Music maestros from across Leeds will have fond memories of buying their first instrument from Scheerers Music.
The 142-year-old family business has helped thousands of keen keyboardists and devoted drummers find their musical match over the years.
And now the shop, which has been in the Merrion Centre since 1970, will move to take pride of place in the centre’s indoor mall.
Originally established in 1870 as John Scheerer and Sons, the company is one of the oldest music retailers in the north of England.
John handmade tambourines, whistles and triangles to sell in the shop on Skinner Lane and also used his family contacts in Bavaria to help import high quality instruments.
The shop moved to North Street in 1952 and then the Merrion Shopping Centre in 1970, when it was run by Bill Scheerer.
It is now run by John’s great-grandson Simon Reynolds.
Mr Reynolds said: “Leeds is a city rich in musical traditions and our family firm has been very much part of that.
“These days we sell most types of instrument including brass, woodwind and strings.
“We also specialise in drums and hardware, acoustic and classical guitars.
“The new shop will allow us to broaden our range further and attract new customers.
Helen Beckett, associate director at Town Centre Securities, which owns and manages the centre, said: “Once again we are delighted to have been able to accommodate Scheerer’s Music shop within the Merrion Centre.
“This is their third shop here and as their business has evolved, so has the centre.
“Scheerer’s Music is a highly regarded and popular retailer which is very much part of the fabric of the Merrion Centre.
“The new position inside the mall will help widen their customer base and we hope encourage more people to take up an instrument and discover a new talent.”
Scheerers is keen to hear from locals about their memories of the store.
For more, visit: www.scheerersmusic.co.uk