I grew up in Atlanta. Went off to conservatory to become a professional bassist. Shops that I've been to or dealt with: David Gage, Kolstein, Lou Dillione, Arnold Schnitzer, Mike Shank, Robertsons, Ronald Sachs, Draisen Edwards, Krazy Al's, and tons more.
I took my old conservatory-quality bass in to the shop. I wanted to sell it on consignment. The ""bass guy"" comes out with a tape measure, frowns, does some quick measurements, looks at the bass disapprovingly, mutters in some (probably faux) european dialect, shakes his head. Throws up his hands, and paces around the room. Finally he says, to the owner and myself, ""I can't do anything with this. No, no. No. No, it's just not good. No."" (remember, the accent)
BS. Like I said, I've been around to many shops. You get to ""smell"" a fish after working with these guys.
If they don't want to sell my bass, fine. But all the hoopla? The pomp? If I was a young parent, trying to buy my child an instrument, I might fall for this kind of bullsh1t on the sale. THAT's what makes me mad. Knowing that these guys are just clowning around and probably snickering about all the 'suckers' they've pulled in.
Two reputable shops in Atlanta that I know of, for sure:
Draisen Edwards is more for beginners/students, but they never did me wrong. Skip Emile.
Pros: A music store. There are not that many around.
Cons: A Really bad attitude.