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Cirencester Gets Its Very Own Music Shop
Exciting news for all locally based musicians - Cirencester now has its very own musical instrument store. ToneZone Music opened a new shop at 11 The Woolmarket as of Saturday, March 28th…and as far as we know, this will be the first dedicated music store located in the town within living memory!
The brand new store was officially opened by Steve Ashley at mid-day. Steve has long been regarded as one of British Folk’s finest singer-songwriters and last month marked 40 years of recording with a headline concert at Cheltenham Folk Festival with an orchestra conducted by the celebrated arranger, Robert Kirby (Nick Drake). Steve’s latest album ‘Time and Tide’ (Topic) has also received widespread critical acclaim. For more information see his website at www.steveashley.co.uk
For ToneZone Music’s proprietors Barbara and Ade Miller the new shop represents a return to the area that they love. The couple, who have a longstanding association with the South West music scene, met while gigging with Bristol-based band the Blues Devilz, in 2004. They now have two daughters Rosie (2) and Sadie (6 mths).
Barbara and Ade have teamed up in business too…ToneZone Music began four years ago as a guitar retailer in Bideford, North Devon, providing the area’s musicians with the most awesome range of acoustic and retro electric guitars on the market. But they’ve since expanded to sell all types of musical instruments and accessories including acoustic, electric, classical and bass guitars; drums, keyboards, traditional instruments as well as a range of amps and PA equipment. Fender and Marshall are among the key name brands that they will be stocking.
“We identified a gap in the market here in Cirencester,” says Barbara, “We’ve always wanted to settle here in Gloucestershire, so we saw it as an opportunity to provide local musicians with all the equipment and advice they need AND bring up our family in this great part of the world”.
Ade had this to say, “At ToneZone we’re not just about selling instruments – we’ve also worked really hard to establish an extensive tuition network in Devon which is a service that we want to offer in Cirencester - giving everyone a chance to learn to play an instrument. We welcome teachers to contact us so that we can pass on their details”.
Barbara feels that exceptional customer service is one of the crucial reasons why ToneZone Music has flourished in such unfavorable retail trading conditions. “Being independent has given us the edge over the larger musical outlets; our customers like to get the best of both worlds – a local shop service with internet prices! And at ToneZone we have just that. We look forward to developing relationships with our customers. You simply wouldn’t get this attention and personal service from the bigger retailers”.
This is good news for local schools and colleges as ToneZone Music really can offer students a comprehensive range of musical instruments, equipment, accessories and tuition locally here in Cirencester, without the usual slog into Swindon, Cheltenham or even Bristol to find what they’re looking for. The new shop is very accessible, being sited in the Woolmarket between the Waterloo car park and the Market Place (it’s only a couple of hundred yards from either).
ToneZone stocks or sources all music books that are in print including ABRSM titles and provides an official in-house sheet music printing service, while you wait. There will also be a comprehensive guitar & amplifier setup and repair service. Just let us know what you need and we’ll do our very best to get you sorted.
Visit their website www.tonezonemusic.co.uk to see the extent of what they have to offer, or call them on 01285 641 641
: 31/03/2009 16:07:16
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