Top L-R: Jordan, Eliot, Joe K | Bottom: Tim, Joe C w/ Ringo, Adam, & Andy
Joe Caruso - Store Owner
Joe Caruso

Joe has been with The Music Emporium since 1994. A guitarist since his early teens, Joe got the guitar-building bug while teaching high school English in upstate New York. From there, he studied guitar building under George Morris at what is now known at the Vermont School of Lutherie. He stumbled into TME shortly thereafter, began repairing guitars and got hooked on the business. If you like the feel and vibe of the store and the helpfulness and friendly nature of the staff, you can thank Joe. He'll tell you that the shop is just an extension of his home, his family  and the great people he's had the pleasure to meet and learn  from in the music business.


Andy Cambria - Sales Associate / Photographs / Web
Andy Cambria

An accomplished flatpicker, Andy is our bluegrass guitar expert and dreadnought specialist. You can hear his fluid playing in many of the media samples right here on the website. Speaking of the website, Andy spends a lot of his time here at TME on the photos and videos you'll see on our product pages and carousel slides, though you'll often hear him playing obscure Norman Blake tunes on the showroom floor. He's a sought-after vocalist as well, and performs regularly at clubs and festivals throughout the North East. Andy is extremely knowledgeable and always eager to help!

Adam Dardeck - Sales Manager
Adam Dardeck

Beneath Adam's mild-mannered exterior hides a fingerstyle phenom. A TME customer first, he knows better than any of us what it’s like on the other side of the counter. He's been at TME for more than 15 years managing the inventory and orders of our boutique-made acoustic instruments from Collings, Lowden, Santa Cruz, Goodall, Bourgeois, and Froggy Bottom, while also wrangling our Taylor account. Have you been to our shop lately? That's quite a few guitars! Most importantly, Adam constantly introduces us to new music and coffee-making contraptions that in his words, "will blow your mind.”

Eliot Hunt - Electric Guitars / Web
Eliot Hunt

Eliot brings a world of electric guitar experience to TME. He not only loves electric guitars, he's a monster player and has gigged locally and nationally for years prior to landing in our shop. He manages our inventory of boutique-made electric guitars and handles the ordering processes with many of our sought-after electric builders (Grosh, Yanuziello, Asher, Creston ... pretty much everything on your left hand sides when you walk in the door). You can also read his helpful and detailed product descriptions for every electric in stock right here on our website. If you want to discuss vintage or new, tone or feel, Eliot is your man.

Joe Klompus - Sales Associate
Joe Klompus

Joe brings a well-earned reputation for professionalism and a deep knowledge of all things guitar to the TME showroom. He handles the majority of our in-house repair work, but is also a constant and energetic presence on the sales floor where you can often hear him explaining how to spot an original pre-CBS Strat body based on the style and pattern of nail holes under the pickguard (like we said -- his knowledge runs deep)! An expert bass player, you can see him on tour with seminal Boston indie rockers, Letters to Cleo, as well as ... well, pretty much everyone else in town who needs a bass player.

Tim Mann - Sales Associate
Tim Mann

A passionate follower of the Americana music scene, with a grasp of classic rock trivia to make your head spin like a warped LP, Tim has been with TME for over 10 years. If there's a product in our store he doesn't know about, then it doesn't exist. Tim is a talented singer and songwriter; when he isn't in the store you may find him playing music around town, often with Ukulele in hand (Tim is also our resident Ukulele aficionado!).

Jordan Santiago - Sales Associate / Mandolins
Jordan Santiago

Jordan brings a wealth of knowledge to the TME sales floor: with a decade of experience in music retail he's the sought-after staffer with the musical background and product knowledge who'll guide you through the buying process with ease and confidence. A classically trained violinist, Jordan attended the Hartt School of Music and crossed over to mandolin after getting the acoustic-music bug and can often be heard casually riffing on Bach in a corner of the shop (or gigging around Boston with a wide range of acts). Get in touch with Jordan below if you're searching for that new mandolin!


Stu Cohen - TME Founder
Stu Cohen

Stu's exposure to vintage instruments started in 1960, when he discovered a long-closed pawn shop and purchased its stock.  A hobby evolved into the opening of the original "Music Emporium" in 1968 in Pittsburgh. In the early 1970s his seminal article on "American Banjo Makers" became the foundation and touchstone for the history of the American banjo.

When he isn't seeking out new and wonderful instrument makers, you might catch him pickin' banjo, or picking wild mushrooms for several of Boston's finest restaurants.