We are a locally owned mom and pop shop with a commitment to supporting our local community and economy. We are proud to spend most of our purchasing dollars right here in Northampton, MA purchasing instruments directly from musicians, and using our large online reach to bring dollars back home.
You will find a friendly atmosphere, where the staff are here to meet you needs and we can build long term relationships to help you get the most out of your buying, trading, selling, learning, and repairing.
Owner, Luthier, Whatever Needs Doing
Somewhat of a Renaissance Man, Jon has spent his first half of life absorbing as much as possible about many things and finally feels like he has met his match in Mill River Music. Having started playing guitar at the age of 12, and immediately jumping in to tinkering and taking apart, Jon attended the Leed's Guitar Maker's School in the mid 90's, studying with Brad Nickerson, Ivon Schmukler, and Bill Cumpiano and has spent many years repairing thousands of guitars and building a few dozen, and in the past was known to play em quite a bit too! Stints in cabinetmaking, carpentry, and furniture making also have added to Jon's skills.
Aside from craftsmanship, Jon spent many years working in sports coaching and movement training.
Always one to prefer working for himself, steering the ship at Mill River is a natural move.
Consignment Manager, Used inventory Manager, Customer Service
Gage hatched in a straw house in a field. A lifetime New Englander and utter gear nerd, he’s a guitarist/vocalist and plays in local rock bands Carinae and Bucket. He started flipping through instrument catalogues at the age of 10 and has never looked back. Fifteen years and nine bands later, his obsession with music and its effect on people grows every day. Gage joins us after two years at Birdhouse music. An excellent musician with skills and knowledge belying his young years, Gage is also an exceptional person, with integrity and humility of the highest order. He's supportive of and encouraging to everyone, and just a super great guy.
Repairs Manager, Customer Service
Jeff may be the most qualified man to work a music store that we have ever met. Patient with a chisel, knowledgable about an accordion, able to handle a screaming mob without a drop of sweat, and possibly the most eloquent shipper of finicky music gear this side of the Mississippi, Jeff is a true wealth of knowledge and a great source of oddly-stated life wisdom. His old-school patience and care are a dying breed. With a past that involves stints at Daddy's Junky Music, Lasalle Music, Birdhouse Music, and Viva Tubes, Jeff has a wide variety of skills to help our customers find the right instrument or get one set up. He is also a classically and otherwise trained guitar player who currently plays in Northampton based band Hot Dirt. If you are really nice, he may whittle you a chopstick from Lignum Vitae. He's probably also played that weird freaky pedal that you have been looking for. Jeff is a great guitar and instrument tech who you’d be lucky to have soldering your pots or lubing your valves.