British music stores report spiking sales during the pandemic

More people have time to learn the guitar – and the sales reflect that.

One of the UK’s leading music retailers has revealed that – despite physical shops being closed – sales of instruments have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rimmers Music, has seen a sharp increase in the number of instruments bought in lockdown compared to last year. Co-own er Cathy Tate commented: “It’s clear to see that the pandemic has inspired a flurry of budding musicians to learn an instrument for the first time, with instrument sets designed for beginners being our most popular products during this period.”

She continued, noting that: “Learning and playing an instrument has endless benefits; relieving stress, building confidence, and improving creativity to name a few. Hopefully learning to play an instrument has been a useful coping mechanism for many customers, helping them to stay focused during this strange time.”

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The revelation comes after Andy Mooney, CEO of Fender, said 2020 will be the brand’s “biggest year” for sales. In July, Gear4Music also reported an 80% increase in sales from last year, while Guitar Center’s flagship branch in Hollywood said that its sales figures experienced a triple-digit increase.

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