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Andy's Blog

Posted by Andy Anderson on 20th August 2011

Busy Saturday.

This is the start of my regular blogs about what happens in our shop, what we sell, who we deal with and generally what goes on. This will let you know whats popular whats not popular whats good and bad. With everything in life people have opinions and these are just mine if there were only one answer to everything life would be so much easier. people may think this is a sales tool but I just love talking, playing (not that I get time) and selling drums, many in our industry will say this is crazy to let the competition know what we sell and what business we do but for me its an honest blog and it helps the competition to keep up as competition is healthy for business, that’s my opinion! So please feel free to call me if you want any help on anything drum related and if I don’t have the answer I will find out.

Ahead drum cases

This week we have had crazy rain which flooded our drum shop in Pelaw Gateshead so we decided to have a bit of a sale.

Lots of Evans drum heads had there boxes damaged so reduced to sell they went out the door, if you want to be aware of these sales and clearance stock then join the email list and you will also be entered into our prize draw.

Today we sold drum kits and hardware as a normal Saturday goes but one of the kits which I was impressed with was the Yamaha Gigmaker which was sold to a gentleman who wanted a kit for his son aged 9 and also for himself. The kit was a Grape Sparkle Yamaha Gigmaker which I had uploaded a generic picture of, we will have our own photographs coming soon.

What I found good about the Yamaha Gigmaker were the the drums and hardware are really good value for money, I guess the Yamaha kits are a bit more expensive than its competitors and you don’t get any cymbals but the drums are really good for the price tag.

Lots of drum heads and sticks went out of the door today and a really nice Worldmax snare drum which was sold a local customers son, the snare drum was a Worldmax 14” x 6.5” Aztec Gold Nickel over Brass with single flange hoops…..a stunning drum. He also bought one of the new Ahead snare drum cases, these have just arrived into stock. Ahead cases are fantastic made from high quality canvas, fleece lined with extra protection. The Ahead cases are also designed to fit the drum as you know most drums have a tom tom mount block on the drum or a snare drum will have a snare drum mechanism on the side, the Ahead drum bags are shaped this way which fits the drum perfectly were a round case may put stain on the tom tom block on your drum if the drum case is too tight. well worth checking out.

The usual Vic Firth and Pro mark drum sticks were sold to many customers. many people are now changing from other drum stick manufactures to Pro mark which is a fairly recent addition to our shop

Loads of Starbucks VIA was consumed today to help me try to stay on top of my game as I was stuck on my own all day due to staff on holidays, staff taking driving test, Staff teaching and also staff watching the Sunderland V Newcastle derby game.

Just as I was about to close shop a customer had driven all the way form North Berwick to change her cymbals, she had purchased some cymbals on recommendation from a teacher and was not happy. When we found this out we asked her to bring them back so we could make sure she has the right set for her. We find this a lot that customers get advised to buy certain products from their drum teacher or friend but it may not be right for them. What I say is this go with what you have been recommended and if you find that they are not right (especially with cymbals) simply give us a call and we can put you into our cymbal room spend some time with you and get the right set for you! As I said everybody is different. So this customer spent a couple of hours trying out cymbals and went home happy, I hope anyway!!!

Left the shop at around 7pm leaving lots of customers with unanswered emails and calls, not good so I am into work first thing tomorrow to sort out a few customers who want drum kits and drum heads.

Yamaha Gig Maker drum kit

Pro-Mark TXPR5AW Hickory 5A Pro-Round drumsticks

WorldMax snare drums Drumshop UK