Sweetwater’s Surack Purchases Mynett Music

by Christian Wissmuller • in
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• Created: December 8, 2015

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Chuck Surack, founder and president of Sweetwater has purchased Mynett Music Company, which will become a part of the Sweetwater family of companies.

Mynett Music will retain its name and location at 3710 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Surack said, “Mynett Music is a true Fort Wayne institution. As a saxophone player, I have been a devoted customer for decades and have always been impressed with their first-rate customer service, the quality of their instruments, and their excellent repair work

The purchase will not only retain seven jobs, but will guarantee the future of one of only two music stores in Fort Wayne that sell and repair band and orchestra instruments.

Sweetwater and Mynett Music, though both music retailers, are complimentary businesses, not competitors, since what the two companies sell and service do not overlap.

Chuck Mynett remarked, “Mynett Music has proudly served local school bands and orchestras, as well as individual musicians and performing groups, for more than 80 years. I’m extremely pleased that Chuck Surack has stepped in to make sure that our service to the music community continues.”

Chuck Mynett decided to begin looking for someone to purchase his company having undergone double lung replacement surgery earlier this year.

Mynett Music was established by Chuck Mynett’s father Milt Mynett in downtown Fort Wayne in 1933 and has been a mainstay of the northeast Indiana school music community every since.

From the beginning, Mynett Music put a strong emphasis on instrument repairs. That reputation continued as his son, Chuck Mynett, virtually “grew up” in the business. Chuck Mynett became owner in 1980 and expanded services to deepen partnerships with the community and schools, providing top-notch musical instruments and accessories for students, and maintaining and repairing their instruments, so that the teacher’s focus could be on the recruitment and musical growth of students.

Mynett Music provides a full musical service department, music lessons, instrument rental programs, and a large selection of new and used woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments and accessories. In addition to schools, its customers include individual musicians of all ages, ensembles, and small bands.

Photo: Chuck Surack (left) received a baton from Chuck Mynett symbolizing the transfer of ownership of Mynett Music Company.

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