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January 17, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Steve Earle: A Conversation With Colter Wall

In celebration of Steve Earle’s 62nd birthday, we caught up with our friend, singer-songwriter Colter Wall after their performance at City Winery in Chicago to pay homage to the man himself. Read on as Wall remembers his first run-in with Earle, their love of great records, and the shared no-nonsense mentality in their songwriting.

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January 06, 2017

Chicago Music Exchange Year End Round-up: A Look back at the gear of 2016

2016 was a tumultuous year for the music world to say the least. While we could go on lamenting the laundry list of artists we lost, we’d like to highlight the innovation and invention this year has brought to light. While we gear up for the highly anticipated NAMM 2017 trade show to see what the new year has in store, lets take a look at some of the coolest products we discovered in 2016! View full article »
January 03, 2017

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January Staff Picks

Chicago Music Exchange staff members always have the scoop on the latest new, used, and vintage gear, and we love to tell you about it all. Check out January's Staff Picks:

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December 24, 2016

The Ultimate Gift: A Chicago Music Exchange Holiday Story

Thank you for making 2016 memorable here at CME. Your continued support inspires us to do what we do best—further the pursuits of musicians who are as passionate as we are.

Here’s to another incredible year of buying, selling and trading gear. We look forward to sharing it with you!

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December 22, 2016

Building a Home Studio, Part 2

All right—If you're here, you've probably read Part 1 of our "Building a Home Studio" blog series.

So now, you’ve got your gear. Headphones? Check. The right interface? Good to go! A fridge stocked with PBR and your friend’s band itching to record? Plug in your laptop and get crackin'!

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December 14, 2016

December Staff Picks

Chicago Music Exchange staff members always have the scoop on the latest new, used, and vintage gear, and we love to tell you about it all. Check out December's Staff Picks:

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Five Great Gift Ideas for Bassists

This time of year can be rather stressful for a variety of reasons, especially when it comes to shopping for gifts—and particularly for the bass player in your life with discerning (yet impeccable) taste.

We’re here to help you find the right products for your favorite bassist, including options at multiple price points depending on your budget.

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Watch Us Train for Black Friday—and Start Stocking Up on Gear!

Zero hour is upon us—and we’re ready. Chicago Music Exchange is committed to making your holiday shopping beyond memorable. That's why we don’t prep for the Black Friday rush—we crush it. Looking for an unbelievable in-store and online experience? Allow us to show you how it’s done.


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November 21, 2016

Building a Home Studio, Part 1

“So I’m thinking of building a home recording setup, what should I buy?”

…is the last thing you ever want to ask an audio engineer.

Your hobbyist friends will lecture you with their “extensive” knowledge, giving you a laundry list of do’s and don'ts and an ebay shopping list requiring a second mortgage.

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November 11, 2016

Five Amazingly Affordable Famous Tones

In today's gear-conscious world, we spend so much time culling each and every piece of equipment prior to its inception into our arsenal. What is "cool," however, is subjective, and the fact is, you don't have to empty your wallet to make a rig that truly represents you. View full article »
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