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Post by tombola » Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:40 pm

Blue Audio Visual, just off upper street in Islington, has a small but nice collection of bits and pieces, I always pop in if I'm in the area.
They have a really abysmal website, though:
http://www.blueaudiovisual.co.uk/

Blue Audio Visual 44 Duncan Street Islington LONDON, N1 8BW

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Post by hageir » Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:50 pm

oh my they just keep on rolling in :)
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Post by Bitexion » Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:39 pm

Had a feeling that RL Music wasn't open for "the public" as such, will keep it in mind and contact them before I eventually go to London. It's just an hours flight from Oslo, so I might pop over there some day.

At least they are not into bargaining, a friend in a synth store called them after I tipped him about a Jupiter-8, and tried to haggle on the set price, he wouldn't budge a cent from the price, not even cut off the shipping costs. So the store would end up putting a completely far-out price on it to earn anything off the sale.
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Post by ManMachine » Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:40 pm

there's always the store in the basement of Virgin Superstore, they have mostly new, stanadard stuff; Voyager, MPC's, Electribes, Radias, plenty of Nords and a few viruses. I spent too much time there when I was in London this summer :D

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Post by Vxster » Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:46 pm

ManMachine wrote:there's always the store in the basement of Virgin Superstore, they have mostly new, stanadard stuff; Voyager, MPC's, Electribes, Radias, plenty of Nords and a few viruses. I spent too much time there when I was in London this summer :D
Yup, it's a branch of Sound Control.

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Post by tombola » Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:41 pm

It's slightly depressing, this, because there are so few nice places to go and buy dusty old gear.

Until about 5 years the Music & Video Exchange in Notting Hill had a big branch devoted to music gear - stuffed floor to ceiling with old stuff which - at the time - I knew very little about. Then it closed.

At the same time, Turnkey had their amazing collection of vintage synths - you'd go down to the basement and see a big wall of modulars, a VCS3, moogs, all sorts. Then they sold it all.

Now there's just ebay and gumtree and vemia

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Post by Sir Ruff » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:08 pm

tombola wrote:It's slightly depressing, this, because there are so few nice places to go and buy dusty old gear.

Until about 5 years the Music & Video Exchange in Notting Hill had a big branch devoted to music gear - stuffed floor to ceiling with old stuff which - at the time - I knew very little about. Then it closed.

At the same time, Turnkey had their amazing collection of vintage synths - you'd go down to the basement and see a big wall of modulars, a VCS3, moogs, all sorts. Then they sold it all.

Now there's just ebay and gumtree and vemia
them's were the days!!!

I went to high school in notting hill, so the music exchange was like my daily lunchtime stop. Looking back, prices were high for the time (bought my mc-202 and Dr. 110 for 250 and 50 pounds respectively), but there were bargains occassionally... However, if they were still open today, I imagine prices would be just as jacked as the next place.

And turnkey's basement was pure synth pron, definitely... But to be honest, having been back there in June, I definitely prefer the current setup where you can actually PLAY all the current synths... Definitely got my fill of the PEK and Moog voyeger... Worth stopping in just for a play.
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Post by steveman » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:46 pm

It's a real shame about Turnkey. Not a great shop but they used to have a decent selection when all the keyboards were upstairs. The downstairs synth room had just about everything - Moog, ARP, Roland, EMU Modulars, Prophet, Oberheims, Jupiter, Waldorfs (inc. the Wave) Roalnds TRs etc. The idea was you could hire it out to record stuff, though in all the time it was there I only once saw anyone using it.

The no. of synths has gradually been dropping ang dropping, they used to have Studio Electronics but they disappeared. One of the staff told me that synth sales had really dropped the last few years - no real surprise there.
Bizarrely Turnkey seem to be UK distributors for lots of premium brands - Moog, Dave Smith and Studio Electronics amongst others despite having a pretty bad rep in here.

Went there one Saturday several years ago with a friend of mine and must have spent a good 4 hours in there playing every synth going. The staff were fine, one guy even showing me some stuff on the V-Synth.

The keyboards downstairs are now really cramped and badly laid out, more than 4 people in there is a scrum. Spent a while playing with the PEK they've got there, but the keyboard is so high on it's stand I had to stand on tiptoe to see the display, ended up with a sore neck.

Sound Control (under the Virgin Megastore) is OK, but some of the keyboards are on speakers so you're fighting with the everyone else - including shoppers from the megastore who decide to come down and just play around.

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Post by King N Do » Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:55 pm

I might have to check out this store in Hammersmith this weekend.

If you've got time, second hand stores like Cash Convertors normally have some music stuff in them for relatively cheap, always advisable to check stuff is properly working before buying stuff from them though as obviously they are not music or synth specialists so may not know what they are looking for themselves.
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Post by burnt toast » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:05 pm

is that the x electrical up there? i buy a fair amount of stuff from the one in kingston. they aren't a complety c**p chain, they have pretty good gear but the pricing is either real high or real low.

cash converters is usually c**p, but i got my dx100 from the cardiff one for £15 mint with manual.

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Post by nathanscribe » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:32 pm

burnt toast wrote:cash converters is usually c**p, but i got my dx100 from the cardiff one for £15 mint with manual.
I got my CS01 in a cash con for £25. My local one had a dx100 for 90 quid, which is not quite as good a deal as yours :D

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Post by burnt toast » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:52 pm

nathanscribe wrote:
burnt toast wrote:cash converters is usually c**p, but i got my dx100 from the cardiff one for £15 mint with manual.
I got my CS01 in a cash con for £25. My local one had a dx100 for 90 quid, which is not quite as good a deal as yours :D
heh. i think i'd rather have the cs01! well the dx100 was cool but mini-keys and i came into possesion of a tx-81z. i swapped it and my sy-22 for my new shiny AX-73 in the x electrical place i said about. 65 quid for a ax-73 priced at £145 :). cheeky swines in the shop priced my sy-22 at 145 and the dx-100 at 165 tho! madness. they have a cz5000 for 95 pounds as well actually. makes no sense to me :?:

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Post by Ian S » Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:46 am

Cash Converters do have good stuff occasionally, I got a DX11 for £60 a few years ago (not the one I have now). I had to question if they'd made a mistake with the price, but it was correct.
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Post by Intervene » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:40 am

hageir wrote: I still think the mods should make a sticky with store locations around the world...

This is actually a great idea. Maybe not specificly for the board but maybe make a link section or something on the VSE main site.

A board topic on locations could be hard to navigate in.

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Post by njosnari » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:01 pm

maybe this thread is on its way out...

however as i am in london this week, i decided to check these leads out.

turnkey: the basement now is something called loopsomething-or-other, tables and mixers and such, or so the sales rep told me. i asked some kid working about the vintage gear they used to have... "nope, never had anything like that here." i saw the manager's ears pick up as soon as i said "vintage gear". he told me the synth museum was closed and sold a year ago. too bad. this shop had my highest hopes after reading this thread and going to the official site to see the bob moog lecture that took place there. alas, the poly evolver is the most exciting synth left.

sound control beneath virgin: the most annoying shop i have ever been in. giving every asshole a piece of gear and their own set of speakers has to be the worst freakin idea any idiot ever had. the amount of toys is enough to take your focus off this oversight, though. loads of new machines. you can definitely get your fix of playing around. wasted way too much time here as well.

Xelectrical (hammersmith): the most interesting place by far (so far). had an old arp quartet (meh), some drum machines. two guys who actually knew what they were talking about. some oldish synths, preamps, and such. from what i have seen on this trip this is the place to check out. they tell me that the shop in kingston has a pro 1 and a sixtrack. might have to go and check that out.

cash converters has been fun. really small shops, so i figure this is a "try your luck" kinda deal. if you can past by these places often you might find something. the cash exchange next to the cash con on kilburn was really fun as well. had a few keyboards lying around, the technics organ being the most interesting, some amps, tables, couple akai samplers and a protools interface.

rock stop: closed when i arrived, going tomorrow.

rlmusic: i am dying to go, but i fear my economic state and desire will not sit well together in such a place.

any more places anyone?

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