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New music store strikes a chord downtown

Owner David Geders stands outside his new business on N. Jefferson Street, Huntington. Photo by Joni Knott

Owner David Geders stands outside his new business on N. Jefferson Street, Huntington. Photo by Joni Knott

Huntington University Alumnus, David Geders, is the owner of a recent addition to the myriad of local shops on N. Jefferson Street, Huntington. Copper Chord Music opened its doors on June 20 and offers various musical and instrumental services.

“The cool thing is that summer is usually a pretty slow time for music shops and a lot of retail stores in general, but, even with being a new store in a slow season, we’ve had good business to start out with,” David Geders, owner of Copper Chord Music, said.

Along with the sales of both new and used musical instruments, Copper Chord Music also offers guitar maintenance and repair and facilitates lessons between teachers and those who wish to further their musical knowledge.

“There are several teachers that teach lessons here,” Manager and Assistant, Ethan Kattau said. “We have bass, piano and guitar as well as drum lessons available.”

Plans and future goals for the store are already forming as Copper Chord Music continues to thrive in downtown Huntington.

“I want to have lessons grow,” Geders said. “I want this to be a central hub for the people in Huntington to be able to come and learn music. I had that growing up, so I think that it’s only fair that everyone else should have it.”

Cindy Geders, David Geders’ mother and personal piano teacher through childhood, now offers and conducts lessons at her son’s business. Bass lessons are taught by Matt Kalffke. Guitar lessons are offered by two different instructors–Kenny Plisco and Andy Thompson.

“We are looking to add on vocal lessons soon too,” said Geders.

Other goals that Geders has for Copper Chord Music include possibly diversifying company inventory and carrying a wider range of instruments or even establishing a recording studio for group use and development.

“That’s going to take a lot of learning on my side because I don’t have a lot of knowledge in that field,” Geders said. “I see the future of the shop to be a full music service, not just guitars or keyboards or that kind of thing.”

Working to satisfy a need in the community, Geders first decided to establish a music shop in Huntington due to the fact that there was not already a successful store devoted solely to music in the area.

Owner David Geders  inspects inventory and plays the guitar. Photo by Joni Knott

Owner David Geders inspects inventory and plays the guitar. Photo by Joni Knott

“I knew that Huntington didn’t have a music shop and that we’ve needed one for a long time,” said Geders. “I had just realized that working in the corporate world wasn’t for me and that I wanted to do something I was passionate about.”

Copper Chord Music is located at 510 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information on Copper Chord Music visit http://www.copperchordmusic.com, check them out on Facebook or call the store at (260) 200-1700.

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