Places to purchase instruments or supplies

Folk Arts Rare Records

Folk Arts Rare Records was founded in 1967 by Lou Curtiss. Lou has old time, folk, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, show tunes and a vast inventory of 78 rpm records. He also specializes in custom recordings of vintage music from the Lou Curtiss Sound Library. Over 90,000 hours and 90 years of vintage sound recordings.

Lou hosts Jazz Roots every Sunday night on KSDS 88.3 FM in San Diego. You can listen online at

Ivy Creek

Featuring Appalachian Banjo & Fiddle Music, Storytelling, Ballads & Bluegrass, and the songs and sounds of Steam Railroading.

The Violin Shop

Founded in San Diego by Kevin Smith and Paula Simmons in 2006, The Violin Shop moved to Encinitas under the new care of Jennifer & Shane Albrent.

681 Encinitas Blvd #311
Encinitas, 92024

The Repair Zone

8125 Ronson Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
at Mercury St., Kearny Mesa, CA

(858) 565-7984

Guitar, mandolin, etc repair & sales

Hammond Ashley Violin

970 5th Ave NW, Suite 100, Issaquah, WA 98027 

B & H Music

B&H Music Store
354 East Grand Avenue Escondido
(760) 480-1511


County Sales

We have well over 4,500 Bluegrass, Old-Time, Country Western, and Cajun music CD's, cassettes, books, and videos to choose from. County Sales is dedicated to providing you with the best selection of American traditional music at the lowest prices around.

Elderly Instruments

Don't be deceived by the name - the instruments sold at this site are not elderly nor is it a requirement for customers!

Large selection of instruments, parts, books, software, CDs, DVDs, and videos.

And if you are ever in Michigan, you can take lessons!

Deering Banjo Factory

3733 Kenora Drive
Spring Valley, CA 91977-1829

Visit us and take a tour!

1st Tuesday Music Night


Music Nights are free, and open to members and the general public. We offer live bluegrass and folk music beginning at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month.  Our opening spot gives upcoming bands the opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience. And, at 8:00 we feature one of our many talented San Diego and SoCal bands.   Come join us for a great evening of music.


Questions - contact us at


We meet at Round Table Pizza in Escondido, on the corner of Ash & Washington Streets. 1161 E. Washington Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 489-0191

NCBFC Membership

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