Slide guitar ace and Grammy winner Harper straddles the worlds of rock, soul, folk, blues & reggae.

"Elderly instruments is an American musical institution steeped in tradition, with an ear to the future. I've always felt fortunate that a musical environment like Elderly exists in the world, and I am proud to be associated with them in every way. Thanks Stan! "



Guitarist, singer and songwriter, famed Emmy-winning actor, director, playwright. A man of many talents.

"Every time I walk in their door, I fall in love with acoustic music all over again!"





Grammy winning bluegrass, folk and children's recording artists, also known for their teaching skills on a variety of fretted instruments.

"The Elderly catalogue is still THE place where diverse folk music RULES. There's still a store for us!"










Grammy-nominated instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter, he has recorded with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, John Hartford & others.

"If you want old or new instruments, hard-to-get CDs and instrument stuff, Elderly is the place to go. I got my last old Herringbone D-28 from them. They have got the goods."







Celebrated banjoist and teacher in bluegrass and other traditional styles; author of Banjo For Dummies.

"Its the first place I'll turn to for just about all of my musical needs - whether it's strings, an instructional DVD or new instruments made by the best builders in the world. Elderly is a fantastic place because of the people who work there... everyone at Elderly loves music, plays music and wants to help you be the best musician you can be. How could you ask for more?"




Mandolinist extraordinaire, his David Grisman Quintet broke new ground playing a mixture of bluegrass, hot jazz, forever to be called “Dawg” music.

"I've been a satisfied customer of Elderly Instruments for well over 25 years now and wish to congratulate Stan and company on their 35th anniversary. Some of the best instruments in my collection came my way through Elderly (including the Martin OM-45 which 22 great guitarists played on the Tone Poets collection), and they continue to be a vital part of the Vintage Instruments trade. Best wishes and continued success as we all become a bit more Elderly! "



Five-string visionary, singer, composer, influenced by country, jazz, punk, metal. Barnes toured with Robert Earl Keen, Bill Frisell, Tim O'Brien and more.

"Elderly Instruments is the number one obvious choice for buying new and used musical gear. I always enjoy perusing the catalog, and their website is informative and easy to use. They are very nice and helpful in person. As a person that doesn't live near a regular music store, they have saved my bacon more than once. Great selection, great prices."


Acclaimed Washington state Irish fiddler and guitarist, he has performed and recorded with numerous Irish traditional musicians.

"Musicians or listeners, we're all fortunate to have a resource like Elderly Instruments to bring us together. It takes integrity and real understanding of a wide array of musical styles to build the kind of excellent reputation they're made for themselves over the last 35 years."






Major ukulele advocate (books, recordings, instruments), performer, songwriter and teacher; operates Flea Market Music and helped establish Fluke and Flea ukes.

We have worked with Stan and the folks from Elderly since the first Fluke and Flea Ukuleles hit the music store shelves in 1999 and have always treasured our relationship, the personal touch from all of the staff and Stan's fondness of the uke. Congrats on a fine 35 years!



Formerly with Jimmy Martin, Rhonda Vincent, and Michael Cleveland, he now performs with his own group - Audie Blaylock and Redline

"They have grown much larger, but still provide small store service, they still call you by name and give you the same personal service as the old days!"


Multi-instrumentalist, instrument inventor and the world's premier blues zither artis, Ken Bloom has always been a man before his time!

"I've been dealing with Elderly almost since the beginning. All through that time you've maintained the same high quality of service. For a long while you were the only mail order outfit I recommended to anyone. Here's wishing you an equally productive next 35 years!"


Beloved, prolific heartland singer and songwriter, described by Rolling Stone as "a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition."

"My heart still aches for the ancient slothead Washburn I saw at elderly years ago but where else would I have ever even seen it?"


Performer, scholar, producer, instrument geek, teacher and Renaissance man of old-time 5-string banjo.

"When I was on tour with the Hartford String Band, Elderly Instruments was a guaranteed stop. If we were anywhere close, we'd detour the bus and spend the day wandering around the store. We'd always leave with a pile of CDs or some musical device. They even let us webcast a concert in-store."


Veteran folk performer and blues/ragtime guitar ace, Andy Cohen is “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.”

"Elderly stands like a giant among music stores. They are complete to the point of being arcane, knowledgeable to a degree other stores can't touch, awfully supportive of me and my music (which they carry) and ridiculously fair about their pricing."


Florida's queen of clawhammer banjo, Mary has numerous popular recordings and has won championships in mountain dulcimer and 5-string banjo.

"Elderly Instruments is so much more than a store - it is a global market of everything musical - with fast service, caring people, and great prices, too. It is my favorite one-stop music store."


The late Jazz banjo luminary was best known as musical director for filmmaker Woody Allen’s dixieland band. He was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2015.

"Thank goodness for my old friend Stan Werbin and Elderly Instruments. I love to try every instrument out there and then when I have many more than my Manhattan apartment could ever hold Elderly moves them on for me, so I have room to keep up the process."


A critically acclaimed composer of original banjo music, Tony has gone his own way since he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from '60-'62.

"An exceptional group of people who have been attentive as well as very knowledgeable, courteous and eager to help far beyond making a sale."


Great-grandson of the founder of the original Gretsch Company, Fred revitalized the firm in 1986 and has brought it into a new Golden Era.
"Congratulations from Gretsch on assembling one of the top teams and programs in the industry. We are proud to have you sell Gretsch guitars."


Award-winning acoustic blues guitar master, singer, performer and prize protege of the Rev. Gary Davis
"I have always been able to trust Elderly Instruments. Chris Reitz is the face of Elderly to me and I know I can always completely trust anything he tells me, particularly when buying an old guitar unheard. Thanks Elderly for the dependability."


"Living within an hours drive of Elderly Instruments for so many years provided me with many friends like Steve Olson who kept my vintage instruments in top condition, and S. J. 'Frog' Forgey who kept me supplied with cool and reasonably priced vintage gear. (It's) one of the busiest and most popular stores I've ever been in. "


Grammy Award winner David Holt is a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories.

"Many times after a concert someone asks me where to buy instruments, gear, my CDs or books. I always send them to Elderly because I know they'll get the same honest, knowledgeable and fair treatment I have found at Elderly for the last 35 years. Elderly is my favorite music store in the country... now if they would only start selling hats..."


Named "The Titan of The Telecaster" by Guitar Player magazine , the legendary Commander Cody guitarist has performed and recorded with numerous other critically acclaimed musicians.

"Michigans great Temple of Twang! "


Accomplished novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman partly worked his way through college teaching guitar. He published a book about this guitar collection in 2008.

"For three decades, the Elderly vintage list has been one of my educational - and recreational bibles. Elderly is a national treasure - great instruments, fair prices, ethical business practices. Let's hear it for the good guys. "


Switzerland's ambassadors of bluegrass, who now live in North Carolina, playing bluegrass, original songs, and classical compositions.

"Congratulations to our friends at Elderly Instruments for providing 35 years of outstanding service to musicians worldwide ... We wish you all many more years of continued success. "


With one foot in the blues and one in classical Indian ragas, Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West.

"I love your store (I usually spend a couple of hours looking at gear whenever I'm near by) but even more I love your catalogue. I must have at least four copies spread around the house. I order tuning heads, pickups and instruments from you guys on line. Seriously, your catalogue is a Bible."


Noted teacher, author, Clawhammer Banjo performer, and Banjo Newsletter columnist.

"Elderly is the first, and often the only place I need to look for instruments, equipment, and accessories. Their dedication to customer service and satisfaction are unmatched. What is even more unique is that Stan and the Elderly staff are a committed and indispensable part of the modern roots music scene through their support of artists whose music might otherwise go unheard if it were left to the modern music mega-industry. I am proud to say that my CD's and Books are included in their inventory. Best Wishes to all at Elderly and thanks."


Veteran performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Joel has 25 albums still in print, from original to traditional songs to all-instrumental. “The consummate musician…”

"Unlike any other music store the vibe was friendly and totally honest. Over the years I've watched Elderly grow into one of the foremost music retailers in the world, but the vibe is still the same. I know the prices are fair, the advice stellar, and the quality top notch. "


"The Delta Hurricane" - Arkansas-by-the-way-of- Michigan blues guitar killer

"As a busy musician, I am very happy to know that there is still a place you can go for immediate service and needed attention. . Not only do they have the best selection of cool guitars and amps, but they also have friendly service, such as Steve Olson, who are always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile. Thanks – I love you Elderly!"


The awe-inspiring multi-instrumentalist and educator (Berklee College of Music), John was best known for his prowess on mandolin and guitar. He passed away suddenly in 2012.

"I have had a wonderful working relationship with Elderly since the early 1980's when I was an upstart musician dealing my own recordings on cassette. Elderly was the only national retailer to distribute my early recordings. They are a fabulous resource for those of us interested in acoustic (and electric!) music. VIVA ELDERLY!"


This blues/folk legend lent his vocal and instrumental skills to the original Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and currently has a successful career as a solo performer.

"When I'm on the road ... and someone asks me where they should buy the Geoff Muldaur Signature Martin, I always tell them to go to their local dealer first. Then I say, 'If they don't carry it, just get in touch with Elderly Instruments in Michigan. They're the best. "


Legendary songwriter and folk singer has inspired so many that came after him with his smart lyrics and singable melodies.

"The thing about Elderly Instruments that matters to me is that they know our music and they know us. "


Our old friend Bruce "Utah" Phillips was an enormously entertaining but quite serious folk singer, songwriter, storyteller and labor organizer. He passed away on May 23, 2008. He will be sorely missed.
"Elderly Instruments is a perfect fit for elderly folk-singers. In any case, young or old, Elderly has it all. If it doesn't, you had better reconsider your options."


Jazz/blues guitar hipster and founding member of Roomful of Blues, currently leading the Duke Robillard Band.

"I have been buying new and vintage instruments, accessories, and a whole lot of just plain cool and hard to find stuff for years from Elderly Instruments and I'm always a satisfied customer. [...] I look to Elderly Instruments for ALL my musical needs first because I'm sure I'll find it there and with intelligent, friendly service too! Whenever we're on tour and passing through Michigan we go WAY out of our way to spend a few hours in our favorite candy store! They're simply the best. "


Bluegrass sideman, longtime mandolinist and vocalist with Laurie Lewis, as a duo and with her band Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.   He also leads his own band, the Rozumatics, mostly playing guitar and vocals.

"...I love doing business with Elderly. Besides being a wonderful resource in finding great old instruments and accessories to keep us going, it's also heartwarming to know they provide a home for our music! "


World renowned harmonica virtuoso best known for his playing with New Heavenly Blue and later with Dave Brubeck, Madcat also plays solo shows with the addition of his guitar and/or ukulele.

"Elderly Instruments is my number one favorite music store in the world! "


Renowned luthier, and owner of Scheerhorn Guitars
"My relationship with Elderly Instruments has been fantastic. As a custom instrument builder, I have been very fortunate in my career and Elderly has played a pivotal role in this success. Their integrity is of the highest and the business has grown because of this, both yours and mine. Trust is the key word here and to be associated with your fine company can only be positive. "


Owners of Homespun Music Instruction. Happy is an accomplished folk musician who recorded with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and many others. Homespun has a deep catalog of instructional videos covering guitars. mandolins, and so much more!

"Elderly Instruments has been a wonderful supporter of Homespun Music Instruction and our efforts to spread traditional and roots music by helping learning players to improve their skills."


This bluegrass banjo boundary-busting genius has been advancing the possibilities of the 5-string banjo since the 1970s.

"Many thanks to Elderly . . . for carrying the wide world of acoustic and roots oriented music, instru-ments, instructional material, et al. It's hard finding this niche-oriented material in the so-called 'real world'... Best of luck on the next 35 years. "


Singer, Songwriter, performer and son of the legendary Piedmont bluesman
"Congratulations Stan and all at Elderly Instruments on your 37th year. I have been a satisfied customer at Elderly for the last 30 to 35 years whatever my needs, be they repairs to one of my guitars or to anything musical that I may want. I drive a lot and play alot. I change my oil every 3000 miles and naturally go to Elderly."


Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and founding member (vocals, guitar, harmonica, autoharp) of The Lovin' Spoonful, John has had a busy and varied musical career since. He continued writing and performing folk, jug band, pop music and more to this day.

"I've detoured 80 miles to stop by Elderly Instruments. I didn't even buy anything. Remember when music stores were a good hang? Elderly still is."


Appalachian "old-time" music icon and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers. Sadly Mike passed away August 7, 2009
"I have a rule about endorsing commerce, but heck, Elderly Instruments is an institution. I've been getting most of my music supplies from them for just about as long as they've been in business. It's large enough to have good stock and small enough to care. Feels like home. "


Session cat, guitarist with Bob Dylan, and longtime musical director on Saturday Night Live, he has also played with Hall & Oates, Tina Turner, David Bowie, and others.

"Elderly Instruments has been a consistent and trusted source of the finest vintage gear for a long, long time. Nice people with great stuff. I bought one of my favorite guitars from Elderly over the phone, a '30s Prairie State. Someday I hope to go there in person - then I can really get in trouble."