Best Acoustic Guitar of 2010: C.F. Martin DCPA1
"Chris Martin and all of the employees at C. F. Martin & Co., Inc., are extremely grateful to the staff of the Music & Sound Retailer, and to all of the dealers and subscribers who voted for Martin for this special prize. Throughout our 178-year history, we've learned many valuable lessons. Perhaps the most important one is that musical styles evolve and change with the times. It's not enough to sit back and rest upon one's laurels. In the past few decades, we've witnessed and participated in the trend toward onboard amplification for the stage and studio. This award for Best Acoustic Guitar of the Year 2010 acknowledges a very contemporary and modern guitar, and it confirms Martin's commitment to keeping one foot in the future while keeping the other firmly planted in our rich history and heritage. Regardless, our company will always stand for excellence in craftsmanship, materials, design and (most importantly) tone."
Best Electric Guitar of 2010: Ibanez RGA 8 String (RGA8BK)
"On behalf of everyone at Ibanez, I want to thank MSR and all of the dealers who voted to make the RGA8 guitar of the year for 2010. There was a strong interest in the RG2228 when we introduced that model back in 2008, but the price was out of reach for many. The RGA8 answered the call for a reasonably priced 8-string, so we're pleased to know our dealers, and their customers, saw the value in this offering."
—Bill Reim, Hoshino USA president
Best Bass Guitar of 2010: Fender American Deluxe Precision
"We continue to be humbled by the overwhelming success of the Precision Bass guitar. After 60 years, the P Bass continues to be the bass of choice for bassists all over the world. With the American Deluxe series, we are continuing to innovate while balancing the legacy of our past successes—like the P Bass—to suit musicians' needs. We are extremely encouraged that the research, technology and ideas associated with that series are being noticed, and are honored that the Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass won the Best Bass Guitar award."
—Justin Norvell, product director, Fender guitars and basses
Best Guitar Accessory of 2010:
Barcus-Berry Breeze II & IV Preamps
Best Keyboard/Sound Module of 2010: Casio Privia PX-3
"Casio is thrilled to receive this award. The Privia PX-3 sets a new precedent in the industry by being a lightweight, powerful yet affordable stage piano."
—Mike Martin, director of marketing
Best Instrument Amplifier of 2010: Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo
"The Peavey 6505 Series has earned its place in rock history as the guitar amplifiers of choice for an extensive range of top rock and country artists. We took on the challenge of creating a 1x12 combo version of the full-size 6505 Plus amplifier that lived up to its high standards for tone. We're proud of the results, and we're honored that our dealers share our enthusiasm for the Peavey 6505 112 Plus combo! We appreciate our dealers' continued support, and they can rest assured of our continued support of them by innovating, inventing and crafting state-of-the-art audio and musical equipment just as we have for the past 45 1/2 years."
—Hartley Peavey, Founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics
Best Power Amp of 2010:
Marathon Professional MA Series
Best Speaker of 2010:
JBL PRX 600
Best Multitrack Recorder/Recording & Mixing Software of 2010:
Best Mixer/Console of 2010:
Allen & Heath iLive R72
Best Cabled Microphone of 2010:
Audio-Technica AT2021 Small Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser
We are honored to receive the award for Best Cabled Microphone of 2010. It always sends a wave of satisfaction through our organization that we are creating the products that satisfy our dealers' and ultimately our end users' needs. A tremendous thanks to the entire Audio-Technica family that includes our reps, dealers and users. Also thanks to the Music & Sound Retailer for the recognition.
—Gary Boss, Marketing Director, Retail, Live Sound & Studio
Best Wireless System of 2010: Shure PSM 900
"Shure is thrilled the Music & Sound Retailer has recognized the PSM900 as the Best Wireless System of 2010. The PSM900 lets MI dealers provide their customers with an exceptional personal monitoring system from one of the most trusted names in pro audio. This honor reflects the longstanding relationship between Shure and thousands of MI retailers worldwide."
—Terri Hartman, director of marketing communications for the Americas