Indianapolis Musical Instrument Sales Rise During Pandemic – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Dan Oldham will tell you that there are decades of history inside the Repair and sale of musicians boutique in downtown Indianapolis.

But they have never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic.

“What we’ve seen is people are locked in, bored or wanting to find something to pass the time,” said Oldham, owner of Musicians’ Repair & Sales.

It turns out that the pandemic resulted in a 15-20% increase in sales of musical instruments compared to this period in 2019, especially for flutes, clarinets, saxophones and trumpets. Oldham told News 8 that compared to the same time last year, they are seeing an increase of around 30% in sales of guitars and ukuleles.

There is a unique reason.

“A lot of people surfing the web see funny videos of people playing guitar and ukulele,” Oldham explained. “We also sold more than ever before. “

It means an exciting opportunity for parents.

“What most of these parents who came to pick up these instruments told me,” My son or daughter showed a little interest and I would like them to do something other than play video or watching a screen. “said Oldham.

According to Oldham, the increase in sales is positive proof for the arts.

“When people are inactive they are looking for something fulfilling, and it always comes back for the arts, and we are seeing proof of that now,” Oldham said.

While some Hoosiers are starting to create their own melody at home, Oldham encourages anyone considering learning to play an instrument to give it a try.

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