So this is Christmas - My thanks to you all!

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So this is Christmas - My thanks to you all!

Post by guitarsatbmusic » Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:02 am

That great day near the end of December is already upon us once again, and the end of another year is nigh. As has become customary over the last five or six years, I am afforded the opportunity to express many things to many people who are very important to me, my family, and bmusic.

Looking back over 2010 it's been an interesting year, to say the least. Things are still trying to kick back into gear around the globe after the events of 2007 and 2008, and everyone's probably learnt some very valuable lessons, both then and since. We've had more distributors and manufacturers we've hitherto never dealt with approach us in this past year than I can ever remember. A sign of the industry shaking up and traditional methods not really delivering I guess. See, essentially, we've maintained a position since we opened nearly 10 years ago that we really don't chase distributors for their product. If they want us to sell it, they can contact us. This year we've had some of the largest contact us for the first time in all those 10 years, out of the blue more often than not. And you can bet I reminded them of the 10 years in which they hadn't felt us worth contacting! We'll see how that all pans out in 2011, might be interesting and fun.

That's enough of that. The year past has been as kind to us as we could hope for, and we've hopefully managed to keep all those past customers happy again in 2010 and do the same for our first time customers. As always it's been a complete blast to be able to bring some incredible instruments to life with their owners, and to deliver some of the coolest guitars in production to their owners. I also still get a kick out of seeing the smile on a kid's face when they realise their parents are buying them that first guitar they've been champing at the bit to get, the $100 classical or $300 electric package. Or they've saved up enough bread to buy their first instrument.

It makes me think back to what buzz I must have got out of playing my first notes on my first instrument. (I can't remember it, but I like to imagine what it felt like!) Sometimes it gives me renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for not only the gift of music I'm so lucky to have, but the great job I have somehow found myself in. I brought home a little acoustic for Layne this year, along with a book for him. We have had a dabble here and there, and one day he may pick it up. But I want him to discover that desire to play that I somehow found if it's what is in his future. My parents weren't players, so it's important to me to ensure I don't push him in any one direction, but he discovers it organically as I must have. I'll let you know how that's going down the track I'm sure.

Who knows, Layne might pick it up over the break his Dad's about to get because he might get to hear his Dad playing again for a change! This is hopefully the time of year when many of us will have time to pick our instruments and really play them. That sort of time where you don't have to cram in learning something or covering something you've been meaning to go over more quickly than you'd like. The sort of time where you just get to play. To listen to yourself, really listen, and just play whatever comes to you, whenever it comes. That's the sort of playing I miss getting the time to do.

I get to spend a whole year talking about gear and talking about playing with people, the good and the bad of both aspects, the frustrations and the personal breakthroughs. Talking about playing keeps me in touch with my old career of teaching. You learn so much from talking to other players about gear, tone and technique. And then at the end of the year it's all in there subconsciously somewhere and I get to apply it without thinking about it because I have the time to just play. I hope we all get some time to do just that this Christmas/New Year season. (And many of us get to test how good we sound shellacked!)

As we bid adieu to 2010 I take the opportunity to thank ever so much all the people who have been a part of our little business again this year. Those who are our valued customers, all of them, and those who spread the word about bmusic, you're all obviously paramount to us. As most all of you know by now, it's ultimately my sons Layne and Aston who are the beneficiaries of your contribution to bmusic. As all the parents on the board would well know, it's the kids that you do most everything for. I can never thank people enough for affording me the ability to provide for my wife and sons through bmusic. For that I am truly grateful and humbled that you will spend your hard earned with us or take the time to help us in the many ways you do.

There are many people who help to ensure we can provide our services who are very important and whom I'd like to thank. The manufacturers, distributors and their representatives (many of whom I consider good friends after so long). And those friends I've made in other stores around the world with whom I am able to share wisdom and insight.

Then there's Mark, global phenomenon, an enigma wrapped in a riddle, international man of mystery! Mark's work has been seen by a great many of you, and many more beyond. His passion and love for working on instuments I believe is apparent in the work he produces. And those who have seen his work seem to universally agree. Never have I worked with a finer tech, and my family and I are eternally grateful for his not insignificant contribution to our successes. A lot of people compare our relationship to Black Books, or an odd couple of sorts, even to that of a cranky old married couple! I imagine the ultimate sentiment is the same. (In case you hadn't guessed, he's supposedly the Manny to my Bernard). At the end of the day, I'd be lost without Mark, and he has become one of the closest friends I have ever known.

So as you go through the Festive Season I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. And if Christmas isn't your thing, whatever it may be, I wish you the very best of times and good fortune. There have been some challenging times for many of us this year, be they tragedies in life, relationship upheavals, career paths, employment, education, and the list goes on. We can draw a curtain on the year past and look to the future ahead.

Again, thank you all so very, very much. And when my boys are old enough to tell you themselves, I'm sure they will also. They'll know where their bread is buttered!

Merry Christmas!!!!
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Re: So this is Christmas - My thanks to you all!

Post by indra13 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:30 am

This made my morning, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and feelings 8-) The next time I pick up the guitar, I will be thinking of you guys. For Bmusic has been and still is my numero uno for all things music!

I'd like to wish Shane and Mark and their families a very Merry Christmas, and the same goes for all you lovely forumites out here :-D Take care you guys!
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Post by Sudzmorphus » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:40 am

Have a good one chaps :-D

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Post by ShockMe.au » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:19 am

Another year gone already!!! Great sentiment Shane, I am sure that many of us who buy from you appreciate the prices, services and Mark's setups! :smt006
So eat drink and be merry! 8-)
Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year to all!!
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Post by raz311 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:56 am

All the best to Shane, Mark and everyone on the best forum around!
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Post by frohike » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:03 am

Wow, I smell a payrise !!!!... Seriously dude, I never had a brother but if I did I would have beaten him till he was just like you, I got the best job ever, and even on the crappest day we still manage to crack each other up a few times and thats the important shit ya know, I love ya.
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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:50 am

and dont assume to much when I say "Fuck my back" !
An inside gag that may warrant further explanation :lol:
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Post by manta » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:47 am

Twenty ten has come and gone
Why do they go so fast?
It’s so easy to forget
When a busy year has passed

Resources kept on booming
A mining tax debated
Interest rates have risen
To stop us being inflated

Markets haven’t moved
That didn’t startle anyone
Europe kept on struggling
And our dollar had a run

We’ve had a close election
The government almost hung
Things are looking greener
Predict the future anyone?

But now it’s time for Christmas
Avoid all the media chatter
Just watch that plastic debt
It’s your presence that matters

Then start your New Year
With confidence raised anew
Knowing that Bmusic and your forum friends will be looking out for you

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

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Post by lonerstoner » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:23 am

Thanks guys, great message, great shop, great forums.

Still the only forum that hasn't banned me!
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Post by ShockMe.au » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:47 am

manta wrote:Twenty ten has come and gone
Why do they go so fast?
It’s so easy to forget
When a busy year has passed

Resources kept on booming
A mining tax debated
Interest rates have risen
To stop us being inflated

Markets haven’t moved
That didn’t startle anyone
Europe kept on struggling
And our dollar had a run

We’ve had a close election
The government almost hung
Things are looking greener
Predict the future anyone?

But now it’s time for Christmas
Avoid all the media chatter
Just watch that plastic debt
It’s your presence that matters

Then start your New Year
With confidence raised anew
Knowing that Bmusic and your forum friends will be looking out for you

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Thanks to Shane, Mark and everyone on this forum who have made this fourm such a great music resource.
Great poem!!
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Still the only forum that hasn't banned me!
:-)
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Post by M2k » Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:29 pm

I'm thinking the same Loner

Merry Christmas to the bmusic team and fellow forumites
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Post by TheGuitarNinja » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:27 pm

This thread puts a stupid smile on my face, particularly the Black Books reference, well done, very well done.

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Post by hermz » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:29 pm

Cheers Shane.

I will drink a beer for you and yours tonight!

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Post by progmetaldan » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:20 pm

All the best to you and your family as well Shane! :D
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Post by Paul Smith » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:21 pm

Merry Christmas guys, you and Mark are the best, Shane. Well worth the clobbering I take from customs.

The question is, can Shane not remember his first strums because he was too young, or is it the dementia kicking in? :-D
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