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Rich Tone Music - Our Story

Rich Tone Music - Who are we, where did we come from, what does the future hold?...

Introduction

Set up and created by Richard Thomas and James Ferguson, we are a Musical Instrument Retailer - specialising in Guitars and related products.

We operate through several sales Channels:

  • Store
  • Web Site
  • eBay

Our Background

Richard Thomas - Accountant, Web Deisgn and Development experience built up over the years designing sites for small business. Keen guitarist and have been playing in bands for the last 14 years.

  • "Weapon of Choice" Gibson Custom Shop 1967 Flying V, Vintage White with Maestro Trem + Orange AD30 half stack.

James Ferguson - Academy of Sound Store Manager (Sheffield), head of Academy of Sound Mail Order Division. James has also worked as sales rep for Tascam and has experience from both sides of the counter. James in a keen guitarist, singer, songwriter and has produced his own albums. Again with years of gigging experience to draw from, we can speak from experience.

  • "Weapon of Choice" PRS Limited Run in Raspberry +  Fender Twin.

How Did RTM Get Started?

With a lot of hard work! Originally, after the Academy of Sound Buy Out by Sound Control, James was in a position to start afresh. At that time, Richard was also looking to start his own music retail business, and having developed some trading history through James and Academy with a previous business - it made sense to merge each other's talents.

Initially, there was very limited space and even had to resort to storing guitars in James' loft at one point. Richard had a full time job by day, and kept up with eBay listings and doing the books by night.

Rich Tone Music Now

From humble beginnings, our current store is set up on Broadfield Road in Sheffield which affords more space for storage and retail area. We moved into this new mega store in February 2011.

Having a strong mail order business enables us to stock a huge amount of kit in one place, that a bricks and mortar only store could never hope to reasonably carry.

The business has grown quite dramatically in recent years with an expanding team, expanding premises (we ALWAYS need more space) and increasing ranges of product.

Keep checking back here to follow the latest updates in our story.

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