Fun Instruments adds pianos to lineup
When visitors walk into Steve Esagui's Fun Instruments store in downtown Lake Oswego, they're usually there to ask about a specific instrument, and he says that's why he's quick to stock up whenever someone inquires about a new item.
"I always feel if one person asks about something, another person will buy it," he says. "People should be able to be in Lake Oswego and go to their town's own music store to get what they want."
Under that philosophy, Fun Instruments has rapidly expanded its lineup of musical merchandise during its first year-and-a-half here in Lake Oswego, tailoring its selection to match the interests of the community. Esagui's newest addition is a line of Knabe pianos, which he began selling in April.
Like everything else in the store, he says, they're here by popular request, intended to cater to the "upscale, orchestra-like" music scene in Lake Oswego. He says he's found that Lake Oswegans have a particularly good ear for instrument tone, and can tell when an instrument is high-quality.
"People in Lake Oswego pretty much told me what they needed," he says. "That's why I got the pianos — I'm giving them what I know they want."
The store also buys used instruments, and it doesn't have to be limited to the store's usual merchandise — if anything, Esagui says getting unique and unexpected instruments is one of the most fun parts of the business.
"I love buying used equipment," he says. "You never know what you're going to get. A Japanese banjo, a hammered dulcimer — it's exciting to get something that's unique."
Esagui says he hopes the addition of piano sales will take his business to new heights, potentially allowing him to pursue his goal of opening a bigger store with a stage performance area. He says he used to own a music store with a stage back in his home state of New Jersey, and he wants to bring a similar venue to the Lake Oswego community.
"I had a place like that in Jersey, and it was so awesome," he says. "Before you knew it, there was a band up there (on the stage)."
In addition to sales and repairs, Fun Instruments also offers instrument rentals including clarinets, flutes, trumpets, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, bassoons, oboes and more, and rentals are available for students who need instruments for school. And for kids or anyone else who needs extra practice, the store offers lessons in piano, violin, guitar, drums and ukuleles.
"There are a lot of adults that are scared to try new things," Esagui says. "But you don't have to be any age to learn an instrument — you can learn anything at any age."