What do you want from a music shop?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by rdouglas1976, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. rdouglas1976

    rdouglas1976 New Member

    I would like to open an online music store - specialising in brass instruments.

    I know doing a survey online isnt strictly valid as you wont get a full spectrum of people but here goes anyway.

    Would you shop online as opposed to going to a local store ?

    What sort of things would you look for sheet music, cd's, instruments or accessories ?

    Would you shop internationally?

    What type of things put you off purchasing from the net?

    Is loyalty a big part of your purchasing decision or do you like to shop around for the best price?

    Any other comments would be welcome, I'm gonna leave it as a thread rather than a poll because I have asked a few questions and I'll just get myself confused if I use the poll!
  2. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    hmmm... wouldn't like to buy a trombone over the net. I'd have to play it before handing over my cash! Sheet music and accessories would be good, especially if you could do them for mates rates! :wink:
  3. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    For things like cd's and general brass banding accessories (i.e mutes, sheet music) dont think their is any problem shopping online, providing you make sure that payment details are fully secure and the firm is reliable in transportation of goods.

    I wouldn't have any problems buying an instrument online, however the only reserve i would have is if something went wrong with it, i wouldn't feel too happy having to post it back to the site, as opposed to simply taking it back to the shop, and getting them to fix it there, or if need be getting a temporary replacement.

    I think as long as the prices are competitive and you have a wide range of goods, their shouldn't be a problem.

    Good luck with the online shop.
    I suppose their will be discounts for tMP members???

    Front Row, Cottingham Band.
  4. asteria

    asteria Member

    Plus there might be problems getting it through the letterbox.........
  5. Moy

    Moy Active Member

    Would just like to be able to order music online and it all to arrive together.Fed up getting it in "dribs and drabs".
    Hope that's not just a Scottish expression.
  6. rdouglas1976

    rdouglas1976 New Member

    Thanks guys. I think that instruments would have to wait until the business was a bit more established.

    What type of accessories and makes of accessories would you be interested in?
  7. Moy

    Moy Active Member

    Valve oil, pull throughs, mouthpieces, gig-bags, spare corks, springs etc, fingering chart............only kidding :lol:
  8. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    Zaja (sp?) oil.......especially the chocolate flavour!!!
  9. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    How about Gig bags i.e. rucksacks and trumpet stands, mutes (it's a knightmare getting a horn mute!!!!) etc.

    Edited so It didn't go beep!
  10. Jo Elson

    Jo Elson Member

    lacquer cloths an those cleaning rods for the instrument an mouthpiece (which incidentally (sp?) i do need to get - cud be ur 1st customer!)
  11. blondie

    blondie Member

    All I would like from any music shop, is that at the time of ordering/enquiring about items which are advertised or 'available' from the shop or site in question, is honest answers about times, specs, previous problems encountered by the shop concered.... etc.

    I don't know wether this is because these shops think that they are infalable, but this seems to be a persistant problem. I do appreciate that there are numerous constraints placed upon these shops, but honesty for me, would ensure recurring custom. At the end of the day, the world is now a much smaller and accessible place, and the choice a lot greater!!!
  12. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Sign of a mispent youth watching children wander around aimlessly in a virtual reality helmets?
  13. rdouglas1976

    rdouglas1976 New Member

    I know exactly what you mean. A colleague of mine bought a graphics card the same time as me so we could share the P&P costs. They said they had the item in stock and we waited for over 2 months for our cards. Without any decent explanations! We were just told that we would receive them in the next few days, so I know exactly what you mean.

    Any payments would be made through Paypal which is a huge internet company that deals with web payments. Anybody who has used eBay will have bought and sold through there. I thought that would be the safest option as their encryption would be of a much higher standard than anything I could write :?
  14. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    It's on the "Cult Classics" on Challenge!
  15. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    I think the key for the beginning would be a good range of mouthpieces, mutes, cleaning implements and general everyday brass items, at competitive prices. This would hopefully get you recognised by people.

    If you could offer more, maybe imported mouthpieces etc, e.g. Sparx? Just a thought.

    And i am sure that if you did some really good introductory offers to tMP members, with the number of members we have, we could soon spread the word about your 'excellent' website :D

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