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ALLANS BILLY HYDES CEO SPEAKS ABOUT THE $1.5m VAULT COLLECTION

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 25, 2014

gibsonepimacartneyEarlier today we announced news of the sale of The 1.5 million dollar Vault Collection of rare guitars. It’s a private collection of guitars compiled over the years by Allans Billy Hydes/AMI Gibson CEO Con Gallin. It’s a collection of limited edition signature guitars and other rarities, some with very personal connections to some of rock music’s most legendary players.

For instance, there’s the Gibson Jimmy Page Signature EDS-1275 Aged Double Neck guitar made famous by Jimmy in the Led Zeppelin days. There were only 26 of these made and Jimmy owns No. #1 himself. The one in the Vault Collection is #26 of those made and is personally signed by Jimmy. There are three other Jimmy Page models in the collection too including No. #8 of only 11 Signature Les Paul Custom Artist Proof models made.

gibson59pagelespaulGibson Australia’s Con Gallin explains the artist connection with guitars such as this. “What happens generally with the Artist models like these, is that because they are made in such limited numbers, the artist gets to sit down and play each and every one of them. I even have photos of Billy Gibbons with his signature guitars from this collection.”

One of the signed Billy Gibbons signature models in the Vault collection is No. #25 of only 50 ‘Pearly Gates’ model Les Pauls. Another guitar with much historical significance but not directly associated with an artist, is a Robot model Les Paul from that line’s very first production run. If you’re a Les Paul fan, the Angus Young SG Standard Aged guitar might float your boat. It’s number  #14 of 50. The collection is mainly made up of Gibson and Epiphone guitars, however there are also some other rarities and curios from Fender, Gretsch, and Martin. Unfortunately, the guitars are not being offered for individual sale but as a total collection at the asking price of 1.5 million.

gibsonpagesigThe impetus for the sale of the Vault Collection was a burglary at Gallin’s home where the guitars had been stored. He’d just come home from the launch of Support Act’s Bandwagon appeal, in which his company had donated a car, only to find his house had been broken into. None of the guitars in the collection were stolen but it was enough to make him think that this historic collection might best be in the hands of someone who would treasure them and keep them safe and sound.

“Rock music is the new classical music,” says Gallin of the era which inspired these guitars. “There will never be rock bands like Led Zeppelin again and players like Eric Clapton, they were pioneers. Electronic music is becoming super popular now. You can do so much more now with less latent, you don’t have to be Jimi Hendrix or John Lennon. When they recorded Sgt Peppers on a 4 track, you needed a tremendous amount of talent. Now whatever you can’t do yourself, a machine will do for you. These instruments are what that great music from the past was made on and they have become history. That’s the big attraction here.”

gibsonpetetownshendFormer Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick echoes Gallin’s sentiments about the collection. “”Who can deny seeing a Sunburst Les Paul in Jimmy Page’s hands and not feel the power and joy of Led Zeppelin, or imagine the head banging emotions of an image of Slash armed with his ‘Appetite’ Les Paul,” said Kulick. “We can all still hear the shrieks of Beatlemania resonating  through Sir Paul McCartney’s Epiphone Texan when he plays ‘Yesterday’. This collection is impressive as a whole, but each of the instruments will stand on its own. Having such a complete representation of amazing guitars available, with some signed and numbered by our heroes, make this offer a complete mind blowing experience for one happy owner.”

As to who in Australia might be able to afford the 1.5 million dollar price tag, Gallin suggests that there are plenty of music loving CEOs out there who would see the collection as a great investment. “Well there is still a lot of money here,” suggests Con. “You always hear of developers and other people who are doing really well. It might be a retiring CEO who cashes in their shares and is looking to invest their money in something. It’s not just a collection for someone who loves guitars, it’s a collection for someone with plenty of money but also wants a great investment. Who knows, someone like Nicole Kidman might want to buy it for her guitar-collecting husband Keith Urban,” he joked.

gibsonclaptonGallin sees the timing of announcement of the sale of the Vault Collection as a celebratory move. “What we wanted to do was to finish the year on a high,” explains Con. “We’ve just put more money into Allans to expand the range. The stores are looking great. We are not just there to move boxes and take money, we are in the music business.  There are a lot of positive things happening and we thought this would be a nice touch. We are not just people in retail, otherwise I wouldn’t have those guitars to begin with. We are music people and this collection represents music history.”

Interested parties may enquire via email: [email protected] or call 1300255 267

Check out what’s in the Vault Collection here

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THE VAULT 1.5 MILL GUITAR COLLECTION FOR SALE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 25, 2014

jimmypageAre you a complete guitar nut with a spare 1.5 Million dollars on you? If so, you might want to purchase The Vault, a private collection of some of the most valuable guitars in the world being made available by Allans Billy Hydes. Featured in this collection, which is to be sold complete and not separately, are rare Gibson and Epiphone artist guitars from Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Don Felder, The Everly Brothers, Kiss, Billy Gibbons and other guitar greats.

“The Vault represents a collection of instruments that not only have all the “wow” and “cool” factors, but are a major part of our cultural history of Rock N Roll,” says former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick  “Who can deny seeing a Sunburst Les Paul, in Jimmy Page’s hands and not feel the power and joy of Led Zeppelin, or imagine the head banging emotions of an image of Slash armed with his “Appetite” Les Paul. We can all still hear the shrieks of Beatlemania resonating  through Sir Paul McCartney’s Epiphone Texan when he plays “Yesterday.”

This collection is impressive as a whole, but each of the instruments will stand on its own. Having such a complete representation of amazing guitars available, with some signed and numbered by our heroes, make this offer a complete mind blowing experience for one happy owner.

Australian Musician will bring you an update and further information, including comments from Allans Billy Hyde’s CEO Con Gallin soon.

Check out the collection here

Interested parties may enquire via email: [email protected] or call 1300255 267

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MATON MANIA AT MALL MUSIC

Posted in Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - November 24, 2014

Mall Music’s Macquarie Centre has an amazing range of Maton guitars on display. Ricky Barton, Mall Music’s resident guitar expert show us what they’ve got in stock.
www.mallmusic.com.au

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WATCH / YAMAHA CP40 STAGE PIANO

Posted in Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - November 24, 2014

The CP40 STAGE features amazingly realistic piano sounds and touch in an incredibly compact package. In this video demo, Yamaha artist Jake Mason takes you through the CP40’s features. Check more great product demonstrations on Yamaha’s Living Music site

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RARE BLUES LEGENDS FOOTAGE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 24, 2014

Thanks to Joe Bonamassa for alerting us to this historic footage from the American Folk Blues Festival in the early 60s, which has been posted to YouTube. It features some of the greatest blues artists in music history including Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Joe Turner, Junior Wells, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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SIMON AYTON – KEEPING HIS TRAP SET

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 23, 2014

You think you know someone … you dig a little deeper and sometimes you discover that there’s a whole other world to them. Take Simon Ayton for example. For me and probably many others in the music products industry, he’s Roland Corporation’s Australian V-Drum guy, a talented drummer who presents…

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SHANE PIASECKI – GUITAR

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - November 23, 2014

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Shane Piasecki’s been thinking a lot about his fans in Australia lately, he tells us on his Facebook page. It’s one of the small town Ohio born and raised, artist’s biggest hubs, but he’s never had the chance to perform here. Now with the release of Set You…

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GABE FEDERICO-MATTHEWS (Forest Falls) – GUITAR

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - November 23, 2014

Melbourne six-piece band Forest Falls combine folk, indie and pop in alluring, delicate, evocative songs.  Their sound is laden with inviting chants, dynamic arrangements and soaring lead vocals. The band has just a released a new single, Heavy Hearted Girl as well as a wonderful video to express its themes….

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VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: GEORGE KALPA- KSDB

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - November 23, 2014

Melbourne’s George Kalpa is excited to reveal a new self-directed video for his track ‘ksdb’, and in celebration, his debut album ‘Mode’ which saw release this October, has been made available as a free download until the end of the month.

The premise for the video came to George in the studio, after staring at an old mic for a bit too long. Trying to convince an actress to “make love to the mic” resulted in an unintentionally entertaining casting process as George explains:

“The casting process should have been filmed for some kind of reality TV show because seeing girls faces when I asked them to do that to the mic was priceless. To be honest not many actresses got back to me after learning what it is they needed to do. “Noir? Great I’m in!, Mic Loving? No thanks.” Karina and Tom were natural choices for the roles, they both understood the place where the vibe and idea of the video lived.”

The video for ‘ksdb’ was directed by George Kalpa and produced by Gene Kalpa and INAWAY Productions. George’s short films have screened at film festivals around the world. He is currently working on the follow up to ‘Mode’, and has a new film in pre-production.

http://www.georgekalpa.com/

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ARIA MANDOLINS

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - November 22, 2014

With the prevalence of folk rock at the moment, the humble mandolin has well and truly come back into favour. The ARIA company out of the UK (instruments distributed here by Pro Music Australia),  offer a quality range of affordable mandolins. The Aria mandolin collection features great sounding instruments, with…

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