Best Mysterious Pawned-Instrument Shop - 2001
It's called the BARGAIN STOP, but the bargains are few. For the most part the merch is obsolete, overpriced, and occasionally just off. $799 seems exorbitant for a pawned bass guitar, even if Jaco Pastorius sweated on it once, which is doubtful. Their new smaller digs on West 35th Street have slimmed their stock; gone are the Marshall stacks and electric pianos. Nevertheless, it takes three clerks to run the shop. You can still get a deal on a Casio keyboard, a mid-'80s drum machine, or a reel-to-reel cassetteperhaps the lo-fi aficionados keep them afloat. Or maybe that battered mandolin really is worth $549.