Hamish first opened the Sound Organisation (York), then a much smaller shop, at 36 Gillygate, on Christmas Eve 1984. He was pleased to sell a Record Stylus cleaner that day before closing the shop for the Christmas Holidays. Hamish had gained his original HiFi knowledge at Grahams HiFi in London then, after three years, he left that excellent shop and helped found the orginal Sound Organisation together with partners Roger Macer and Andre Slezak in large rented premises near London Bridge in 1982.
The shop went on to some small fame with its first product the Sound Organisation Turntable Table. The SO Table has gone on to inspire a generation of similar products. After a further couple of years Hamish moved out of London into the the wilds of Yorkshire and still works here in the shop in York to this day.
Maggie joined the shop in 1986 and has remained as our redoubtable book-keeper ever since. She has been known to balance the annual books to within a penny and in some years won't rest until she has done so!
Maggie's other job, some would say her most important, is to keep us all in order during the shop's mad moments. She also has a sweet tooth & enjoys the odd slice of cake in the afternoons with the rest of us!
John joined us in 2000 with a degree in Electronics with Applied Physics. He is also an accomplished piano, harpsichord and organ player, and has been known to teach pupils of all ages these skills. Multi-talented, John is our technical genie and is asked to deal with everything from equipment repairs to computer set up and complex network setups either here in the shop or in customers homes. His patience in finding solutions for these multi-faceted complications is renowned and is something to be admired!
David joined the shop in 1985 as a snip of a lad of 19. He briefly left the shop to go to University gaining a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He then rejoined us and has remained a leading light in the shop ever since. His knowledge, honesty, thoroughness and attention to detail has gained him an enviable reputation throughout the land and customers tend to trust and listen to him. Consequently, on some days he can be besieged with phone calls asking for opinions, advice or help which he is very good with.
He is also known to set up a mean LP12 turntable, a skill acknowledged by Linn themselves who consider him one of the best in the country.
Bob joined us in January 1996. In a previous incarnation he was bass player in "The Batfish Boys", a local Leeds band. Bob is long experienced in the ways of music and musicians. He has made several tours of Europe and also visited the US with the band in the '80s.
Within the shop, Bob provides a valuable link in our small chain looking after our customers, demonstrating the equipment, dealing with suppliers, and finally delivering and installing systems to our customers homes from Edinburgh to Sidmouth in Devon, even sleeping overnight in the van due to sudden floods on the road.
Bob has also been known to enjoy the occasional pint, and can discuss the merits of various York and Yorkshire hostelries with some authority, so one need never be at a loss of conversation with him!