Best Place to Buy an Exotic Musical Instrument - 2000
Clarion Music Center
In the market for a Chinese gong, an Indian harmonium, a Japanese shakuhachi, or a Tibetan singing bowl? Flex your multicultural musical muscle at this well-stocked bazaar of cymbals, tablas, sitars, taiko drums, and much more. The focus is on instruments from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, with percussion instruments a specialty, but there's an entire room dedicated solely to Australian didgeridoos, and the transglobal lineup of juice harps is unexcelled anywhere. This cozy shop features some nice inexpensive things as well as some very pricey items -- the marimbas are quite beautiful -- and there are world music concerts held here every Friday night.