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(Bass) Guitar Shops in Paris?

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I'm in France for a month over the summer, finishing with a week in Paris. 

Anyone have any recommendations for music stores in Paris worth checking out?

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Aye, there are loads. Lived there for 10+ years and go back once a month.

Go to rue victor massé in the 9th. There are many side streets and parallel streets off that street with music shops.

Rue victor massé is one long street of specialist music shops, at least 2 bass guitar dedicated ones, others dedicated for pedals, left hand only, vintage, acoustic, and even pointy headstocks. Lots of small stores.

Much better than London (where I live now) imo

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I guess this is where I ended up? A few streets to the South of the Moulin Rouge in a slightly sleazy looking neighbourhood. The guitar shops put Denmark Street to shame! The volume of vintage and obscure gear on sale was astonishing.

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6 hours ago, obi 2 kenobi said:

Aye, there are loads. Lived there for 10+ years and go back once a month.

Go to rue victor massé in the 9th. There are many side streets and parallel streets off that street with music shops.

Rue victor massé is one long street of specialist music shops, at least 2 bass guitar dedicated ones, others dedicated for pedals, left hand only, vintage, acoustic, and even pointy headstocks. Lots of small stores.

Much better than London (where I live now) imo

Now I want to go to Paris. 

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8 hours ago, obi 2 kenobi said:

Aye, there are loads. Lived there for 10+ years and go back once a month.

Go to rue victor massé in the 9th. There are many side streets and parallel streets off that street with music shops.

Rue victor massé is one long street of specialist music shops, at least 2 bass guitar dedicated ones, others dedicated for pedals, left hand only, vintage, acoustic, and even pointy headstocks. Lots of small stores.

Much better than London (where I live now) imo

Thanks for this - looking forward to getting there and checking it out.

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Thanks again for the information @obi 2 kenobi it was spot on!

I made my way over to Rue Victor Masses and Rue De Douai this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed walking up to the Moulin Rogue.  I spent a good hour or so ignoring the kids and browsing 2 dedicated bass guitar stores, Bass Center and Bass Maniac, and a dedicated pedal shop - all in one street!  Bass center was really great, an old school music shop with a good range of brands and a friendly and helpful owner.

My favourite store however was GUITARE COLLECTION, Rare and vintage guitars.  A locked door affair, entrance on request only.  Once in and he'd dismissed a  young teenage couple he obviously didn't like the look of the guy in the store was lovely  He spoke fluent English and happily talked me through the basses they had - I fell a little bit in love with a '52 P bass.

If anyone goes to Paris, it's a must for the musician.  When I get back to London I'll have to revisit Denmark street and see how it compares.

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