I met Ed Roman several times during the years that he owned the East Coast Music Mall, probably in the early to mid 90s. My friend had a huge summer party or Blast as they called it, and my friend was a musician, and he has lots of musician friends, including Mark Hitt, Jimmy Heslin (owner of the Axe shop in Poughkeepsie NY), a guy named Vinnie from the Vanilla Fudge, and Ed Roman. My friend was friends with Heslin and Hitt and Hitt worked for Ed Roman at the East Coast Music Mall. This led to my friend getting a very nice guitar made by Ed Roman, it was and still is a neck thru SG like guitar. The guitar is very nice, my buddy loves it, plays it as his main axe, it is a nice guitar, cost about $3000, but it is a custom made neck thru guitar,it is nice.
I think that I did see Ed Roman play guitar at my friends "blast", not totally sure, but he was there.
I was in Vegas years later and visited the Big first store out there that he had. He later moved to a smaller store I think.
There are apparently many stories out there about him and many others in the industry hate him, I have no personal knowledge about any of that, but do not doubt it either.