New Bandsman, Got yours yet?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ploughboy, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    Hi folks,
    Just collected my new look bandsman, well after a second trip to the cornet shop. In all the hype of full colour and minimun page count, no-one's mention the 25% price increase!! Still I guess £1.25 isn't the price of a pint yet!!!! Still it's made me think do I really need the old paper rag what with tMP and 4barsrest, i'm never short on a bandsnews fix!!

    What do you think to the new format??

  2. postie

    postie Member

    A bit of shock when I first opened the envelope and saw the new look. Got used to now not too sure about the price increase though. But overall not too bad much better than the previous incarnation!!!
  3. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    I don't know? did you find that much to read, The european stuff's great, but . . . there's loads of advertsing!!! 13 pages (near enough) are FULL of advertising, seems a lot to me, i know we live in times where everything must make a profit, plus you can add to that 2 of the article's are about business development!

    Still it is a nice clean looking publication, and I suppose in need of a overhaul!

  4. Di

    Di Active Member

    I was a bit shocked at the 25% increase. OK its a nice new look, but like you say, with so much information available on line for free, I'm considering cancelling my subscription. :(
  5. postie

    postie Member

    I would agree with you to be honest all the info is available on the net for free . I will be interested to see what the sale figures will be like for the new look.
  6. robbie

    robbie Member

    I used to have the Bandsman for years... theres always good things in there to read, but I always found myself reading the same things on the internet that was in the magazine.... so I didn't bother with the bandsman no more.... Is the new format alot different from the old one?
  7. Di

    Di Active Member

    Glossy pages, full page adverts, few more big features. To be honest, there was that much and I was still reeling from the increase, I've not read it yet, just glanced through it.
  8. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Well i think it is a waste of time i renewed my subscription last year looks like it will be for the last time as well.
    I have found when you send news up it takes ages to get put in and when you send email you get the excuse from the editor i never recived it:confused: please send it agian and i will put it in, so i have now stopped sending news up about our band and send to 4bars rest and major news/press releases as well to THIS SUPER SITE AS WELL:clap: .
    At least you can read it and no its been put on.


  9. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Personally, the look of the magazine isn't the issue. The lack of 'fresh' content is. There's very little you can read in the BB that hasn't already been printed elsewhere on the internet over the preceeding days. Admittedly this weeks edition is covering the Europeans but I would imagine they are going to struggle to fill their 'promised' minimum 16 pages every week, unless of course they are intending to start featuring articles about (dare I say) the lower sections.

    Oh, and the first broken promise - not every page was in colour :eek: (page 32)

  10. Di

    Di Active Member

    Exactly. By the time I get mine on Friday (if i'm lucky and its been delivered to the shop, if not then its Monday), I've read it all anyway. :-?
  11. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    As a subscriber, I hadn't noticed the price increase. Regarding the new format I think it will take a few weeks to come to any conclusions, and they've generally come up with a bumper edition for special weekends anyway.

    I've enjoyed one or two recent in-depth articles, especially those by Philip Wilby and Rodney Newton, and I think that is the way forward, as they are offering something other than the news delivery that we get much quicker over the net. I'd also like to see an expansion in the letters column, but I don't know what the volume of letters submitted is.

    With both BB & BBW undergoing change at the moment, it will be interesting to see how things develop.
  12. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

    I would actually like to see more about the lower sections, after all they give up just as much of their time to banding and often have more achievements. Why does it all have to be about the top bands - after all we know loads about them anyway. Banding should encompass everyone from 4th section to Top.
  13. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    I stopped subscribing to The Bandsman about 7 years ago so can't really comment on the new look. However, reading some of the comments it appears that the reason I stopped subscribing is still there. Too many adverts, not enough coverage of the majority of bands and, apart from major contesting events, not nearly enough information about what, as interested band people, we want to read about.
  14. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    I've not had it through the door since Peter Wilson left, and I don't think it was regular even then (I enjoyed playing in the Centeary Concert though ;) )

    I think there's definitely a tendency twoards onlone sources - hence the recent upgrade to Brass Band World online.

    It's not entirely beyond the bounds of possibility that they could introduce a paid online service, so you could still get the features (like the big interviews) that could be paid for individually as PDFs...etc etc.

    Technology's great, innit? :D
  15. cornishscot

    cornishscot Member

    Not sure I like it, particularly the Mast Head, which my other half thinks looks as if the Salvation Army connection the BB has is being infiltrated into this publication little by little. However, as he is the subscriber, not me and is a stickler for sticking with what he knows I doubt if he'll be cancelling his subscription just yet.

    Tend to agree with comments other TMPers have made re. content in BB being a bit "stale" by the time the copy arrives but paper versions of Brassbandworld & Brass Herald are just as bad, if not worse. Also don't like format/look of Brass Band World's online WWW news anymore.

    That's just my own opinion ........ for what it's worth.
  16. Anonymous_user

    Anonymous_user New Member

    Stopped getting Bandsman last year. Never any fresh news! but the odd article is ok. Sad to say not worth the money.
  17. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    I've always enjoyed getting BB when it has articles in that aren't replicated on the internet. Have to agree with the fact that half the news is on t'internet before it's even released, but it's the articles that keep me getting it! The new look was a bit of an intriguing shock, but I like the fact it's now in full colour! (Minus one page- well done Peter!) Just have to see how it pans out over the next few weeks! I'd suggest if anyone wanted any changes to BB, they should contact them directly instead of making comments on here- i'm not complaining about discussing it, but there aren't going to be many changes to improve it for our tastes if we don't voice our feelings! ;)
  18. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Well two weeks into the new look Bandsman still:confused: asking myself questions .
    Well what can they come up with next week as the last two weeks they have had the European to report on spent 2 weeks on it .
    Now what i would like to see is more news about what the lower sections bands are doing as for the bandroom news page that went from once a week to 1 a fortnight now its when ever they feel like it by the time the news gets put in it OLD NEWS of about 4/5 weeks.
    Bring Peter Wilson the only man who knew how a paper should be run each week a Letters Page, and a lot more news of lower section bands:clap:
  19. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - not to sure about your view that Peter Wilson was the only one who knew how to run the Bandsman (... he had support from his staff as well!). I have every confidence that Kenny Crookston will transform it into a truly sleek and modern magazine that will compete with any oncomers. Your idea about a letters page featuring Peter Wilson using his vast experience of banding could be welcome, though! I would support that ... :cool: :tup

    TIMBONE Active Member

    I know where everyone is coming from on this one. I do however have three points to make.

    1. Sometimes, when I want to sit back in an armchair with a nice cup of tea/coffee or maybe somethig stronger, it is nice to pick up BB and have a little scan.

    2. I love putting it back into a brown envelope and posting it to my Dad.

    3. We are internet users. Believe it or not, 60% of the population are not, so that includes quite a few brass band enthusiasts.