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Thursday
Jul162015

LOS CABOS TO BR !!

We are delighted to announce that we have taken on the distribution of Canadian drumstick manufacturers Los Cabos in the UK and Ireland. We are excited to work with them and to work with retailers to get it into the stores and begin to compete with the big names in drumsticks. We are able to offer great deals to those retailers interested in becoming main dealers of the product. Los Cabos produce drumsticks from Maple, White Hickory and most interestingly Red Hickory. This creates a much stronger stick, perfect for all you hard hitters out there! They produce a stick for just about anyone's needs even Kids! Check out the gallery for some pictures of these fantastic stick, webpage coming soon !

Wednesday
Apr102013

CHALKLIN WEBSITE coming soon

We are currently working closely with Chalklin to help them create a dedicated website which will hopefully de-mistify a range of products which can sometimes be overwhelming to the layman. The fact is that over the years Chalklin Percussion Mallets have been a great seller without ever being advertised. A big part of it's success has stemmed from the knowledge of the customers who buy the product, and their knowledge can sometimes surpass our own knowledge of the product. We are hoping that with the new website we can provide an extremelly clean and clear catagorisation of the whole Chalklin range with all of the informatin you will ever need on the product right there on the page. That probably sounds like the definition of just about any product website, granted! But, because a lot of us (customers, retailers and ourselves) have very little experience in the world of Orchestral music, we believe it is even more important for this range to have clearly presented info for each model. So you'll know immediately when you look at a product on the site not only the sizes and spec of a mallet, but also the instruments it is used for and the situations/context it is to be used in. Theres nothing worse than when you're trying to help a customer but you just don't have the product knowledge to guide them in the right direction, we've all been there! So the aim is quick, concise info presented in easy to navigate way. If any of you have any ideas and suggestions we'd love to hear them. This site is for you guys so it'd be great if you could have a hand in it.

Monday
Mar042013

A FEW NEW PRODUCTS........

We've had another influx of new product recently so heres a run down!...

AHEAD KNEE PRACTICE PAD

From A Short Warm-Up To A Full Work-Out, Ahead’s Portable, Practical “Strap-On Pad” Is Practice Made Perfect. The new “Strap-On Pad” from Ahead has been developed to offer drummers and drum instructors a more portable alternative to conventional practice pads as well as a reduced-volume, practice instrument for drumset, concert and marching drumming. Featuring a top-quality, gum-rubber playing surface that provides a natural feel, the pad’s stick response and controlled volume lets drummers and teachers focus greater attention on technical and musical development while also supporting hearing protection. The “Strap-On Pad” is quickly and easily secured to a player’s upper leg using Velcro™ straps; eliminating the need for stands or table-top surfaces while accommodating both traditional and matched grip. In this convenient position the pad can be used for pre-show warm-ups, daily work-outs, lessons or solo and sectional rehearsals at home, in the studio and on the road.

DRUM DIAL BEARING EDGE CONDITIONER

Strengthens and conditions the bearing edge for fast, easy tuning!

Strengthens and conditions the top of the bearing edge where it contacts the drum head. Solid stick, comes in an easy to use twist tube for a no mess application. This is not a wax, soap or a petroleum product. It allows the drum head to glide smoothly over the bearing edge without effecting the sound of the drum. Waxes, soaps and petroleum products (ski wax etc.) deaden the drum head and effect the natural sound of the drum.

Made from a proprietary blend of extreme high pressure lubricants and conditioners. Drumdial designed this product specifically for drums. Research, development and product testing over many years, have produced the best bearing edge conditioner available.

Drumdial Bearing Edge Conditioner will not harm wood, plastics or metal.

DRUM DIAL TRIGGERS

The DrumDial drum trigger is an extremely sensitive, heavy duty, long lasting alternative to electronically trigger your acoustic drum set. DrumDial drum triggers are compatible with any electronic drum module and comes standard with a quality-insulated cable, ¼” input jack, mounting tape, Velcro fastener and a cable mounting bracket. Our drum triggers are set in Mil-spec Electro-mechanical grade epoxy and then sealed in rubber to insure unsurpassed reliability. Great for your snare, kick or toms. Purchase them one at a time or in sets of five.

 

MORE NEW PRODUCTS COMING VERY SOON

Friday
Jan182013

NEW AHEAD ARMOR BAGS IN STOCK!

A belated happy new year to you all! Just a quick blog today to introduce you all to a buunch of fantastic new Ahead Armor percussion and utility bags that are now in stock. The bags include Djembe, Cajon and Bongo bags and have the same specs as the kit bags using sherpa fleece lining and the dyna zips and incorporating ruck sack straps wherever possible. Check them out!

Bongo/pedal caseUtility BagDjembe bag with back pack strapsCajon Case with shoulder strap

Tuesday
Dec182012

NEW Strap-On Practice Pad From AHEAD

Brand new and in stock as of yesterday is this brilliant new strap on practice pad from ahead! Retails at £17.99, heres the low down:

From A Short Warm-Up To A Full Work-Out, Ahead’s Portable, Practical “Strap-On Pad” Is Practice Made Perfect. The new “Strap-On Pad” from Ahead has been developed to offer drummers and drum instructors a more portable alternative to conventional practice pads as well as a reduced-volume, practice instrument for drumset, concert and marching drumming. Featuring a top-quality, gum-rubber playing surface that provides a natural feel, the pad’s stick response and controlled volume lets drummers and teachers focus greater attention on technical and musical development while also supporting hearing protection. The “Strap-On Pad” is quickly and easily secured to a player’s upper leg using Velcro™ straps; eliminating the need for stands or table-top surfaces while accommodating both traditional and matched grip. In this convenient position the pad can be used for pre-show warm-ups, daily work-outs, lessons or solo and sectional rehearsals at home, in the studio and on the road.

Friday
Nov232012

A Busy November...

This month we welcome a new face to the Istanbul Agop camp. Jon Harris is a growing name in London and his hard work has landed him some fantastic gigs. We're chuffed that he has decided to join the Agop family and can only see great things for Jon in the future. Check him out at www.jonharrismusic.co.uk 

So we've been keeping busy setting up some displays in local shops. Firstly Newcastle Drum Centre added to their already extensive DG Cajon stock and we payed the guys a visit and helped install a small display.

Like wise over at Drum Shop UK where we again installed a DG Cajon display as well as a fantastic Ahead Armor Case display.

Wednesday
Nov072012

NEW Lars Ulrich 'Scary Guy' Models

Lars Ulrich, the world famous stickman for Metallica, is an artist who stays loyal to the companies and products he endorses. This includes Ahead – the maker of hybrid drum sticks that marry aluminum and polyurethane for longer durability and reduced vibration shock.

Now, after many years using his signature Ahead model, Lars has helped design his new line of ‘Scary Guy’ drumsticks.

A cross between Ahead’s classic 5B and 2B models (16" x .595"/58g and 16" x .595"/64g, respectively) and the popular Lars Ulrich signature stick (16.25" x .595"/65g), the new sticks feature a hand-drawn icon created by Metallica’s legendary drummer and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee. Scary Guys are now available in a choice of two models: the LU-SG Standard with silver logos (16"x.595"/64g) and the LU-SGL Light with red logos (16"x.595"/58g).

At £31 RRP you could be forgiven for thinking that these sticks are on the expensive side. But when you look at the fact that these stick will last on average 8-10 times longer than a wood stick, you’ll see that saving money is just one of the benefits these sticks can offer!


Monday
Oct152012

LONDON DRUM SHOW 2012

 

 Another enjoyable London Drum Show came to an end yesterday. Our 3rd in 3 years and probably our most benificial for showing the trade and public new product and seeing some old and new faces in the industry.

Here are our highlights from a fantastic weekend on the BR Distribution stand.

 

DE GREGORIO CAJONS

It has only been a couple of months since we started distributing these beautiful hand made, Spanish Cajons and there was a general feeling that we may have been too late to the Cajon party with so many other brands on the market. What we found this weekend was a huge interest from young and old, beginner to seasoned percussionists. It was made clear that although there are many brands of Cajon out there, this market is still very new and consumers are open and unbiased towards these fun, portable percussion boxes.

We had the very talented Tom Chapman (DG Endorsee and Percussionist for Urban Folk Quartet) Demoing the Cajons. It really is amazing the depth of sound that you can drag out of the Cajon and Tom showed onlookers how it was done.

ISTANBUL AGOP

Poogie Bell (Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, Randy Crawford, and many more) stopped by the stand on Sunday for a meet and greet. Poogie has been an endorsee of Agop cymbals for many years and is now playing the new ART20 range.

Poogie is a perfect example of the type of person that Istanbul Agop like to have as part of their family. A lovely guy who is passionate about the sound of the cymbals.

Thanks also to all of Poogies fans who left the stand delighted having met the man himself.

 

AHEAD ARMOR CASES

A year on from launching the product at LDS '11 it was amazing to see how the brand has established itself in such a short space of time. We received so much great feedback about the design, quality, protection and price of the product. A lot of praise must go to the UK retailers who have really gotten behind the cases over the past year. (A special 1st year anniversary deal is on its way for you guys so stay tuned). 

Lee Mullen (Percussionist for George Michael) is the latest name to join the Ahead Armor roster. Lee has been all over the world with George and couldnt be happier with the reliability of Ahead Armor Cases.

 

CRAVIOTTO

We took 3 beautiful Craviotto snare drums to the show this year. 14" x 5" Poplar, 14" x 6.5 Red sparkle laqcuer and Metal Masters (brass & copper). The response as expected was amazing and had customers and drum builders drooling at the stand. 

Craviotto is regarded as one of the worlds best solid shell drums and its easy to see why. The craftsmanship of Johnny Craviotto can be seen in every inch of these drums. 

 

A big thank you to everyone who came to the stand. It was great to talk to so many people and get such positive feedback. See you all next year!

Thursday
Sep062012

Cool Mounts - Coming Soon

Very soon we'll have a fantastic new product on our shelves, a real treat for all those who love a nice bit of engineering!!

Its the "CoolMount" from Noble & Cooley. Fittable (is that a word?) to our DSS and Gauger mounts, this little badger makes mounting your toms to your hardware an absolute doddle! 

Check out the schpeel below :)

 

Introducing The CoolMount! 

 

This innovative, lightweight aluminum tom mount reduces the time it takes to setup and tear down your kit by removing the need for drum keys, wing nuts, and memory locks to setup your drums.  Simply lock down the mount to the stand one time and drop your tom in place with no tools required for the exact same setup gig after gig. The mount is designed to work with most suspension systems and any "L-arm" style tom stand.  The CoolMount will now come standard on all Noble & Cooley drum kits and be available individually at retailers to upgrade your kit.

 

 

Tuesday
Jul312012

GORILLA SNOT - New to the BR Catalogue

This Gorilla Snot stuff has been around for years, and by all accounts it's very very popular! So when we were offered the product we thought 'aye, go on then' without really realising just how popular it was. So far we've had a massive response to the stuff and long may it continue! 

If you'd like to get your hands on some give me an email sales@brdistribution.co.uk

 

Monday
Jul092012

FLOODY HELL!


Well the last week and a half has been very interesting for us. As with many homes and businesses across the UK we were hit by the flash floods of Thursday 28th. It was just after 4pm when the first bucket load came down. And it was just when we thought we'd stemmed the flow that the 2nd helping swept in to the warehouse!

There was a mad panic as we scrambled to get gear off the floor and up on to the shelves. To maximise efficiency, i pretended we were in the rainforest zone of The Crystal Maze. Luckily we managed to save most of the stock, but as always with these kind of things, some gear was caught by the water.

So now the carpets are out and we are gearing up for a bit of redecorating in the offices. Christine's eternal optimism is turning this surprise disaster in to a chance to spruce things up, and we have been able to keep the orders flying out the door so its not all bad.


On a much more positive note, DG Cajons have been going great since we brought them in just over a month ago!

Many of you will be familiar with the brand, it's been doing the rounds in the UK for some time now. In terms of taking on a new product this has been a great bonus as most of our retailers are already pretty clued  up on the fantastic range DG offers.

These Cajons fit in really nicely with our other brands such as Craviotto and Istanbul with their handmade, bespoke edge, and we are going to be pushing them hard at this years London Drum Show

Check out the full range here   DG Cajons

Monday
Mar122012

Istanbul Agop & Ahead Armor Endorsees

Over the past year we have had the honour of meeting some fantastic players and people. We've also had the added bonus of some of these great guys becoming endorsees for our top lines. So check out some of the guys below!


Samson Jatto (Istanbul Agop)

HAVING BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH DRUMS AGED 13 AND ALSO HAILING FROM THE VIBRANT CREATIVE HUB THAT IS SHOREDITCH, SAMSON JATTO HAS FOUND HIMSELF IMMERSED IN MUSIC FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER. ‬
‪He has been privileged enough to play for mainstream artists; ‘Taio Cruz’ and ‘Devlin’ and currently aged 23, plays for rising star ‘Maverick Sabre’ who recently has released an album and headlined his own UK tour and is also playing for new Electric Soul singer Jessie Ware

Rick Henry (Ahead Armor Cases)
Rick Henry is the perfect session drummer, with the ability to bend 
his style to any genre and to adapt and customise his skills to your 
specific requirements. Inspired by Meat Loaf & John Miceli to love, 
enjoy and always play music from the heart; Rick embraces 
opportunities to stretch his abilities, and relishes the challenge of 
playing beyond his own comfort zone.

With Endorsement deals from KD Custom Drums, Porter and Davies, 
Duallist Pedals, Los Cabos Drum Sticks, Lion Cajon Drums and Ahead 
Armor Drum Cases already agreed and more to follow, you can rely on 
Rick having the best equipment on hand to create the precise sound you 
are looking for.

Rick has been drumming since the age of 13, first taught by Russell 
Woods and more recently by Dave Hassell. Rick continues his study, 
despite having already received a distinction at Grade 8, as he 
constantly seeks to improve his performance and techniques.

Rick is able to provide both face-to-face teaching and facilitate 
online tuition. With extensive practice in live performance, studio 
work and touring, his wealth of knowledge is invaluable to novices and 
professionals alike. While Production skills and experience using: 
Cubase, Reason, Sibelius and Sonar enhance his value as an artist, he 
is also able to consult on arrangements and song writing.

Described by Porter and Davies as the Powerhouse behind Havana 
Rocks, Rick has also previously occupied the drum stool for Life 
Without Armour, Spitfire, The Straize and The Pristines, as 
well as world class orchestras, silver bands, Big Bands and Brass 
ensembles. Genres played include: Blues, Brass Band, Classical, 
Country, Glam rock, Grunge, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Indie, Jazz, Jive, 
Latin, Musical Theatre, Orchestral, Pop, Progressive, R&B, Rock, Rock 
/ Pop covers, Soul, Soundtrack, Swing.

Currently working with Guy Manning, since December 2011, Rick is 
greeting the new opportunities with enthusiasm. Manning is on tour in 
March 2012, a chance for Rick to play new venues and to new audiences.

"Manning produce an eclectic mix of music which broadly falls within 
the 'progressive' genre, but in reality spans many different musical 
forms from beautiful ballads and folk-tinged songs through to awesome 
all-out rock workouts and true progressive epics no two songs sound 
the same!"
Furthermore, Rick is undertaking a residency throughout 2012 with The 
Alan Bracewell Big Band, a chance to explore the diversity of his 
drumming skills and ensure he maintains his versatility as someone 
able to adapt to many styles.

Rick is dedicated to his art, ambitious and focussed and 100% 
committed, his motto is nothing is unattainable everything is 
achievable. He is available for session work from 2012.

http://www.rickhenry.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/rickhenryofficial
http://www.facebook.com/rickhenryofficial
http://www.youtube.com/rickhenryofficial
http://www.twitter.com/rick_henry


Lee Davies (Ahead Armor Cases)

Lee began learning the Drums at the age of 4 and throughout his younger years was fortunate 
enough to learn with some of the best players in Europe including Ged Lynch (Peter Gabriel) and Francis Seriau  (Albert Lee and founder of Tech Music Schools, London)
Since then Lee has gone on to work with Companies
and Producers such as; Warner Bros, Andy Morris (Lisa Stansfield/Stanley House Studios London), Yak Bondy (Amy Studt, Mel C, Rachel Stevens )
As well as Live and Recording work,
Lee has undertaken Music workshops
Across the UK for companies such
as the Academy of Sound and appeared in Sound on Sound Magazine and the mikedolbear.com website.

Marijus Aleksa (Istanbul Agop)

Born in Lithuania in 1985 and playing since the age of 10, Marijus Aleksa is now one of the best and successful drummers in Europe. Currently based in London, heʼs playing with such musicians as singer Patrick Allen (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, Amy WInehouse, Whitney Houston, Will Smith, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul), bass player Rick James ( Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32), guitar player Femi Temowo (Amy Winehouse), pianist Jonathan Idiagbonya (Carmen Souza), saxophonist Nathaniel Facey (Empirical), trumpet player Jay Phelps and many more well established artists. Marijus currently plays for Leon Somov & Jazzu (MTV Best Baltic act 2009). and a band member of Keymono( ex Brassbastardz) (The People's Music Awards (TPMA) best dance/electronica act 2011). also played for 5years for Skamp (Just Plain Folks Awards 2004 - the best band act, the best rap/hiphop album, the best rap/hiphop song, the best dance music album)

Tuesday
Feb072012

NEW WORLDMAX SNARE DRUM

The All New 14" x 6.5" WorldMax Fully Loaded Black On Brass! 
£249 RRP
ALL THIS DRUM FOR £249 RRP!

If you've never had the pleasure of playing a WorldMax snare drum then you've been missing out on one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Since 1991 WM have been creating snare drums so good that they have no right to be as cheap as they are, and now we have another fantastic addition in the way of the FULLY LOADED BLACK ON BRASS!


The Fully Loaded is based on the design of the original WM Black Brass but with some great additions.


The Fully Loaded comes with 10 lug S-Hoops, the most innovative drum hoop on the market. S-Hoop's unique design saves your stick and gives a tuning rigidity that is equal to that of a die cast hoop but with a fraction of the weight as not to choke the sound. Best of all they look great too! 



The Fully Loaded also features a snare wire upgrade. The PureTone snare wire utilizes copper end caps & wires which are 90% Carbon for a cleaner tone. PureTones also include string ties rather than a standard plastic strip.


                                              







To counteract any de-tuning problems a player may face, the Fully Loaded features 4 Ahead "Tight Screw" tension rods in place of regular tension rods situated along the area of the snare drum most prone to rim shots. Aheads patented T-Rods have a nylon strip fitted along the line of threads which locks the rod in place. This eliminates the problem de-tuning area of the drum.


The S-9 strainer has been replaced with its bulkier big brother, the S-10. A great strainer which, along with the tube lugs, sets off the classic look of the drum. The shell itself is beaded with a black chrome (not powder coated) over brass finish for additional quality.

A great addition to anyone's snare collection at a price level that any play would consider a steal!


For more info on this drum or anything else give us a call or drop us an e-mail
Tel:01207 282806   E-mail: Richard@brdistribution.co.uk



    Thursday
    Feb022012

    DIY Custom Molded Earplugs from AHEAD

    More Effective Than Foam, Less Expensive Than Fitted
    AHEAD Custom Molded Earplugs Are The New Standard For Protection.

    ONLY £26.99 RETAIL!

    With this innovative new product, it takes just 10 minutes to create your very own custom molded earplugs at a fraction of the cost of a standard custom earplug. It takes just 3 easy steps to prep, mix and fit your ear mould “putty” then you simply wait for 10 minutes while your custom ear molds set. Then you have a set of soft, comfortable & effective earplugs that fit your ears perfectly!

    With hearing protection being critically important for music players and listeners of all ages and applications, new AHEAD Custom Molded Earplugs (ACME) are a great way for drummers and other musicians to safeguard their ears in high-volume situations. Non-toxic, hypoallergenic and EPA-approved, ACME earplugs allow users to safely, quickly and conveniently create a personal set of soft, silicone earplugs at home, in the studio or on the road. And, at a suggested retail of just £26.99 the innovative, easy-to-use accessories offer greater comfort than foam earplugs at a fraction of the cost of custom-fitted earplugs.

    ACME earplugs have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) in the 25-30 dB range, which is especially significant for drummers. According to the National Institutes Of Health, prolonged exposure to sound at 85 decibels (dB) can cause short-term auditory damage while sounds at 120 Db and above can cause painful and permanent hearing loss. Since drumming often reaches or exceeds these dangerous volume levels, ACME’s 26 dB reduction provides immediate and long-term protection.

    The NIH list of common sounds and their decibel ratings includes:
    • Near total silence - 0 dB
    • A whisper - 15 dB
    • Normal conversation - 60 dB
    • A lawnmower - 90 dB
    • A car horn - 110 dB
    • A rock concert or a jet engine - 120 dB
    • A gunshot or firecracker - 140 dB 

    Recommended by top drummers and leading specialists, AHEAD Custom Molded Earplugs are available at leading drum shops and music stores and distributed exclusively by BR Distribution in the UK.

    Tel: 01207 282806


    Wednesday
    Jan112012

    'CYMLOK' CYMBAL NUT - BRAND NEW ACCESSORY FOR 2012


    QCN-8 'CYMLOK' is a marvellous item any modern drummer would use to enhance his kit. It securely fastens your cymbals to your stands instantly. Due to its double spring lock action it allows secure and precise position adjustment to any desired 'cymbal choke' tightness setting.
    Rely upon Cymlok's ultra fast, 2-second-cymbal set-up & tear-down. Be ready for action in a flick and replace your old cymbal wing nuts with this perfect professional upgrade for your stands!
     A time saver for your convenience: less time to pack and set-up your kit, more time to have fun! 
    Plain simple, next-level drummer candy!
    RRP £8.99 (pair)
    Stylish, cheap and easy to use!
    Fits quickly to any cymbal stand
    2 Cymloks per pack!

    For more info contact us on: Tel:01207 282806  E-mail: richard@brdistribution.co.uk

    Tuesday
    Dec132011

    NEW Istanbul Agop ART20 Range

    The ART20 Boxset includes 14" hats, 16" crash & 20" Ride
    plus a free bag! All for just £380 RRP

    The NEW ART20 Series!

    What is it?
    Every IstanbulAgop ART20 series cymbal is cast with our own  special B20 alloy by our master artisans in Istanbul, Turkey.  Designed and for players at all levels, the ART20 series combines the depth, clarity and projection demanded by todays modern music with a warmth and musicality only found in cast cymbals.  A timeless sound, priced for today.

    Key Features?
    Our artisans used irregular , big hammer patterns to help the cymbal maintain its warmth and musicality while providing a less distorted surface for a clean sound. This technique results in a delicate, articulate stick sound with a clean,defined attack in every volume setting.
    Another technique that our artisans used is the high speed lathing which gives the cymbal its smooth and silky texture. As a result of this process, the projection of the ART20 series is greatly enhanced.  
    These features make the NEW ART20 Series a great all –rounder in todays modern music!


     Which Sizes and  Models are Available?
    ART20 Series are available in most popular sizes and models :
    14” ART20 Hihat                     RRP = £195
    16” ART20 Crash                    RRP = £105
    18” ART20 Crash                    RRP = £130
    20” ART20 Ride                      RRP = £170
    22” ART20 Ride                      RRP = £195
    ART20 SET (14”,16”,20”)       RRP = £380
    plus free cymbal bag
    These models are available in Brilliant Finish and Medium weight only.



    Warranty?
    ART20 Series cymbals are covered by ISTANBULAGOP Limited Warranty Policy against all defects in material and craftsmanship for twelve months from the date of purchase.


    Wednesday
    Oct192011

    The London Drum Show 2011


    The Saturday got off to a great start as me and Barry got to meet Dion Dublin on his 'Dube' stand which was next to ours. Although (being Newcastle fans) we've never forgiven him for scoring 'that' goal against Shay Given it was great to meet him and a nice way to kick off the show.

    A major factor in us attending the show this year was to push our new line of Ahead Armor Cases and we were honoured to have new endorsee Thomas Lang stop by our stand for a chat and to meet some fans. We're chuffed to have Thomas Lang on board with the bags, it will hopefully draw some well deserved attention to a great line of drum bags. We're expecting big things with Armor this year and everyone we spoke to was really positive and excited about this great new line.


     We had 3 stands full of beautiful Istanbul Agop hand hammered cymbals and the response was amazing. Sometimes in distribution it's hard for us to gauge the public perception of a product so it was fantastic to meet so many drummers who were genuine fans of Istanbul Agop. We also had lots of people who'd never seen the brand before comment on how nice they thought the cymbals were. Since returning from the show we've also learned that there is to be a new line from Istanbul Agop which will probably be launched at NAMM in January so plenty to look forward to with Agop.


    The selection of Craviotto snare drums we took with us generated an amazing amount of interest! We had guys who'd been at the show last year turning up just to see what Craviotto we'd have on show. The copper diamond series stole the show but the solid shell Poplar and Birdseye Maples created a good contrast and displayed the versatility of the Craviotto brand. 


    As always it was great to see our long suffering retailers! Some of whom we've never met before, it's always good to put a face to a name. All in all the show was a resounding success and we're already looking to next year and thinking of what we can do. A big thank you to everyone who dropped by the stand and showed an interest in our products. See you all next year i'm sure!




    Friday
    Sep232011

    MEET THE DRONES

    Being a Distribution company means that we don't always get to meet our customers (especially those further afield) which is largely down to the fact that we don't have any full time representation on the road. As a was watching Warehouse Tommy throwing boxes around and moaning about something or other I thought to myself "the world should get to see how awesome we all are here!" So in this blog I thought it would be neat to introduce the workforce here at BR so that you can put a name to a stupid face!

    Barry behind one of his 27 personal Craviotto kits
    Starting at the very top it's the big chief Barry Race. Barry started BR distribution back in 1988, the same year Belinda Carlisle hit the charts! and just like Belinda, Barry wanted to hit number 1 in the drum and percussion accessories charts! oh yea!

    Tommy packing like a madman

    Next up it's Warehouse Tommy. This year started a bit crap for Tommy when his lung collapsed at work. I'll never forget Tommy calmly walking into the office with a look of mild annoyance on his face and saying "i think i'll have to go home...my lungs collapsed again". Hard as nails, he's old school! No-one packs a box better than Tommy and don't even think about messing up his warehouse, he's made grown men cry for such things!

    Kevin & Chris accounting for some accounts

    Then there's the new accounts department of Kevin & Chris. As i mentioned in the last blog Kevin only joined BR earlier this year but since then him and Christine (Barry's wife and BR Director) have joined forces to create the ultimate stock ordering machine! I think Barry is actually scared of them when it's time to order some gear. Kevin isn't a drummer, he's brass player who leads Military bands and this has given us added experience especially with Chalklin.

    Me with my remarkably large forehead

    Lastly there's me, Richard. I'm in the sales department along with Barry, on the front line, in the trenches talking on the phone about drums day in and day out....it's a hard life! I've been here nearly 3 years now and look at what I've achieved in that time.....a blog and a twitter account! That'll show Barry never to advertise a position on the Job Centre Website.

    IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN A BIT MORE ABOUT US AND ALL OUR PRODUCTS CLICK HERE

    Thursday
    Sep082011

    THE 1st BLOG

    Well for our 1st blog i thought it would be a good start to talk about all of the recent goings on at BR. There's been a lot of change this year and in a lot of ways it's been the most challenging since i started at BR a little under 3 years ago (Jeez...3 years already!)


    Although it's been a challenging year it's also been one of the most exciting for a few reasons.



      Kevin in his usual office attire 
    • We recruited a new member of staff. Kevin came aboard the H.M.S B.R in April and has slotted right in doing a sterling job floating between the office and the warehouse. This has led to a much more streamlined operation which has kept Warehouse Tommy from losing his rag. This has actually resulted in a 30% decline in 'box throwing tantrums' in this quarter alone!

    • We took on a major new line in AHEAD ARMOR CASES. Drum bags have always been a gap on our shelves that we have looked to fill but finding the right bags was the big issue. Luckily our US supplier of Ahead decided to manufacture possibly the best bags on the market which was something we couldn't resist getting involved in. We are now into our 3rd shipment of bags, cases and hardware sleds and things couldn't be going much better. It took about 3 days for Barry (our boss and M.D) to get over the shock of seeing the warehouse as full as it's ever looked, packed from pillar to post with boxes of Ahead bags. Once the colour returned to his face we were able get the first orders out the door and to be honest we haven't looked back since. A massive thank you has to go out to our retailers who have truly embraced the product and given it the chance it deserves. We've had nothing but positivity from those who took it on to their shop floor and now they are gladly reaping the rewards!

    Accessories with flair!
    • Within the last month we have taken on yet another line in DANMAR. Danmar's range of flamboyant percussion accesories has been massively popular on both sides of the Atlantic so its a great honour to be able to offer this stuff to the UK market who have been a little frustrated in recent months at the illusiveness of the product. Now Danmar has found a loving home and we're really looking forward to getting stuck in to it.

    To finish the first blog i'd like to share a classsic moment when a good friend and retailer visited the BR HQ and took the chance to perform a rather unique product 'test drive'...enjoy!

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    Cheers

    Richie