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Michigan Celebrates Small Business | Elderly Instruments

Michigan Celebrates Small Business
June 3, 2024 9:00 AM

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MCSB 2024 Michigan 50 Companies To Watch Awardee, Elderly Instruments

In a lead-up to the 2024 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala Celebration, Jeffrey Mosher spoke with several winning companies from this cycle. This year’s gala took place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, on May 21st! For more details please visit michigancelebrates.org/.

Here, Jeffrey Mosher speaks with Lillian Werbin, Co-Owner and CEO, of Elderly Instruments, East Lansing, MI, a 2024 50 Companies to Watch Awardee winner for this year's cycle of Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Michigan Celebrates Small Business is marking its twentieth year.

To listen to their full interview please click on the embedded SoundCloud PodCast shared below!

About Elderly Instruments:

Welcome to Elderly Instruments, your favorite family-owned and operated music store in Lansing, Michigan. We carry a wide variety of new, used & vintage instruments and have been shipping them world-wide since 1975. Whether you’re looking for the latest guitar, a vintage mandolin, a used banjo, or accessories for all of the above, we have you covered.

Elderly Instruments opened on July 5, 1972 in East Lansing, with about 15 or 20 used instruments. We wanted a store where people could feel comfortable, be allowed to play the instruments — a rarity then and now — and find great prices and great customer service. Before we knew it, we were carrying strings, accessories and (much to our surprise) new instruments, too.

By 1975, we had a 100+ page mail order catalog and a much expanded space. We learned about instruments from experience, from talking with customers, and from the burgeoning world of vintage instruments. We learned about different kinds of acoustic and electric music from the LPs we were selling, from our customers, and from the many great musicians coming through town. We learned about running a business. As we learned, the world kept changing, and Elderly Instruments continued to grow.

By 1983, we had outgrown our original space, so we bought and renovated an old lodge hall in Lansing. In 1988 we automated our inventory. By the early 1990s, our experience in mail order paid off when we created our first website. It's interesting to reflect; when we opened the original store, we did not have a cash register — we didn't even have a calculator. As crazy as it sounds, it was many years before even a hand-held calculator felt affordable. Now you can access our store through smartphones that fit in your pocket!

Elderly Instruments has continued to grow and support the Greater Lansing area. The current Elderly workforce includes Stan Werbin, original founder, Lillian Werbin, heir apparent, and just under 40 stellar employees, many of whom have been here for well over 20 years. We hope that our customers, new and established, will visit our Lansing store for many years to come.

We continue to offer great new, used, and vintage instruments, as well as accessories, instructional materials, and even a few wacky things, all at great prices. We offer free advice, or we can write an appraisal (for a small fee) that your insurance company will gladly accept.

Our repair shop is one of the best in the world, with over 150 years of combined experience. They inspect and set up nearly every instrument we sell, to ensure the best playability and sound possible.

We strive to be a music store known for great instruments and customer care. Something that hasn't changed in the almost 50 years we've been in business.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stan, Lily, and Sandy Werbin 

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Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) remains on the forefront of championing small business and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan. The MCSB's role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.