Hey everyone! My name is Mark and I'm the managing director of Spartan Music in Stockport. At the moment we specialise in pedals, tubes and general accessories. We don't sell guitars or instruments, but we help you get the most out of what you already have. We hope you love the brands we've chosen to sell as much as we do!
I thought the "about us" section sounded a bit too bland and could do with updating. So let's make it more personal and let me tell you the story of the business. We're not a faceless corporate entity where the owners stay as far away from the customers and employees as possible. We're a true independent retailer who are passionate about what we do.
I founded the business back in 2013 and was struggling to find work at the time. I was a beginner guitarist so decided to retail some low cost guitar accessories on eBay and Amazon. My contract at work was brought to an end which meant the side project became my sole source of income. This gave me a lot of sleepless nights as you can imagine. Sometimes people find it hard to make that leap to being self employed. Leaving the security of a full time job can seem very daunting - there's no guaranteed pay cheque at the end of the month. The way it was forced upon me acted as an advantage in that respect!
It turns out great value pedals, straps and accessories were a good starting point. Like me, other guitarists wanted to experiment with different sounds without having to shell out hundreds of pounds. As I developed as a guitarist (although not by much - I'm still pretty bad) my needs changed. I wanted more ways to define my sound, pedals which encouraged creativity, a better standard of build quality etc. This naturally resulted in us stocking the brands you see today such as EHX, Earthquaker and Keeley.
But we haven't forgotten our roots. Our own brand of accessories is still an important part of our business. We want to be inclusive and provide great value gear to beginners as well as providing options for professionals.
A problem I often found when looking for gear was option paralysis. Especially when it came to pedals. There were hundreds of different brands. Which ones should you try? While we don't stock as many brands as some retailers, the brands we do stock, we genuinely believe in. We love them, and we hope you do too. Additionally, because we specialise a little bit more, we're hoping we can offer you more tailored recommendations as well as great pre and after sales advice.
The business has come a long way from when I used to run it from my bedroom. I never even dreamed of having a commercial premise and employees. So if you've ever bought from us, I want to say a big thank you. Without you we'd be unable to do the jobs we all enjoy. Yes, it's hard work at times, but being surrounded by products you're genuinely passionate about makes it all worth while.
Thanks for reading!