Sounds Great Music were established in November 1977 as a family run business. Very soon after we became renowned for our customer care and after sales service, this element helping us to thrive in the Greater Manchester suburbs amidst strong competition from large city centre stores. Initially the business was geared towards the education, brass and woodwind market, developing strong bonds with schools and education authorities within the Cheshire area.
The early to mid eighties saw us move heavily into the expanding hi-tech market and soon became Yamaha’s largest independent hi-tech account, resulting in a visit to Yamahas facilities in Japan. As the high-tech boom started to fade in the late eighties, we moved more into the guitar market and particularly the high value end. We were one of the first stores to stock PRS guitars in the UK and have a long standing friendship with Paul Smith himself after countless trips to the factory and many social meetings.
In the early to mid nineties we started to regularly attend the Namm show in Los Angeles where we started to acquire direct import lines, bringing exclusively into the UK unusual boutique guitars, amps, effects and accessories.
As we entered the new millennium we doubled our retail floor space and opened a dedicated piano showroom. With this increased space we also created on-site repair/workshop facilities for guitars, and brass and woodwind instruments.
Over the last 10 years, primarily due to our trips to the namm show we have imported and distributed to the trade a number of interesting brands. Examples of our distribution lines past and present are – Suhr Guitars, Krank and Soldano amplifiers, Voodoo lab , Xotic and wampler effects , Pedaltrain pedalboard cases , Ebow, Smokey amps, Jam Kat pick holders and many more.
In 2006 we were voted as having "Best customer service" by the music industries association (our trade governing body) and in 2004 were voted "Best Independent Retailer". Within the last few years we have also received the Fender top dealer award.