Music holds a special place in our lives: celebrating events, marking milestones and generally lifting the spirit. Upon entering the Musicians Discount Center you are immediately reassured that this is a place that is serious about music, musicians and music-making—very serious.
Owner Mike Cohen has been in the music business one way or another for most of his life. His store, located in Cutler Bay, has been catering to amateur and professional musicians alike since 1989.
“I owe a large debt of gratitude to all my customers over the years; they have been loyal to me for all this time,” said Mike Cohen.
To celebrate his more than two-decade long success, Mike Cohen presented a “Battle of the Bands” contest and event at the store on November 17th.
Like any astute businessman, Mike Cohen learned early from his days as a record store owner that diversification and great customer service were the keys to success. In addition to stocking just about every kind of guitar available, there is an entire section of the store devoted to percussion instruments, as well as horns and woodwinds. Electronic gear is in full bloom, with amps, speakers, microphones and miles of cable. All the essentials are available here, too: strings, picks, that extra set of drumsticks, and sheet music. And then there is the “vinyl.” Musicians Discount offers a large collection of long-playing record albums with cover art to stir the dimmest of memories with artists that range from The Kinks to Glenn Campbell. He can sell you the turntable and any other equipment you’ll need to enjoy great musical blasts from the past.
“There has been a renewed interest in records; they have a sound quality that simply isn’t captured in digital recordings,” said Mike Cohen.
Mike serves a wide range of customers including professional musicians, schools and churches; particularly in the arena of loaned instruments for studio gigs and seasonal events. Additionally, Musician’s Discount offers music lessons at a reasonable price for guitar, bass, piano, strings, winds, drums and voice. His teachers have degrees in music and/or are college students enrolled in the discipline of music. In fact, most of the employees, like Mike, are professional musicians.
The future of the business of music-making includes increasingly sophisticated computer recording devices for disc jockeys and others. An arena in which, Musicians Discount Center can assist.
“We push and strive for good customer service. It is what has kept us in business and why I like coming to work in the morning,” said Mike.
And if you want to hear great jazz, look for Mike’s group, the Jazz Connection. Mike is the one behind the drums.
Musicians Discount Center is located at 19405 South Dixie Highway in Cutler Bay; call 305-255-9466 for more information about your musical needs.