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The Characters that live at Billy Vee
OK. So this is where you get to get the drop on us when you visit. This page tells you a bit about our people and shows you what we look like. It also gets you special treatment if you tell Mike how shiny his golden ears look today.
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All of the Monkeys aren't in the zoo... Gorilla chief - Ian Anderson
Hooked on music from a very early age - totally addicted from about 15 and still is. Worked as a Telecom technician from 18 - 30 then became a dealer to satisfy the craving. Has run Billy Vee since 1976. As a music couch potato has more than a passing interest in sports cars, computers (listen while u work) and women who have an interest in music and couches. Naturally - a great JJ Cale fan.
Likes - Performance anything, Thai food, Sun, Thinking. Dislikes - Cold winters, Grapefruit. Ian has just reached pensionable age. This is about as much as he has in common with Ringo Star apart from the big nose.
Our sales advisor Active Demonstrator and Installer
A born enthusiast and an enthusiast he was born. Watch out for Ian he wants you to have the best. If you like it as it is direct and straight up Ian is your man. His opinions count because he will prove them to you. A tireless worker, he will ensure you are happy with the results. Ian spent his youth running a Technical department at a local Polytechnic school. He spent his spare time getting a brilliant sound from his Hi-Fi. Now he wants to do that for you.
Likes - music, photography. Dislikes - Fish.
Our other active sales advisor demonstrator and installer
Paul is passionate about music and any sound system able to communicate a high level of musical involvement and emotion. Paul originally came to us from DJ-ing and managing a local night spot, after a 6 year gap of working around our industry Paul has come home bringing his love of music back with him. Not only is that great news for our customers but we get to borrow his CD's. Likes Rock music, Mustangs, U.S.A. & nice clothes. Dislikes confined spaces & mess.
Mike (Slimline) Olrod is our Ian Botham. He is a great all rounder and has what is known as golden ears! If you want somebody to improve the sound of your Hi-Fi, Mike's your man. Truly laid back, if you like a salesperson who will patiently show you the best possible sound quality without baffling you with technical jargon - you will like Mike. Keywords, `No Problem' Mike managed a local Hi-Fi shop and bought his Hi-Fi from us, now the rest is history. Mike takes care of Sales, Setups, Repairs, Service, Dispatch, Goods inwards, Goods outwards, Customer service and getting Ian to clean up at the end of the day. Likes - The Superb Naim & Arcam DACs, the Naim HDX, Naim Supernait, B&W 805D speakers and the Sonos multiroom streaming solutions. Dislikes - Anything that's over complicated like writing his own reviews.
Ian - Strong Man - Murphy
Ian (oh no not another one) is special in more ways than one, everyone wants his help and he is the latest addition to Clan Vee. A keep fit and healthy eating fanatic Ian enjoys helping Mike move boxes, Ian and Paul with installs and helping customers get the right sound. Ian came from a departmental retail background and has now found the department he enjoys the most – music. Likes: good food, Apple iPhone, working out. Dislikes: Nachos, Vodka.
Dr Jessica Mahdavi
Jessica (Chimp Girl) Mahdavi - Our female activist and accounts 'person'
Jessica is a psychologist. When she dropped into the shop to get her computer fixed she found enough material for a few conventions and a Phd, so she stayed. Jess loves to get involved and fix things including the Gorilla Chief. This has become a lifetime occupation as things keep falling off as he gets older, also, with her razor sharp repartee and a brain the size of a planet it was only natural she spent the odd hour a week running the company accounts. Keywords, 'did I help' Jess will do her best to find a solution for us and for you. Likes - Spaghetti Bolognese, Babies, No59 and Def Leppard. Dislikes - Cats (except mine) Chinese food and asking for what she gives most - help.
Steve is our electrician and one of the family. He was always hanging out at the shop while he was learning how to electrocute himself so we offered him a job. Sadly we couldn't afford him full time (sparkies get loadsa money turning the lights on at Christmas) so he works a few evenings and weekends. We also let him borrow gear and in return he has re-wired our shop with 3 phase mains - every bit of kit has its own socket. Now the street lights go dim when we crank up the A/V, still we love him and he loves us. So if you want bandwidth like chiffon with a hairy back or a multi-room system wired in, Steve's your man. Keywords: no worries. Likes - Curry, expensive aftershave and young fluffy felines. Dislikes - not having a woman, cheap Hi-Fi
Jonathan Luke (Anderson) 24mths
He was 10 days late - well he is my son - but arrived narrowly missing Christmas Day on Boxing Day evening. I would like to think that he inherited his good looks from me but I am sure that Jess has taken the lead in that department. So I suppose that now I will have to change our name to 'Billy Vee Sound Systems & Son'