Pandemic causing shortage of musical instruments at Northland Music Center | Local news

The pandemic has hit the music industry in every sense of the word.

Will Roffers, owner of the Northland Music Center in downtown Rhinelander saw his inventory dry up as the pandemic began.

“It took a while to get most of our product in, they are now, but a lot of things have been out of stock since March, and they arrived around mid-November,” Roffers said.

As the pandemic progressed, more and more people were purchasing instruments, along with their free time. But it was difficult for the Northland Music Center to keep them in stock as their makers switched to manufacturing PPE.

Many of our manufacturers have changed and started making masks, Roffers said. So they weren’t making guitar strings and drumsticks. “

Others, who have been able to learn an instrument, find other ways to learn than traditional lessons. And for music teachers like Marilyn Pekol, who don’t have enough room to distance themselves socially ”, they are ending the lessons. They have tried alternative teaching methods through Zoom but not as effective as in person.

“People buy instruments and then they go online and they use tutorials and kind of learn and use things that they see on Youtube as a guitar lesson,” Pekol said.

As many live performances have been halted due to health guidelines, there is an underlying fear that classical music genres will disappear all together.

For some people, music is their livelihood and for others it is a hobby.

You don’t have the interaction you have with other people like the Rhine Community Group. I miss it, you don’t have that connection to people, ”Pekol said.

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