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Welcome to Nick Rail Music!

About Us!

Nick Rail Music was established in Santa Barbara, California in 1986. As California’s premier school music dealer, Nick Rail Music provides band and orchestral instruments to both students and professional musicians. Our stores cover all aspects of music performance and education: traditional band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion, guitars, keyboards, sound reinforcement, sheet music, and much more. We also specialize in instrument repair and maintenance, with our technicians having over 100 years of combined experience!

In 2019, Nick Rail Music was sold to Laura Penrose, a California local who grew up participating in school music programs as well. Laura has a background in both music retail and instrument manufacturing. As a performer herself, she understands the importance of having proper equipment, maintenance, and supplies readily available to musicians of all levels. Nick Rail Music will continue to offer the highest quality of products available with competitive pricing to ensure musicians have the necessary tools for success.

Our seven locations throughout Southern California are stocked with a wide selection of accessories, supplies, sheet music, and both beginning and professional level instruments. We also offer instrument rentals for traditional band and orchestral instruments.

Nick Rail Music has partnered with school districts, teachers, administrators, and educators throughout California to support their specific music programs. With regular visits to individual schools, our Educational Sales Representatives are knowledgeable in basic instrument repair and maintenance, educational support tools, and even technological support and resources for online learning.

Penrose Strings

Penrose Strings was opened in August of 2020 as an orchestral strings specialty shop by Nick Rail Music. This exclusive location offers a wide variety of handmade violins and bows, as well as a selection of cases, shoulder rests, strings, and more. Penrose Strings is proud to offer the services of an on-staff professionally trained luthier. Luthier services include bow rehairs, sound adjustments, minor and major repairs, and fitting consultations. Located in Camarillo in the old Henson’s location, we are proud to be a part of the local music community and continue the tradition of excellent music service.

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