Stan Jay was the owner of Mandolin Brothers, the well-known guitar shop on Staten Island. This was a destination for ordinary guitarists, guitar afficionados and serious musicians and collectors since its opening in 1971. Stan became seriously ill last year and passed away in October of 2014 at age 71.
|photo by Bruce Ennis|
|1642 Forest Avenue, Staten Island NY|
“Like A Mighty Wind”, he went to Mandolin Brothers to purchase a vintage Gibson long neck banjo and even got some lessons.
1963 Hofner 500/1 bass there for repairs. For years he claimed he could not get the bass to play in tune. Mandolin Brothers fixed it
Alison and Eric have other life plans, but all have stepped in to keep the family business going. But they are now making plans to wind business down. Staffers are no longer employed full-time and the shop is closing early and is only open by appointment.
800 rare vintage instruments to around 130. Sadly, also gone is Stan Jay’s remarkable knowledge of the vintage instrument market.
his business partner, Hap Kuffner, purchased a second story walk-up in Staten Island.
|George Gruhn and Stan Werbin|
Gruhns in Nashville, Elderly Instruments in Lansing Michigan, Norman's Rare Guitars in Tarzana, Califiornia and Mike's Music in Cincinnati Ohio and Covington Kentucky.
Elvis Presley’s 1958 Gibson LG-1.
|Joni Mitchell at Mandolin Brothers|
|Some of Mandolin Brothers famous customers|
I certainly hope an interested buyer is found to take over this long standing and well loved guitar business.