The New Charvels Are Almost Here!

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Hot-rodded for scorching sound and outstanding feel and performance, Charvel’s sleek Pro-Mods feature a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with classic San Dimas® profile, compound-radius fingerboard (12″-16″) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan pickups, Charvel tuners and black hardware. The legendary designs that put Wayne Charvel & Grover Jackson on the map changed the way guitars were built. Eddie Van Halen and Jake E. Lee’s Charvels made guitarists re-think their playing, instruments & opened up their imagination. The new Charvel Pro Mods will have the same effect on you! Come feel and hear one for yourself.

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Mohawk Mike Returns To TV This Friday

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Willis Music Louisville store manager, “Mohawk” Mike McAfee returns to TV this Friday, April 26, as his band Eight Inch Elvis make their fifth appearance on WHAS 11′s Great Day Live morning show. Hosts Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt have joined in the fun on many occasions, and this week’s visit is sure to be a repeat of the laughter. The band is doing 2 songs, and the first is sure to cause a few eyebrows to raise. The show is on from 9am until 10am on WHAS 11. Eight Inch Elvis has been voted Best Rock Band and Best Cover Band twice by the readers of LEO Magazine.

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Cymbal-Land Cincinnati T-Shirts!! Pre-Order Yours Today!!

Remember that time, you got to meet 2 cymbal company presidents?  How about cymbal design & idea guys?  Or that day you got to hand select your cymbals from a touring vault of 5 of the biggest cymbal companies in the world?  Well, we want to help you remember!!

Pre-Order your Cymbal-Land Cincinnati T-Shirt!!!  Only $10 per shirt!

Sizes available: Medium, Large, & X-Large

Call Kevin the Manager- 513.671.3288 to order yours today!

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JUST CONFIRMED!! Sabian Cymbals & Cymbal-Land Cincinnati! (There’s More?!)

May 10th 1:00-9
May 11th 10:00-5

Sabian Cymbal Guru, Greg Zeller will be joining us all the way from Thorndale, PA to help you select your favorite Sabian cymbals! Check out Greg’s videos all over YouTube, and find out why HE is the man to talk Sabian! Along with Greg, is brand representative Rob Arnold, and 20 FREE 10″ AAX Splash Cymbals, to the first 20 people who purchase a Sabian product 16″ or larger, or a set of high hats.

Oh…did I mention the 20 Prototype Cymbals that will be on display?? Come try them out to find a truly unique voice to add to your set up!

JUST CONFIRMED!! Meinl Cymbals & Cymbal-Land Cincinnati! (Yes…?)

May 10th 1:00-9
May 11th 10:00-5

Meinl Cymbal Representative, Brice Foster will be joining us all the way from Nashville, TN to discuss what is new in the world of Meinl! Along with him are all the new 2013 products, along with both vastly popular and hard to find cymbals, for our ‘tasting’ pleasure! Though the cymbals will all be here both days, Brice will only be joining us Saturday. Grab a stick and let’s get started!

New Study On Effect Of Music On Our Brain

It’s no secret that music impacts more than a top 20 chart. Sounds are as strong a sense trigger as smells, and the things we find enjoyable are just one of the things that make each person so unique. Click the picture below to learn how we’re influenced to choose the music we listen to.


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Thats right, from now until the end of the month, we are having our Electric Guitar Extravaganza! All electrics on sale, and anything that has to do with an electric is on sale! We love guitars as much as you do, and now is the best time to buy so you can finally enjoy this great weather sitting on the porch with friends and jamming!!

Stop by and talk to your favorite sales friend today!

JUST CONFIRMED!! Amedia Cymbals & Cymbal-Land Cincinnati! (Say What?!)

Amedia President, Dominick Gagliano will be joining us all the way from Verona, New Jersey to show off his incredible handmade Turkish cymbals! Along with him, is brand representative Rick Snider, who puts his Amedias to work for him more often than a lot of us combined!

I have worked with both Dominick and Rick to create some unique cymbals in the past, and must say they are an incredible group to work with!  Come check out some 1 of a kind pieces that will make a great addition to any drum rig!

We Make Learning Music Fun & Easy!

The love of music has no age & neither does the desire to learn to play it! We’ve assembled a staff of teachers that create individual lesson programs for each student to make sure they receive exactly what they want to learn. Flexible schedules & great studios mean we work around your needs while providing a comfortable atmosphere to help you make your musical dreams come true. Stop waiting & start playing… whether you want one-on-one private lessons or the experience of a group class we’re ready to get you making the music you’ve dreamed of today!

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JUST CONFIRMED!! Zildjian Cymbals & Cymbal-Land Cincinnati! (What’s Going On?!)

May 10th 1:00-9
May 11th 10:00-5

Zildjian 38-Year Veteran Bob LaClair will be joining us all the way from Norwell, MA (home of Zildjian)! He is bringing brand representative Andrew Moffatt, and 25 FREE 10″ Trashformer Effect Cymbals to give away to the first 25 people who purchase a Zildjian product at Cymbal-Land!! Oh, did we mention giant bag of Zildjian drumsticks he is toting along? $5 a pair! Time to stock up!

Come check out the newly re-designed Zildjian A Series cymbals, and find out why Zildjian has been around for 390 years!

Mogami Cables Are Coming!!

Mogami cables are unbelievable. Lots of companies say they make the best sounding cables in the world, but saying that doesn’t make it true! Mogami says they make the cables professionals choose, and that’s why we looked so long and hard at the line. We want to give our friends the best sounding and performing cable we can, and now we do!

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Click the pic to learn a bit more about why Mogami’s are so unique!

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JUST CONFIRMED!!! Dream Cymbals & Cymbal-Land Cincinnati! (What Is It?!)

May 10th 1:00-9
May 11th 10:00-5

Dream Cymbals & Gongs President & Founder Andy Morris will be joining us for the event all the way from Toronto, Ontario! Come meet the creator of some amazing products!   He will be creating some 1-of-a-kind prototypes especially for this event, as well as bringing along working drummer and brand representative Roger Jewel, to help everyone find something amazing!

Not familiar with Dream Cymbals?  Who better to learn about the brand than the president?!  Truly, a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all!


Its spring time and here at Willis Music we need to do some spring cleaning, SO for your enjoyment, we just marked down HUNDREDS of items in all departments. Thats right, no matter what instrument you play, we have some special deals to go with it. Yeehaw!!

Stop in today and see the specials before someone else snatches them all up.

Willis Music’s Young Artist Series Featuring Cody Winn

In Case You Missed It…

Cody Winn performed at the Willis Music Young Artist Series April 10th, 2013.

Cody takes piano lessons with Joe Yoakum of Kate Young’s Music Makers.

The performance included works by Purcell, Haydn, and Telemann.

The Young Artist Series is an on going event that occurs every second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM  Where?  Willis Music Florence.



Our Lexington store is having a grand opening tomorrow from 10-5, but if you aren’t getting to go to their party, come visit us!! TOMORROW ONLY (April 6) FROM 10-5, we will be doing special pricing on everything in the store AND we will give you double block on your Music Money card. Don’t have our Music Money loyalty card yet? Don’t worry, we will get you one and do the double block! How do we do it, you ask? Cause we love you being part of our Willis family and want to show the love… but don’t tell our boss, cause we didn’t run it by him! Hehehe.

April 6th We Celebrate Our New Lexington Store!


Our new store in Lexington kicks butt… but if you aren’t making the drive for their party, we invite you to ours! Tons of specials await you!

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Free Piano Lesson

Free Piano Lesson at Willis Music Florence

Ever wanted to learn to play the piano?

Here’s your chance.  Call or Email Joe at Willis Music Florence to schedule your Free Piano Lesson.

We supply the piano, the teacher, and materials. No strings attached ( except to the piano of course )
859-525-6050 ext 5 (ask for Joe )


Memphis The Musical is Coming & We’ve Got Tickets!


“Memphis” is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s club owner brother), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

This Tony award winning show for Best Musical comes to the Kentucky Center April 2-7 and we’ve got 4 pairs of tickets to give away. To enter, go to our Facebook page (Willis MusicSuperstore) & post a picture of you holding something saying Memphis. Winners will be chosen from those who post and notified via Facebook message on March 29th.

Click the picture for a taste of the show & good Luck!

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March Mayhem Brackets!!

Stop by today and pick up your Basketball March Mayhem bracket! We have them all ready for you to fill out the winners!

Willis Music’s Young Artist Concert

Jonathan Reed Performed Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in D Major
For the Young Artists Concert on Wednesday March 13th 2013
This is a monthly series that occurs at Willis Music Florence
Every Second Wednesday at 7PM. See video below.

March Green Tag Sale Starts Today!!!

Our annual green tag sale starts today!!  EVERYTHING is on sale!!    We have amazing deals on Martin, Fender, Epiphone, Ibanez, Tama, Ddrum, Mapex, Genz Benz Yamaha, Casio, Roland. Save up to $300  Get a free guitar stand and restring with any guitar or bass purchase. Get a free keyboard stand with any keyboard purchase. Hurry before the best deals are gone.

Even Legends Started With The Piano

The legendary Eddie Van Halen said, “The piano is a universal instrument. If you start there, learn your theory and how to read, you can go on to any other instrument.” A solid foundation in theory opens doors to easily expand the number of instruments you play and efficiently expand your repertoire. The piano is one of the most accessible instruments to vastly expand your theory knowledge. The piano has the capability to express the multitude and diverse aspects of music in its mere 88 keys. The transition from piano to all band and most orchestral instruments becomes learning the instrument, not requiring the labor of learning new aspects of theory, as many other transitions can require. As the exclusive Steinway & Sons dealer for the Cincinnati / Dayton we have the opportunity to provide the World’s Finest Piano for you and your child to become a truly fine musician…whatever instrument is the goal.


The SoundWorkshop Recording Studio

The SoundWorkshop Recording Studio inside Willis Music will be starting a new recording/live sound class soon. 10 week class, one night per week, 7-10. Class is $295 including 120 page course book. We cover what to buy, frequency response, decibels, phase, mics, direct boxes, cables, recording, mixing, EQ, compression, effects and signal processing, mastering, MIDI, powered amps, crossovers, speakers, and how to make CDs! Email or call 513-607-9855 for more info or to attend

New Store Hours – March 1st

New Store Hours
Effective March 1st

As of March 1st Willis Music at Tiverton Crossing will be changing our store hours.
We will be open for your shopping convenience the following hours:
Monday through Friday
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Be sure to stop by and see our expanded Band & Orchestra departments. We have many more instruments to choose from, available for purchase or rental.
We welcome your business and always guarantee the lowest prices along with our FREE Extended Warranty

Charvel Pro-Mods for 2013!

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The Pro-Mod line of Charvels was a player favorite, and they’re back! Now built in the Fender Ensenada factory, these guitars are total playing machines. See what they’re all about at this link:

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New Store Hours March 1st!

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We’re making it even easier to get that guitar, violin, drum kit, amp…. you want! Our new hours are musician friendly & more convenient than ever.

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FREE Trial Lesson for Group Guitar Class!


8 Week Group Guitar Class with Mike Shouse!

All ages and skill levels are welcome to this comprehensive class. Speed, accuracy, scales, chords, arpeggios, theory and how it all ties together are covered.
A FREE trial class is happening Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. Try the class on for size and see if you want to jump on board! Everyone who attends the free class gets a copy of Mike’s “Alone On The Sun” CD just for coming!
The 8 week course runs February 28 through April 18 and costs $250. Each weekly class is 30 minutes. Call, email or stop in today to register for the free night and your CD.
Mike Shouse graduated from GIT in 1993, has 20 years of teaching experience and was named winner of the 2011 “God of Indie Guitar” award.

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Willis Music’s Young Artist Series

When: Wednesday March 13th at 7 PM

Where: Willis Music Florence Performance Center & Steinway Piano Gallery

Cost: FREE

Wills Music’s Young Artist Series is platform that will feature local talent from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Area.  The series provides a performance venue for artists seeking an audience.  This is a recurring event that happens the second Wednesday of  every month.

This month’s performing artist will be Dr. Jonathan Reed.

For Dr. Reed’s bio, please click HERE.

Are you interested in performing in our Young Artists’ Series Concerts or have questions about the Series?

Please call 859-525-6050 x5 and ask for Joe Yoakum or Rick Fuchs. Or you can email us at or

Steinway Construction Tour

Coming To Willis Music Florence…

Ever wonder how the world’s greatest piano is made ?

Here’s your chance to find out…

Where? Willis Music’s Steinway Piano Gallery 7567 Mall Road Florence Ky 41042

When ? February 27th – March 9th 2013

Call or email to schedule a free tour

(859)525-6050 x5  or

Gibson Unveils The Government Series!

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Using the woods returned from the 2 highly questionable raids the US Government did on their factory in Nashville, Gibson has decided to release the new Government series of guitars. Limited in number, these guitars feature a ‘Government Grey’ finish, classic Dirty Fingers model pickups and come in new olive green hardshell cases. 300 Les Pauls, 175 SGs, 100 Explorers and 100 Flying Vs are all that are being built.

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Eastgate’s New Look

We have done some remodeling of our Eastgate store, so come by and check out our new look. We have expanded our band/orchestra section to include 200 new items. We also have taken our best wood instruments and are keeping them in the best possible shape in a separate room. If you don’t see our guitars immediately, don’t panic, just come in and look to your left. Come by today and see what the new look at Eastgate.

Order your gear through us!

Don’t see what you want here? We can order it for you! If you like a piece of gear that you see at another store, but would rather deal with a friendly face at Willis, we can order it for you directly from the manufacturer. We will even match the competition’s price so you won’t have to worry about paying too much! We can order almost anything in the store or on the phone. Just ask any associate for details!

The Mesa/Boogie Express Plus Will Dazzle You!

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Mesa/Boogie are without question the pinnacle of amplifiers. Each amp is built to order; no backstock. Each amp is wired by hand, assembled by hand, covered by hand and played thoroughly before it leaves the custom shop it’s been crafted in.

The Express series of Mesa/Boogie amps has long been a favorite for players from every gene of music, but seeing an opportunity to improve it Mesa has now added their world famous graphic EQ option to take this already spectacular amp up another notch.

Watch the demo video & get ready to jump in the car & head to the ONLY showroom for Mesa/Boogie in Louisville… WILLIS MUSIC!

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Steinway & Sons and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

– CINCINNATI, OH – Please join Cincinnati’s Willis Music and Steinway & Sons for Wine & Cheese at our Steinway Music Gallery on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A portion of the proceeds from any Steinway, Boston and Essex purchased will go to the CSO.

Meet Ron Losby, President of Steinway & Sons; Steinway Representative Dan Onnen; Willis Music President Kevin Cranley and his wife Debbi; and our Willis Music staff and Steinway Piano Selection Specialists.

Our Steinway Music Gallery is located in our Kenwood location at 8118 Kenwood Rd. in the Kenwood Galleria (near Half Price Books). For more information please call Robert Falcon, Store Manager, at 513-252-0445 or go to

Is that Christmas guitar not set up just right?

Did Santa bring you a guitar that just isn’t up to your specifications? Not to worry! Our guitar luthier can fix your guitar and make it perfect! Terry Steding is at Willis Music in the Eastgate Mall on Mondays from 1:00 to 5:00, so bring your guitar in for him to get it playing and sounding great! Terry is the number 1 guitar repairman in Cincinnati. If you can’t make it in during those times, you can drop your guitar off at any time for him to look at. Terry can do anything from restrings and basic setup work all the way up through broken headstocks and other serious repairs.

Tone To Tantalize At Your Fingertips!

NOW IN STOCK!!! The USA built pedals may look small, but they’ll give your amp a MESA/Boogie flavor for less than $200!

TONE BURST: This Boost/Overdrive offers a virtually transparent gain range usually associated with “clean” boost pedals. However, the TONE-BURST has enough gain to boost your guitar to the threshold of clip and slightly beyond, making it far more useful for a variety of applications. It’s incredibly powerful for adding boost, drive and/or EQ to any guitar and amp combination. Whether using it as a utility to boost the output of single coils to match a humbucker or as a subtle overdrive when a standard overdrive may be too much, the TONE-BURST is an incredibly useful and expressive pedal that makes the best things sound even better!

THROTTLE BOX: This distortion serves up all genres of ROCK with cut and aggression, but retains the signature warmth and organic sonic quality found in all our instruments. While its main strengths lie in higher-gain sounds, it’s also versatile and the lower gain options shouldn’t be overlooked for classic rock or howling blues. It also features a unique Mid Cut that scoops out midrange to produce the signature Boogie “V” EQ-curve that so many artists have employed in our amps to create the world’s heaviest guitar tones!

GRID SLAMMER: This overdrive pedal that produces a variable boost in gain over a wide range with a classic, guitar-centric midrange bump that enhances many different playing styles. It’s a true overdrive “specialist” that covers an amazing array of what many top players consider the most expressive and musical ranges of overdrive. From sweet, subtle breakup to a harmonically smoldering overdrive that can both sting and sing, the GRID SLAMMER sets a new bar in legendary overdrive!

FLUX DRIVE: This is an overdrive for those who want more of all the best things from an overdrive! It has more liquid gain and enhanced sustain that easily feeds into rich harmonic overtones making it incredibly addictive and inspiring to play, especially to enhance a crunch or higher gain amp channel! It also offers a more complete tone-shaping network with individual Treble and Bass controls. This architecture makes the FLUX-DRIVE a more complete preamp with added versatility beyond that of most overdrive pedals.

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Kevin Celebrates 9 Years With Willis Music!!

That’s right friends, Kevin has been working with Willis Music for 9 years today!  He started out working in the Eastgate location in 2004, working part time and going to school for his business degree.

Come celebrate at the Tri County Store!  Working until 5 today, please stop in and say hello.  And, if you are looking for gift ideas- he likes white Macadamia nut cookies and vanilla ice cream!

The Louisville Ukulele Association Unlimited Is Here!

Hi LUAU members, Uke Students and Uke Players!
Grab your uke! Get ready for the all new and improved LUAU Meetings for 2013.

WILLIS MUSIC at 1850 S. Hurstbourne Parkway is now THE OFFICIAL UKUELE/MUSIC STORE and the OFFICIAL UKULELE HEADQUARTERS for LUAU (the Louisville Ukulele Association Unlimited uke group). My Mel Bay books will be in stock. WILLIS has a BEAUTIFUL selection of ukes including Kala, Martin, Luna and Lanikai. The prices are amazing and GUARANTEED to be the lowest, too!

The first LUAU meeting for 2013 will be Saturday January 26, 2013 (the last Saturday of the month) at 6:00 pm. There will be music handouts and lots of FUN! Mark your calenders now for all the 2013 LUAU meetings, the last Saturday of the month at WILLIS MUSIC at 1850. S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.

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The New PA Room Is Coming!

Expansion continues at the Willis Music Superstore with our new PA room. Big, loud & loaded with gear, this room will make choosing the perfect system for your individual need a breeze. We’ll have single speakers and amps as well as full systems from Peavey, QSC, Fender, Yamaha, Kustom and more all ready for testing at your fingertips, as well as cabling, adapters & accessories. Here are the first pictures… more to come!

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Willis Music’s partnership with Steinway and Sons

In August 2012, Willis Music began a partnership with Steinway and Sons.  As a result of this partnership, Willis Music is currently the only authorized dealer of Steinway pianos in the Greater Cincinnati area.  I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York City to be introduced to this American institution.  It was a great opportunity to be able to meet the Steinway family.  I had the chance to tour the factory where Steinway pianos are built, the same way they have been constructed for over 150 years.  I was truly amazed at the artistry and pride that goes into each piano they create.  Each component is carefully planned, crafted by hand, and held to the highest standards.  The people who work in the factory take enormous pride in the pianos they create.  This pride is evident in the unmatched sound quality of a Steinway piano.  The Eastgate Mall location of Willis Music has a fine selection of grand pianos available for you to come in and experience the quality and craftsmanship of these instruments.

The first step in building a Steinway piano is the “rim bending.” This amazing process involves a team of people working together to make the case of a piano from hardwood maple.  This team works to mold the maple into the shape of what will eventually become a Steinway piano.