Finally, after a couple of years trying, I have managed to find PMT Music in Bristol. It wasn’t where I thought it was but was on the way to where I thought it was (if you understand what I mean). And what a great store! We have some great music stores in south east Wales but what we don’t really have locally is a store with Hi-Tech studio equipment. PMT has such a department and it was filled with speakers, mixes, mics etc. The staff were friendly too.
Bristol also has Hobgoblin’s too – great for my folk leanings and I fancied both the saz and the oud in the front window. They also took time to allow me to take a picture of a bowed psaltery with tuning markings so that I can tune the instrument my father built for me a decade ago.