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Family-owned Total Music Delivers a Sweet Harmony of Education and Customer Service

“Total Music Source is Cape Coral’s best-kept secret,” according to Paul Marshall, a lifelong musician and employee, who is passionate about sharing his love of music.

“We are a full-service music store, offering sales, rentals, lessons and repairs, for all levels of musician, from beginner to professional,” he adds. Paul is part of a knowledgeable and friendly staff, composed of professional musicians like him.

A member of Southwest Florida Blues Society and American Veterans Foundation, Total Music Source gives back to the community with their family-focused business model. Their program, Guitars for Vets, offers discounted guitar lessons and storewide discounts for veterans.

“We focus 100 percent on customers, parents and students alike,” Chris Hussong says. “My father, Fred, started this business in his garage in 2006, selling instruments online on eBay. Our showroom has been open one year this month.”

Chris and his wife, Kim, now own the second-generation family business. Their mission statement: Offer the best prices on quality musical products and back that up with the best customer service in the industry.

“We offer financing, complete rental programs and layaway,” Chris says.

Online orders ship within 24 hours, and within their network, they can locate a wide variety of instruments and accessories in the brick-and-mortar store or online for the customer’s convenience. They also offer gift certificates.

These professionals develop new musicians through ongoing education, including workshops and clinics. Kids and adults alike get excited about learning because the instructors come from very diverse touring and performing backgrounds, helping to make the experience fun and adding the real-world element for growing in today’s music industry.

“We focus on putting the person back into a personalized business,” Paul says. “We want this to be your neighborhood music store where you know and trust the people behind the counter.”

Ranked among the top 200 music retailers nationwide by Music Trades Magazine every year since 2013, their tagline hits a high note: “From beginner to pro, Total Music Source is where to go!”

Stop in and meet these dedicated musicians at 840 S.W. Fourth St., Suite 2, Cape Coral, contact them by phone at 239.458.2451 or toll-free at 877.386,6471 or email