About Tejon Street Music

From our modest beginnings as a small used and vintage shop in 1972, Tejon Street Music has grown to become one of top acoustic retailers in the Front Range region.

Keep reading to learn more about where we came from and who we are, or you can click here to find out what makes us different from other shops

Gene Cole and John Ramsey in the late 1970s

Founded in 1972 by Bob Coward, Tejon Street Music began life as the Original Folklore Center. The shop was primarily geared towards repair, used, and vintage instruments. From the start, the store's interesting selection and friendly, laid back atmosphere quickly made it a go-to for local musicians.

Current owner John Ramsey moved to Colorado Springs in 1974 and started working at the Folklore Center doing repair and sales shortly after. He quickly gained a reputation as a meticulous craftsman and all-around nice guy.

A young John Ramsey in the early days

A couple years after John joined the crew, Bob decided to sell. He offered to sell the store to John and Gene, who readily agreed. The three worked out a guitars-for-pay arrangement, and eventually John and Gene became the new owner of the Original Folklore Center.

Shortly after purchasing the store, Gene had to leave Colorado Springs for family reasons and John became the sole owner.

Tejon Street Music, Mid-1980s

Over time, John expanded the store's scope from used and vintage instruments to include new products from top brands like Martin, Collings, Taylor, RainSong, and more.

Many of our customers have been coming to the shop for nearly as long as we've been open, and we enjoy the relationships we've built over the years. 

In the early 2000s, John changed the store's name to Tejon Street Music.

About John

Originally from the Sierra Nevadas region of California, John traveled east in the '70s to play music.

In addition to his wide ranging knowledge of acoustic instruments, John has built over 200 guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, and banjo necks. These days his primary interest is building ukes under the Palm Tree Ukulele name.

John is an avid banjo player and currently plays for Acme Bluegrass ("The First Name in Bluegrass").

When he's not at the shop, John enjoys playing his banjo(s), walking his dog Charley, traveling with his wife Pam to Hawaii and various Colorado hot springs, and Pendleton whiskey.

About Sean

Sean has worked at Tejon Street Music throughout high school and college, but in 2012 he came on board full time to help manage the shop and figure out this crazy "internet" thing everybody seemed to be talking about.

Like his dad, Sean wears many hats. In addition to sales and service, Sean does all the photography and manages the shop's online presence. If you email us, chances are you'll be hearing back from Sean.

While Sean didn't inherit his dad's affinity for the 5-string banjo, he enjoys hiking, working on websites, playing piano, and Pendleton whiskey.