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Opening Hours

To comply with Tier 2 restrictions, and ensure that social distancing can be maintained in the showroom, The Old Dairy is, sadly, currently open by appointment only.

We are happy to take evening and weekend appointments in the run up to Christmas simply call us to book.

The Old Dairy will remain open until lunchtime on Christmas Eve after which we will be closed until January 4th. Online orders will be dealt with during that time but may not be dispatched the same day depending on when they are received.

Opening Hours

With the clocks having gone back the nights are drawing in ever earlier. We have noticed a distinct drop in footfall later in the afternoon and have therefore taken the decision to close The Old Dairy between 3:30 and 4pm.

Please note this does not affect appointments to try instruments and we will be happy to stay open well into the evening for you. Call, e-mail, or message us on here to make your appointment

We will pick, pack, and post all orders received by 3:30 on the same day meaning you’re still likely (Post Office delivery willing) to get your item the following day.

If you ever have any doubts as to whether we’re open just give us a call.


As Sandarac is run by musicians for musicians we understand that you cannot always get to The Old Dairy during our regular opening hours.

This is why we offer out of hours opening by appointment. Just call us, message us on Facebook, or use the Contact Us form on our website and we’ll sort something out that’s mutually convenient.

We also recognise that being situated on the Essex/Suffolk border means we’re not in the most convenient location for many of you to visit.

For this reason we offer a deposit and drop scheme whereby you pay a deposit on the instruments of your choice and have them delivered to your home, or to your tutor, to try for a couple of days. Please note: this service is only available on certain days to avoid our instruments being gigged and returned.

Again – simply contact us, tell us what you’d like to try, and we’ll organise everything for you.

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