Welcome to Famous Old Time Music Company

sales, accessories, lessons, repairs, and appraisals

home of Vernon McIntyre’s APPALACHIAN GRASS

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Established in 1972 as a bluegrass specialty shop in Cincinnati OH, Famous Old Time Music Company has a long and colorful history. Purchased in 1981 by Vernon McIntyre, a well-known local bluegrass musician, Famous Old Time Music specializes in acoustic stringed instruments. Vernon can sell you a new or vintage instrument; set you up with strings or accessories; repair your instrument; appraise your instrument; and teach you how to play it! Instrument and accessory sales, repairs, and appraisals are the bailiwick of the new retail location at Ross Millville Rd in Hamilton, OH. Lessons are, of course, offered at the new location but are also available at our teaching studio in Finneytown (in Cincinnati, OH) and at the Fitton Center in Hamilton, OH.

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.

Check out our 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




Tee shirts and Hoodies


Lonely Hearts Cafe CD