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.
May 10: Summer sale open! Go to SummerOrder for details
Feb 12: Our 25% sale is now closed. We do have some remaining stock which we will put on sale via this website in the near future. It will show up on the 30% page.
Jan 9. 25% Sale is now on! Go to the 25% Off page for details.
Off to a cold start here in Michigan. But in a few days, we will send out a packet of interesting music.Sept. All orders were shipped on time. There are, as always, a few issues with pieces being temp. out of print, backorder, etc. But all in all, another good summer!
Aug 10. First orders being shipped today. OK, it's a small order, but we're on our way."
Summer sale is over, orders to publishers are in and cases of new music are starting to appear here. Check the status of your order from the Summer Sale page
It's May and our summer sale is on. Click on SummerSale for details.
Sent out sample packets for our 25% Off Sale. If you didn't receive one, let us know and we'll send one to you. The sale does end on Feb. 17, '17.
It's been a busy fall and Christmas season. We trust it's gone well for all of you. Expect a packet of sample music in January. There will be some - attention getting- titles. We hope you will find them useful!
(8/27) Last Summer Order shipped..there are a few "orphans", ie, backorders, incorrect product shipped to us, miscounts, etc. But the bulk is out.
(8/11) First summer orders shipped today.
(8/5) Found out the order I sent to Alfred got lost. Reordered - shouldn't delay anyone. And things were going so well..
(8/3) Started putting a table page on site which showes the status, by invoice number, of the summer sale filling process.
Summer sale ended, but we were able to accomidate a few not too late orders. All order to pubishers (except one title) were placed by my deadline of July 30. All goes well.
Summer Sale is now on. Go to "Summer Order" page for details.
3/5 Closed out the Winter packet sale. Even though the sale is over, we have a few copies left over. Go ahead and place an order and I'll fill it until I run out.
2/9 A few more titles are now on sale on the SaleOn! page. Worth a look.
2/5 First packets of 25% sale music went out. Sale lasts 'till March 5
2/2 Basic operation of the Inventory Search page is working.