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New Song This Week

I’ve got a song for you all soon. It’s gonna be my first big original release, and I’m very excited to show it to you all. 

Keep your eyes and ears peeled this week. <3

How much are music commissions?

That entirely depends on the piece and the matter in which it’s being used.

I do anything from intro jingles, notification jingles, background music, and full compotitions. Full comps can be anything from theme music for animation, to fully composed musical scores.  

Full compositions demand a lot of my time and thus would cost the most to commission from me. 

To clarify, full compositions are songs with full instrumentation ranging from a play time of 2 minutes and above. Anything else that may be required in the piece, such as additional voices or specific genre characteristics, will reflect on the overall price of the piece. 

I had to do this all with one hand, so sorry about not being able to show off more of what the pedal can do.

Some new additions to the synth wall!

Some new additions to the synth wall!

Thing is though that my shop charges below MAP pricing, when most websites can&#8217;t go below that. Sometimes they&#8217;ll have a sale where they can go below MAP, but that&#8217;s only because they bought them in bulk at a special promotion price, and then they can just bang it out. 
We always beat internet prices. As far as the whole left handed ordeal goes, that&#8217;s just the way its been for ages unfortunately&#8230; I really don&#8217;t have an easy answer for that. &lt;=\

Thing is though that my shop charges below MAP pricing, when most websites can’t go below that. Sometimes they’ll have a sale where they can go below MAP, but that’s only because they bought them in bulk at a special promotion price, and then they can just bang it out. 

We always beat internet prices. As far as the whole left handed ordeal goes, that’s just the way its been for ages unfortunately… I really don’t have an easy answer for that. <=\

I don't get it. Why would anyone buy a guitar online? You're supposed to play them all in the store to find the one that fits you. Guitars are unique extensions of oneself. They're not a serial number.
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Beats me dude. 

This is the age of the internet though. People are less willing to deal with sales associates and more willing to just press a buy button without the BS. 

Thing is though, I always get people coming into my job saying that they support local shops and want to spend at local businesses. 90% of the time though, they try to haggle you on prices, and because you are local, they think that they have better chances at shaving more money off of a product because they know how desperate local places are for business, EVEN if the prices are lower than online prices.

Loyalty to local businesses flies out the window the moment you don’t want to move on a price. 

That’s how sales are now though. 

I’ll tell you too, that most of the time I’ll have someone come in with a guitar they bought offline, and they’ll regret it because not only was it probably not worth it, but we ALWAYS sell cheaper. 

I feel that it’s always worth putting in the research and playing the instrument first. Then they can just work with us and we’ll do the best we can to make sure they get a good deal. 

That and the economy sucks now. People can’t dish out money for new gear anymore. More often than not, we get people who want to buy, but always try to trade in old gear to get more money towards a new product. It never used to be that way. 

It’s just a sign of the times. 

Just skecthing some faces for one of my characters. 

Just skecthing some faces for one of my characters. 

Fender to start selling direct.

The music sales industry is changing everyday. It’s going to become harder and harder for shops to get by with how much is changing. 

Fender is scheduled to sell direct soon. This is a bit of a bite in the ass for music shops like the one I work at. It basically kills the middle man. Everyone that owns a local shop or even a bigger corp is going to be downplaying Fender for their decision, but whether or not that’s going to have any real impact on their sales is yet to be seen. 

The retail market isn’t what it used to be. Companies like Fender had to rely on distributor relations in order to get their products out there to the public. Now though, especially with big artists using their products, they may not even have to rely on that anymore. 

It sucks since everyone at my store were big advocates of Fender products. Now there’s this new atmosphere in the air. No one wants to push Fender products, and all of the owners of these shops are looking for other product alternatives. 

As I stated before though, whether or not that’s going to have any real impact on Fenders product reputation, one that they’ve built for many many years, is yet to be seen.

I’m a bit doubtful that it will. The times are changing. Internet sales are still going up, and now that Fender can sell direct, no one will need to shop at these stores anymore to get their products. 

It’s a stab in the back, and it really sucks.

That’s the nature of the beast though. 

I have such an awesome track in the works for all of you. I really can’t wait to release it! <3333

What is your preference of recording mikes? Price range?

That entirely depends on the application. If you’re looking for a good instrument mic for cheap, either try the FC1 from Golden Age or the SM57 from Shure. They’re both around the $99 range. 

You also gotta know whether or not you want something XLR or USB. There’s plenty of affordable condenser USB microphones as well such as the Samson Meteor, the Blue Yeti, the Blue Snow Ball, the Blue Spark, and the AT2020 from Audio Technica. 

You should give them all a look. All are worth buying.