Welcome to
Famous Old Time Music Company

your source for Bluegrass Instruction and
home of Vernon McIntyre’s APPALACHIAN GRASS

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  Hi, I’m Vernon …VernonCroppedir   Howdy, I’m Kitty …kitty08  

Established in 1972 as a bluegrass specialty shop in Cincinnati OH, Famous Old Time Music Company has a long and colorful history as a retail store and performance venue.  Purchased in 1981 by Vernon McIntyre, a well-known local bluegrass musician, Famous Old Time Music now offers bluegrass lessons to the Tristate area of Ohio Kentucky and Indiana.  With studios in both Cincinnati and Oxford, Famous Old Time Music is convenient for most folks in the area.  Vernon teaches Scruggs style banjo and bluegrass guitar. His wife and fiddle player, Kitty McIntyre, teaches fiddle, mandolin, beginning banjo, beginning guitar, and upright bass.

Famous Old Time Music Company is also home to Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, a well-known, long established band originally formed in Cincinnati. Over the years, Appalachian Grass has played just about every possible type of event, including the Grand Opening of an historic graveyard in Marion, OH!  Appalachian Grass continues to perform locally and to tour the Bluegrass Road delivering Vernon McIntyre’s unique driving sound and entertaining show to fans everywhere.

Famous Old Time Music Company is the leading distributor of the Cheat-a-Key D tuners for banjo. Developed during the 1990s by collaboration between Vernon McIntyre and Dave Brown, one of Vernon’s banjo students at the time, the Cheat-a-Keys have steadily gained in popularity. The keys install quickly, adjust easily, hold tune well, operate smoothly, and are virtually maintenance free.

Sales of New & Used instruments, instrument repairs and appraisal services are offered by appointment only at the Oxford, OH studio.

Check out our brand new Bi-Monthly Bluegrass Blog

Covering a wide variety of topics including anecdotes from our travels with Appalachian Grass, stories from the teaching studio, thoughts about fiddle technique, music theory, how to use Cheat-a-keys on banjo and any other topic that catches my fancy.

Fiddle Student


Vernon and Kitty McIntyre, leaders of Cincinnati's premier bluegrass band

Appalachian Grass

Cheat a Keys for banjo

Cheat a Keys for banjo

Vernon repairing a banjo




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Lonely Hearts Cafe CD