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markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 1243
Anyone going to the opening this weekend? Would be good to get your feedback on if it’s improved on the old one. Parking certainly looks better! Cheers.
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 3785
    I was thinking of it but babysitting this weekend, I would also be interested in popping there sometime.

    Though I keep telling myself "stop looking at gear to buy and play instead"!
    We should all probably bear in mind more when posting on here (and I don't exclude myself from this) that the guitar world is very small, the Fretboard is quite well known, and it is not uncommon at all for the subjects of our posts to read them...
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 1243
    I was thinking of it but babysitting this weekend, I would also be interested in popping there sometime.

    Though I keep telling myself "stop looking at gear to buy and play instead"!
    Pop over and we can jam, I’ve got loads of stuff you can try out and I won’t sell to you! Seriously, let me know if you want to meet up and run through some songs.

    BTW my wife told me on many occasions that looking after your own kids isn’t babysitting, it’s called being a parent. I still don’t understand that point of view.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 8858
    I've been bombarded by Facebook ads for it. I'll probably go have a look at some point in time. 

    I agree that you don't babysit your own kids, although as I realise by the standards of this forum I am Mr Politicalcorrectnessgonemad  I wouldn't argue the point. 

    [  Am now thinking about a change in user name, hmmm ]
    Who invaded Spain in the eight century?
    The Moops.
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 23107
    I got so fed up of the FB ads, I posted gay leather porn on it. Haven't had one since.

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 3785
    I was thinking of it but babysitting this weekend, I would also be interested in popping there sometime.

    Though I keep telling myself "stop looking at gear to buy and play instead"!
    Pop over and we can jam, I’ve got loads of stuff you can try out and I won’t sell to you! Seriously, let me know if you want to meet up and run through some songs.

    BTW my wife told me on many occasions that looking after your own kids isn’t babysitting, it’s called being a parent. I still don’t understand that point of view.
    Thanks mate I'd like that.

    Your wife does have a point... I'll re-phrase to "my missus has buggered off to a Butlins 80s weekender with her family, so now I can't bugger off and leave her with the kids..."
    We should all probably bear in mind more when posting on here (and I don't exclude myself from this) that the guitar world is very small, the Fretboard is quite well known, and it is not uncommon at all for the subjects of our posts to read them...
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  • dazzajldazzajl Frets: 1075
    My smalls get very excited by a trip to PMT in Bristol. Or as they call it (and make me very proud), The Toy Shop. 
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 3785
    dazzajl said:
    My smalls get very excited by a trip to PMT in Bristol. Or as they call it (and make me very proud), The Toy Shop. 
    Mine are typically not impressed, "daddy stop looking at guitars now" etc.
    We should all probably bear in mind more when posting on here (and I don't exclude myself from this) that the guitar world is very small, the Fretboard is quite well known, and it is not uncommon at all for the subjects of our posts to read them...
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 1531
    dazzajl said:
    My smalls get very excited by a trip to PMT in Bristol. Or as they call it (and make me very proud), The Toy Shop. 
    Mine are typically not impressed, "daddy stop looking at guitars now" etc.
    Okay, let’s go look at the amps instead .......
    For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 6487
    I remember going to the opening of the old store!
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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 4451
    Been.


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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1923
    I remember going to the opening of the old store!
    I went that weekend.. weren't Quill on in the big room? Am I imagining it was called "Music Way" for a short while also?
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • idiotwindidiotwind Frets: 34
    I went to have a look. Lots of nice stuff, but it suffered a bit from being pretty much one big open space. There are side rooms for the acoustics, but there are no doors, so the amps in the main room were just overpowering everything. Of course, it was very busy so maybe it'll be less of a problem another time.

    Also, my three year old wants a drum kit now.
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 6487
    I remember going to the opening of the old store!
    I went that weekend.. weren't Quill on in the big room? Am I imagining it was called "Music Way" for a short while also?
    Yes Quill were there. I remember them covering “Whole of the Moon”. 

    Always been PMT as far as I know 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 8858
    I remember going to the opening of the old store!
    I went that weekend.. weren't Quill on in the big room? Am I imagining it was called "Music Way" for a short while also?
    Yes Quill were there. I remember them covering “Whole of the Moon”. 

    Always been PMT as far as I know 
    It was something else before, I can’t remember if Music Way is right or not - wrong side of Birmingham for me so I never went past unless I was going to it. Quite a long time ago though. 
    Who invaded Spain in the eight century?
    The Moops.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 6166
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    Been.
    And

    My guess is very little for you - But overall is it interesting for Mr Average Guitar Punter
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1923
    Every time I went to Bham PMT I was reminded how much I miss Exchanges.. now that was a guitar shop. To say I bought a bit of stuff in there is putting it mildly. 
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • HarrySevenHarrySeven Frets: 4451
    Been.
    And

    My guess is very little for you - But overall is it interesting for Mr Average Guitar Punter
    Indeed, Mark...absolutely correct! :)

    As for Mr. Average Guitar Punter...Errrr...yes, if you’re the kind of person impressed by a wall of 6,000,000 new guitars.


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  • markslade07markslade07 Frets: 461
    Every time I went to Bham PMT I was reminded how much I miss Exchanges.. now that was a guitar shop. To say I bought a bit of stuff in there is putting it mildly. 
    Agreed. Absolutely awesome shop. Used to go every couple of weeks in my younger days (when I lived near-ish) to see what they’d got in. Bought loads of stuff in there
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  • WarblingtonWarblington Frets: 12
    Every time I went to Bham PMT I was reminded how much I miss Exchanges.. now that was a guitar shop. To say I bought a bit of stuff in there is putting it mildly. 
    Is that the one that was on Broad st opposite George Clay music shop? I seem to recall it being called Modern Exchange? I went there a lot as a kid in the early 70's never realising all those 60's Strats and Teles etc would become such collectables. Could never have afforded one at the time but the buzz of just mooching will always stay with me.
    As for PMT used to go there but gave up on them as I could never find a parking spot.
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  • merciful-evansmerciful-evans Frets: 247
    Well, the PMT in Farlington Portsmouth is probably typical. 
    No price tickets on any guitars or expensive items. 

    So you need your phone to check online PMT prices while you are in the shop. That just seems so weird. 
    I sometimes think, therefore I am intermittent
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  • ParkerParker Frets: 781
    Shame about the lack of booths - that seems to be a PMT issue around the other shops. 
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 3785
    Well, the PMT in Farlington Portsmouth is probably typical. 
    No price tickets on any guitars or expensive items. 

    So you need your phone to check online PMT prices while you are in the shop. That just seems so weird. 
    It's really f**king annoying is what it is.

    The problem is they will match any UK deal (if it's in stock) which is on the surface great, but what it actually means is they will never be the best deal, only equal to the best, and also you've no idea without researching whether you will get a good deal on the guitar you just picked up or not.

    They can match deals and still price things up, and maybe be the best when they can afford to and win some loyal customers, it puts me off when I go in my local PMT because I know I've got an annoying haggle waiting for me, which if I've already set my heart on a guitar, I'm poorly equipped for.

    We should all probably bear in mind more when posting on here (and I don't exclude myself from this) that the guitar world is very small, the Fretboard is quite well known, and it is not uncommon at all for the subjects of our posts to read them...
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  • mrleon83mrleon83 Frets: 103
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    Glad I'm not the only perplexed by the lack of pricing tickets. I was having a mooch around the Northampton PMT to look for a strat under 300, which is easy when there are actual price tags. I have no idea what the game here is or who came up with the idea, but it is freaking stupid, I ended up walking out and I doubt I'll go back. it just feels so backwards, I assume it's so the sales guys can say, I'll get you the best deal etc, but in reality it puts the buyer at a disadvantage .. 

    Also yes, Musical Exchanges, IMO the best guitar shop ever.. so sad that it's been gone for so long, spent so much time and money there .. .. 
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 3785
    Yup they look at the best deal when you are ready to buy, so they hold the cards.

    I basically had to have a row and threaten to walk away to get a decent price (not a superb price, a decent one) last time I bought from there, and because of that it's tough to go back.

    For example, the new Squier CV go for about 329 at Andertons, but no stock, so in PMT I'd pay 379, an extra 50 quid I know they can afford to drop that they would insist on me paying...
    We should all probably bear in mind more when posting on here (and I don't exclude myself from this) that the guitar world is very small, the Fretboard is quite well known, and it is not uncommon at all for the subjects of our posts to read them...
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1923
    Every time I went to Bham PMT I was reminded how much I miss Exchanges.. now that was a guitar shop. To say I bought a bit of stuff in there is putting it mildly. 
    Is that the one that was on Broad st opposite George Clay music shop? I seem to recall it being called Modern Exchange? I went there a lot as a kid in the early 70's never realising all those 60's Strats and Teles etc would become such collectables. Could never have afforded one at the time but the buzz of just mooching will always stay with me.
    As for PMT used to go there but gave up on them as I could never find a parking spot.
    It seems you are correct.. way before my time. I used to go in the Atari shop on Broad Street but wasn't a guitar lover at that point.

    Talk Sport/Planet Rock's Ian Danter is an ex employee and tells his MX story here.. it's a long way from doing Trevor Francis impressions amongst the Jacksons and Charvels to commentating on the World Cup. Very nostalgic read for musical Midlanders.. 

    http://www.iandanter.co.uk/blogs/rock-and-roll-stories-part-10-musical-exchanges-men-myths-marshalls
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 8858
    Great find @mudslide73 and presumably that references Simon Bradley later of Guitarist and Hi On Maiden, etc.

    IIRC it was bought out by the short lived Reverb chain before closing. Others may remember better. 
    Who invaded Spain in the eight century?
    The Moops.
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  • harryburke360harryburke360 Frets: 305
    I completely forgot they were moving premises but will try to pop in this week and see some of the guys there.

    Thank God they finally have a bit more of a car park.
    12:25, 16/01/2019 - Just so people are aware. I have no idea what any of these words mean.
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  • WarblingtonWarblington Frets: 12
    Every time I went to Bham PMT I was reminded how much I miss Exchanges.. now that was a guitar shop. To say I bought a bit of stuff in there is putting it mildly. 
    Is that the one that was on Broad st opposite George Clay music shop? I seem to recall it being called Modern Exchange? I went there a lot as a kid in the early 70's never realising all those 60's Strats and Teles etc would become such collectables. Could never have afforded one at the time but the buzz of just mooching will always stay with me.
    As for PMT used to go there but gave up on them as I could never find a parking spot.
    It seems you are correct.. way before my time. I used to go in the Atari shop on Broad Street but wasn't a guitar lover at that point.

    Talk Sport/Planet Rock's Ian Danter is an ex employee and tells his MX story here.. it's a long way from doing Trevor Francis impressions amongst the Jacksons and Charvels to commentating on the World Cup. Very nostalgic read for musical Midlanders.. 

    http://www.iandanter.co.uk/blogs/rock-and-roll-stories-part-10-musical-exchanges-men-myths-marshalls
    Thank you so much for posting that article. It so brings back memories.I think I'm right in saying Garry Chapman was/ is still the manger at PMT.A very friendly guy who always had time for you.There have been a few occasions where people have mentioned Musical Exchange and I've  wrongly corrected them by saying it was  Modern Exchange.I never realised they had moved and changed name.My brother bought his first bass guitar from the Broad Street shop, a K bass.He eventually played professional  for many years in nightclub/theatre bands.We would spend many a Saturday afternoon popping in to mooch and wonder at the guitars.Again,a great article and thanks for posting it.
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1923
    Right then. Just been in and it's very impressive.. just not much I'd want that I can afford (not their fault of course). Great site and exponentially increased amounts of parking. Deffo a big thumbs up from me.
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • merciful-evansmerciful-evans Frets: 247

    My last experience of buying a guitar at PMT (before they removed the price tags). Yes I was a nuisance customer, but at least I bought something.

     I was after a Variax Standard.

    There were 2 in the shop. A black one & a white one. I preferred the white look but after checking the relief, chose the black one instead because it was perfect (finish not too important – the variax was for recording).

     

    I wanted the action adjusted so spoke to an assistant who got on with it (reluctantly). After some minutes I checked up on him and he was adjusting the truss rod! I told him he needed to reset it as it originally was and to use the bridge saddles instead. He did (reluctantly).

     

    Price: I pointed out there was a one to price match at another store, and he wouldn’t do that because that other store’s one was white and this was a black one.

    If I wasn’t already tired of being there I would have told him ‘ok I’ll have the white one then, just set it up as you just did the black one’. But I was tired of being there so I stumped up the few quid difference.


    I was aware he had better things to do than carry out my requests. but as a customer I cant adjust their guitar before I've bought it. I would have preferred to. I just needed to know the thing would handle well. 


    It was hard work for both of us.

    I sometimes think, therefore I am intermittent
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