For a musician, it is always fun to browse musical instrument shops on the weekend. It's easy to get lost in the sea of instruments that characterise a lot of music shops. Here is a review of some instrument shops, both the good and the bad:
Located in North Perth, ABH is most known for their percussion instruments. They have one of the best ranges of drums in Perth, including some highly-valued makers such as Brady drums.
Clef Music is a good choice for buying sheet music - they have a comprehensive range. Their instruments, on the other hand, are not as impressive. They do have a decent stringed instrument and wind instrument selection, catering largely to students.
Concept Music is a great shop in Wembley. There is an excellent range of instruments, and the staff are more than happy to help. The prices are also very fair. There is a heavy guitar focus which makes this place a heaven for guitarists, but they do have wind instruments.
This is a small shop in Clarkson, opposite the Clarkson shopping centre. While small, they do have an interesting selection of instruments, including guitars from a maker called Lag. If you find yourself up near Clarkson, they are worth a visit.
Probably the largest and most well-known of the music shops, Kosmic has a large, multi-storied shop in Osbourne Park. They have just about everything to do with music, and are in the position to offer good deals on stock. While they have a large number of stock, in the guitar department they don't offer much in the way of variety aside from the stock-standard Fender / Gibson / Martin.
The shop has recently moved onto Mercer Street, into small premises. Which is unfortunate, because Joondalup Music has also downgraded their stock. However, Joondalup Music is a haven for metal and heavy rock guitarists, as their guitar stock is focused towards brands like ESP and Ibanez. They also have a decent drum and keyboard section.
Mega Music is the place for SOR musicians. The place is crowded with instruments of all sorts. Of note are their annual sales, where they sell instruments at ridiculously low prices.
Primarily focused on guitars, Musgroves features some nice instruments but their prices are ridiculous.
The Rock Inn / The Acoustic Inn
The Rock Inn is almost exclusively guitars, but they have a good range. The only downside are their staff, who don't seem particularly interested in their customers. Depending on your personality, it may actually be a plus, because they will leave you alone for as long as you wish.