Any boutique amp stores in Toronto?

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  1. skhan007

    skhan007 Supporting Member

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    I'm going next week on a business trip and was curious who sells boutique amps in that area. Thanks in advance.

    Khan.
     
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    yeah, my house. lol.

    hmmm, check out the 12th fret on Danforth, Long & McQuade on Bloor St., and if vintage is your bag, Capsule Music on Queen St.
     
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    Hey thanks! I think my hotel is on Queen St. Are these stores in the same general area? Might have to mapquest them. Looking for newer boutique amps vs. vintage.
     
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    well, Queen St. and Bloor St. aren't THAT far, but I dunno' if you could walk it... I doubt it, unless you like walking alot :) Danforth is farther... They're not that far from eachother, though, IMO.
     
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    what kind of amps are you looking for....??
    We really don't have much selection here.
    Capsule is QUALITY !!!!!
    The best folks you can talk with to.
    Though their mostly vintage based.........vintage as in good stuff.
    other than that you'll find more from wherever your from prob.
    L&M has some Fuchs, and i saw one Victoria, a new model in there, it's all more expensive and taxing as well.

    go for a nice walk on queen st west to Capsule.
    http://www.capsulemusic.com/
     
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    Thanks! Well, I'm looking to try Komet, D13, Fuchs, etc. Here in the Mid-West, there's really no boutique amp dealers (unless I drive to Chicago) and gas prices are not conducive to amp seeking roadtrips. I figured while I was in a metro area like Toronto, I should check out what might be around. Thanks for the info and I'll check out the placed you all have named.
     
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    i saw a Komet there once......though that was some time ago.
    the only shop i know of for Canada that is geared to high end new stuff is in Montreal.
    http://www.boutiquetone.com/
     
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    oh boy... you're not gonna' find any Komet's or /13's or anything similar for sale here, just fuchs at long & mcquades (and that's just at one location). There really aren't any places besides 12th fret and Capsule (and that one L&M) that carry boutique stuff here... a bit dissapointing, I guess :(
     
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    Also theres Steve's music at Queen and Spadina, which is a decent shop as well.
     
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    After having worked there for many years I'd disagree. They go for sheer profit and volume and avoid stocking smaller builders unless they have big time distibution.

    Where are you staying on Queen? Keep in mind that Queen St. is wider than Toronto. Capsule and Long and McQuade (which also carries Dr. Z amps too) are about a $6 cab ride from each other and are both great to check out.

    You've got to go to 12th fret to. Great high end store. If you get the chance, hit The Guitar Shop in nearby Port Credit (suburb of Toronto). They have some phenomenal stuff. Here is a review of Toronto guitar stores (with links) I did a little while back :

    For the most cool vintage guitars, cheap and expensive - Capsule Music http://www.capsulemusic.com/

    For sheer jaw dropping variety of nice new and old high end stuff - 12th Fret http://www.12fret.com/

    For a good solid chain store - Long and McQuade http://www.longandmcquade.com/

    To be pressured and rushed by salesmen - Steve's Music http://www.stevesmusic.com/

    For a small store, with a good selection of interesting new stuff that the other guys don't have - Ring Music http://www.ringmusic.com/

    For a funky shop that feels like how the best pawn shops used to (but with better rates) - Paul's Boutique http://www.paulsboutique.ca/

    For the best chain store in Toronto (that's not actually in Toronto, but in nearby Port Credit) - The Guitar Shop http://www.theguitarshop.ca/
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    Hey Guys,

    Just to let you all know, Boutique Tone (from Montreal) will be packing up the store for a 1-day sale in Toronto on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009, from 12 - 5 p.m. We'll be at a place called the Backroom Recording Studio, 2 Audley Street, Toronto. We will be bringing a load of amps, guitars, and effects and all will be available to try and to buy. Some of the gear we'll be bringing will be from:

    Two Rock, 65 Amps, Divided By 13, Swart, Mad Professor, Carol Ann, Duesenberg, Fender Custom Shop, James Trussart, Stevenson, Fulltone, Hartman, Dirty Boy, etc. Needless to say, the list of gear is awesome!

    By the way, the plan is to do this in Toronto at least once a month, and we'll be hitting a bunch of other Canadian cities as well.

    We hope to see you all there. You can reach us in the store for any additional info. www.boutiquetone.com.
     
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    Jeremy,

    I joined the facebook group, too and will be there...
    Just was wondering if you'll be bringing the Two Rock CRS v2 and the MP CS40...
    Can't wait.
     
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    Was just there. More electronic friendly than guitar friendly. 4 small amps and one guitar. But there were a lot of pedals.
     
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    Moog Audio's a great place... I go there atleast once a week since I've got school in the area and have made good friends with the guys there.... there are more than "4 small amps" there, but it's still really a DJ/electronic music store than anything, though as noted, their pedal selection is quite stellar. They really do have some cool amps, though!... just one guitar in the whole store :messedup
     
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    Seriously- I counted 4 (Badger, Matamp, forgotten what the other two were, and cabs). I'd be very happy if it were a guitar friendly store. But there wasn't even a chair to try out the single Dean guitar through any of those amps. I've heard great things about the Montreal store, tho.
     
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    Yes, the Montreal Moog Audio store is great. Lots of nice amps (Savage, Matamp, BadCat, Diezel, Suhr) and guitars (Suhr, Vigier, Vox, Reverend) and tons of rare, high-end pedals. Plus it's located across the street from Schwartz (best smoked meat on earth) and a couple of blocks from Boutique Tone.
     
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    I said it before,,,we are the luckiest in montreal. MoogAudio and Boutiquetone on the same street, 2 minutes of walk from each other.
     
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    +1, i do agree on that !!
     

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