Tommy Colletti is a native New Yorker who grew up during the rock and roll heyday of the 1970s and '80s. As anyone who has heard Tommy plug into an amp will tell you, he has done his homework on the guitar and is a bona fide player. Tommy can shred. Playing in a successful local New York band in the early '80s Tommy developed a reputation for being an exciting young guitarist, but also a guitar collector and gearhead. Back then, he was already the "go-to" guy for guitarists in the community when they needed to find just the right guitar. Tommy recalls, "I’d say, 'Let me find you one, you want a Les Paul? I’ll find you a good one … no excuses.'" Opening The Music Zoo in 1994 was a natural progression of this role. Tommy got some friends together, hung all his own guitars on the wall for sale and opened the store with nothing more than consigned instruments and a dozen packs of strings.
At The Music Zoo we have a spiritual connection with Kramer guitars that was born in the 1980s, as hair bands sporting wild, pointy guitars captured our imagination. Those original Kramer guitars became icons, played by some of the most shredding guitarists of the day. Today, Kramer guitars are being re-imagined and pushed forward with their '80s legacy intact, and The Music Zoo is proud to be a leading dealer. We love the '80s nostalgia of the brand, but also we are excited about what's in store for the Kramer of tomorrow. The Music Zoo is collaborating on special custom runs of Kramer guitars that will express our vision of what we love about these guitars.
A quote from Tommy:
"Buying a guitar for most is a big purchase, and I believe the customer really needs to feel they’ve found the right place," Tommy says. "It’s not just about a great price; it’s talking to someone who gives a damn. We constantly hear, 'I’m so glad I found you.' It’s a friendship and a business relationship; it’s beyond the service. It’s still having someone you can contact for any reason. That to me is worth a lot."
That is why we are proud to have The Music Zoo as a Kramer dealer.....well, that and he owns one of Eddie's actual 5150 guitars. See below!
Edward Van Halen played and performed with this Kramer guitar on tour with Van Halen in 1982-83. Around that time Eddie gave this guitar to his friend, tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, after a Van Halen concert in New York. Vitas, John McEnroe and Eddie had become good friends and would get together from time to time to play and hang out. Vitas was a guitar collector and fan of popular music and had cherished this guitar. Tragically, Vitas died in an accident in September, 1994; this was one of the last guitars remaining in his estate. The Music Zoo acquired this piece of rock and roll history directly from the Gerulaitis family.
HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!?
Do yourself a favor and visit their site www.themusiczoo.com
or drop by the shop:
The Music Zoo
55 Lumber Road