Aspinwall storage space turns tables; becomes local music store

Owner Mark Mawhinney, right, along with his sales associate Steve Foht are excited to open 'Music to My Ear ' in Aspinwall.
Owner Mark Mawhinney, right, along with his sales associate Steve Foht are excited to open 'Music to My Ear ' in Aspinwall.
Photo by Jan Pakler | for The Herald
| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

A former storage space in Aspinwall has been transformed into the newest place for music lovers to learn about the latest equipment.

Music to My Ear opened late last year on Brilliant Ave. in Aspinwall.

Owner Mark Mawhinney, who has been in the audio business for 35 years, said the store aims to feature the best of analog and digital.

Vinyl records have been making a comeback in recent years, as high school and college-age students are attracted to the nostalgia, and music fans prefer the sound quality.

“There's more bandwidth there, there's more depth,” Mawhinney said. “It sounds more like music than digital does.”

Mawhinney said the store also aims to helps listeners increase the quality of their digital music.

“We want to be able to educate people on the advantages of using those formats properly to really achieve high-quality sound in their own home,” Mawhinney said.

Since its opening, the store has featured headphones, home-theater systems and the Sonos wireless system, which enables listeners to play different music in up to 32 different spots in their home.

The store will allow listeners to visit and see how their music sounds on a high quality system, he said.

“My goal is we'll have 50 to 75 pairs of quality headphones here for people to just come in and listen to,” Mawhinney said.

Mawhinney said Aspinwall has been a welcoming place to do business.

“The people of this community are just so nice. It really is just like one big happy family down here,” Mawhinney said.

He cited community projects such as the Aspinwall Riverfront Park project as part of the revitalization of the area and a factor in choosing to open up shop in the borough.

He said the layout of the building appealed to him as well.

“It sort of reminded me of like a really cool New York City boutique store with the high ceilings, and it's small and compact. It's just a neat place,” Mawhinney said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or

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