Sales spell end for longtime Fresno music store

Sound Stage in Fresno holds going out of business saleSound Stage in Fresno holds going out of business saleAfter more than 40 years in business, Spitzer's Sound Stage music store in Fresno may be no more in a month.

The store, located at 3821 N. Blackstone Ave., is now selling its inventory of guitars, amps, mixers, keyboards, drums and other musical instruments at bargain prices.

General Manager Jerry Liles said the store is down to one-third of its inventory left to sell off before the end of June and he is now preparing for a third round of price reductions.

Liles said it's unclear right now what will happen to the store now that owner Rosemary Rodd is retiring from the music business altogether, although there is still a month left to see if anyone buyers will make an offer.

"There's been a couple other individuals interested but I haven't heard concretely what's going to happen," Liles said.

The store has 10 retail employees and another four who do sound, lighting and acoustical work when Sound Stage sets up music events in the area. Seven independent music teachers also offer lessons there.

First established in Fresno in 1971 by Bob and Camille Wilson, Rodd and her husband Matt Spitzer changed the name of the business when they acquired Sound Stage some time later.

Rodd, who took over the business from her husband 15 years ago, also operates Leo's Pro Audio music store in Hayward.

At one time, there were seven Spitzer music stores throughout California.

Sound Stage is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.