Tinderbox charged an exorbitant amount for a useless and perhaps somewhat false radio campaign. Then lied and tried to charge for licensing. Bands would do better avoiding this company.
We contacted Tinderbox Music to ask about the possibility of a radio campaign, and perhaps more importantly, music licensing for TV. During our conversations they talked us into doing the radio campaign when we were decidedly more interested in licensing. We were told that the radio campaign would be a lead-in to licensing. We were also told that licensing would be commission based and of no cost to us. So, we stupidly agreed to pay an exorbitant amount for the radio campaign.
The radio campaign is simply shipping out 300 of our CDs to high school, college, and community radio stations and following up to see if they played us (they call or email the station to ask and sometimes get a response). We were originally told they were all college stations, but turns out they weren't. We didn't see the list beforehand. Tinderbox then sent us a PDF showing (sort of) which stations were playing our CD and which were not. But we contacted some of the stations ourselves and some of them didn't have our CD. So there was really no way to know for certain if the CD was received, or if the information was accurate.
Either way, we could have hired someone to send our CDs out and make phone calls for a tiny fraction of the price we were charged by Tinderbox Music. There was no benefit to this service.
Worse yet, after the radio campaign they told us they would indeed charge us upfront for licensing. What a ripoff! And this guy Jon Delange is no doubt a smarmy one. He's apparently been in trouble before as well when he allegedly ripped off his past company: http://law.justia.com/cases/minnesota/court-of-appeals/2003/931-4.html
We highly recommend avoiding using Tinderbox Music. Save your money, go somewhere else, or do it yourself. Lesson learned the hard way.