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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby forumuser840717 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:46 pm

I think I spent far too much money over the years with, amongst others, the likes of FFD, Raper & Wayman, FWO Bauch (though their closing down auction had some of the biggest bargains ever!), Kelsey Acoustics, Bryant Broadcast, Turnkey, Soho SoundHouse (who merged with Turnkey and moved from Soho Square to Charing Cross Road), Rod Argent's, Stirling Audio, SSE, HHB, and one of my favourites for used kit - Notting Hill Musical Instrument Exchange.

Another place I can;t remember the name of was a big tape/film supplier/wholesaler on Wardour Street - opposite FFD and a few doors down - which had probably the best stocks of recording (and fliming) media anywhere.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby James Perrett » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:31 am

Lots of familiar names here...

I remember being given the chance to buy a multimeter as a lad and dragging my parents round all the shops north of the flyover looking for one. Names like Henrys, HL Smith, RTVC and Laskys come to mind. I think I ended up buying a Skywood PL603 meter from Laskys. I used to pay a visit to Edgeware Road every few months to buy bits and pieces as, after an early bad experience, I didn't really trust buying parts via mail order.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Dan LB » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:49 am

Logarhythm wrote:I'm sure that was in SOS - it's the only mag of its type that I've ever read*, and I distinctly remember drooling over Turnkey's ads as a teenager. Which I guess was helpful, as the mag itself definitely didn't induce enough gear lust :lol:

*I did buy a copy of Future Music (Mods, please forgive my foul language) once, and only once :mrgreen:

I remember that to be in SOS too - one of the very few mags I read at the time.

I also remember applying for a job there on Charing Cross Road when I was 20 (2001)

Didn’t get the gig though :oops:
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby nathanscribe » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:08 pm

Oh the high street there was Fox's Music in Leeds, where I bought a Juno 60 and tx81z back in the early 90s. I remember looking at the yamaha SY synths there too. I also used KGM in Wakefield, run by Ken Giles who I think had to do with Drawmer and later Soundfield... For a while there was a Drawmer office there at least. They had a studio round the back. I still have a Mirage bought there with one of my Maplin paychecks! Ha. Few years ago now...

I remember the shelves in the front full of reels of tape, all those ampex boxes lined up. Back then it was cheaper to buy tape, and take your dodgy cassette demo to a local studio to record on 1/4". Ha. And I remember when the one my friend used got their first Soundscape 8 track setup, two fat rack units and a PC to control it.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Music Wolf » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:26 pm

nathanscribe wrote:Oh the high street there was Fox's Music in Leeds

Was that the one on the Headrow? Big store, I think that the guitars were in the basement?

I was at Leeds University 87 to 90 so would have spent a fair bit of time in there. I've been back a couple of times in recent years but I don't think that I could find one music shop from my time there (although there a few new ones).
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby nathanscribe » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:30 pm

Music Wolf wrote:
nathanscribe wrote:Oh the high street there was Fox's Music in Leeds

Was that the one on the Headrow? Big store, I think that the guitars were in the basement?

I was at Leeds University 87 to 90 so would have spent a fair bit of time in there. I've been back a couple of times in recent years but I don't think that I could find one music shop from my time there (although there a few new ones).

That's the one! While it existed I graduated from plonking around on the Portasounds to looking at the serious gear in the basement.

More recently I'm still disappointed at the loss of Production Room. Good shop with knowledgeable staff, that.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Arpangel » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:25 am

Mustn't forget Macari's Music in Charring Cross Road, was always messing around in the keyboard room there.
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