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Jeff Flowerday said:
Yes! But the real question is: are they going to be realistic with their prices?

Brian has good competetive prices on everything else in his shop so it would be hard for him not to be especially considering everyone has net access and can easily compare prices.
 

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Quick follow up...

I don't think they have any div 13 amps in stock yet so call before you make a special trip up there.
 

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I would wholeheartedly disagree with that.


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Other than the very widely available stuff (Fender, Gretsch, Gibson, etc.), I think Bryan's prices are insane.

$4,000 for a new Top Hat Club Royale?

$3,800 for a new Santa Cruz Pre-War OM?

$800 for a used silverface Vibrochamp?

Those are all things that I would like to have bought from Bryan, but couldn't justify it given that I could get them for less than half of his prices by purchasing elsewhere. I would really like to buy local. Honestly, I would. I will even pay more to buy local. I'd have no problem with a 10% premium, but 100% or more? Forget it. He ends up with stuff sitting in the shop for years and years because his prices are out of line with the market and he won't budge on anything. Of course, I have no idea how he's going to price /13, but I don't have high hopes.

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My thoughts exactly. I've only been in there once, but couldn't believe the prices he was asking for stuff (over $5000 for a used Vox AC30 HW for ex.). If nothing else I guess you could go in and try stuff out, then order it online elsewhere. :eek:

Robert must get the "good guy" price or something.

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jroberts said:
I would wholeheartedly disagree with that.


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Other than the very widely available stuff (Fender, Gretsch, Gibson, etc.), I think Bryan's prices are insane.

$4,000 for a new Top Hat Club Royale?

$3,800 for a new Santa Cruz Pre-War OM?

$800 for a used silverface Vibrochamp?

Those are all things that I would like to have bought from Bryan, but couldn't justify it given that I could get them for less than half of his prices by purchasing elsewhere. I would really like to buy local. Honestly, I would. I will even pay more to buy local. I'd have no problem with a 10% premium, but 100% or more? Forget it. He ends up with stuff sitting in the shop for years and years because his prices are out of line with the market and he won't budge on anything. Of course, I have no idea how he's going to price /13, but I don't have high hopes.

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Hmmm...I guess I stand corrected. I've always got a good deal on anything I bought there but I really haven't bought all that much.

The reason I started going all the way to Edmonton from Calgary was cuz Ave either had something in stock I really wanted or beat the best price I could get down here.
 

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I think those tophats were bought when the Can. Dollar was really low, Not to excuse High Prices but It puts Dealers in a tough place, Boutique Amps tend to kick around stores for to long in the first place, Then the Dollar goes up.......
Love to try the DIV 31, Greg
 

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Greg said:
I think those tophats were bought when the Can. Dollar was really low, Not to excuse High Prices but It puts Dealers in a tough place, Boutique Amps tend to kick around stores for to long in the first place, Then the Dollar goes up.......
Love to try the DIV 31, Greg
True, dat. I acquired most of my gear when the dollar was around $1.70. I take a beating when I sell anything these days, even if it has appreciated in value:mad: :mad: :mad:

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Their prices on used stuff has gone insane. Any old amp with a tube in it has a ridiculously high price and they won't move on it.

I was in their a few weeks ago when a guy bought a new amp. As he was leaving the store he noticed some fairly large scuff marks on the side. He pointed them out to the staff; they grumbled and said he was making too big of deal out of it since the marks didn't effect the amp and the amp would eventually get scuffed anyway.

The customer calmly stated that he paid for a 'new' amp and if it does eventually get scuffed, HE will put them on. Anyway, the staff said he would talk to the manager and could "maybe" get 5% off. The customer left. Here is what he didn't hear upon leaving:

1.) The staff member already new about the scuff marks and was instructed to only offer 5% off to start.

2.) The staff member totally chewed out the customer for being an *******, cry baby, etc. because "who cares" about some scuffs.

Mind you, I am standing right there in plan view. I couldn't believe my ears. This customer just dropped over 2K on a new amp that was damaged and the freakin store employee is going off on him. Make me reconsider buying anything big there again.

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Well, I feel like a salmon swimming upstream but I've gotta say I've never had a bad* experience at Ave. either in service or in price.


*At least no worse than any other music store - most times better.
 

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Big White Tele, I assume your question was directed at me - yes I've done trade ins. I was happy with the deal.

I'm not arguing your bad experience(s), or doubting your veracity. All I'm saying is that I've had good experiences there.
 

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My wife and I were in there a couple of summers ago, and there was a Murphy aged goldtop hanging there. I had the money, liked the guitar, and my wife was o.k. with it. Brian came from the back to complete the transaction - all $6500.00 of it, happy as a clam. Apon swiping my visa however, I see that my limit is $5000.00. I offered a personal cheque, drivers liscence, my left nut, as I'm caught up in it now. Can't accept out of town cheques, is the reply. Can't REALLY say as I blame him, I guess, but you never saw a business owner turn and ignore us, disdainfully, so quickly. My wife asked me to never take her there again.

So we leave, and theres a message on my cell from a good friend - would I be interested in a Tom Anderson Cobra? Well of course I am. Ended up with that Cobra - better guitar anyway, IMO. Funny how things happen......

Wait, theres more!

I'm up in the Chuk quite a while later, with a friend, and we visit the store. I'm looking for the Goldtop, and ask about it, since I dont see it. I get this funny look, and am informed that a guy ran in and stole it off the wall just the day before.....

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Robert Bogdan said:
Big White Tele, I assume your question was directed at me - yes I've done trade ins. I was happy with the deal.

I'm not arguing your bad experience(s), or doubting your veracity. All I'm saying is that I've had good experiences there.
My experience has been the same as Robert's. I've done lots of deals with Brian at Avenue and I've always been treated fairly. And if the deal wasn't there. I just walk away. Its also one of the few places left where you can go and trade gear. I don't begrudge Avenue their profit, that's what they are in business for. Also, I like Brian's attitude. The store matches his personality and its unique. Its nice to see after dealing with cookie cutter chains like L&M. They are not interested in dealing, they just want to move merch. to Mom and Dad)
 

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Robert Bogdan said:
Big White Tele, I assume your question was directed at me - yes I've done trade ins. I was happy with the deal.

I'm not arguing your bad experience(s), or doubting your veracity. All I'm saying is that I've had good experiences there.
Hi Robert, actually I was just asking anyone for thier experinces with trade ins. It wasnt meant as an insult or anything, Sorry if it came accross that way. I bought a used Strat there and Brian actually included the GST in the price, so I guess he does deal once in a while.
 

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Nope BWT, it didn't come off that way at all. Having been around message boards for quite a few years now, I always assume the best when anyone posts cuz I know it's SO hard to read verbal nuance into a posted message. I'm pretty thick skinned anyway so you have to club me over the head with a blatant insult for me to even notice...lol.

My only emotion with regard to this thread is surprise. I've always been treated like a king by Brian when I come up from Cowberry. Hearing these other stories really surprised me. Opened my eyes a bit.
 

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jroberts said:
I would wholeheartedly disagree with that.


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Other than the very widely available stuff (Fender, Gretsch, Gibson, etc.), I think Bryan's prices are insane.

$4,000 for a new Top Hat Club Royale?

$3,800 for a new Santa Cruz Pre-War OM?

$800 for a used silverface Vibrochamp?

Those are all things that I would like to have bought from Bryan, but couldn't justify it given that I could get them for less than half of his prices by purchasing elsewhere. I would really like to buy local. Honestly, I would. I will even pay more to buy local. I'd have no problem with a 10% premium, but 100% or more? Forget it. He ends up with stuff sitting in the shop for years and years because his prices are out of line with the market and he won't budge on anything. Of course, I have no idea how he's going to price /13, but I don't have high hopes.

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That's funny a few months ago before I bought my Club Royale I had called there since they are one of the few places in Canada that deal in TopHat amps and couldn't believe what they were asking price wise. I could have ordered from the states and even with the exchange, tax and duties/brokerage fees would come out ahead! Got mine on ebay for $950 US by the time I added everything in it worked out to about 1200CAD and worth every cent, the thing is in mint condition and looked like it had never been played. The tube chart dated it as July 2006.
 
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