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Nicko opens his maiden drum store
Nicko McBrain has opened the doors to his first drum store.
Iron Maiden legend, Nicko McBrain, has launched Drum One, a shop located on the Trafford Park business estate in Manchester.
Nicko said “I am extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful adventure. It is a departure from my usual day job but never the less it is one that I am ready to take on. I’m so very grateful for having this wonderful opportunity to embrace and serve the retail side of the percussion world, as well as you drummers! I am looking forward to the commitment, dedication and experience that is Nicko McBrain’s Drum One.
“Please come and visit us soon to take a journey into and explore our wonderful world of drumming. Oh yes,” he concludes, “and don’t forget to bring your own biccies!”
The store (somewhat suitably due to the gear allegiance of its owner) features Planet Paiste and Sonorsphere, where customers will find the largest ranges of Paiste and Sonor gear in the country. However, all major drum brands will also be stocked.
Craig Buckley, formerly of Premier Drums, is also a partner in the store. Craig, who worked with Nicko during his time at Premier, is delighted to have joined back up with the Iron Maiden man.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Nicko again, we had such a good time working together during my time with Premier,” Craig said. “When this opportunity was originally offered to me in the summer I mentioned it to Nicko and he wanted to be involved immediately and since then we have been planning the restructure, the re-branding and the social media platform in a bid to have everything ready for our announcement at NAMM 2018.
“We felt that it was important to keep disruption to the business minimal when we took over, so we took the decision to run simply as Drum Centre until we had all of the branding and shop fitting changed to the way we envisaged. The support we have received from the manufacturers and distributors since the takeover has been fantastic and I want to thank them all on behalf of Nicko and myself for their commitment.”
Discussing the changes on the way, Craig added: “We are planning a significant web presence for the business with an extremely well thought out web site and online retail facility, which will be completed by early summer 2018. We are very keen to develop the actual store itself into a social hub for drummers, we will be holding regular in-store events hosted by manufacturers and clinics will be held at local venues. We want drummers to come along and hang out at the store whether they are buying or not, the kettle is always on.
“Drum One is going to be an adventure and we want as many drummers as possible to be a part of it!”
For more visit www.drumone.co.uk.
A smiling Nicko McBrain opens his shiny new drum store in Manchester