After a 7 year break the Marbeck family bought back the Marbecks Classical part of the business. Six months on we have expanded and have opened a new Marbecks, The Original Marbecks. With that said, we are now catering to every tiny piece of this vast musical world (including vinyl) along with an array of film and arthouse film. We have moved into a larger shop in the Queens Arcade where we will be providing the specialty service we have always been known for.
Our staff includes several experts, some of whom have been with us for decades. Mel is the head of our classical department. Brent runs our import service (if it exists he will find it for you). Gin is our Pop man, covering all of the surrounding genres. We also have a team of highly valued part time staff: Francesca, Ella and Oscar, who between them cover it all.
We hope to see you in store or online soon.
Roger & Logan Marbeck
Emerging from the tough times of the Great Depression, Alfred Marbeck and his wife Eily bought into a music store here in Auckland. They soon became the sole owners and moved to the Queens Arcade. Thus, “Marbecks” was born.
Undeterred by the rocky economy, the business began to flourish. Initially it was centred on musical instruments and sheet music, as this was the main source of home entertainment. Shortly after came the first recorded music: wax cylinders, followed by another rarity today, 78s. The first shipment of these came out of England and was sold in a day!
Marbecks has always had a strong family support network ensuring the business’ success. Firstly Murray, the son of Eily and Alfie joined, followed by his brother Haydn. In the 70’s Murray’s son Roger joined. Roger retired from retail in 2006 but continued to supply the classical market through Ode Records.
In 2013 the Marbeck family continues to set the standard for NZ music retailing through the acquisition of “Marbecks Classical, Jazz and Specialist Imports”. Celebrating the 80th year in the Queens Arcade, Marbecks have created a music lovers paradise that is easily the most diverse retailer of classical music in NZ.
Marbecks Classical, Jazz and Specialist Imports is designed to cater not only to the connoisseurs of classical music, but more to what our customers want in their store encompassing Jazz, Audio Books, World Music, International Film and interesting imports we think you will adore.
Let’s face it… We are all passionate about music, and that’s why we’re here!