Allegro Music Center is a first class, full-service music center for all South Florida's professional musicians, music educators and students. For more than 50 years, Allegro Music Center has carried the LARGEST selection of sheet music in the South Florida region, with an inventory of over 22,000 titles. In addition, we offer a varied selection of acoustic and electric string instruments, including violins, violas, cellos and basses; acoustic guitars to suit every budget from the highest grade Spanish guitars to acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars of all types; and band/orchestra brass and woodwind instruments to meet the needs of any level of player. We also have a wide selection of music books and manuals, biographies, dictionaries, and most importantly, high quality accessories and parts for all musical instruments.
Allegro Music Center is proud to be the only independent distributor of YAMAHA instruments in the metro Miami area. We are also the exclusive U.S. distributor of Sousa Bows. These handcrafted, Brazilian pernambuco and brazilwood bows follow strict quality and artistic guidelines -- specially created for the beginning player to the advanced.
If you can't find something you're looking for either in-store or on our site, please contact us toll free at 1-877-768-7287 or e-mail us at [email protected], as we can special order practically any music-related item you may need, and offer it to you at truly competitive prices.
With a staff who is fluent in Spanish, and an extensive selection of Latin American sheet music repertoire and Spanish method and theory books, we are well-equipped to service the Latin American community's instrument and sheet music needs, both in the U.S. as well as abroad. We currently export to countries in the Caribbean and South America, and also have clients who come from Mexico and Central America.
Manuel's much-publicized quote, "If every child played a musical instrument, we would live in a better world", accurately sums up his philosophy and sets the tone for Allegro Music Center's mission. To that end, Manuel has done his utmost to provide the absolute best quality instruments for the best value, in an attempt to make music accessible to all, as well as ensure that newcomers to music make it past the critical early stages, where most beginners can get easily discouraged when playing on an inferior quality instrument.
With four kids of his own, all of whom play an instrument, it makes him a more credible spokesperson for music education, of which he has been a vocal proponent within the local community. He is passionate and relentless in his quest to educate parents and raise awareness of the importance of music and music education in the social, mental and emotional development of a child.
Allegro Music Center is very active in its own music community, as far as undertaking or facilitating a number of different activities to help foster its mission. We have opened our doors to all teachers and musicians who require a venue, whether it be for a clinic, a recital or a concert. During the Sunday Afternoons of Music season at Gusman Hall, Allegro Music Center hosts an instrument petting zoo that gives children of all ages the opportunity to see, touch and play various instruments. These are just a couple of examples of our continuing efforts and involvement in advancing the cultural standards in our community.
Finally, there is one other basic precept that underlies all of our activities at Allegro Music Center - customer service. Ever since taking over the business in 2002, Manuel's desire to provide the highest level of customer service has become one of the cornerstones upon which our current success has been built.
REPAIRS & RESTORATION: String Instruments, Guitars, Woodwinds, and Brass Repairs
INSTRUMENT CARE & MAINTENANCE
Any fine musical instrument should be seen as an investment, and as such should be protected as you would protect any investment. We do our part to ensure that every instrument that goes out the door at Allegro Music Center has been properly cleaned, set-up and adjusted, to provide you with an instrument with superior sound, and in its optimum state of playability. After the instrument leaves our store, it is up to you to take care of it, so that it will retain its value and remain in top playing condition, as well as keep repair costs to a minimum.
We offer professional appraisal services to all those possessing fine older string instruments. Expert and reliable certifications can be provided for violins, violas, cellos and bows.
Appraisals at Allegro Music Center are done by the proprietor, Manuel Berberian, by appointment only. He has been a collector of fine and rare instruments for over 30 years. Currently, with over 50 violins in his own personal collection, he not only has a deep appreciation for these instruments, but also commands an extensive knowledge of string instruments.
The two types of appraisals available are verbal and written. A verbal appraisal is free. A written appraisal, usually required for insurance purposes to determine replacement value, is $75. Bows may be appraised individually for $25.00. Among the many aspects in determining the value of an instrument are the authenticity, originality, historical period and its condition.
We cannot properly appraise an instrument unless we have it in hand, especially due to the proliferation of fictitious labels inside instruments. Additionally, to be able to provide thorough appraisals, you may be asked to leave your instrument or bow with us for proper examination to ensure accurate valuation.
From time to time, we receive enquiries from customers, requesting assistance with selling an instrument that is in their possession. Although we will gladly entertain any request, generally, we only take an instrument on consignment if it is of adequate value and if we believe that we have a reasonable chance of selling it.
For more information, you may download the PDF of the Consignment Agreement here.
Under certain circumstances it is necessary to be able to more extensively evaluate the suitability of an instrument, than what is possible to accomplish by just playing the instrument in store. This is the case when dealing with fine and rare, expensive instruments. Any requests to take an instrument home for a brief period of assessment will be reviewed on a case by case basis. It is recommended to set up an appointment in advance with Manuel Berberian, to discuss the suitability of such an arrangement.