FROM 1 MUSIC SHOP SOME YEARS AGO TO 3 SHOPS THEN BACK TO NONE. IS THERE A NEED FOR A SMALL MUSIC SHOP IN ABERDARE TO SUPPLY THE BASICS ?
STRINGS /PLECS/ SHEET/MUSIC GUITARS AMPS ETC, ETC. ????
It would be quite a change to see a Music shop in Aberdare, rather than Hairdressers, Building societies or even dress shops. I understand that new shops are opening in the Market - we'll have to wait and see!!
to be honest with you,
speaking as a musition it would be nice too have a music shop in aberdare
and not having too travel all the way too cardiff to get drum sticks and paying a ridiculas price.
i say go for it
asap that is (Y)
Local music shops die because they all suffer the same things.
1. the same awful brands
2. high prices
3. lack of real knowledge
4. basics are far cheaper on the net.
5 the basics are cheaper so that leaves expensive instruments
6. goto 1 & 2
The retail world is changing, no different to the recording industry.
Change with it or go out of business
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a music shop wouldnt sustain itself in aberdare, rent & rates too high coupled with all the other business expenses its just no way they could keep trade going. hence all music shops that have tried are no more. The only way that sort of business would survive around here would be trading online and offering a speedy personalised delivery service in cv. Otherwise stick to the big cities or other online shops.
I remember The Music Centre Aberare. It opened in 1975 and
my first electric guitar was purchased there. The shop was a meeting place for local bands and tuition was available.
At the age of 11 I could go in there after school and play on a guitar and sometimes there would be two or three of us playing. We only went to Peter Noble or The Sound Centre
to look at the gear we couldn't afford anyway. And we'd get a frosty reception. There's no need for £2000 guitars
in a local shop. You can get a fantastic guitar for very little these days. Kids, forget Guitar Hero & pushing plastic buttons, get into the real thing!
The fact is that Sonic Purveyor is right.
Rent and Rates, insurance, etc. are going to add up to £15K per year minimum for a shop in the town centre.
A set of guitar strings for £5 with maybe a £1 profit!
A guitar that sells for £100.00 with maybe a £20 profit if lucky!
So a lot of kit would need to be sold just in order to sustain the basic costs.
But we are all to blame. We shop in Tesco and Asda then moan when the local shops die. We want cheaper and cheaper then moan about the lack of quality in our local shops. Its chicken and egg.
The only way i see of improving the situation is to abolish rates for small businesses that are locally owned and triple the rates for out of town stores, or shops in towns that are owned by share holders who do not reside in the borough! As a business you don't even get your bins collected!
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