Originally Posted by evolving_machine
Suppose, Pearl would have a store, that really did not sell anything directly, but just showed the products to the people. Perhaps they had the ability to direct you to an online store where you could make the purchases. As musicians we need to touch the product once in a while that we are about to purchase. In this store, Pearl would be able to show their new product line, show off their older products, have complete control over the training of their staff.
An excellent idea, and they could even co-op with other non-competing companies (such as Sabian, Vic Firth, etc.)
The problem is of course, where
do they set up such a showroom? How many would they have to set-up to accommodate enough people to make it worthwhile?
This is why there is a network of dealers, so that each company doesn't have to have a dedicated presence in every major market.
But I like the concept, and artists in the area could stop in and do demos, clinics, talk about the product. I'd be on board if Ludwig, Sabian, Evans or Vic Firth did that here in L.A.