I've been a musician all my life
(keyboards and guitar, with a bit of drums and percussion), starting on piano when I was six.
I currently play in The Ashboys, a two-piece
band supported by MIDI gear. I've also been a "techie" kind of player who loves to get
inside the gear and change things -- a combination of a blessing and a curse!
Halfmoon-Switch.com started out as
Ashby Solutions, a retail music store that offered more 'under the hood' support than your average big
chain store -- or even mom-and-pop -- could provide. This approach led to great success in the first
ten years, but as the musical instrument market dwindled, it was time to call it a day.
I still sell some hard-to-find items that gigging musicians need, though, and appreciate those of you who
continue to support the store!
Ashby, MA, the store's namesake -- no, my name isn't "Bruce Ashby" -- is a
little country town on the border between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It doesn't have
'big-city' touches -- just a post office, a general store, a conveniece store/gas station, and one restaurant
with a small pub and a deli -- but it sure has a lot of beautiful scenery. I can look out the window of
my office and see the edge of Mt. Watatic and the Ashby Wildlife Management Area.
Maybe that view's part of the reason why I'm a big fan of recycling. Most companies are "going
green" these days; I set up Ashby Solutions that way 20 years ago -- before we even sold music gear.
We use motion sensors, LED lighting, and ZWave automation in the office and lab. We recycle
every possible hunk of cardboard and plastic. In the summer, ceiling fans replace air conditioning on all
but the hottest days. In the winter, the thermostat is dropped a couple of degrees unless someone is coming
by for a demo or band practice. USPS gets most of the shipping because they are right down the road; and
their boxes are a little lighter than the competition's products. Finally, are in-house invoice and billing
system is 100% paperless. It all helps the environment, and it keeps our costs down, so we can pass
the savings along.
I'm also a big fan of local manufacturing. Rather than taking our home-grown products offshore, all
Gigger Halfmoons, adapter cables, stand parts, and even the Mini-Remote and demi-Luna control
PC board are manufactured in the US. Not just assembled: where possible, I try to use US-made
components, including PC boards.
Since 2012, we've stopped sending paper invoices with our online sales. Instead,
I'll email you a PDF of the invoice, which can be printed if you'd like. Many customers toss their
invoices, anyway, and it saves trees and filled landfills, not to mention printer wear and tear.
Besides, we were supposed to be a 'paperless' society years ago, right? I respect your
preference, though, and if you you still want a paper invoice, just let me know and I'll send
Unless the customer asks otherwise, our products ship USPS Priority Mail. Priority
Mail seems to offer the best combination of speed and cost for most customers, and it allows shipping
later in the day to cover more orders.
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Prices are shown in US Dollars (USD)
excluding shipping, unless otherwise noted. Massachusetts residents and on-site sales will be
charged 6.25% state sales tax.
Items returned for any reason other than defective merchandise will be subject to a restocking fee
of up to 15%. Returns should include original packing materials and accessories, (cables,
manuals, and software, as appropriate); faillure to do so with result in a restocking fee of
at least 15%, to be determined by Ashby Solutions.
Ashby Solutions, Gigger Halfmoon, demi-Luna, and the Ashby Solutions logo are trademarks of Ashby
Solutions. All other trademarks are the property of their owners.
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