Saturday, December 27, 2014

Music Fun Fact: Radio City Music Hall

On December 27, 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Most Popular Christmas Song

"Silent Night" came in first place with 733 copyrighted recordings since 1978.  "Joy to the World" came in second place with 391 recordings. Overall, "Silent Night" is the most recorded Christmas song in the modern era.  What is your favorite Christmas song?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Music Fun Fact

Did you know that Benny Goodman, "the King of Swing", was the first clarinetist in the world to combine jazz and classical music in a single career?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hammond Organ $1000 Deal!

Take $1000 OFF the Purchase Price
of a 
Full Size Hammond Organ Console!*
Now through 1/31/15
Visit our store in Merrick or call 516-377-7907 for more details.

*Not to be combined with other offers.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Musical Gift Ideas Under $25

Got a musician or music lover on your list.  We have tons of fabulous gift ideas under $25! From mugs and tumblers to playing cards, pens, umbrellas and more!  Great stocking stuffer or music teacher ideas too! Many gifts items are under $10.  Visit Scott Russ Music on Sunrise Highway in Merrick to see our full selection of music gift items.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

$100 Instant Credit

INSTANT $100 in-store credit when you purchase any Buffet Group performance or professional instrument. Visit Scott Russ Music to see our extensive selection of Buffet Crampon Clarinets and Saxophones.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Which One Is A Bass?

Which one of these instruments is a bass?  

Got you stumped? 

They all are! The one on the left is a Kala Electric U-Bass the one in the middle is a Fender Precision Bass Guitar and the one on the right is a Kala Acoustic Electric U-Bass.

Monday, November 24, 2014

All About That Bass

Did you know that the bass drum is often used in marching bands to to project tempo? Historically marching bands march to the beat of the bass. So it really is "All About That Bass."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Easy Musician Gift Ideas

We have put together a list to make holiday shopping for the musician Easy!

1.  Gig Bag/Case
2.  Music apparel 
3.  Instrument Maintenance Kit
4.  Music Mugs
5.  Inexpensive Ukuleles
6.  Musical Umbrella
7.  Instrument Holders
8.  Guitar Tuners
9.  Music Stationary
10. Gift Certificates to Scott Russ Music

These gifts ideas are great for musicians, music teachers and all music lovers! Visit Scott Russ Music on Sunrise Highway in Merrick for all of your musical gift needs. 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sebastian Erard Antique Harp

This is an exquisite antique harp that is being restored in our shop.  It dates from about 1797 and was crafted by Sebastian Erard, a renown French instrument maker who specialized in harps and pianos.  Erard filed several patents for designs of both the harp and the piano.  He made pianos for Beethoven among other notable musicians of the time.  In addition, Erard was the personal harp maker for Louis XV and the Czar of Russia.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Where the Name Ukulele Came From

Did you know that the name Ukulele can roughly be translated as jumping flea in Hawaiian?  The Ukulele is a small guitar with 4 strings which is seldom more than 24 inches long. It is tuned in the octave middle-C.  The ukulele's origins are attributed to three Portuguese immigrants, Manuel Nunes, Joao Fernandes and Augustine Dias. It is said that they introducing the instrument to the Hawaiian Islands in 1879. They based the design of the ukulele on instruments from their native home. The Hawaiians loved the sounds these small guitars made and the fast speed the musicians played them.  The speed of the player's fingers is what the name Ukulele most likely refers to.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7 Music Fun Facts

Did you know that on this date in 2006, the game “Guitar Hero II” for Playstation 2 was released in North America?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What is the Difference Between A Viola and a Violin?

We are often asked to explain the difference between a violin and a viola. They are both string instruments, look alike, and both are usually played with a bow.  Where they differ is that the violin is smaller than the viola and has shorter strings. Viola strings are long and thick which gives it a lower pitch. The violin produces a higher sound than the viola. For more information about violins and violas visit Scott Russ Music on Sunrise Highway in Merrick.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spocks Beard at BB King

Spocks Beard at BB King last night. Keyboard player, Ryo Okumoto, is using one of our New Hammond SK173 Keyboards! Great concert!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Used Classical Artesano Guitar

This is a beautiful handmade classical guitar made by Artesano in Spain in 1987. Looks like it was barely played! Fabulous condition and plays beautifully! Some minor scuffs but barely noticeable. 
Visit Scott Russ Music for more information.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1949 Vintage York Silver Plated Trombone

This is a Vintage York Silver Plated Trombone c.1949. These Grand Rapids, MI horns were well made from solid quality brass. This one is silver plated. The Grand Rapids plant closed in 1971. This York Trombone is in excellent playing condition, despite some cosmetic flaws. It plays like a small bore horn with a sweet centered tone. Perfect for a player or collector, this horn is a fine piece of American workmanship and expertise! Comes with the original case also in good condition. For more details visit Scott Russ Music.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hard To Find String Instruments

Did you know we handle every size string instrument- even children's sizes?  Shown here are some of our cellos, including a 1/16 size Celestini Cello perfect for a small child. For more information about our vast string instrument collection visit Scott Russ Music on Sunrise Highway in Merrick.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Difference between a Flute and a Piccolo

We are often asked to explain the differences between a flute and a piccolo. The two instruments are similar looking and are both wind instruments. In general, the main difference between them is the size of the instruments and the octaves they can play. 

The Flute is pitched in C and is made of silver, gold, or platinum. Flutes have a range of three and a half octaves. The piccolo plays an octave higher than the regular treble flute. The fingerings are basically the same for both the flute and piccolo. 

In general, the Piccolo is exactly half the size of the flute, and plays an octave higher than the regular treble flute. Its highest notes correspond to the top notes of a piano. Piccolos can be made of silver or different types of wood, most often grenadilla. The piccolo has one less key than the flute, and possesses a range of just under three octaves. 

For more details about flutes and piccolos visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Our Music History- Scott Russ Music

Our family has been in the music business for three generations! Check out an oral history of our business that Scott recorded for NAAM.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

More Trumpets!

We have been expanding our trumpet department! In addition to an extensive collection of trumpets, we carry a full line of mouthpieces including new Bach and Schilke as well as many used and vintage mouthpieces including Costello, Easy Tone, NY Bach and Mt. Vernon Bach. Come down to our store on Sunrise Highway in Merrick to check it all out!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Farmingdale Downtown Music Festival

Felix Cavaliere's Rascals performed at the Downtown Music Festival in Farmingdale yesterday. Felix was using one of OUR Hammond Organs!  Great show!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What a Deal! Epiphone Acoustic/Electric Masterbuilt Guitar

This is a brand new Epiphone Acoustic/Electric Masterbuilt Guitar which has only been used as a store demo. It is in perfect brand new condition! Model DR-500MCE-NA is known for it's double pickup and one piece (not grafted) neck. Beautiful natural wood with a bone nut and saddle.  Plays great with a very close action without buzzing. This guitar as all of our solid wood guitars has been treated with the ToneRite vibration treatment which greatly improves the overall tone and resonance. For more details visit Scott Russ Music on Sunrise Highway in Merrick.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Emerson Flute- Made in the USA!

This is a brand new NOS Emerson Model EF60F flute with a solid sterling silver headjoint, open hole, offset G and C-foot. Made in the USA. Plays with a beautiful rich tone and excellent response. Just checked over in our shop and will include a 6 month Warranty for service. Excellent for an advancing student or doubler. $1039. Great price for a great instrument! Visit Scott Russ Music at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick or

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tips on Renting an Instrument For School

Playing a musical instrument is a big commitment. It requires both time and money. Check out our new article on for useful tips on renting an instrument for your child for school.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back To School Deal!

Save $10 OFF a purchase of $50 or more with the coupon on our website.  
Perfect for instruments for school! 
Visit Scott Russ Music 
at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick or online at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Used Selmer Bundy Student Clarinet Made in Elkhart!

What a great deal! This is gently used Selmer student clarinet model CL300. Made in Elkhart, Indiana before the move to Asia. We just checked it over in our shop and replaced all necessary pads and it plays beautifully. An excellent investment for a student. Not only does it play better than anything on the market today but was made to last forever. Much better resale value as well. Comes with the original hard shell case which is also in excellent condition. $349  Visit Scott Russ Music on Sunrise Highway in Merrick, NY or for more details.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brand New Buffet Student Clarinet

If you are looking to invest in a Quality Student Bb Clarinet then look no further!
The Buffet Crampon model B12 is just about the best quality entry level clarinet on the market today. Brand new from an authorized Buffet dealer and repair center. These are not factory seconds or refurfurbished instruments. $625. For more details visit Scott Russ Music at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick or

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Deal- Used Yamaha Student Trumpet

Super deal. This is an original Yamaha trumpet made in Japan. Not like the ones on the market today made in a number of Asian countries and of a lower standard of quality. This Yamaha YTR 232 has a copper lead pipe. Plays with a bright clear tone. Great for a beginner or student. The condition is excellent except for a few minor dings. Just checked over in the shop and cleaned, oiled and slides greased. Comes with the original case also in excellent condition, a new 7C mouthpiece and valve oil. Visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick, NY or for more details.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School Rental Instruments

If your child needs a musical instrument for school, now is the best time to rent or purchase one. Visit Scott Russ Music at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick for more information and check out the money saving coupon on our website,

Monday, August 25, 2014

KC and the Sunshine Band

That's the Way I Like It! KC and the Sunshine Band at in concert at Eisenhower Park Saturday night. Great show!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clarinet Care

Clarinets as all wood instruments expand and contract with heat and humidity.  Cracks can occur if you are not careful. Good clarinet maintenance is the key to avoiding damage to your instrument. Here are some simple tips to caring for your wooden clarinet.

  • Always swab, disassemble and return your clarinet to its case when not in use.
  • Wipe down the keys after playing with a cloth to remove the oils left on the keys by your fingers. This will also prevent tarnishing and premature wear. 
  • Avoid extreme and rapid changes in temperature.  Store your clarinet where the temperature is stable. Also, never play a clarinet that is cold to the touch.
  • Maintain a consistent relative humidity in between playing sessions. Case humidifiers are a great way to do this.
  • Have your clarinet cleaned and adjusted by a qualified repair technician twice a year. 
  • Have the bore oiled by a repair professional.
  • Never assemble your clarinet when tight.

Always allow a clarinet to heat up to room temperature before playing.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicago and REO Speedwagon

Chicago and REO Speedwagon performed at Jones Beach Theater last night.  What a fantastic show! Here are some photos from the concert.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

School Instrument Rentals

It is time to start thinking about 
School Instrument Rentals!
Beat the crowds! If your child needs an instrument for school now is the best time to rent one. 
Visit our store at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick 
for more information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Violin Maintenance

Summer weather although enjoyable for us, is not perfect for violins. The high temperatures of summer can cause problems for your violin, so during the summer months you should give your instrument a bit more TLC. The wood of the violin expands and contracts due to heat and humidity. Excessive heat can cause permanent warping and damage to the wood and bow hairs. It can also cause a change in sound. The varnish can soften in heat causing it to blister or stick to your case. On the other hand, air conditioning can dry out your violin and cause cracks in the wood. Overall, extreme temperature and humidity changes are not good for a violin.

There are a few things you can do to keep your violin in good shape during the summer months. 
  • Check your violin out every few weeks, especially if you are not playing it.  Visually check it to make sure there are no signs of warping and check for open seams every place there is a joint on the instrument. Also, listen for any changes in the sound of the violin.
  • Keep your violin out of direct sunlight or enclosed areas. Specifically, don't store your violin in a hot car.
  • If in extreme temperatures, allow the instrument to come back to room temperature slowly.  The stress put on your violin by sudden temperature changes can be catastrophic.  In short, slow, gentle changes in the environment are much easier for any wood instrument to handle.
  • Clean any rosin debris off your violin right away.  Rosin can become stickier in the heat and leftover pieces can end up sticking to the varnish permanently! 
If damage should occur, have your violin repaired immediately by a luthier to prevent even more damage for happening.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

D’Addario NYXL Strings

We are proud to announce that we are now carrying D'Addario NYXL Guitar Strings! These strings are amazing. Envisioned, perfected, and manufactured by D’Addario in New York, this newly engineered, break-resistant, high-carbon steel core and plain steel alloy delivers a whole new level of freedom, confidence, and power. NYXL’s provide more strength and up to 131% greater tuning stability by utilizing a completely reinvented wire drawing process coupled with a revolutionary “fusion twist” process for the plain steels. The reformulated nickel plated string windings have greater magnetic properties resulting in higher output and enhanced mid-range frequency response for more presence and crunch. Visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick, NY to check them out!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

High Spirits Pocket Flute in A

The High Spirits Native American Flute is an instrument that anyone can play. This beautiful 9 inch pocket flute is crafted of aromatic cedar with a fixed bird decoration and made in the key of A.  The pocket flute is finished with a non toxic oil which gives it a bright, clear voice and provides creative fun for all ages. It has 5 holes which play a pentatonic scale, and even comes with a fingering chart. The Pocket Flute easily fits into the pocket or back pack. Great for children! For more information visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick, NY.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ESP Stratocaster Electric Guitar 400 Series

This is a used, but excellent condition, original Japan made ESP Stratocaster Electric Guitar 400 Series. This vintage guitar is bright yellow with a red pick guard. It dates from the 1970's to early 1980's. You can't find this quality in a modern instrument. It was just set up in our shop for a close fast action and clear tone. Great player, and highly collectible! Visit Scott Russ Music for more details.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When Is The Best Time To Rent An Instrument?

We are often asked when is the best time to rent an instrument?  Consider renting your instrument during the summer for the best choice of instrument.  The closer you are to school starting, instrument inventory goes down leaving you with fewer instruments to choose from.  In addition, at Scott Russ Music we offer free rentals for the summer with a yearly rental contract.  This is an option that most music stores don't offer.  Visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick, NY for more details.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wondrous Stories

Wondrous Stories played at Hudson's On The Mile, Nautical Mile in Freeport last night. Together for 20 yrs. and one of the best bands around.  Some songs they played included -Allman Brothers "Blue Skies" and the Beatles "All you need is Love". Great show!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

James Taylor at Jones Beach

Spectacular weather by the water and great tunes- James Taylor at Jones Beach, what could be better!   "Mexico", "Copperline" and "Sweet Baby James" were just a few of the hits he played in last night's show. He sounded amazing! We had such a great night listening to all our favorites! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Instrument Tune Up Tip

Is your instrument in need of a tune up?  July is a great time to get one.  There is usually less wait time in July than other times in the year.