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It's a post-apocalyptic Christmas - Message from a survivor

Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:41 pm

So the apolcalypse came and went without too much drama, and here we are on the precipice of another Christmas, a time, amongst everything else, I have the opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has seen us through another year. Another interesting year, much like the past few, with many changes.

We've had a couple of weddings, some bust-ups, job changes and losses, location changes, promotions, achievements in study at all levels, people have lost friends and family, and much more amongst our fellow board members here. Congratulations and/or commisserations as the situation fits. When one looks back on 12 months it's remarkable just what takes place and just
how long ago some things that were quite recent feel, and how the opposite can apply to something that happened way back in that period feel like it occurred only yesterday.

Mark has continued this year to perform some of the most remarkable of repairs and continued to enhance his reputation as the "go to" setup guy for people from all over this state and country.
He has again handled some most exquisite guitars that have passed through us to their owners hands and has been a friend like few others. And so it will be as he assists me like no one else could throughout the year ahead. Thank you never seems enough. Add that to money and it goes closer to the mark :) But I couldn't do this without his help.

Since last Christmas many musical instrument shops in Australia have disappeared from the landscape, not the least of which being the Al&^%s/Billy Hyde chain. One might think that other stores would celebrate their demise but many, like me, do not. Along with the collapse of such a large employer comes the obvious job losses. Some of those who lost their jobs are friends of mine.
Aside from that you have tens of millions (rumoured to be as high as $140 million but that doesn't seem to add up) of stock flooding the market. Then at the end of it, who knows who will pick up their market, kind of the "devil you know" sort of situation. Most of us know the chain's name and trademarks have been purchased, but being that it was done so by the importer of a handful of brands one can only imagine what the focus might be on.

At a wholesale level many of the brands the parent of Al&^%s/Billy Hyde imported via it's subsidiaries have been picked up by dedciated distributors who don't have retail operations and, for the most part, the prices are now cheaper than they were previously. This will be good for increased availability of those brands, but not all of them will enjoy the market share they had when 30 something stores had the brand and were pushing it over alternatives because it was making increased margin due to the parent company importing the brand at a wholesale level. Things will take time to settle, and it's anyone's guess as to whether more or less brands will start to get some exposure in Australia. This game always corrects itself. The new entrance of Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi into musical instrument sales will be fascinating to watch, largely from the sidelines for me, as the "big box" phenomenon has played itself out in the US and it's inevitable it will do so in this country also. We'll continue doing as we've always done and sell what we want in the manner we want to.

There's no holiday house or holiday in the Carribean to pay for. No flash car or expensive hobbies, just us, my family and I. Allows me a certain amount of freedom really, not lavish freedom, but freedom nonetheless! Every year I thank everybody humbly for their contribution to bmusic throughout the past year, and from many, well beyond that. I am unable to articulate it any more than I do so in these messages, but I do hope that you all understand what your contribution actually does mean. Anything you have done to help bmusic, via your custom, your recommendations to friends, your activity on social media and elsewhere, it all adds up to
allowing me to continue to keep bmusic going and that, ultimately, means I can support my family.

I can illustrate it no more graphically than this:
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Those two boys are happy, healthy children because of your support of bmusic, it's as simple as that. And we as parents are able to be the parents we'd like to be (give or take :P ).
Their dad never gets a holiday but, for now at least, they don't seem to mind. Their mother puts up with the aforementioned lack of holidays but moreover, she puts up with a small businessman
and his grumbles. They all of them live with the life of retail. But all things considered, it's not so bad! So if I can articulate nothing else, know that this Christmas the presents under the
tree are there because of all of you.

Some of you have known these children since the day they were born, you celebrated their birth with me via this very forum and elsewhere. Some of you have been customers of ours since we opened, and have become what I am proud to call friends. I turned 40 this past year, and opened the store when I was in my 20s. It's extraordinarily humbling that so many of you have shared the entire journey with me and so many continue join the journey.

To another year ahead, an "e-toast", *gulp! I look very much forward to sharing it with you again next year.

To you all, I wish you the best of Festive Seasons, and a New Year that brings with it the challenges and rewards life has to offer. Without the valleys there are no peaks, so if some of those valleys hit in the New Year ride out of them knowing that the peak is coming somewhere along the track. If you get a break at this time of year, suck it in, take a look back, and steel yourself to go forward.
Play some music LOUD and, if you sometimes feel like you've forgotten, remember what it is about music that has brought us all to this place and those places like it we continue to frequent even if life sometimes gets in the way of the LOUD part. No matter what, music is at our core, we wouldn't be here otherwise.

Thank you all once again.
Stay safe, and don't drink the pool water if your mates are anything like mine!
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Post by Dave » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Best Christmas message yet Shane, Merry Christmas to you and the fam :)
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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:49 pm

Thanks Dave! :smt111
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Post by VVolverin3 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:54 pm

Fantastic read. Many thanks for the wonderful words and for providing this forum to us Mr Shane.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :smtalc :smt111
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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:56 pm

I missed that one of us has published their first game to iTunes! Congrats on that man. Merry Xmas!
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Post by M2k » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:29 pm

Merry Xmas everyone and it's great to see I'm not the only apocalypse survivor :D

Here's to the new year
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Post by frohike » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:13 pm

This year Shane went to the Dr AND the Dentist, friends, when the last of the hardmen does this I naturally assumed it was a Biblical sign and the Apocalypse was nigh, so I spent my life savings, ( some $147.98 Aus ) on weed and MacDonalds. Sadly I must now recoup this loss, so heres to you Brother, another year of Zombie talk, Dexter, those tiny denim shorts and of course les Pauls !!
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Post by manta » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:33 pm

Merry Christmas to the two nicest gents in music. Your product knowledge and customer service has always been top notch. I tell everyone about your store. A toast to your on- going success. Cudos.
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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:38 pm

Ah yes, Mark speaks the truth. I should have seen it as a pre-cursor to the apocalypse. I did indeed visit the two professionals Mark speaks of. The dentist I didnt follow up on, I have enough teeth still. The doctor, however, I did need desperately to seek.
My fellow homsapiens, you need no other sign that the end of the world is nigh. I had a half day off in November! I had to go home one afternoon. Fourteen years ago in the same month I had to have the morning off. That completes the full day off work!
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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:39 pm

Thank you Darren, it's been many years you've been kind to us. I must look up when you bought those first two Horizons. Do you know, off hand?
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Post by Pushead » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:53 pm

Cheers Shane and the BMusic family! Though it boggles my mind, the idea of a warm Christmas, I wish you and your extended family a great one.

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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:19 pm

105 here today my good man :) Have a fantastic Christmas mate, warm up Ohio in your own special way
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Post by TheGuitarNinja » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:55 pm

This post was so touching it made me sign back on again after like 2 years.

Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and your famiry Shane. :)

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Post by jackfiltraition » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:20 am

This was a nice late night read :)

Good stuff Shane. Here's to the best in health and happiness for you and the Family in the coming year and here's to many more visits to B music!! Have a great holiday season and eat aaaalll teh food!!!
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Post by indra13 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:37 am

A very touching message from Shane to round off another year! I've heard so much about your kids, and it's so great to see their smiles!

I often wonder what life would be like if I hadn't become a member of this forum/exposed to Bmusic. A rather bleak one definitely :cry: I know I haven't been posting as frequently as I have in the past, but truth be told: Every morning I drag myself out of bed, switch the computer on, and check the Bmusic forum before I have my breakfast. And whenever I feel down at work, I simply go through the Kiss Kaskets thread for belly laughs :lol: This forum, and Bmusic have become an extension of me.

*Raises virtual grog* So here's to Shane and Mark for all your lovely work this year. I wish you and your families all the very best this festive season. And to my fellow forumites, the same goes to you guys. Stay safe and have fun! :smt006
This year Shane went to the Dr AND the Dentist, friends, when the last of the hardmen does this I naturally assumed it was a Biblical sign and the Apocalypse was nigh, so I spent my life savings, ( some $147.98 Aus ) on weed and MacDonalds.
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