BuskerBags® and Albuquerque Folk Fest

Albuquerque Folk FestivalWell, I certainly blew it this year. I had my head so far dug into a hole I completely didn’t realize that the Albuquerque Folk Festival was going to be this weekend. Fortunately, however, Apple Mountain Music came to my rescue. Owner Debra Fortess is graciously allowing me to camp out at her booth and display and demonstrate how simple and easy it is to slip a Busker Bag over your instrument of choice. I’ll be there most of the day. If you are going to be there and would like a personal demonstration, you can call me on my cell (505-463-5044).

This year’s event looks like it is going to be a real winner, kicking off with a very special performance by the Claire Lynch Band Friday night, in a benefit for the Folk Fest. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, music fans. There will be plenty of music to go around on Saturday, with Americana icons Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott performing a couple of times, as well as many other national and regional acts.

There will also be workshops, jams, vendor booths, and all-in-all just a great ol’ time to be had!

The future roads of BuskerBags®

Healdsburg Guitar Festival

I have attended a few music festivals in the last couple of years with BuskerBags®, and the best one was the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, last year. This event usually occurred every other year. Last year’s even was a huge success, so much so that the organizers have decided to hold back for a least a year and regroup. I can totally understand their position. They could keep going and build on each year’s success, but that might only serve to have the roller-coaster effect.

BuskerBags was a sellout there. South by Southwest was a different story, altogether. We were totally mismatched. I didn’t do enough research at the front to be able to make a valid and informed decision. I was just going by what the organizers offered me. I have written about this before, so I won’t go any further, other than to say if you are someone who needs to attend music events in order to seel your product, be VERY sure to do due dilligence on that venue. Just because it is a internationally-recognized event, doesn’t mean it will be good for you. I did, however, learn a very valuable lesson. Whew!

Moving on I am now researching (diligently) venues that might be a great fit for BuskerBags. They need to be medium to smallish in size, with luthiers in attendance, as well as other music accessory booths. If you have one in your area, let me know and I will check it out.

By the way, click on the BB Video (above) and you can check out a new video. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and as some people say, “A world without music, is not a world in which I want to live.”

Onward!

 

 

BuskerBags® is stepping out

In addition to an ad coming out in soon in Vintage Guitar, we are also becoming more prominent online.

Reverb: Music AccessoriesSince the last post a few really great things have happened: We are now listed on the music product/accessory site, Reverb.com, and also on the newer (but very cool site) LuthierBuilt.com.You can click on the Reverb.com logo and be taken to the BuskerBags® page.

I found reverb.com at SXSW a few weeks back, and immediately liked what they had to offer. The site is great to work with and very simple to navigate. There are a ton of listings for just about everything under the musical spectrum, even BuskerBags!

When Bob Newby, LuthierBuilt.net founder, emailed me a couple of months ago, I thought well, here we go again. As you can probably expect, I receive many emails that want me to join a new site, one that “will benefit me greatly.”
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After quite a few back-and-forths with Bob I realized LuthierBuilt.net was going to be different. Like what I do with BuskerBags®, he is basically a one-person store, but a VERY passionate one-person store. I suggest you visit both Reverb.com and LuthierBuilt.net to see what they have to offer.

Even with all the new “press,” however, BuskerBags® is in need of your help. With a listing on GoFundMe, we are able to receive all contributions, even if the goal amount is not reached. We will use the funds generated for the purchase of new ads in both Songwriter and Acoustic Guitar magazines. There are also several new products that will need to be developed that will also need your support.
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On GoFundMe, unlike Kickstarter and a few other crowdsourcing sites, you don’t need to offer a lot of rewards that take up a good deal of the funds generated. I am, however, offering one BuskerBag® for those who contribute $75 or more, and two BuskerBags for those who contribute $125 or more.

You can contribute any amount, and I would be most appreciative of your consideration no matter the level of GoFundMe contribution.

Moving forward with BuskerBags®

Well, I went to SXSW and all I can say is it wasn’t like the Healdsburg Festival. With sooooo much going on in Austin, the crowds weren’t what I had been led to believe they would be. Our even was paired in the same building with a poster show. Go figure! Anyway, that lesson is well learned.

Now that I am back home after that event I can look forward to the future of BuskerBags® with a clearer image in mind of what needs to be accomplished. I need to do whatever I can to maintain inventory levels, continue with and add to advertising (Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Fretboard Journal, Guitar Aficionado), and develop new products.

To that end I have signed up with GoFundMe, a crowdsourcing site that is much more simple to work with than others I have researched. With GoFundMe all monies received can be be withddrawn at any time, so that I don’t have to reade my desired goal. As you may know, any amount helps with small businesses. There are no confusing reward levels to confuse you and you can choose to accept rewards as they are offered.

I don’t have any official levels of reward, but I am offering one BuskerBag bag for those who choose to contribute $50/more, and two BuskerBags to those who choose to contribute $100 or more.

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If you would like to either continue or join with me on this road to much-deserved BuskerBags® success and glory, please click on the image above to be taken to my page.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and contribution!Tim

All’s well in Austin…

This is just a quick note to let my legion of fans know the I am alive and well in Austin. BuskerBags are walking out the door and I should be back in Albuquerque tomorrow night. The next stop for the traveling BuskerBags show just might be the Dallas International Guitar Festival. Whoa!

Thanks to those who have checked in with me to see how I was. It matters!

It’s a go! Onward to SXSW…

SXSW Gear Expo-tbaWell, all the stars are in alignment and it looks like I will be taking BuskerBags to South by Southwest (SXSW)! WooHoo! I received my order of BuskerBags from Silverado Home (Albuquerque manufacturer) last week, and had them embroidered by Image Creator (Albuquerque) this week. Truly a home-grown product.

Then, my packaging department (me) inserted each bag in its proper container, and voila! We’re done and road ready. I will leave Sunday for Austin, allowing a few days prior to the SXSW Gear Expo to hang out at the venue and socialize (read: schmooze!). I am really looking forward to this trip and getting the BuskerBag® brand out there, even further.

BB-CoasterAlso, each BuskerBag that is sold at SXSW will have a BuskerBags® Coaster in the package. This is a double-sided, heavy duty coaster that you can place your wine, beer, coffee, or tea on while you are practicing.

You can see by the floor-plan below that I will be in booth 409, which will be right in the middle of the venue. Looks like a great place to sell out, again. If you’ll remember, I had a complete sell-out of the bags at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival last year. With as much traffic shuffling through the hall as expected, the odds are good for another sell-out. Wish me luck!

If you are going to be in the area, be sure to stop by and visit. Again, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your past and continued support of the original, one-of-a-kind, Made in the USA BuskerBag®!

Floor Plan-Gear Expo

South by Southwest (SXSW) or Bust!

SXSW Gear ExpoYeppers, it’s absolutely true. I am doing all I can to get the funds together to get to South by Southwest (SXSW) to expose BuskerBags™ to even more people… and that means you!

I need your help.

The last event we attended was the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, and we all know what happened there: We sold out all the stock we had.

So, for SXSW we will have to double (maybe even triple!) our efforts in an effort to get expenses covered.

So, here’s the deal. For everyone who orders a BuskerBag™ through this offer, you will be able to get one or two bags for only $35, including shipping in the Continental United States. There are only two catches. One is that there will be a time limit on this offer. You need to order your BuskerBag™ at this Special Price by February 10, 2014.

The second catch is that you will not be able to receive your bag(s) until AFTER I return from SXSW. That’s right… AFTER I return. It would make much sense to deplete my stock before I get there. Now, would it.

I am going to keep this plea simple. You can click on either of the three buttons below to contribute to the cause. That’s it!

If you would like to take me up on the “One Bag” $35 offer, including shipping, click the button below:

 

 

If, however, you would like to take me up on the “Two Bag” $70 offer, including shipping, click the button below:

 

 

If you are not really interested in receiving a bag, but like to throw in a couple of bucks, anyway, click the button below:

 

 

Thank you all for your present and continued support of BuskerBags™. It is VERY much appreciated!

Tim…

BuskerBags™ moves into retail

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Debra Fortess for agreeing to stock BuskerBags™, at her store, Apple Mountain Music, in Albuquerque.

BuskerBags™ Mini

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At her store she stocks dulcimers, banjos, fiddles, harps, etc. I first came across Debra at a recent Dulcimer Festival, and thought that her store would make a good fit for BuskerBags™. I was right! The BuskerBag™ Mini slips right over the mountain dulcimer shown, very nicely to become a full enclosure.

By the way, BuskerBags™ have been fitted for guitars, banjos, electric and acoustic bass, saxophones, fiddles, mandolins, violins, double bass, auto harp, mountain dulcimer, etc. It seems the more instruments I see the more I know there should be a BuskerBag™ for them.

In the works: BuskerBags™ for hammered dulcimer, stick guitar… whew! Who knew?

At this time I would like to thank all those who have purchased the bags recently, and hope that you all have a very happy holiday season!

 

Double Bass BuskerBag™

Busker Bag sketch bassI think I mentioned previously about Marc Hogan, a professional bass player in Chicago, who requested a BuskerBag™ for his instrument. Well, I thought, “Why not.” I took a five minute drive to my Albuquerque manufacturer, Silverado Home, and talked it over with owner, Sylvia, and following a drawing from Marc, she went about to create the BuskerBag™ Biggie!

The first comment production manager, Anna, made was, “this is a REALLY big BuskerBag™!” True. It took almost three-times as much material. But we followed Marc’s excellent sketch (left) and waited for his response after I sent it to him.

After a few weeks, I opened up my email folder and noticed that Marc had sent a couple of images of the Double Bass BuskerBag™ at work (below)! As you can see by the images, the bag fit the instrument perfectly. Thanks to Silverado Home for continuing to make the almost impossible, possible.

DoubleBass BuskerBag™

BuskerBags for the holidays

BuskerBags™I am happy to announce that a new order of BuskerBags™ has arrived, just in time for holiday ordering. I have good inventories of all four colors, and am looking forward to getting your order out as soon as possible.

I recently had a BuskerBag™ “Maxi” made for an acoustic bass player in Chicago. (Thanks, Marc!)

Did I mention BuskerBags™ are a great gift item for that musician in your life.

“I just wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate the “Busker Bag” my wife purchased for me for my birthday.

“Against the wishes of the manufacturer, I do leave an acoustic out on a stand in the living room. And, of course, that means “dusting” it or “cleaning” fairly regularly. While that still happens, your little invention makes it happen less, and I feel good about having the guitar protected, and I just wanted to let you know I’m very pleased with how the Bag works…looks, and helps protect my guitar.” (Bob)

I would like to offer those who are receiving this notice free shipping on any order placed by November 10, 2013, including retail orders. This will still give you plenty of time to get your order in before the Holiday rush, and at the current pricing, which is $44.95 for the Regular and $39.95 for the Mini.You can dress up your BuskerBag™ by having your name embroidered on the front for only $12. After that date prices will (absolutely) be going up!

You can place an order here.

At the Healdsburg Guitar Festival I had several luthiers approach me about buying quantities in bulk and having their logos embroidered on the front of each “Made in the U.S.A.” BuskerBag™. If you would like to receive this quantity pricing information, let me know as soon as you can.

BuskerBags™ are currently available in four (4) colors (Red Cedar, Koa, Slate, and Ebony) and two sizes: Regular, for most guitars, congas, banjos, basses, etc.; Mini, for ukeleles, mandolins, saxophones, fiddles, violins, etc. If you have a special request, let me know.