"I consider myself very lucky to know Joe Rohrbacher of Just Joe's Music.
My first experience with Joe was in a business transaction. Immediately I saw that he treated the transaction as a collaboration, not as a contest, and the goal was for both of us to be satisfied. And this first impression has proven to be accurate, over and over again, in every transaction since. Joe is, in the purest sense, an advocate for his customers. He wants to help them, educate them, and protect their interests even where his knowledge gives him the upper hand.
Secondly, Joe knows his stuff. Even though I have played professionally since the 1970s, there were several areas where I had not found the best gear or discovered the best approach to getting the performance results I want as a musician. Joe never presumed to tell me what I needed, but as soon as I was smart enough to ask for his advice, he unhesitatingly offered it. And consequently, I am now far more satisfied with my instrument (which Joe helped me find), my mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures (also all thanks to Joe's research and constant advocacy on my behalf).
Third, he's a great musician with excellent taste and high standards. He knows what sounds good, what works well and what is reliable, and he wants his customers to be able to get the best quality and value they can. He works hard to be sure that his store offers instruments and accessories he can unhesitatingly recommend, and consequently he sends a lot of stuff back to the manufacturers!
Finally, Joe is a great guy. He identifies with his customers as consumers, as families with budgets, but also as musicians. He wants every young musician to succeed, and to learn to love music as much as he does. He wants to help professionals and journeymen in their never-ending quest for improvement (I'm here to tell you!). He wants to be a positive force and resource for music in his community. And you will never know anybody who tries harder to always do the right thing by his customers, his community and his friends.
David Evans | Saxophonist Portland, Oregon
"I got to know Joe through the Jazz at Joe's Series and immediately recognized his dedication through his attention to detail for the visiting musicians and the listeners. There was never a loose end, anywhere, and what started as a store-based project flourished under Joe's care and grew into a life of its own. That depth of commitment is obvious when one is passionate about their mission, to share that passion by opening opportunities for young musicians to discover their own potential is what Joe is about. In hands like his, limitations fall away."