Maybe many of you have noticed, the whole lack of interest in the workers of music shops, The lack of concern as you battle which strap to choose.
When I first started playing bass, and started going to music shops to try instruments, every time I walked someone tried to sell me something, and you felt bad if you walked out not buying something, even something small. But these days, why bother, example
I walked into a music shop on Wednesday, one of favourite in times gone by.
Me: Hi there
Me: Can I try that 5 string precision over there
Employee: I suppose
Me: ok can I have a lead
Me: so I can plug in and listen
Employee: right then..
He then proceeds to walk over to the amps and plugs me intp a Marshall mb, A Marshall Mb I say, cant I play through the trace there, he replies no its broken. So I sit there rather gloomy, playing quite a badly set up bass through a Marshall. Not my best time.
But there’s me thinking that in these Dark and gloomy times of job loss etc, they would be trying to sell everything and anything, to everyone and anyone. It puts you off going to these places, if there not even going to lie to try and sell you something. Why bother working there if either A, you don’t enjoy it or B, you cant be bothered.
Me second complaint about music shops is the other people who frequent them. The person suddenly trying to out do you for some strange reason. Your there, just trying to sample a pedal, amp or guitar or anything else that’s on your wish-list. You playing away, even simple stuff or testing out harmonics on the instrument. And some over ego kid thinks it’s a chance for him/her to show off. Your know distracted having to put up with this person playing as fast as they can, and your playing dazed and confused.
The whole atmosphere of instrument shops is off putting to me and im sure many others. Why we go back to the good old days