With a familiar destination for Terre Haute musicians now closed, remnants of that store go up for auction later this month.
The Conservatory of Music at 470 Honey Creek Drive closed in December. Its history dates back to 1949, when John Reitmeyer and John Dickerson founded it as a music teaching school at 120 N. Seventh St. in downtown Terre Haute, according to the Vigo County Public Library archives.
The store's various locations through the years included 823 Wabash Ave., Southland Shopping Center, Kmart Plaza at 25th Street and Wabash Avenue, Riverside Plaza starting in 1976, and most recently the Honey Creek Drive site.
The Conservatory featured rentals and sales of band and orchestra instruments, private music lessons, guitars, pianos, keyboards, amplifiers, accessories, sound systems, video systems, sheet music and instructional books.
The current owners could not be reached for comment Monday.
Branam Auctions will auction off the remaining inventory beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Honey Creek Drive store, with two auction rings running simultaneously. Auctioneer Brad Branam said the items are valued at more than $600,000.
The general public can view the musical items at an open house at the Conservatory from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.
"There's a bunch there," Branam said Monday afternoon. The assortment includes brass, woodwind and stringed instruments for band and orchestra; percussion instruments; acoustic instruments; electric guitars; amps; mixers; and pianos and keyboards, among other items.
Branam expects a large turnout, and noted that the notice on the auction website, branamauctions.com, received 6,000 hits since it was posted last Wednesday.
"I think we're going to have a melting pot of musicians, people wanting to buy an instrument for the first time, and collectors wanting to find something," Branam said. "It's going to be a hodge-podge [of people]. It's going to be a big deal."
The Conservatory's closing marks the second, locally, by a well-known music outlet in the past year. The Guitar Center, a national chain, closed its Town South Plaza store in March 2016 after operating for a decade in Terre Haute.