Musicweek reports that the UK's "only musical instrument trade show" took place on 13 July 2016. What the report says, and doesn't say, is fascinating to me.
The report, written by Daniel Gumble and published on 12 July 2016, lists exhibitors including "Korg UK, Barnes and Mullins, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, MIA, Studioking, Trinity Xtras, Hal Leonard, Warwick Music, Active Music Stick, S Johnson & Co., RockSolid Agency, DCM Musical Distribution, Dubreq, Velta, Red Chilli Audio Limited, Mad Professor, British Drum Company, and more."
"And more"? Conspicuously absent from the list is venerated brass maker Paxman, headquartered in London. Either Paxman didn't exhibit or the article left out the UK's crown jewel of brass instrument manufacture. As Paxman's Facebook page makes no mention of the show, I can only assume they did not attend.
What does this say for the industry as a whole that there is a deep disconnect between what are known in the industry as 'musical instruments' (guitars, drums, keyboards) and 'band and orchestra' (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion)? Even in the UK, Paxman seems to be a poor step-child as far as the 'only musical instrument trade show in the UK' is concerned.
Just as fascinating is an almost throw-away line at the bottom of the article: "There will also be a special Brexit panel of speakers discussing how the industry might be affected by the UK’s EU exit." The show is run by Musikmesse, which runs the Frankfurt show, one of the biggest in the world. How indeed will the UK's music scene be affected by Brexit? Will British retailers have a difficult time stocking European products, now? And how will European orchestras be affected by Brexit? One American musician I know maintains his work status in Europe through his son's British citizenship. Where does he go now? And what about all the British musicians in European orchestras? Brexit's uncertainties extend far down, even into the depths of the music world.
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Dave and Chris are brass technicians who enjoy helping players get the most out of their playing experience.