Big news…we’re moving!

We have begun the move and we close our 3715 Macarthur Blvd location (after more than 45 years) on Sunday, April 15. We will be closed for business for one week and then officially reopen on April 21 in our larger and improved space at 4444 Piedmont Ave, Oakland CA 94611

New phone too: 510.655.ACME


Welcome to the launch of our new website! Bear with us as we add content and keep updated. Thank you to all our customers who have supported and watched us grow over these past several years. We are grateful to our lovely, loyal, patient, supportive customers and staff who we happily count as our community, our friends.

Open T-F 11-7, Saturday 10-5. Some Sunday and Monday hours (call to check).

Acme House of Music (winner Best of The Bay 2013)  is a small, independent music shop.

Did you know that for every $100 spent in an independent store, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Spend the same in a national chain and $43 stays. Spend online? Nothing. http://www.the350project.net/

Why shop Acme?

In addition to all the reasons to shop local, small businesses (Why shop local, small business?), at Acme, we are a SERVICE business rather than simply a commodity business. Even so, we come close to, if not match, the prices of on-line store and big box stores (at a cost to ourselves–we simply do not get the volume discounts to wholesale products that these competitors get and likewise we do not have the volume of sales that they benefit from). Additionally, we put more of ourselves directly back into the community. While we are working to support ourselves, we are trying to do it in a soulful way that has benefits beyond profits for us.

We believe in having a positive impact on the community around us and in doing business with integrity. It is our mission to make music (and creative expression) ACCESSIBLE. We strive to be a family-friendly, welcoming place where music making of all sorts is appreciated. We are dedicated to providing VALUE, which is one of the reasons why we carry used gear and do repairs. 

We have private lessons for children and adults–beginners through advanced. Our teachers have performed and recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Santana, Bobbi McFerrin and many more…

Our products include hand-crafted and customized instruments from local artisans (guitars, amps, drums and more).

We carry new and used instruments, recording gear (mixers, mics etc), PA gear, home stereo components and much much more.

We also offer sound consulting services for anyone looking to economically and effectively install, maintain or idealize professional sound installations, (Churches, Night Clubs and so on).