Welcome to the new qPress. This redesign is a long time in the making, and I wanted to take a few moments to put into words what the goals are for this website, what has changed, and in which direction we are headed.
When I launched qPress in the summer of 2010 the mission was very simple. I wanted to create a website that would connect composers and trumpet players to facilitate the spread of quality new music to the trumpet community. The more great music we can get our hands on, the more great music gets performed, and the audience for our art form grows.
Fast forward four years and the mission hasn’t changed at all. I still make contact with composers on a regular basis, review new works, and try to get them online and ready to be performed as soon as possible. If anything, the mission has grown in ways that I did not originally anticipate. Early in development of the original qPress site, I partnered with Colin Music Publications to help bring digital editions of their books to a new audience. As the next crop of trumpet players are coming of age they are hoping to find literature that will help with their development but are more eager to buy digital editions than lug around heavy traditional scores. This is where qPress Editions are a great way to build up a digital library. This brings us to our next topic:
Where We Are Headed
As more and more people are using their tablets and phones to discover music, qPress is motivated to help today’s musicians get their hands on any piece of trumpet literature they would like in a digital format. I am working with publishers when possible, and procuring ancient tomes that have been out of print for centuries to digitize, modernize, and release to the public. The process can be long and drawn out, but when you breathe life into a wonderful old trumpet method and fire it up on your iPad, it feels like a natural transition of mediums that our art form truly deserves. In the coming months you will see many Grand Methods you have been waiting for, like the Arban’s, Balay, Gatti, Petit, Clodomir, and World’s Method, and many etude books you have long forgotten about but deserve their place on your digital shelf. Stay tuned for updates, I think you are going to love what we have in store.
The New Website
The new qPress was built with a few simple goals in mind. I wanted every customer to be able to shop, download, and consume their books from any device they wanted. This means that you can view, purchase, and download from a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, then immediately download and view your books using any software you like. qPress uses no DRM and does not limit your usage. I guarantee a seamless and frictionless experience and am available 24 hours a day to answer questions and offer help.
The design is made to be music focused. Unlike other stores, every single book has a full sized cover shot and full sized sample page. You will know exactly what you are buying with no surprises. If you have ever tried to find a sample from inside an old french edition, you will know my pain and will understand why this is a focus of every product page. I am having prefaces translated whenever possible to put into the item description when the books are not in English, and every product has a page number, file size, publisher, and composer attribution under the more info panel. Knowledge is power, and I want to arm my customers so they have the best information for their decisions.
qPress | New Music for Trumpet. Immediate Digital Downloads. It hasn’t changed from day one, and I am so thrilled to see it take a new shape with this new home on the web. Make yourselves comfortable and take a look around. I can’t wait to hear what you think.
Timothy Quinlan, Founder | qPress