By: Ben Lambert
WINSTED — Frank Guglielmino and his son Sam Guglielmino are hoping to share their passion for music with the community through their new business, Mad River Music at 60 Main St.
Frank Guglielmino said he became interested in music as a child growing up in Winsted. His older brother would bring home Bob Dylan and Beatles records, and he fell in love with the idea of playing the guitar.
“I think I got a ukulele when I was 5 or 6, and I wanted to play,” said Frank Guglielmino. “I’d open up the Sears catalog and just stare at guitars.”
He got a guitar — his sister eventually bought him a quality one — and went on to make music a part of his life. He graduated from the Hartford Conservatory in 1981, played and performed, and, over the years, ran a series of shops in Winsted, most recently at Whiting Mills.
“It’s always really cool when you get up in the morning and come into a shop like this,” said Frank Guglielmino. “Even if it’s slow, it’s like, where else would I want to be?”
The opportunity for greater visibility and foot traffic attracted him to the idea of opening in a new space on Main Street, he said.
There’s also the advantage of having a variety of services and goods right at hand in town, Frank and Sam said. The store buys and sells new and used guitars, with the intention of providing fair and solid deals, they said. It offers accessories, repairs, and lessons in guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and basic piano; and sells records and band T-shirts, among other items.
Son Sam Guglielmino, said music was a regular part of his life growing up — playing was a natural outcome. He picked up instruments as a child, eventually circled back to the guitar, and decided to pursue music in his education.
He now plays guitar and drums, and studies jazz at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. On the weekends, Sam plans to offer lessons and help out at the shop as well. He was traveling through Massachusetts to bring back guitars last weekend.
The partners want the shop to provide a friendly, welcoming environment, without intimidation or a corporate feel, and a gathering place for folks to play and enjoy music in Winsted.
“I hope they just find a comfortable environment — a cool place in town, you know? Something that’s exciting,” said Sam Guglielmino.
Frank Guglielmino said a few of his former students had come into the store the other day — and they were still playing. That’s the goal, he said.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, really — just pass on what we love to other people,” he said.
More information about Mad River Music is available on the store’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/madrivermusic60/.
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