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Bernard "Buzzy" Levine has been selling vintage guitars to some of the biggest names in rock for more than 30 years. He is holding a vintage acoustic model in his Teaneck shop. (Photo by Tyson Trish)
Bernard "Buzzy" Levine has been selling vintage guitars to some of the biggest names in rock for more than 30 years. He is holding a vintage acoustic model in his Teaneck shop. (Photo by Tyson Trish)
Posted: Friday January 25, 2013, 11:03 AM
Rock & Roll: Teaneck music shop is a haven for vintage instruments
By ALAN FINDER of The Record

The highways of North Jersey are littered with chain stores selling guitars and other musical instruments. In Paramus alone, there are two Guitar Centers, a national company with stores in 44 states, and there is another in Totowa.

Yet in downtowns throughout Bergen and Passaic counties a number of more modest music stores manage to survive, often catering to eager teenagers who congregate in the late afternoons, noodling with acoustic and electric guitars and dreaming of a future in a band.

Lark Street Music on Cedar Lane in Teaneck is one of these — and a whole lot more.

Sherrod Barnes stopped by one afternoon late last week to chat with the owner, Bernard Levine, about how he might get a new neck built for a custom electric guitar that a friend made for him. Barnes is no amateur enthusiast. He has toured and recorded with an impressive array of performers: Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Beyoncé, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and Dionne Warwick among them. He was a producer and arranger for Flack's latest album, "Let it Be Roberta,'' a collection of Beatles songs released last year on which he also played several instruments and sang background vocals.

To read more about this classic music shop, click here.

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