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Old 26th August 2007
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Gear in Glasgow?

I'm staying in Glasgow for a few days next week and since new gear in Iceland costs the same as a heart transplant and used gear is very rare I would like to try and do some shopping over there. I'm looking for new and second hand, instruments, mics, outboard gear etc. Most probably around the central area of Glasgow. Any stores? Back alleys?

Any help around here?

cheers,
Björgvin
Old 26th August 2007
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Well, welcome to Glasgow, when u arrive.....great music scene but a bit limited when it comes to choice on the music technology front. As long as you're not looking to buy anything high end....you should be ok....there are two places to buy new, both "Sound control". One is in the west end in Otago St. and the other is in City Centre in Argylle St. Second hand....off hand can't think of anywhere that specialises in musical gear. Sorry couldn't be of more help.
Old 26th August 2007
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Sound Control City Centre on Jamaica Street (closest tube station is St Enoch) is the largest, with two shops next to each other, one for all guitar, bass, amp, pedals etc, and the other for keyboards and recording gear on demo. But do not expect miracles, they don't stock a huge huge variety of recording gear and certainly not high-end gear, but you can certainly find moderate level stuff. As far as guitars and keyboards go, all you can see. Pretty good variety there. At least better than any shop you can see in London's Denmark Street anyway. That place has always been a big disappointment for me whenever I've been down there.

Also,

Sound Control No.2 in West End, on Otago Street (closest tube station is Kelvinbridge). It's immediately accross from the world-renowned Piping School. Again, a similar variety as their other shop in the city centre, but half the size. It used to be called CC Music some 15 years ago, and then been bought out by and become Academy of Sound, which has later on been bought out by and become Sound Control, but the guy who -if I recall correctly-owned CC Music and sold it is still the branch manager there and he is a very very nice chap. Stevie. He surely knows how to keep customer happy, possibly because he has been a shop owner rather than working for a wage all his life. And usually the personnel there in the West End branch are nicer. But the guys at their City Centre branch can be a bit patronizing sometimes (sorry guys but had to say it, yes you can...)

Also,

Victor Morris on Argyle Street (closest station St Enoch) sell second hand gear but it is mostly beaten-up DJ low end PA stuff or Behringer or other brands that were built to outbehringer Behringer. Very occasionally good stuff appears and when it does, the dudes there are aware of its Ebay going rates so prices are never a bargain. The rest of the shop is hunting equipment etc so don't mess with the guy behind the counter or face a slash in the cheek with a rambo knife. Don't try to run away either cos they do fishing rods too.

There are a few other shops that sell guitars and things but they do not do recording gear as far as I know. There is Guitar Guitar [I think it was] on Trongate (the eastbound continuation of Argyle Street, again closest station St Enoch) and Merchant City Music which is in a street just behind Trongate, which is an area called Merchant City. Can't remember the street name nowbut it is very close to posh Candleriggs/Scottish National Theatre zone. Small shop though.

That's all I can think of.

Good luck.

B.
Old 26th August 2007
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Ah yes forgot about Victor Morris. well done Barish! Greetings from a fellow Glaswegian.......probably not many of us on these boards.....in fact i'd bet we're the only two.
Old 26th August 2007
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Awright china? heh Hello back, we should hook up for a few jars sometime then. Whereabouts are you? I'm in the West End.

B.
Old 26th August 2007
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Got my coffee so I can think clearer now.

For professional recording gear, you can check out The Sound Warehouse, next to Ibrox Stadium (home of Glasgow Rangers FC), the closest tube station is Ibrox. They specialise in gear hire to broadcast and film industry, as well as live, but I hired a lot of high quality recording equipment from them. Neumanns, EVs, AKGs, Sennheiser 30/40s etc. They also sell brand new stuff too, which I've bought from, but because of their location, they are not known as a walk-in shop like the others. If you are a local professional, you know them, otherwise, you just know Sound Control because that's what everyone else does.

There's also McCormack's Music on Bath Street (I think, closest station Buchanan Street, one stop up from St Enoch) but again, they mostly do guitars, amps and more cheap guitars and cheap amps. I haven't been in there für years.

And then there's Biggars Music on Sauchiehall Street near Charing Cross Motorway Junction (closest tube stations St George's Cross and Cowcaddens), but they mostly do pianos, keyboards, classical brass and stringed instruments and sheet music. No recording gear as far as I'm aware.


You can check out their exact locations via Google Maps. To me they are all in walking distance (except for The Warehouse, not only for it is a bit far away from the city centre, but also you don't want to be seen walking about in Ibrox if you are not already from the area, and certainly not with wrong team colours on anyway. No pun intended. I mean no Celtic FC colours. Familiarize yourself with the team colours in Glasgow before arrival and avoid wearing them at all costs: Old Firm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If you abide by that, you'll be just fine.)

B.
Old 26th August 2007
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dont forget south side music on cathcart road, some cool guitars and amps. also in the southside is moon guitars in park lane.

K
Old 26th August 2007
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Great! Thank you very much, that should put me definetely on track
Old 26th August 2007
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Glasgow colder than Iceland

er..

I'm another Glaswegian on the list - but I'm afraid I drifted South and never went back - 2 wet 'n' 2 cold .. I guess a bit like Iceland (which I thought was a supermarket until I discovered 'Smirnov').

Hope you enjoy and find something good.

=
PS: Don't tell me they still got MacCormick's up there?!
Old 26th August 2007
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another one here too

if you want Pro Audio gear in Glasgow, forget it

If you want patronised by box-shifters, visit the shops as already mentioned

best city in the world by quite some margin, but Pro Audio is not on the list - it's got a brilliant music scene, but no industry worth mentioning
Old 26th August 2007
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man I love glasgow. what a great city. dirty, humid but f'n great
Old 26th August 2007
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Quote:
Gear in Glasgow?
And aye, finding "gear" in Glasgow is pretty straightforward. Anderston area after dark, under Kingston Bridge


B.
Old 26th August 2007
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Barish I'm in the west end just up by Firhill football stadium........yip we should hook up and get a beer mate....I'll pm u.
Old 26th August 2007
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Cool that's very close to me. I'm up in Maryhill too, near Queen Margaret Drive & BBC Scotland.

Right, anyone else from Glasgow who wants to meet up please PM me for a hook up next week.

B.
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