Today was a fun example of being on the road and getting to see things you never thought you’d get to see. MK has a friend in Stockholm, Sweden named Sven Hellsten who runs Hellstone Music, a Fibber McGee-style music store that is part museum, part music store and part inside joke. As it was Sunday they are not usually open, we (Michael, Kevin, Harry and I) were granted passage into this mind blowing collection of vintage drums, Beatles memorabilia, Hagstrom, Goya and Eko guitars…as well as other more typical (and less typical) gear.

As you can see in the above photo, he has decorated the ceiling with old Hagstroms, much prettier to look at that to play.

The drum department was just as overwhelming on the first floor…

I saw finishes and fades of finishes I have never seen before. I am not a collector, but I’m completely clueless when it comes to some of this stuff. Vintage Rogers,Leedy, Ludwig (wood, metal and Vistalites!) and plenty of stuff unique to Europe.

then there was the basement…

Here’s Harry in the middle of a huge pile of drums that took up almost the entire basement from floor to ceiling. And, we didn’t see it all…

So, if you’re a gearhead and have a day off in Stockholm, be sure to visit Hellstone Music. Sven doesn’t have a website but here’s a link to the shop’s location in Google Maps with the address and phone number…