Istanbul's best musical instrument stores

Whether you're a virtuoso or an amateur, here are the top places to help you discover your own sound
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By Time Out Istanbul editors |
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Whether you're a virtuoso or an amateur, here are the top places to help you discover your own sound

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Doremusic

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Doremusic is one of the best quality music stores in the city. In fact, they are the best when it comes to pianos. In addition to pianos they also have a wide range of other instruments. Doremusic is the Turkish distributor of many worldwide musical instrument manufacturers such as Yamaha and Zildjian, PRS,Mesa/Boogie, Line6, Zoom, Schecter, Godin, Pearl River, Suzuki, Rotosund, Ashton, and Savarez.  

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Gitar Atölyesi

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Ekrem Özkarpat worked at Murat Sezen’s workshop. Musicians such as Erkan Oğur and Bülent Ortaçgil frequent his workshop. After Murat Sezen’s workshop, this is the next luthier workshop you should visit. It has an atmosphere that creates a passion for music within people, even getting people addicted to music. The workshop creates custom-made instruments according to special requests and needs. 

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Girgin Piyano ve Sanat Galerisi

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Girgin is one of the most valuable instrument stores in the city. Nejat Girgin is a veteran in the industry. Girgin was opened in 1999 but Mr. Nejat’s involvement in music dates back to 1975. When looking in the pianos look like works of art because Girgin combines the two. The pianos and instruments are produced with the meticulous details of works of art and the store also hosts painting and sculpture exhibitions. 

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Murat Sezen Guitars Co.

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You’re likely to have heard of this name before; we believe Murat Sezen is the best luthier in the city. His unique designs, craftsmanship, and passion for his profession are unparalleled. This workshop only creates guitars. Each guitar is rare and meticulously made from tropical woods. Some of the wood these guitars are made from include, Pomela mahogany, rosewood species, ebony, and maple species.     

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Pera Müzik

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Pera Müzik, the only venue in this sector that was founded by a woman, offers visitors the biggest chance to try different instruments in a friendly environment. Moving close to the Kadıköy Barlar (Bar) Street Pera Müzik has excited the many music lovers residing on the Anatolian side of the city. 

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Senkop Müzik

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Senkop Müzik boasts to be the first place where you can find the latest innovations and developments when it comes to musical instruments. The entire staff is comprised of musicians so they are well equipped to answer any questions you may have. 

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SRV Music Store Vintage Guitar & Amps

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From amateurs to professionals, SRV caters to many musicians. The popular store features every type of guitar and accessories imaginable. In addition to brands like ESP, Guild, Musicman, and Yamaha you can also find vintage classic, electronic, and bass guitars. 

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Zuhal Müzik

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Zuhan is the city’s and the country’s most famous music store. The products sold appeal to every type of music within Western sound. But there is another reason why Zuhal is so popular. Everyone who works at or is connected to Zuhal Müzik is a musician. So naturally they take their job seriously. They don’t sell instruments they wouldn’t play themselves; no counterfeit goods made in China enter this music store. 

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