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Pecknel Music, 732 Saluda Avenue: August 2019 (Moved)   5 comments

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I don't believe I was ever in Pecknel Music in Five Points, but I was certainly aware that it was there for most of my life.

The State had the story a while before they moved. It was basically a changing market, the lease being up, and certain physical issues:

For instance, the present store’s repair shop is on the second floor, with no elevator.

“You get tired of carrying tubas up the stairs,” Morgan said.

The new location is 930 N Lake Drive in Lexington, which seems to be the Food Lion/Books-A-Million plaza.

And let me refer back to this converstation between commenters Terry & Dennis for some ancient Pecknel Five Points history:

I thought John Futch worked in a music store in 5 Points back around 1970. They had this high powered amp with a huge metal horn mounted on a base with a dolly called The Mother Dude that they kept by the front door. I'm thinking this place was on Harden near the location of the original Backpacker.


Terry -- wow! I saw the Mother Dude! I heard it in action once in the middle of Five Points and the police showed up immediately. This was at Pecknel's right after they had moved to their current building. For years before that they were across the street where Sid & Nancy's is now.


(Hat tip to commenter Matt)

UPDATE 5 April 2020 -- Here are a few pictures I just found of Pecknel from 1 February 2015:

Written by ted on December 3rd, 2019

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  1. In the upstairs area they also used to sell sheet music.


    4 Dec 19 at 6:13 am

  2. Looks like Flying Saucer in the Vista is closing next week! Wanted to give you a heads up.

    Regan Freeman

    4 Dec 19 at 3:16 pm

  3. @Tom -- you know that sounds vaguely familiar. I believe my mother did take me there once to get some sheet music probably around 1970. So I have been in the building.


    4 Dec 19 at 10:50 pm

  4. I took bass guitar lessons there, plus went there several other times during the years. Not sure what year they moved into this building though. I remember them being on the opposite side of the street, but dont remember how long they were there before moving. I think it was late 60's? but not sure.


    6 Dec 19 at 3:08 pm

  5. I bought a Beatles song book from Pecknel sometime in the late 60s for my only visit inside the store. It is a good thing they weren't relying on my business. I think it was mostly local school band instruments they sold and serviced.

    I never knew how complex some Beatles songs were until I saw the chord structures in that book.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    8 Dec 19 at 3:07 am

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