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Take It Away - changes to who can apply

by Administrator 16. November 2011 15:26

The Take It Away Scheme is now open to individuals purchasing a musical instrument for someone under the age of 18.


After the government funding was cut to the Arts Council, Take It Away was unable to offer the scope of support they had done previously.  After a significant drop in sales amongst suppliers and pressure applied by Take It Away and the Arts Council to gain funding the service has returned.

Those wishing to apply for a loan for an instrument for an under 18 year old will be able to do so, however it will only be an instore option and a disclaimer will have to be signed by the person taking the loan agreeing who the instrument is for.

Unfortunately it remains the same that over 25′s will not be able to apply for the loans for instruments for themselves. 

If you would like to find out more, ask us some questions or arrange a purchase you can call the shop on 01823 282386. You can also visit this page for T&C's

 




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Music Makers 2011

by Administrator 10. November 2011 11:23

YOUNG inspired musicians flock to Music Makers every summer holiday; such is the positive feeling they get from a week of music making.


Music Makers is directed by the experienced David Andrews and assisted by a team of specialist teachers. The aim is to share enthusiasm for and enjoyment of music, whilst helping musicians develop their abilities and confidence in playing and performing.

There are four courses; juniors age 5-6, intermediates age 7-10 and seniors 8-18 - grades 2-6 & 6-8 (with residential option in Fordingbridge). Courses take place in Wimbledon, Salisbury & Fordingbridge. All the course culminate in a presentation concert of some of the music rehearsed during the week.

John Packer Ltd attend some of the shows with a trade stand of emergency musical supplies!

If you'd like to know more about Music Makers, click here

Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?

by Administrator 9. November 2011 10:58

With only six weeks to Christmas, can it really be too soon to start thinking about what to buy your loved ones this year? Gifts bought at the last minute lack thought - tending to lead to a bemused face on Christmas Day - "More socks! - great..."

If you know someone likes music it gives you an abundance of gift ideas - many of which can be found on our website. We sell musical stationery, jewellery, cards, culinary gifts, along with pretty glass suncatchers.

We also sell a large range of tuners and metronomes which are popular stocking-fillers...

 

Have a browse round the accessories and gift departments and you're sure to find the perfect gift!

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Yamaha Upgrade Bonus Scheme Returns

by Administrator 1. November 2011 11:19

THE Yamaha Upgrade Bonus Scheme is back! Which means there's never been a better time to cash in on your old brass or woodwind instrument, and upgrade to a fantastic new Yamaha model.

The scheme is ideal for students looking to upgrade their instruments. And parents can also take advantage of the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme to save the VAT. Schools and Music Services can even ditch their old instruments gathering dust in a cupboard and upgrade them to hardy Yamaha instruments.

Customers can part exchange any brand of brass or woodwind instrument, however, the minimum part exchange allowance depends on the category of instrument purchased and part exchanged.

Please see the table below for details:

Student & Intermediate Upgrades

Instruments

Brand Exchanged

Exchanged Value

Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones, Flugel Horns, Flutes, Piccolos, Clarinets & Oboes

Non Yamaha

£30

Yamaha

£60

Tubas, Euphoniums, French Horns, Baritone Horns, Tenor Horns, Saxophones & Bassoons

Non Yamaha

£50

Yamaha

£100

Professional Upgrades

Instruments

Brand Exchanged

Exchanged Value

Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones, Flugel Horns, Flutes, Piccolos, Clarinets & Oboes

Non Yamaha

£60

Yamaha

£120

Tubas, Euphoniums, French Horns, Baritone Horns, Tenor Horns, Saxophones & Bassoons

Non Yamaha

£100

Yamaha

£200

Example:

Upgrade Non-Yamaha Student Flute to Yamaha YFL211 Flute via AIPS
Recommended Retail Price (inc. Vat) £609
Packer’s Discount Price (inc. VAT) £487.20
Packer’s Discount Price (Ex Vat with AIPS) £406
Upgrade Bonus -£30

Total to pay £376 ex VAT. (38% off the Recommended Retail price!)

For more details about the scheme and to find out how much you could get for your old instrument, call the shop on 01823 282386 or email sales@johnpacker.co.uk.

Offer ends 31st January 2012.