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Switched On
Musical Instrument Store
Today 12:00 – 6:00 PM
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2400 E Cesar Chavez St #200 Austin, TX 78702
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street #200USTexasAustin78702
Musical Instrument Store, Used Musical Instrument Store
Musical Instrument Store
Used Musical Instrument Store
Music Instructor
Musical Instrument Repair Shop
Musical Instrument Rental Service
Today 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 – 6:00 PMThursday 12:00 – 6:00 PMFriday 12:00 – 6:00 PMSaturday 12:00 – 6:00 PMSunday 12:00 – 6:00 PMMonday ClosedTuesday 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Switched On is a musical instrument store specializing in music electronics and vintage equipment. Repair, rental, consignment, and classes support Austin's electronic musicians.
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Music shop boasting vintage & new electronic equipment like synthesizers, drum machines & keyboards.- Google
"Electronic synth paradise."
"I recommend a pocket piano for on the go or the theremin if you can afford."
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Patrick Durkin
2 months ago
I had a great experience at Switched On yesterday. Having just moved to Austin, Texas where I don't know many people I convinced myself it was time to buy a synthesizer and take on a new project. I was very close to buying a Korg DS-8 online, but upon finding out about Switched On and its reputation as a retailer (and super convent location!), I decided I should go and browse their offerings before committing to purchase a synthesizer over the internet. So glad I did. The two guys who assisted me were kind and helpful. I believe that I knew a modest bit about synthesizers already, but admittedly I am a beginner who would need real assistance when selecting a machine. The guy who helped me was excited to be able to share his ideas and knowledge of the different machines with me, this was invaluable to a customer in my position. Based on the preferences I had stated, and my shallow experience with synthesizers in general, he was able to suggest to me a synth (Korg DW-8000) that offered more depth than the one I was looking at online for only ~$50 more, that would be a good "first synth" for me, and had the type of sounds I liked. After demoing the product (again, helpful, relaxed, easy to communicate with retail staff) I had decided to buy the synth off top. They also offer a half-now, half-later kind of deal where you can pay up half if you don't have the cash on you (I declined, but thats cool still). Brought it home that night (with the original manual!! in solid condition for a paperback from the late 80s), and was happy with the purchase. I can say that their assessment as a synth which would offer legitimate depth while still being good for a beginner was indeed accurate. I had fun beginning to learn the machine, feeling that I won't become bored 3 months from now, but also knowing now that I'm not in over my head. ALSO the best part is that closed at 6pm that day, I walked in the door at ~5:15pm, and they were way cool with helping me out even though they could have been closing the store and going about their day. Huge plus that they wanted to help me out and not just make a quick sale off a person who know less about synths, and a huge plus that they made me feel comfortable/happy customer when they could've asked me to take a hike. Will return
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Deborah Coley
4 years ago
Oh my goodness! I was blown away when I laid my hands on the most amazing electronic keyboard there. I was literally given free rein to play any of the instruments that were plugged in; and let me tell you, it was LOVE at first play. I haven't played a piano in years so I am very rusty, but my gracious, I fell right back into it. Thankfully the clerk informed me about the headphones so the rest of the store was spared the cacophony that this particular keyboard no doubt emitted (I am sure about that). On my end, though I was able to produce sweet sweet music on this instrument. I am going to ask Santa to bring me a keyboard!
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Danielle McMillen
2 years ago
Staff is very zolo! They do repairs as well as sell the best electronic gear in town! Although this place is dangerous for my wallet it is stupendous for my musical heart. I recommend a pocket piano for on the go or the theremin if you can afford.
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Gregory Gressett
3 years ago
one of the most tastiest music stores in austin! electronic synth paradise. crunchiest keyboards around. fried wave forms and smooth oscillations. if you are hungry and want an affordability. go to switched on. not to mention, repair!!!
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Matt Seikel
a year ago
Aye yai yai. Brought a Pro One and a Jupiter 6 in for repair... Requested to be contacted if the repairs were going to go over two hours on both items. they went ahead, without a heads up, and did something like fifteen hours of labor on the synths combined. Cost me loads of cash, over $1,200. Not even sure i believe these repairs could have taken that long. Somewhere around five hours for bushings and wired it for some feedback loop that didn't exist and wasn't discussed. Gonna go throw up now...
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your repair experience. We strive to hold every repair to the highest level of quality and we definitely do not misrepresent or inflate time taken to properly address the issue. We do work to please our clients and if there is any dispute on the work we perform, we always want to work with you to offer a resolution. We appreciate your business and hope you can entrust us with your synth repair needs in the future.
Michael Scordo
2 years ago
Dropped off some equipment w them and they said it would be a 2-3 weeks and id be contacted. 2 months went by and i never got call. I called a few days ago and they gave me a number to call. Called the number and it went to some music voicemail (had no idea if it was even the right number w the 12 year olds voicemail). Anyway i left a message and after 3 days he didnt respond to the call. I called back at the shop mainly concerned that they misplaced my gear. He said call that number again, so i did and he answers to tell me they wont even look at it for a few more weeks. The amount of time doesnt even concern me as much as the lack of communication of the course of that time.
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Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Apologies for the missed communication. I asked that you bring the power supply for your tube mic and I am still waiting for it. Once I have the power supply, I can work on your mic. Hope to see you soon.
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Khary Alexander
2 years ago
Austin - already known for it unique niche markets and boutiques. If your a musician, this is one that you have to visit. And, it's not just a known spot by Austinites, if you hang around this spot long enough, you'll catch the occasional touring artist coming through to visit cause they know what's up! This place you can play that vintage $4000 Moog that you'll never own, or chat with the staff about what should be your next synth purchase. If you consider yourself a musician and come to Austin, i need to visit here
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Damon Martinez
2 years ago
not just a store. its the museum of the future. chill staff willing to teach you about any piece of equipment. a great spot if your looking to get wierd with some futuristic sounds.


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