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World Piano Day

Today is Piano Day – a day when we celebrate one of the few ‘normal’ stringed instruments we don’t sell (although it’ll come as no surprise to anyone who knows us that we have a Schatten Design pickup for it).

#DidYouKnow that it is celebrated on the 29th of March because this is the 88th day of the year? if we applied that to other stringed instruments the 4th and 6th of January would be very busy days – lol

The piano isn’t quite as old as many of the other stringed instruments with which we are so familiar. It began life, mainly through medieval times, as a dulcimer (for which we also do pickups); a fretted string instrument with three or four strings attached. From there it developed into the clavichord, the spinet, virginal, clavecin, gravicembalo, and finally, the harpsichord in the 15th century.

The harpsichord is considered to be to the closest predecessor to the modern day piano because the keyboard that activated the strings. However, it took a further 300 years of development for the harpsichord to become the modern piano.

So why not celebrate by rolling up your sleeves and giving the ivories a tinkle or, failing that, put your favourite piano sonata on and enjoy someone else’s playing.

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Banjo Pickups

We don’t know what’s going on with all you lovely banjo players at the moment but you’ve stripped us of all bar the BJ-02 Pro pickups.

Never fear as we’ll have more in before too long. Just keep an eye on our posts and we’ll let you know when they’re back in. If, however, you are in urgent need of one give us a call and we can get one expedited ahead of our main order for you.

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Ditching big brands

We were reading the Music Industry News the other day when one piece caught our eye; some music retailers are ditching some of the biggest names in the business.

Part of the rationale given for this was that some are now charging smaller retailers more than the recommended selling price.  Another was that cheap internet sales were undercutting their prices to the extent that they could no longer compete.

We’ve certainly seen the effect on music shops as, especially over the last few years, we’ve seen many go out of business.

We’ve also seen the rise of ‘no-name’ (and sometimes recognised, but not as made in China, names) brands coming in where the only thing that matters is the price.

We took the decision from the beginning that we would not try to compete with those selling brands available everywhere and chose to work with individual luthiers to promote their instruments; thereby securing exclusivity agreements such that, in the UK and Ireland, you can buy from us or direct from the luthier.  Using this model we’ve been able to bring you, the customer, great quality instruments at the same price as you would pay if purchased direct from the luthier coupled with a high level of personalised customer service.  We extended that philosophy to our pickups and amps, again working closely with our friends in Dupont and Schatten Design to bring you the best, unique, pickups on the market.

This was a lengthy article full of nuances out of which we’ve taken one or two points but you are welcome to read the full thing on Music Industry News.

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