Monday, 31 January 2011

Postal Record

A couple of weeks ago I got an invoice for a stock delivery I received in December. The invoice was posted a couple of hundred miles away on 16th December and arrived almost exactly one month later. I suppose we can put that down to the snow. I thought that was pretty much the record, but on Friday I received an even older envelope.

On 22nd June last year, a customer posted a cheque for a music book in London. It arrived on 28th January, over 7 months later! It probably got stuck in the bottom of a bag somewhere and never escaped, wasn't even postmarked. In the meantime, the customer had paid for the order by card over the phone as I do keep an eye on cheque orders, in case they get delayed. So I've destroyed the cheque now, but what a record!

The new website has been up and running for almost two weeks now, there's still a lot of work to do to tidy up but overall I'm pretty happy with it.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

New VS Music Supplies Website

This week the big news is the launch of a new website.

The old website has been retired, as it was looking a bit tired and didn't give me all the functionality I wanted anymore. I still have a lot of work to do to improve the look of the product descriptions as inevitably there were formatting problems moving everything over.

But it is a cleaner, "whizzier" design and should also load faster on most computers. Do let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

New Music 10/01/11

Quite a number of pieces have been published over the last month:

For percussion, we have Ruby, a concerto for percussion and orchestra.

For 2 clarinets, Mozart's Bowling Duets.

A new Guitar Duet Collection from Schott, which is already attracting a lot of interest and is in stock now. Also for guitar duet, we have Mayran de Chamiso's Reveries en Duo, also known as Fantasia for Guitar Duet.

A well-known German string method called Early Start has also been published in English for the first time by Barenreiter. It covers violin, viola and cello; just put Early Start the search engine on the website and select from the list.

For trumpet, we have Philip White's Sonatina.

For piano, a collection of 30 Piano Songs from the Movies.

And the first collection of songs from Glee, arranged for SATB or SSA.

And finally, four books from Faber - Pure Solo: The Red Book. Hit songs:

Don’t Rain On My Parade (Glee Cast); Empire State Of Mind (Part II) (Alicia Keys); Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.); Home (Westlife); I’ll Stand By You (Pretenders); I Say A Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin); Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder); Let’s Face The Music And Dance (Frank Sinatra); The Loco-Motion (Kylie Minogue); Material Girl (Madonna); Mercy (Duffy); Nella Fantasia (Gabriel’s Oboe) (Ennio Morricone); She’s So Lovely (Scouting For Girls); Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana); You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)

arranged for alto sax, clarinet, flute or trumpet with CD. All at a special introductory price of £10.79.