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CME was founded in 1990 by Scott Silver who moved the store from 3270 N. Clark St to its current location in 2005. A major player in the global vintage guitar market, Chicago Music Exchange took an active role in vintage guitar boom of the mid to late-2000s.
The business and its inventory of instruments was purchased by David Kalt in 2010 for $7.5 million. Since then, the store has added a full drum shop as well as a dedicated bass room (“The Bassment”) which opened in 2013. CME has also rapidly expanded its online presence and sales, and is known for its active YouTube channel featuring product demos of new pedals and vintage pieces.
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