Who am I?
My name is Mark Ty-Wharton, aka TINLEY or Mark Tinley. I am diagnosed with autism and own the music shop in Glastonbury.
In the past I've worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer and sound artist. Things I can think of off the top of my head that might be notable include playing live at the Batcave in the height of the goth scene and signing a record deal about thirty five years later ;/) Forming Diskord Datkord with my brother Adamski and Johnny Slut from Specimen and releasing a cover of X-Ray Spex Identity on SOHO records. Recording and producing Britain's first Acid House Band in 1988 with Darrell Lockhart. Touring as a Pro Tools engineer with Duran Duran and recording several albums with them in Warren Cuccurullo's studio. Working with Warren and Nick to create TV-Mania. Working with Nick Rhodes to produce The Dandy Warhols (Welcome to the Monkey House). Releasing my own music and collaborating with others, most recently with The Rainbow Collective in Glastonbury.
I've burned the midnight oil in Abbey Road, Paisley Park and Sunset Sound. I've toured the arenas and stadiums of the World. And I often hear songs I've recorded playing in the supermarket while I am buying my groceries. I opened the music shop as a sound art gallery while still working for Duran Duran on their video archive. I've worked hard to respond to the needs of local musicians and to be a hub for the local community. This includes a scheme called playitforwards.org.uk to provide free street guitars and ukuleles that anyone can play.
Following the closure of the music shop in Benedict Street, the store has evolved to carry a variety of mainstream accessories and instruments, as well as carrying out repairs. The store also has an extensive directory of guitars made by local luthiers and access to a number of excellent guitar repair technicians in house or outsourced. The store moved to its current location on Glastonbury High Street in 2019.
Assistance in the art of rebellious noise
Sonus Magus is not just a guitar shop. It is a creative hub designed to help explore, research and source all kinds of instruments.
In 2020 my vision is to create The Weird Academy. The aim is to combine therapies including linguistics and sound healing. I am an INLPTA certified Master Practitioner of NLP and I specialise in releasing creative blocks. This includes working with stage fright or writer's block.
Retail and repairs
My primary instrument is guitar. I am a self taught musician and my knowledge of music theory is scientific. My primary field of musical expertise is computer based digital audio workstations and synthesisers. I build recording studios and maintain and setup all kinds of musical instruments including minor electrical repairs. I have considerable experience with MIDI and modelled guitars.
Second hand or new, selling on your behalf
The majority of the stock in the shop is new, supplied by British wholesalers. We sell at RRP and value knowledge and service over discounts.
We also stock new instruments made by select British cottage industry manufacturers such as Alan Miller guitars, or Wildwood flutes. If you make something interesting and you would like to sell in Glastonbury, please contact me.
We work with various local guitar techs and luthiers, who supply the majority of our second hand stuff.
We occasionally offer trade-ins at a percentage of current trending market value (dependent on age, condition and interest/rarity) against new instruments in the shop. Only one instrument per purchase will be taken in part exchange. We will occasionally sell exceptional second hand instruments on consignment. But this probably extends to that rusty old thing your Grandad once played when you were a kid. It's currently sitting in your loft? Go ahead, bring it in! We take a commission and pay the owner after it sells.
I build handmade one off instruments and electronics which provide a unique opportunity to incorporate tailor made sound into your art. Custom made instruments, being unstandardised, offer a freedom of range in form, character, choice of materials and workmanship which mass produced counterparts can never equal.
In a global music marketplace, where discovering new music can be like finding a needle in a haystack, anything you can do to stand out from the crowd can be like a beacon, shining a spotlight on your talent in a world of darkness.
Why open a music shop as retail plunges into recession?
Buying online leaves us with a niche that flies in the face of homogenous marketing. Glastonbury High Street still offers a wealth of successful independents who follow this model. By tailoring services to specifically meet customer requirements, I feel bricks and mortar stores still offer an unbeatable buying experience, for successful people who want to benefit from talking things through, seeing the value in one to one advice and knowing where that expertise can take you.