Keeney Bros. Music Heart is closing after 30 years of service in downtown Moscow, proprietor Dale Keeney stated.
Keeney, 67, stated the constructing, positioned on the nook of Third and Washington streets, is on the market and he’s liquidating the shop’s stock.
“Now we have been the first music retailer (in Moscow) for 30 years,” Keeney stated. “There have been others however nothing like what we offered, particularly with the repairs.”
He stated COVID-19 and Amazon are the explanations for closing. His gross sales are 30 % off what they have been one and a half years in the past.
“Due to COVID, all people began shopping for on Amazon,” Keeney stated. “They didn’t wish to exit.”
He stated faculty bands and rock bands are usually not performing due to the pandemic, so these markets are gone.
“In case you’re not out giggin’, you don’t want to purchase strings on a regular basis,” he stated. “You don’t want to purchase cables on a regular basis.”
Keeney in contrast his emotions about closing the enterprise to musician George Harrison’s album, “All Issues Should Cross.”
“That’s life … I’m not unhappy, I’m not glad, it simply is,” Keeney stated.
Vern Sielert, professor of trumpet and director of jazz research on the College of Idaho, stated he and his spouse, Vanessa Sielert, director of the Lionel Hampton College of Music on the UI, used Keeney Bros. through the years for instrument repairs and to buy numerous musical gadgets.
He stated he a lot most popular getting his instrument repaired at Keeney Bros. than sending it elsewhere for restore. He inspired his college students to go there, too, and plenty of did.
“It’s going to depart an actual void,” Vern Sielert stated.
He stated having a neighborhood music retailer is “tremendous essential” for the musical group.
“I’m simply actually sorry to see them go,” he stated.
Keeney stated Keeney Bros. Music Heart, named after him and his two brothers, has been in enterprise since he moved to Moscow 43 years in the past.
He opened a band instrument restore store in his hooked up storage after which moved to a different home, which he nonetheless lives in, and operated out of that basement and storage for 12 years. The enterprise then moved into the present constructing.
Keeney stated he got here to Moscow after a music retailer referred to as the Music Room, which was positioned on the nook of Sixth and Foremost streets the place Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana is, introduced devices for Keeney to restore at a Spokane music store Keeney labored at.
Keeney accepted a part-time job on the Music Room whereas concurrently beginning Keeney Bros.
Keeney stated he and his spouse have been additionally having a household and have been “purchasing for a small city that didn’t suck” within the late Nineteen Seventies.
“The whole lot’s right here,” stated Keeney, noting issues like the 2 Palouse universities.
Moreover promoting and repairing devices, Keeney stated he performed drums professionally for 49 years, together with 36 years in a band referred to as the Fabulous Kingpins. He stated the band performed in cities like Spokane, Seattle and Boise. The Kingpins have been a current staple on the Pullman 4th of July celebration.
Keeney stated he nonetheless has his first drum set from 1967, which seems like new.
“As a drummer … you get to hit issues and make folks dance,” Keeney stated. “Now what different career do you get to make folks dance and smile and have a ball? Music is it.”