The Stock Box 

We are aware that many of you are finding ways to trade during these testing times and that what you are selling often varies from your normal sales pattern (eg lots of starter instruments etc)

We have decided to bring you a dedicated part of our website featuring updates from the suppliers to let you know what stock availability and service is like at their end.

We will update this information as we get it and , if you are a supplier, you can send news to

A R Distribution

All open and operating as normal. Lead times have been fractionally longer if items move more quickly than expected, though all items are usually in stock. Shipping times are generally next day within the UK.

Active Music 

Open and sending out orders daily plus getting new stock in from their suppliers. Top sellers have are Ludwig Drum kits, Snare Drums and accessories, Carlsbro Digital Drumkits – for Quiet Home Practice, UFO Practise cymbal sets – for Quiet Home Practice. Code Drumheads, Alpine Hearing Protection – including over ear protection to help children concentrate while Home Schooling, Tycoon Percussion and Kahua Ukuleles.

Ashdown Engineering

Open and are shipping on Tuesday and Thursday. They have many items in stock, good to go with the next container due in around 4 weeks which will plug the gaps such as the increasingly popular Studio combos range. UK made custom shop product such as the CTM Valve Amps, AGM guitar amps and more are running on a 2-3 week lead time currently. They will soon have the first delivery of Ashdown basses into the UK. Designed with bass legend Dan Lakin these have had an amazing reaction and they can’t wait to get them out to dealers and into the hands of the public!

Bare Knuckle Pick-ups 

Business as usual, good stock

Barnes & Mullins

Barnes & Mullins are fully operational but working with a reduced staff level. All staff present in our headquarters are adhering to strict distancing regulations and supplied with appropriate PPE including hand sanitisers, masks and face visors.

Stocks levels are good and the majority of despatches are still sent on a next day basis. Shipping to store and Drop-Shipping is FREE for orders over £50 in the UK mainland and our sales office is available as normal on 01691 652449. Retailers are also encouraged to go online to to place orders at any time of the day or night; check stock levels and prices; check their account status; see their back orders and full order history.


Whilst UK manufacturing is still on hold, BishopSound have good stock levels to draw on with next day store or drop ship delivery on orders placed before noon. Also brand new – their Orion 12″ active speaker with Bluetooth has taken off as a very affordable and capable FRFR powered speaker for guitarists using and modelling. Call Andrew Bishop on 07973 223949 for Trade Prices and Stock Updates.

Brilliant Distribution 

Receiving regular shipments of Duesenberg (though actual stock here in the UK is low my forward orders from the factory are coming through). Kluson Tuners and Goldo Parts are all OK. Anything not in stock can still be ordered. Good supply of Black Mountain Thumb Picks.

Caparison Guitars 

In good shape, the factory in Japan is working as normal and they are shipping world-wide in just two or three days by DHL.

D’Addario Europe 

Open and shipping as usual, all good!

DCM Music Ltd

Remains open. As the distributor for Maton, getting shipments in from Australia proved to be a challenge with the rising cost of air carriage. Stocks ran a little low but they are now in the process of building these levels back up now that air carriage is coming down to a more reasonable rate. In addition they are now distributing both Maybach Guitars and Wild Dog Stomp Box’s in the UK and any enquiries can be directed to

EMD Music

Open and shipping as normal.
  • All stock & special services available via
  • API Data link available to link all stock, data, images with your web site.
  • Drop Shipping available on all orders over £50
  • Special deals on Islander Ukulele & GoldTone Folk Instruments.
  • SUM20 USB Podcast mic sets just arrived.  RRP £41.50

Freestyle Music 

Very much operational from their new premises, and have fairly good stock levels.

Frederick Hyde Music Distribution

Their warehouse is operating as normal – in most cases, they are despatching orders on the same day they receive them. Frederick Hyde have reduced the free shipping threshold to just £50 net for UK mainland including drop shipments. Their fantastic new 2020 model Octopus Ukuleles are shipping now; in addition they have good stock available from Percussion Plus, Nuvo, Tom & Will, Jumbie Jam and more. or contact / 01428 653381.

Hal Leonard Europe 

No delays with order, good stocks. Place orders online in just a few clicks at, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use the website to check prices, discounts and stock availability, as well as browsing new products and catalogues online. Don’t forget, you can make use of the drop shipment servicefor customers requesting for orders to be shipped to their door.

Hardcase International

Production re-started this week, however, they will be operating with a rota crew for the foreseeable to ensure the safety of both employees and  Until it becomes possible to resume operations fully for both their UK retail and International Distribution partners there will be extended lead times for the foreseeable future with priority given to the completion of existing orders.

Howarths of London

Howarth is open and operating for shipping, on phone and email, though with reduced staffing for safety. Stock availability is good, restocking of popular sellers is ongoing


Presently, 100% open and active, end to end, from sales to cash collection and everything in between. They have good stocks, replenishment continues unabated, a 15:30 cut-off for next day deliveries and are ON IT!

Shipping to both dealers premises as usual and operating an efficient super cost effective and easy to use consumer drop ship service, backed up by assets to assist dealers create great web content.

FREE delivery for Drop-Ship orders over £49.99. Contact the Sales Office team on 0113 286 6411 or email


KORG UK warehouses remain fully operational and we are shipping normally for KORG, VOX, Takamine Guitars, Mapex Percussion, Paiste cymbals  and Vic Firth sticks.

KORG are delighted to have been able to offer a consistent supply over this period but that has resulted in some new product releases being backordered. However, they are continuing to receive shipments from all our suppliers and we have good stock levels across all our brands.

KORG portal is available 24/7 for both checking stock and for ordering, supported by our Customer Services team on 01908 304600 during office hours. If you require a login for our portal, please contact

Sales manager, Matt Longbottom is also on hand to discuss your requirements. Matt can be contacted on 07788 310710 and by email at

Ocarina Workshop

All Ocarina Workshop products are UK-manufactured, in stock, and ready to go. The award-winning school Ocarina, the 4-hole Oc®, is available in six rainbow colours, with or without books. We continue to send out daily, direct to schools and trade. Email enquiries to
OcShop features the NEW ‘Adventurous Music-Making’ series of books and CDs and the full range of ‘Play Your Ocarina’ books, to support families and the home-educating public. As publishers, manufacturers and teachers, Ocarina Workshop is the essential one-stop-shop for all things Ocarina – open for business:

Palm Bay Guitars 

Have some stock on limited lines to offer retailers if they are interested has up-to-date limited stock including a couple of model variants that have just launched.


Manufacturing as per normal with excellent stocks of all Rotosound strings, shipping next day and drop shipping where needed….(Jason’s words – “Great opportunity to buy local and reduce the carbon footprint!”)

SCV Distribution

Pending any further preventative precautions, SCV will continue to trade as normal through their website and by telephone. Sales lines will be open during usual hours (9am to 5pm) and delivery services via DPD and Royal Mail will operate as normal. SCV Distribution are also pleased to confirm that their most popular products are in stock readily available to order.


Office and warehouse open as normal, Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, albeit with strict precautions in place. Manufacturing is still taking place at our Poole HQ. All staff are still available via usual phone/email contacts or via the main office (tel 01202 597180 or email Orders are being shipped out daily with DPD next-day service and stock levels are good. Contact Trevor to discuss shipping options, forward orders or bulk buy-ins (particularly those products ideal for home recording, live-streaming and video conferencing). We wish everyone well out there!


Due to short time work, orders may take longer than usual to be shipped out. Our Backoffice is open but with shortened opening hours. Orders can be send directly to, or through your regular ordering channels.

Source Distribution

Source has remained fully open during the lockdown period. All sales and marketing contacts are working and available. Stocks are a little tight on some core products especially where the target market is home use. However we are receiving regular shipments from our suppliers and indeed we are securing extra supplies as we go along. Sales enquiries should be directed to your Area Manager

Sound Technology

All departments at Sound Technology are operating, with the temporary exception of hardware service. All warehouses and logistics are operational with largely uninterrupted supply (see brand detail below). Currently, with everyone except our warehouse team working remotely, our telephone lines are open 9am -1pm Monday to Friday. Our latest Operating Status and contact information is kept up to date here:

  • HARMAN (AKG, JBL, Soundcraft, dbx, DigiTech):  No interruption to supply, European warehouse fully functioning with standard lead times. Good UK stock of high-demand products including headphones and monitors. AKG LYRA USB microphone temporarily out of stock due to high demand.
  • Nord Keyboards– No interruption to supply, Stockholm factory operating with standard lead times.
  • Kurzweil – No interruption to supply, good stock including digital stage pianos suitable for home learning
  • Teenage Engineering – No interruption to supply, good UK stock of all products including OP-1 and OP-Z. New Modular Series analogue synths now shipping.  High demand for Pocket Operators.
  • Solid State Logic– Currently out of stock of SSL / SSL 2+ interfaces due to high demand.
  • Apogee – Currently out of stock of USB microphones due to high demand.
  • Austrian Audio – New Hi-X55 studio headphones now in stock. Vienna factory operating with some reduced capacity.
  • Cranborne Audio – Good stock, awaiting further stock of Camden 500.
  • Gator / Frameworks & Washburn – Good stock, potential of some delays to future shipments.

Stentor Music Co Ltd

Operating as normal, processing orders by email, telephone and via the website. Good stock availability across Stentor’s wide variety of products. Supporting dealers with drop shipping options and product data – call Stentor Sales or your Stentor representative for details.  Use the Stentor website: to place orders, check stock and prices. – 01737 240226 – 01737 224967

Strings and Things

We are open for business, we are well stocked on most items & next day shipping is available.

The Soundpost 

Open with staff on rotas, good stocks, some of their suppliers shipping quicker than usual. Indian suppliers closed so restocking on certain instrument fitting lines will take longer than normal.

The Music Alliance

Open and shipping 5 days a week. A larger quantity of stock has been brought into the UK warehouse allowing products from Boston, Gotoh, Richwood, Hayman, and Korala to arrive at retailers on a next-day basis. Drop shipping is also now being offered across the entire catalogue and up-to-date stock levels are now available to dealers online

Vincent Bach

Vincent Bach International is fully operational and all staff continue to actively work from the safety of their own homes.

We have good stock in our new warehouse facility with new stock arriving on a regular basis which means we are able to ship daily to either your showroom or a chosen destination including direct to the customer. To place an order or ask a question about stock please contact wither Charlie Robertson or Kim Kelleher-Garcia on the details below:

Charlie Robertson – – 07902 303445
Kim Kelleher-Garcia – – 01895 547148


Open and fully functioning and processing orders as normal (availability permitting). In addition they are offering dealers deeper support tools. They are happy to discuss collaborative marketing actions that generate a wider awareness & Sales generation for the dealer and Yamaha. Can offer drop shipping solutions for all products from small Brass and Woodwind through to a Grand Piano (costs apply). Have been performing well since lockdown so are approaching some issues on availability and would encourage dealers to contact them quickly to ensure that they can support them appropriately.
Here are some primary contacts – Sales Manager team:
Malcolm Hardie – Keyboards, Digital pianos, Brass, Woodwind and Piano –
Tony Cox – Guitars, Drums , Synth , Line 6,  Ampeg, Protection Racket –
Alex Warren – Pro Audio –