Red Dog Music was formed in May 2008 by former management of Sound Control and Turnkey, previously the UK’s largest musical instrument and technology retailers. Frustrated by the general direction of musical instrument shops, we decided that we’d start our own and run it in the way we think music shops should be run. We are defiantly independent - there are no sinister men in suits and dark glasses telling us what we should and should not do - and the store is both owned and run by musicians.
As active musicians ourselves, we hold a passionate belief that musical instruments should not be treated like any other commodity - companies that sell guitars as if they are televisions are completely missing the point - and we stay central to the local Edinburgh music scene, sponsoring nights, helping musicians get gigs, and gigging ourselves in various different bands (from indie to techno to country and everything in between!).
In October 2008, we launched our online music store here at www.reddogmusic.co.uk with a similar aim - to make shopping for musical equipment online easy, fun and hassle-free. We know that you just want to find the sort of gear you like and slaver over it, not spend hours trawling through pages of stuff you don’t like but that someone somewhere wants you to like.
As a young, tech-savvy company, we are fully involved in making sure the back-end of the website - the fulfillment of your orders - is as slick as anything out there, and are always on the lookout for new ways to make your online experience with us amazing, so if you have any bright ideas, please get in touch!
We are proud to say that in October 2009 - 16 months after we first opened our doors - we were voted “Best Independent Retailer” in the Music Industries Association’s annual awards ceremony. This is a hotly contested award between the 2,000 or so music shops in the UK, and this is the first time it’s been won by a company after only one year in business.
Thank you to all of our customers for making that possible!