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ABC Music Retail from the 1980’s , any memories ?

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1 minute ago, cetera said:

There was a shop halfway between Tolworth and Surbiton/Guildford that my friend used to manage - can't remember the name of it now - but Jon law of Feline Guitars had a workshop there for a while as well.

I think that was Bell's!

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10 minutes ago, TrevorR said:

I think that was Bell's!

 

It was on the site of the old 'Accordion' shop but I thought they changed the name....

Now a bathroom fittings shop I believe :(

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15 minutes ago, TrevorR said:

I think that was Bell's!

Was that the Bells of The Bells Catalogue fame? As a youngster up in the sticks me n’ my mates used to drool over that. I bought my first half-decent instrument from it mail-order. A Columbus Strat copy. About £30 in 1973 if I remember correctly. 

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My first bass came from Bells in 1981.

And, in fact, my second in 1982.

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13 minutes ago, cetera said:

 

It was on the site of the old 'Accordion' shop but I thought they changed the name....

Now a bathroom fittings shop I believe :(

YEah, I seem to recall it had some sort of cornyish rock name... "Rockstop", "Jet Power Music",  not actually those but that kind of thing...

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On 13/05/2020 at 10:16, cetera said:

 

Phil Lusher (son of Big Band leader Don Lusher) managed Hands for quite a while too at the site in the alley by the Thames. I also remember when Hands was further down the Thames road out of town.... and, before that, just a small concession in the original Bentalls in Kingston (god I'm old...)

Phil had previously been manager at Ivor Mairaints just off Oxford St in London's West End....

The previous Hands  location , now an estate agents.

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ABC in Addlestone was my local one.  My late father bankrolled a few purchases for me.  

I did visit the Surbiton branch when I broke a string when we were recording at Crow.

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