–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: Dec 18, 2018
Cliff Osborn has relocated his long-time business, ProMusic, to a larger space at 7856 W. Central Ave. “This is a great location for us. Each of our three music rooms is larger than at our former location and here we have windows providing lots of natural light,” he explained. “In addition, a back door gives us two entrances, which we didn’t have before. There is also a heated garage with overhead doors that works very well for us. And we have great parking right outside our door, which is very convenient for our students and their parents.”
ProMusic, which has been on Main Street in Sylvania since 1988, employs a variety of teachers including Osborn and his sons Cory and Gabe and daughter Josey offering music lessons to children and adults from piano to drums, to brass and strings. In addition, the Osborns also repair instruments for clients.
Music students have the option to lease instruments, as well as purchasing them from ProMusic. “We have excellent equipment from Dean Guitars, Dime Amps, Luna Guitars, and DDrum. New stock continues to arrive,” Osborn promised. “However, there is a lot to know about selecting instruments. We have a great deal of experience in helping students to select what is right for them.”
Even though Osborn grew up in a musical world and music is in his DNA, he also loved auto mechanics and started his career in mechanics. His mother, Lavone, and father, Floyd, played the piano, drums and saxophone in their band, the Moonlite Revelers. Osborn also plays drums and saxophone and several other instruments, as do four of his six children. His wife, Shelly, is a vocalist.
Osborn was involved in several electronics businesses on the east side of Main Street, first opening KOV Electronics & Repairs and then Village Electronics. In 1979, Osborne moved across the street, leasing space at 5687 N. Main St. for nine more years. In 1988, he moved again, opening ProMusic at 5661 N. Main St. to focus on music.
Through the years, ProMusic has been home to many musicians who have taught or just stopped in to play. Names such as Jack Runyon, Dan Faehnle, Jeff Coleman, and many more call ProMusic their home studio when they are on the road. Often, musicians leave their instruments with Osborn for repair such as former local entertainer Rachel Coats, now of Nashville, who has a guitar being repaired.
“I have also had the privilege to play with many of the great ‘Rock ’n Rollers’ of the 50s, some of whom are now in the Hall of Fame,” he said.
“There is always something going on, traveling musicians stopping by to drop off or pick up their instruments, students coming for lessons and people looking for musical instruments. This space works well for all of them and us as well.”