In a nutshell, we are a discount distributor of choral and handbell music to schools and churches across the country. We have been in business since 1984. Our prodeedure is to take orders, place them with publishers around the country, and ship them using UPS or USPS to our customers. We offer a 20% discount on everything.
I want to scale back the operation and to do that I need to change my relationship with most of the major publishers. You see, I have to buy a certain amount of material to receive a distributor discount. That discount, minus my costs, I have then passed on to our customers. The scaling back of operations will require that I have a higher minimum of copies on each order I place with them. It’s complicated.
Please, No orders for titles under 20 copies and please, no total orders which you estimate will cost you under $60 with the 20% discount applied. Notice I said “please.” If you send in a humungus order that includes a few “orphan” titles I’ll secure them for you. If you’re a few bucks off $60, I don’t care. If you’re ordering handbell music, try to keep the number of copies per title above 8 or so. Believe it or not, this will be my break-even point after I make my changes with publishers.
I am going to regularly email an advertisement of a few titles at an extreme discount with PDFs of the pieces and links to the publisher’s website or YouTube of possible recordings. I will no longer offer packets or a summer sale.
Shipping costs have skyrocketed in recent years. UPS has gone up way more than inflation. USPS is now a preferred method. Expect an added one or two extra days in shipping time.
It’s time to do some extended travel and not worry about processing orders on vacation. We tend to travel when things are quiet. If your order is placed while we are out of town, I’ll let you know right away and when to expect to receive your music.
I am going to close out some features pretty soon. These are some features which weren’t being used much by our customers but were costing us a bunch of money to support.
The site is homemade. (Believe it or not, I have enjoyed learning HTML from version 3 to 5, how to host a database manager and in the early days, a rudimentary knowledge of machine language. Consider CLH Publications started before even Microsoft DOS was the standard operating system. [way before Windows]) The servers and Static IP address and database servers etc. sit on a table to my right.
I’ve struggled with this change for quite some time. For many of our customers, this may not interfere with your dealings with us at all. I hope that is the case.
These changes will take effect January 1, 2019. Many thanks for your considerations.
After replacing System router and switching lines, connectors, etc., looks like the downtime with the site update start is over.
Nov. 11 Switching servers Sunday at 5pm.
Oct. 17: Some changes are coming for 2019. Keep your eyes open in your mailbox!
Sep 4: Summer sale has come and gone. Except for a few of the usual hic-ups, it went without much of a hitch. Now's a good time to firm up plans for Christmas and order now. Give yourself a cushion incase something is out of print. It happens, you know.