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Music & Sound Awards

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Class is in Session
We feature many of the new, hot companies that exhibited at NAMM in January.

Indictments Likely

Gibson Guitar is expected to face charges due to alleged illegal wood imports.

NRF Talks Jobs,
Jobs and More Jobs

The key to retailers' success for 2011 is, you guessed it, jobs. But a lot more was discussed at the 100th NRF Annual Convention.

It’s a Record!
We give you a huge review of last month’s NAMM show. Were retailers and manufacturers optimistic for the rest of this year?
MSR Exclusive Interview
Zildjian and Vic Firth have teamed up to form a percussion powerhouse. We met with Craigie Zildjian and Vic Firth at NAMM to give you all of the details about the merger.
Music Group's Master Plan
We get an exclusive look at the future of The Music Group, parent of Behringer, Bugera and more. We get an exclusive look at product launches, as well!

Knock it Off With the Knockoffs!
Counterfeit products are killing the MI industry. But one company is fighting back big time. We’ll tell you how badly knockoffs could affect the industry if left unchecked.

Music & Sound Award Nominees
We release the full list of nominees for Music & Sound Awards. See if your favorite product, person or company is nominated.

Taylor-Made For Europe
Taylor Guitars will sell all of its products directly to dealers in Europe beginning on Jan. 1. Find out why the big change was made and where Taylor’s European headquarters will be. We interview Brian Swerdfeger about it first.

We Cover it All!
For the second time, we honor instruments that get zero or little press...

A ‘Super’ Party on Kent Island
Experience PRS loaded up on celebrities, new products and much more. Get the full scoop...

‘Father of RMM’ Passes
Karl Bruhn, a tireless music industry devotee, mentored many and made awareness of health and wellness together a lifelong initiative.
Don’t ‘Skip’ this Story!
Skip’s Music Celebrates 30th Anniversary of its Special Event

I Just Wanna Bang
on the Drums All Day

Your One-Stop Shop For The Holidays!
Heathcare Provision Could
Be a Nightmare

America the Beautiful

Not Doubting Thomas
Mendello Retires, Thomas Named Fender CEO

Music City Myster

The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.

NAMM in Photos
A lot happened at NAMM in January to say the least. We capture plenty of it within our three-page NAMM photo collage.
The Music & Sound
Independent Retailer

We cover the sad passing of two prominent retailers and another named the "Citizen of the Year."
Music & Sound Award
Dealer Winners

Our list of dealer winners for the 25th Music & Sound Awards.
Music & Sound Award Manufacturer Winners
Our list of manufacturer winners. And, this time, we got them to provide comments on the victories.
Five Minutes With
Learn tons about Yamaha with Takuya (Tak) Nakata, president of the company's USA division.
MI Spy
Spy took a long flight from the cold of New York to the less cold, but quite windy, San Francisco.
Appraisal Scene Investigation
Rebecca Apodaca takes another look at the legendary guitar builder R.C. Allen.
Sales Guru
Unfortunately, Gene Fresco couldn't attend NAMM for health reasons. But he does have great information about a topic he hasn't covered before. He will help you get into your own head and make you believe. Believe what? Gene will tell you.
Business & Marketing
Carl Mandelbaum will present tips on how to develop your Web site.
Dan Vedda did attend NAMM. He has a lot of thoughts to share about the show.


Sharon Hennessey: Loves our industry, you will find out. She'll also tell you why she ultimately decided to join The Music People! And yes, she will definitely fill you in on her goals as a new NAMM board member.
Carla Alger: Being in the music industry is definitely the most exciting opportunity Carla Alger, chief financial officer at Two Old Hippies, has ever had. Find out why.
Dawn Werk
:Dawn Werk, Alpha Books’ director of marketing, heads a group that is responsible for 450 non-fiction books. Now that’s a lot! Music is a small, but very important, part of that catalog.
Sonia Vallis: Sonia Vallis might be an only child, but she grew up with a sibling that has now become like another child to her.-
Catherine Polk

Cyndi Fritz
Janet Deering
Kathy How
Sarah Heil
Sue Avant

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The 2011 Music & Sound Awards had tons of fantastic sights. The Music & Sound Retailer editor Brian Berk sought to capture many of these images in picture form. Here’s a compilation of tons of the cool stuff he spotted. Enjoy!

Music & Sound Best Dealer Award Winners

dealer awards gallery


Guitars & Basses
Everything Music & Sound (OK)

Corner Music (TN)

Instrument Amplifiers
Everything Music & Sound (OK)

Sound Reinforcement
Grandma's Music (NM)

Recording-Related Products
Music Masters (FL)

Lone Star Percussion (TX)

DJ Equipment
Washington Music (MD)

Best Clinics
Washington Music (MD)

Customer Service
Corner Music (TN)

Sales Staff
The Music Center (WI)

2010 Best New Dealer
Southbury Music
Studio (CT)

2010 Single-Store Dealer of the Year
Corner Music (TN)


Guitars & Basses
Alto Music (NY)

Ken Stanton Music (GA)

Instrument Amplifiers
Jim's Music (MI, WI)

Sound Reinforcement
Skip's Music (CA)

Recording-Related Products
Alto Music (NY)

Skip's Music (CA)

DJ Equipment
Sam Ash

Best Clinics
Jim's Music (MI, WI)

Best Customer Service
Ted Brown Music (WA)

Sales Staff
Alto Music (NY)

2010 Multi-Store Dealer of the Year
Alto Music (NY)

Music & Sound Manufacturer Awards Winners

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:

Best Multitrack Recorder/Recording & Mixing Software of 2010:
Tascam DR-03

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

Best Drum Set of 2010: Gretsch USA Custom Limited Piano White
"Gretsch is thrilled that our USA Custom Piano White with Gold Inlay drum set received the Music & Sound award for Best Drum Set of 2010. We would like to offer special thanks to our great Gretsch dealer network for supporting this particular drum set along with the entire USA Custom offering. This kit truly exhibits the fine handcraftsmanship and quality that Paul Cooper and his team put into each and every Gretsch USA Custom drum.
—John Palmer, Gretsch Drums Product Manager

Best Cymbal of 2010:
Sabian Vault Artisan Traditional Suspended Cymbal

Best Percussion Accessory of 2010:
Tama Speed Cobra Pedal (HP910LS/HP910LSW)
"We didn't get this pedal into the market until halfway through the year, so we didn't have any expectations at all in terms of year-end accolades. Even being nominated for this award was a surprise, but actually taking the brass ring was a real kick. (Sorry, no pun intended…). Thanks to all of the dealers who took time to vote in this year's MSR Awards, and especially those who voted to make the Speed Cobra the Best Percussion Accessory of 2010!"
—Bill Reim, Hoshino USA president

Best Instructional Book/Video of 2010:
The Rock House Method Gus G. Lead & Rhythm Techniques

Best Floor Effect of 2010: Fishman Aura Sixteen
"I'd like to thank all the dealers who voted for the Aura Sixteen as Best Floor Effect. For the second year in a row, an Aura product has won this award! It means a lot to us that our dealers recognize this breakthrough technology and regard our products so highly."
—Larry Fishman

Best Music Software/Multimedia of 2010: MakeMusic Finale 2011
"On behalf of everyone at MakeMusic, I'd like to say how delighted we are that Finale 2011 was named the best music software/multimedia product of 2010. We're very proud of how intuitive, efficient and flexible Finale has become at putting music on the printed page. It's great to have these advances recognized in this award."
—Diane Hummon, Senior Vice President, Marketing

Best Bag/Case of 2010:
MBT Cases MBTAGBH Acoustic Guitar Bag

Best DJ Product of 2010:
Pioneer CDJ-2000

Best Lighting Product of 2010:

Best New Manufacturer of 2010: Knaggs Guitars
"Thank you Music & Sound Retailer and everyone who has voted for us.  We are very honored to have been awarded Best New Manufacturer 2010 and are encouraged and motivated to keep designing and building great instruments in the future."

Product of the Year: Taylor GS Mini
"Winning the Product of the Year is a tremendous honor, and one that would not be possible without acknowledging our extensive network of dealers. Thank you for once again making a Taylor guitar the Product of the Year."
—Kurt Listug

Representative of the Year:
Billy Bohanna, Musicorp

Outstanding Community Service Award: Musicorp
"We thank our customers for their loyal support and are looking forward to a sensational year together in 2011. Recognition through these awards is confirmation that Musicorp works hard to set the standard for product excellence while delivering unsurpassed service to our customers and community."

Manufacturer of the Year: Fender
"It's an honor to receive the Music & Sound Retailer Manufacturer of the Year award. On behalf of all the people at Fender, in the United States and throughout the world, I would like to thank the people who voted for us, as well as our dealer network and business partners." —Larry Thomas, chief executive officer

Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame:
Dan Roberts, Musicorp



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