John raises an interesting issue about Avalon's US distributorship which those of you in the US might also be wondering about, so I'll clarify the situation for you. Avalon (in its pre-Avalon life) had it's own distribution in the US (based in Texas) from 1999 - 2004. Then a distributor was appointed when the Avalon Silver series was launched and this arrangement continued until the end of 2006. Two things then brought that arrangement to an end: the retiring of the Silver series and the steady decline in the value of the US$ compared to UK sterling. The dollar hasn't recovered any of its strength yet so it is impossible for a distributor to make a margin and
sell at a competitive price.
So, until the exchange rate improves, Avalon maintains direct contact with a few US dealers (none in GA unfortunately) and one of Avalon's directors - Miles McKee - who is based in Nashville, handles dealer and artist relations in the US. (email@example.com
). Miles keeps a small stockholding of Avalon's in the US.
There remains a strong level of interest from high end US dealers in Avalon and I'm sure that once the dollar stops behaving like a rupee, there will be a strong presence for Avalon with US dealers again.