From a standing start 4 years ago, offering only preowned basses, we’ve constantly had to re-visit the business’s aims and objectives and how best to achieve them.
What has become very apparent is that we can no longer compete in the second hand markets and we have had to change the ratio of new to preowned instruments to the extent that the split is now 90% new, 10% preowned. In other words we are now a fully fledged retailer of new bass guitars (and amplification) who also offers a few nice preowned pieces. We still welcome quality part-exchanges but we no longer actively search out preowned basses
6 preowned basses sell to every 1 new bass in the UK (thats a fact). We’ve had to accept that this means selling fewer basses now but we’re countering that by widening our amplification offer and adding new bass brands to those we already have . These are premium brands that aren’t widely available elsewhere, regionally or in the UK. This fits in with our mantra ‘Stay small, stay niche’.
We’ve tried to include novices and players with smaller budgets by buying in worthy, affordable basses but these don’t sell well. As someone said recently – ‘people don’t come to GBBL for budget stuff. They can get that anywhere’. Point taken.
We’re trying to keep our (bass) offer diverse and interesting and a brand that will be arriving very soon is Levinson/Blade. If you think we’re missing a trick somewhere in terms of a brand(s) we’ve overlooked then let us know. We’re mostly interested in ‘real world’ instruments not 10 grand pieces that should be in a glass display case. Once you go much north of 3 or 4 grand you have to wonder what exactly you are paying for.
being from Yorkshire we still like value for Money!