Information of a brand new unbiased instrument retailer has come as music instrument store to the ears for Aberdeen’s group of native bands, singers and songwriters.
Since Bruce Miller’s on Union Road closed down in 2011, town centre has been left with out a selection of locally-run retailers for musicians to purchase and commerce in devices, music books and provides.
However now, a bunch of former Bruce Miller’s workers have based RamJam Music and created three jobs within the course of.
The Crown Road retailer opened final Saturday, and can promote an entire vary of pre-owned devices and equipment, together with drums, guitars, amplifiers and results pedals.
Jamie Clafton, who has labored for greater than 20 years in instrument retail within the Granite Metropolis, stated that he selected to open his newest enterprise after noticing a rise within the nationwide recognition of comparable shops throughout the nation.
Mr Clafton stated: “I’ve been involvin music retail in Aberdeen since 1994 and now, lastly, I get to run a spot with my letters within the identify.
“We’re wanting ahead to seeing acquainted faces that we bear in mind from way back to the early days in Bruce Miller’s coming via the doorways.
“We’ve discovered that musicians are inclined to get very loyal to retailers and particular person workers typically – folks develop to belief you.
“We’ve had an excellent status through the years and it’s one we hope to take care of with previous clients and construct with new ones.”
Along with the closure of Bruce Miller’s 5 years in the past, in 2013 One Up on Belmont Road – a long-standing unbiased file retailer which offered every kind of music for years – closed its doorways for the ultimate time.
Mr Clafton stated that by solely primarily promoting pre-owned devices, he hopes RamJam Music will function a focal point for members of Aberdeen’s wealthy unbiased music scene to come back and purchase, commerce and restore their devices on a funds.
Mr Clafton added: “It’s going to solely be high quality second hand tools we’ll offer.
“All objects may have been checked, restrung, cleaned, serviced and include a guaranty.
“It permits clients to entry high quality devices cheaper than traditional in the event that they had been new – which within the present local weather is what folks inform us they’re on the lookout for.
“A whole lot of musicians desire a guitar that has been played-in, liked and has a little bit of historical past and character.
“Acoustic guitars sound higher once they have been performed some time and, with electrical guitars, some folks desire the country, road-worn feel and look.
“We all know it’s powerful on the market within the music commerce, however we’re doing one thing totally different right here.
“It’s extra homespun, it is a little more native and it is a little more distinctive and we expect it will likely be a pleasant addition to a metropolis that’s vibrant.
“Musically, there may be lots of expertise in Aberdeen and we look ahead to seeing it come via our doorways.”