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To the best of my knowledge, it was the year 1989. I was teaching lots of harp students. One of the students was Carrie, a very talented musician. That year her dad chose me as the yearly tithe.  I knew I had to do something very special with that, because it represented sort of the very essence of me. I procured a DBA and called it "Melody Productions" in honor of our Afghan Hound, Melody. Melody was a gift from me to John in 1987. I continued teaching and performing, and hung onto the essence of that gift. In my search for something more fulfilling than performing for parties, John and I decided to open a music studio and small store, making harp available to more people. We signed a contract to rent an 800 square foot storefront in a strip mall for our 41 students. We stocked a few harps, 2 hammered dulcimers and about 3 Autoharps. We ordered some racks to display print music, and we had maybe 50 titles of music. That first year we produced a small catalog and sent it to about 400 customers in the midwest region. We stamped, sorted, and did all the bulk mailing ourselves. We named our store after our beloved Afghan Hound, Melody. Over the next few years we expanded, moved, then bought a free-standing building, sold it after 5 years (and 2 robberies), and are now very close to home in a perfectly sized building. And here we are well into our 21st year. Our specialty is print music, and we carry a smaller selection of harps than in previous years, but at the same time, an excellent and high quality assortment. We also publish print music within our publishing company called Afghan Press – you guessed it, named after Melody. Since Melody and her sons, we have become active in Afghan Hound Rescue.  We have fostered many, and have adopted Harry who was with us until 2007, Augusta and Ricky.  They have all gone to the bridge, and we have one Golden Retriever and one cat now.

Sincerely, Mary and John

In March of 1993, Mary Radspinner and husband John Gill started Melody Productions, named in honor of their Afghan Hound, Melody. An 800 square foot storefront in a strip mall was rented, students were taught; harps, hammered dulcimers and Autoharps were purchased for inventory. We ordered some racks to display print music, and we had maybe 50 titles of music. That first year Melody's Traditional Music produced a small catalog and sent it to about 400 customers in the midwest region. We stamped, sorted, and did all the bulk mailing ourselves. Print music became a staple of our inventory, and we decided to begin publishing public domain music in 1999. We like to think that we provide a service for the harp community by making music available to as many people as possible. The publishing company is named Afghan Press, after the hounds. The publication portion of our business is located within the store, and at any given time you can hear the sounds of the printer making multiple copies of a certain title.
Our store, Melody's Traditional Music, and publishing company, Afghan Press Music for Harp, is located in Cypress, TX in a 1700 square foot addition/extention of our home.  We contine to be active in Afghan Hound rescue and Golden Retriever rescue.
Sincerely, Mary and John

800-893-4277 | 281-890-4500 | melodytradmusic@gmail.com


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