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Crazy Beat Records
Headers: Rare And Collectible Vinyl
Based in Essex and founded in the 1990s, Crazy Beat Records specialises in Soul, Jazz, Funk, House, Garage, Dance, Disco, Northern & Modern Soul, Reggae, Rap, Hip Hop & Urban R &B. Quality new and used vinyl and cds available with over 100,000 items in stock at any one time.
Headers: New, Rare, Collectable, Used & Hard To Find CDs, Vinyl Records, Rare CD singles, Picture Discs, Rare Vinyl, 12", 7", Limited Editions, Promos, Imports, Albums & Music Memorabilia from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 2000s
Eil has a large stock of new albums and feature top chart news but they also specialise in rare and collectables, with a stock of 250,000 CDs and vinyl records. Memorabila includes fanzines, presspacks calendars etc. They also buy rare records and CDs so if you have something to sell contact them via the site.  Visit the busy forum which seems to be full of music buffs. Eil stands for Esprit International Limited which has its head office in Meopham Kent and offices in US, South America and Japan.

This is a French company which specialises in rare collectors, cds and vinyl records, imports, promo, limited edition, new, deleted and collectables. Prices are in euros or US dollars.

Karaoke Island
Headers: Midi files, MP3 files.
For a small fee you can download mp3 karaoke songs with a freeware PC karaoke player, Midi-files with lyrics and karaoke software. The lyrics displayed on your PC or WinCE device. Choose from 1000s of songs. New ones added constantly.

Last Minute Musicians
Headers: Bands for Hire, Musicians for Hire, Wedding Entertainers, Corporate Entertainers, Music Education, Music Shop, News, Forum, Studio / Music Tech, PA Hire, Resources, Entertainment Directory
If you need to book entertainment, try Last Minute Musicians. In addition to musicians, you can search the extensive database for entertainers such as magicians plus you can find agents, managers, studios, producers, venues for hire and services for hire.

Lick Library
Headers: Backing Track, Driven Tutorials, Tab Books, Technique Books, Reference Books, DVD Tuition, Tuition Videos, Live DVD & Video, Equipment, Multimedia, Audio CD, Bass Guitar, Drums.
The award winning guitar tutorial site from the creators of Total Accuracy guitar workshops. Over 2,000 guitar tutorial products available. You can register free and get access to the online shop or you can become a member for £1.50 per week and have access to a range of downoadable backing tracks, exercises, reviews, exercises plus savings on products and more..

Headers: Origin Series, Sample CDs, Preview Sounds, News & Reviews, Distributors
Copyright free sample and sound collections for producers, musicians and DJs. Most most genres are represented and collections are in multiple formats and for all computer platforms. Sign up for the free newlsetter and get free sounds, product reviews, exclusive offers and product previews. Loopmasters is based in Brighton.

Music Teachers
Headers: Music Teachers, Music Guides, Buy & Sell
This service is completely free, whether you are a music teacher or are looking for one. Teachers are listed for Scotland, England and Wales and you can search by county. The site also has extensive free music guides, downloadable as pdfs plus manuscript paper that you can print out. If all this wasn't enough, you can also email them if you need help on any music related issue. The site also hosts a buy and sell section for musical instruments, books, sheet music, studio equipment, etc.

Headers: Sheet Music, Tuition Books, Digital, Music for Schools, Audio & Video, Books about Music, Software, Instruments & Accessories
An award winning shop for music related items, including sheet music and accessories for a very wide range of instruments and genres plus music related DVD's and books. Or you could learn an instrument - there is a massive range of tutorial guides in both book and DVD form. Plus there is a wide range of musical instruments from digital pianos to small musical instruments such as harmonicas, pennywhistles, recorders and assorted small percussion instruments. Musicroom is a nationwide company with music stores throughout the UK. Head office is in London and the distributions centre is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Special Features: 30 day returns policy. Live website help.
Free UK Delivery on orders >£15 (UPS delivery free on orders >£99)
International Delivery Available (Free Shipping Worldwide over £49)

Rock 3 Radio Network
Brilliant site from Frimley, Surrey in England with a selection of five radio streams broadcasting the best rock music from the last 40 years. They also support of new and independant rock bands and have a whole stream dedicated to such music.

Scottish Quality
Headers: Art, Crafts, Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Jewellery & Watches, Music, Sport, Tradition, Scottish Houses, Custom Engraving
As the name might suggest, the products on the site are uniquely Scottish, from stunning photographs and art prints, knitwear, leatherwork and textiles, gourmet food and whisky, to stylish home accessories, all made and designed in Scotland. You can even buy the designs for a house based on the Scottish blackhouse and longhouse. Naturally, there is a Lewis Chess set, handcrafted on the Isle of Harris. Scottish Quality is based in the Isle of Skye.
Special Features:
30 day returns policy
You can buy bagpipes from here

Song Galaxy
Headers: Midi files, Audio files, Software.
Sing with the Stars! Backing Tracks ... 6000+ Audio Backing Tracks 2000+ MIDI-files.

Shrink Digital
Headers: CD collection to Mp3 player conversion
Specialise in high quality and quick conversion of CD collections onto MP3 players. What you do is tell them how many CDs you have and they send the approprate packaging. You then send them the CDs and they return it along with all your music encoded into digital audio files. They can even do the last, relatively easy bit of loading the music onto your personal MP3 player or MP3 jukebox for you. The cost is 90p per CD plus £25 for P&P. So 50 CDs will cost you £70 etc. It should take about 2 days. Your CD collection is insured from when it is collected until when it is safely delivered back to you. The level of cover is £15 per CD and up to £400 for your MP3 player.

Freeware Sheet Music creator: Notate, print, practice and play free MIDI sheet music. This program brings your favorite songs and musical works to life, generating dynamic scores, fake books and lead sheets from thousands of MIDI and karaoke files freely available on the World Wide Web. See the notes and lyrics light up as they are played back; the pages turn automatically. Display difficult pieces in simplified form with a single click. Instantly convert MIDI files to solo piano rrangements. - More info


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