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#16 maggiemay

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 19:34

Someone mentioned the Croydon music shop. I’m not sure it’s worth the journey from central London - 

20 minutes on the train, followed by a bus ride of about 10 -15 minutes, depending on traffic. They do have some sheet music, but it’s relatively small. 


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#17 thara96

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 20:41

Someone mentioned the Croydon music shop. I’m not sure it’s worth the journey from central London - 
20 minutes on the train, followed by a bus ride of about 10 -15 minutes, depending on traffic. They do have some sheet music, but it’s relatively small.


I’m the one who recommended it. When I was there one day last year in the summer of 18, I found that there was a lot on sale.
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#18 Hildegard

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 08:47

I thought much of the B & H stuff in Regent St North moved to a shop in Wigmore St, near the Wigmore Hall, think it was Brittens or similar. Has that gone now ? Also what happened to Cramers which wasn't far from Trafalgar Square  (?Tottenham Court Rd?) 

 

Boosey & Hawkes @ Britten's Music in Wigmore Street is long gone. I think it's now a furniture shop. Cramers are now a mail order business in Watford. According to the Wiki entry on Cramer, their shop was in New Bond Street but closed in 1964 (a bit before even my time!).


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#19 HelenVJ

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:51

Cramer's moved to St Martin's Lane, where it was a regular student haunt - it was the only place that gave us discount!  I remember the kindly manager, Mr De'Ath.


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#20 fsharpminor

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 10:06

Cramer's moved to St Martin's Lane, where it was a regular student haunt - it was the only place that gave us discount!  I remember the kindly manager, Mr De'Ath.

Ah yes it was St Martins Lane shop I remember visiting, near Trafalgar square


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#21 Hildegard

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 13:42

 

Cramer's moved to St Martin's Lane, where it was a regular student haunt - it was the only place that gave us discount!  I remember the kindly manager, Mr De'Ath.

 

Ah yes it was St Martins Lane shop I remember visiting, near Trafalgar square

 

99 St Martins Lane, now Starbucks. Apparently they moved there from New Bond Street in 1965 and stayed open until around 2000 (although I don't remember ever going in, despite presumably walking past on many an occasion).


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#22 Iulia

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 15:01

I quite like Schott in Great Marlborough Street (close to Oxford Circus tube). It used to be handy for Boosey & Hawkes nearby, but I have a feeling they no longer have a shop and just do mail order.

 

Gosh is Schott still there! I used to work there what feels like about 100 years ago :rofl:


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 15:35

Gosh is Schott still there! I used to work there what feels like about 100 years ago :rofl:

 

 

Well, it has been in the same location for exactly 101 years. :P


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 15:55

 

Gosh is Schott still there! I used to work there what feels like about 100 years ago :rofl:

 

 

Well, it has been in the same location for exactly 101 years. :P

 

 

 

Certainly some of the staff that were there when I was had probably been there since it opened!


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 22:06

As already mentioned, Kensington Chimes is good for piano music, as well as other music, and I like to have a bit of a browse in there when in the South Kensington area (there are also branches by the other conservatoires too). My main gripe, and I'm afraid it's a biggie, is that they do insist on having music playing in there which is a complete pain when you're trying to hear music in your head.


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 01:33

My main gripe, and I'm afraid it's a biggie, is that they do insist on having music playing in there which is a complete pain when you're trying to hear music in your head.

Would those foam ear plugs that squidge into your ears be enough to block out the background music?
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#27 pianoviolinmum

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 13:36

Overheard in our local music shop recently - a lady had travelled from London to Cambridge to it. (Not town centre, but get off at Cambridge North station, and walk less than 10 mins to Cambridge Pianoforte.  They have a good selection of piano (and other) music.


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 00:11

 

My main gripe, and I'm afraid it's a biggie, is that they do insist on having music playing in there which is a complete pain when you're trying to hear music in your head.

Would those foam ear plugs that squidge into your ears be enough to block out the background music?

 

 Possibly! But not sure about cutting out the noise of over-enthusiastic personnel and customers as well!!!


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 13:43

If I had a few hours to spare on London I wouldn't be wasting them in a music shop!
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 17:21

I would!
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