And, Hershey Park is close by as well.Dale's is right down the street from my in-laws (great people, BTW) and their drum stock is fantastic. I have noticed over the past decade that their cymbal selection has diminished slightly but still worth the trek. They usually have a nice selection of demo gear at great prices as well.
If you're a history buff Gettysburg is only another hour drive away from Dale's so you can hit up both and make a nice little trip out of it.
Agreed 100%. I've done a few small transactions with Sweetwater, and their customer service is excellent, but if I can contribute to the betterment of a smaller business, particularly one that has as much to offer as all of you are saying, then that's what I'd rather do.Yeah, but it's so close to me the shipping takes no time at all. I buy a lot of hardware from them. I'm happy to keep the money somewhat local instead of Guitar Center, Sweetwater, Musicians Friend. Know what I mean?
THIS is the serendipity that I love to experience and see happen in the big ol' world. Kurt, that's as cool as it gets, at least for me. Traveling and getting paid to play drums, then randomly discovering a fine drum store run by a guy who used to tech for Buddy Rich!I actually went there last September and it was an awesome place with very nice people. I don't live anywhere near there but I took a gig with someone that needed a weeks worth of fill ins at a hotel near Hershey Park. It was a pretty long drive for me as I'm in NH but I got a full week of paid gigs in a place that I didn't have tp break down my drums. The room and food was covered as well as my gas so I thought it would be a fun trip for myself as I went alone. Someone at the bar the first night was asking me about my Ludwig set and mentioned something about this guy that owns a drum shop and used to work for Buddy Rich. I had no idea what he was talking about since I am not from that area. He mentioned Dales drum shop and since all my days were free, I went straight there the next day. Talk about a cool place! The staff was super nice too and I ended up buying a 21" Paiste Big Beat ride that was barely used for about half the price it would have been brand new. I also managed to get some parts for a citrus mod Ludwig set I was restoring and they had everything I needed at a good price. That was the icing on the top of that trip.