical instruments. Electric guitars, amps, mixers, drums, keyboards, effects, PA systems, sheet music, microphones and accessories can be found here. The front room has a wide selection of electric guitars, and in the far back, you will find a decent selection of sheet music, new and old. The store has all the top name brands at very affordable prices and the service is top notch.
Formerly the Bookworm, this excellent used bookshop in New Monterey has been given a makeover with new decor, lighting and custom cases for paperbacks and books-on-tape. BookBuyers buys and trades books daily and has reasonable prices. Centrally located near Cannery Row, the bookstore specializes in John Steinbeck and literature on Monterey Bay Area.
For over a quarter of a century, this used record shop has been a favorite amongst locals. It has won Coast Weekly's award for "best used record shop" several times and it continues to rotate its stock on a regular basis. The easy listening selection is impressive, and the place is now actually half CDs and half records. You can even bring in your old turntable and exchange it for cash. This is a neat little shop that also sells videos and posters. Prices are very reasonable.
This small used-record shop stocks a variety of vinyl and features a huge cheap-o bin where the records are five for a buck. There is no better deal than that. It is a great spot for eccentric collectors. It also features an adequate selection of rock, punk and easy listening albums. Old posters adorn the walls and everything is for sale. This is the quintessential hole in the wall, where you wind up finding that special something.