25 Years of Rock'n'Roll: The PMT Timeline

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As we discussed on a previous blog, PMT was born on a classic year for music. Now, let us show you how we went from just one small shop in Southend, to become the largest musical instruments retailer in the UK!

PMT 25 years timeline

In 1991 two Essex boys had a vision: Most music stores seemed sad, lacking atmosphere, direction or any retail know-how. So they decided to inject some new ideas into the Music Industry and PMT was born! It's been an amazing ride... check it out!

PMT Timeline

1991

17th AUGUST: OUR FIRST STORE OPENS - PMT SOUTHEND

PMT Southend guitar shop - before and after PMT Southend: before (left) and after.

 

Simon Gilson and Terry Hope Simon Gilson and Terry Hope outside their first store, in 1992. One year on, things were getting bigger...

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1994

PMT EXPANDS! ROMFORD STORE OPENS, IN AUGUST.

PMT Romford Our second store, PMT Romford. It featured a new logo.

 

Simon & Terry celebrating the PMT Romford Grand Opening. Simon & Terry celebrating the PMT Romford Grand Opening.

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1995

24th AUGUST: FIRST PMT STORE OUTSIDE ESSEX OPENS IN OXFORD... WITH A LEGENDARY GUEST!

PMT Oxford opening, with Jim Marshall, terry Hope and Simon Gilson PMT Oxford opening, with (inset, L-R): Terry Hope, Jim Marshall,  and Simon Gilson

 

Jim Marshall officially opening PMT Oxford, August 1994 Jim Marshall officially opening PMT Oxford, August 1994

 

PMT Oxford at night An atmospheric shot of PMT Oxford at night, 1995.

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2001

NOVEMBER: PMT BIRMINGHAM OPENS, FEATURING THE LARGEST GUITAR WALL IN EUROPE.

PMT Birmingham Guitar Wall and Jim Marshall PMT Birmingham Guitar Wall today, and (inset) Jim Marshall at the inauguration, in 2001.

 

simon-terry-xmas Celebrating another successful year - Xmas 2001

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2003

THINGS ARE GETTING BUSIER AT PMT BIRMINGHAM, AND THE WORD KEEPS SPREADING...

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2004

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2005

AUGUST: TIME FOR A NEW STORE! PMT NORTHAMPTON OPENS ITS DOORS.

PMT Northampton PMT Northampton is the biggest guitar shop in the area.

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2006

PMT WINS A MIA INDUSTRY AWARD FOR THE FIRST TIME! AND IT WASN'T TO BE THE LAST...

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2007

A GLORIOUS TIME FOR PMT, WHEN MARTIAL ARTS LEGEND/ GUITAR AFICIONADO STEVEN SEAGAL VISITED PMT BIRMINGHAM.

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Steven Seagal Steven Seagal: Another guitar legend who, like Noel G., loves a good Gibson... and also visited PMT Birmingham!

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2008

THE YEAR OF THE RAT! PMT OPENS THREE NEW STORES, IN JUNE: MANCHESTER, LEEDS & NORWICH

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PMT Manchester PMT Manchester, which opened in 2008 and is the best guitar shop in the Manchester / Salford area.

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2009

DOOM AND GLOOM FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. SALES FALL, AND KIDS PREFER GUITAR HERO. BUT NOT AT PMT - SALES INCREASE, AS REPORTED BY THE BBC NEWS!

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PMT on BBC News Gaz from PMT Birmingham on the BBC News

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2010

PMT OPENS BRISTOL STORE, IN MAY. PMT WINS THE FIFTH MIA AWARDS IN A ROW.

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PMT Bristol Roland Planet area at PMT Bristol

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2011

MAY '11: EXPANSION CONTINUES, NOW ON THE WEB: PMT ACQUIRES LIVERPOOL-BASED DOLPHIN MUSIC

Dolphin Music Did you know: the PMT Online HQ has been based in Liverpool since 2011, when Dolphin Music was acquired.

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2012

A YEAR OF OLYMPIC HIGHS... AND NEW LOWS!

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Joe Satriani visits PMT Birmingham Joe Satriani visits PMT Birmingham, in July. He packed the store, and dozens of fans lined up for pics and autographs on one of our biggest events to date.

Simon & Terry with Olympic torch on a bike

Did you know: Simon & Terry saved the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. Well... that's the story we'll stick with!

Simon & Terry bike crash Despite reaching new highs such as winning another MIA Award, PMT also reached a new low in 2012...

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2013

NEW STORE ADDED IN APRIL: PMT CAMBRIDGE.

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PMT Cambridge

Wilko Johnson at PMT Southend Wilko Johnson visits PMT Southend, in September

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2014

2014? BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR PMT. OH, AND WE WON YET ANOTHER MIA AWARD! TIME TO LOOK BACK AT OTHER FAMOUS VISITORS TO OUR PMT STORES...

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Rock stars at PMT

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2015

ANOTHER MASSIVE YEAR FOR PMT, AS WE OPEN THREE NEW STORES: NEWCASTLE (APRIL), ROMFORD LONDON (MOVING TO A BIGGER AND BETTER LOCATION, AUGUST) AND, FINALLY, CARDIFF (NOVEMBER).

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PMT Cardiff Croeso! First PMT shop in Wales opened in Cardiff, November 2015.

 

PMT Newcastle Earlier in the year, PMT Newcastle was a huge success... despite some dodgy DIY work (inset)

Daft Punk impersonator in Newcastle

Brian-Johnson ... Brian Johnson of AC/DC was certainly in the shop though - and he approved!

 

Boss crate in East London Giant Boss FX pedals crate, crash-landed in Romford...

 

PMT Cambridge Crew The crew at PMT Cambridge

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2016

BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER! PMT CELEBRATES IT'S 25th YEAR IN STYLE. NEW PORTSMOUTH STORE OPENS IN MARCH, WHEN PMT ACQUIRES NEVADA MUSIC. PRS GUITARS SUPREMO - PAUL REED SMITH - PAYS A VISIT TO MANCHESTER. PLUS, THE 14TH PMT STORE OPENS IN NOTTINGHAM IN OCTOBER!

PMT Portsmouth The old Nevada store becomes another successful PMT store, in Portsmouth

Paul Reed Smith at PMT Manchester

Jason Donovan in Newcastle

 

PMT Nottingham - looking fantastic on it's Opening Day on 1st October 2016

PMT LONDON, OUR FLAGSHIP LONDON STORE FOUND IN CLERKENWELL, OPENS ON SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017, WITH ADAM ZINDANI OF THE STEREOPHONICS CUTTING THE RIBBON WITH S&T AUDIO OWNERS SIMON AND TERRY. TIME TO CELEBRATE OUR 15TH STORE & 16TH PMT LOCATION OPENING!

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2018 HAS HELD TONS OF EVENTS FOR PMT STORES, INCLUDING OUR BEST-YET LEARN TO PLAY DAY, SUPPORTING ALL OF THE NORTHERN GUITAR SHOWS, OUR FIRST APPEARANCE AT LONDON DRUM SHOW, SPECIAL VISITS FROM PAUL REED SMITH, JOHN CRUZ (FENDER CUSTOM SHOP) AND MARK HOLCOMB, OUR EXCLUSIVE MARTIN OPEN MICS, AND AWESOME DRUM CLINICS FROM KARL BRAZIL, MATTY BROWN, ASH SHEEHAN & ASH WEAVER, KAZ RODRIGUEZ AND DEXTER HERCULES.

2019 SAW OUR FLAGSHIP STORE MOVE TO AN EVEN BETTER PREMISES ON WESTLEY STREET! THE NEW PMT BIRMINGHAM IS THE BIGGEST MUSIC SHOP IN THE UK AND FEATURES YAMAHA'S FIRST EVER PREMIER CENTRE, A ROLAND STORE, A TAYLOR PREMIER ROOM, A MARTIN HERITAGE ROOM, AND (IT STILL HAS) EUROPE'S LARGEST SINGLE GUITAR WALL. THE GRAND OPENING WAS AN EXTRAVAGANT EVENT, WITH OVER 1,000 PEOPLE ATTENDING AND ROCKSTARS SUCH AS BERNIE MARSDEN, BEV BEVAN, CHRIS BUCK, AND TOBY LEE MAKING APPEARANCES, DOING SIGNINGS AND PLAYING LIVE. WE'VE ALSO SEEN MIKE JOHNSTON, RICK ASTLEY, AND JEORGE TRIPPS IN PMT STORES ALREADY WITH CRAIG BLUNDELL, CHRIS COLEMAN, MATT GARSTKA, LUKE HOLLAND AND MORE APPEARING IN PMT STORES LATER THIS YEAR. AND LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT THE 'JUST PLAY' EVENTS THAT EIGHT PMT STORES TAKEN PART IN WITH ROCKSTEADY AND THE FOO FIGHTERS IN FEBRUARY. OVER 1,000 CHILDREN WERE TAUGHT TO PLAY A FOO SONG, WHICH THEY PERFORMED IN THEIR OWN BANDS, IN ONE DAY!

PMT BIRMINGHAM 2019

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2 Comments on “25 Years of Rock'n'Roll: The PMT Timeline”

  • Peter Bernice
    16th July 2019

    I've used Nevada for many years and always felt it was a bit untidy and needed updating, now that PMT has taken over it's so much better its light and spacious and the stock is displayed so that when you walk around its like heaven for all musicians, well done PMT.

  • Pete
    4th October 2017

    You deserve to always succeed, I have purchased from you online, the staff were really helpful and the delivery was top class.

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