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MAN OH Mandolin

MAN OH Mandolin

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Acoustic instruments have come back strong. It’s only fitting, since the economy’s been lousy for several years and acoustic instruments are cheap, easy ways to entertain oneself and others without amplifiers and electric bills…or roadies lugging extra gear around! The ukulele started this trend and, now, thanks to artists like Mumford & Sons, as well […]

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Jason Hou CEO, VocoPro

Jason Hou CEO, VocoPro

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, The Retailer presents a conversation with Jason Hou, CEO of VocoPro, whose history in the industry stretches back well over two decades. In this intimate yet expansive conversation, Hou delves into his own background relative to the music and audio industries, as well as the creation and ascendance of VocoPro, which was founded […]

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A Modern Classic

A Modern Classic

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although Carter Vintage Guitars is a relatively new addition to the Nashville music scene, Co-Owners Walter and Christie Carter have been involved in the music business for 25 years. Since moving to Nashville straight out of college in 1971, Walter worked as a musician, songwriter and journalist, not to mention having authored a dozen books […]

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And Now For Something  Completely Different

And Now For Something Completely Different

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Retailer’s Annual Salute To Lesser-Publicized Music Products Here at The Retailer, we know that the owners, operators and managers of full-line music stores like yours are interested in all the “marquee” products that get lots of ink in every industry trade magazine: products like Fender’s latest electric, Peavey’s newest amp, Taylor’s brand new acoustic […]

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AN <strong>Eco-</strong>Friendly Approach

AN Eco-Friendly Approach

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

One Music Retailer Is Leading The Charge “Going green” is not a trend: it’s an operational way of life that rewards not only the environment, but also the livelihood of many industries. Particularly in music retail, the advantages of eco-friendly processes are evident through waste reduction, cost savings, positive customer perception and more. Although these […]

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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

For most stores involved in the school music market, October is the month when sanity begins to return. Marching bands are at least up and running, and the B&O fledglings have their instruments and they’re making sounds that will soon be music. Christmas is on the horizon, but we’re preparing for it—not yet worrying about […]

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Gator Cases’: Aluminum Pedal Boards

Gator Cases’: Aluminum Pedal Boards

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every November, The Music & Sound Retailer spotlights accessories, bags and cases, a segment of the MI market whose value proposition has never been more compelling. Founded in 2000 and with a portfolio of more than 800 active SKUs—encompassing solutions made from vacuum-formed plastics, rotational-molded plastics, wood, metal, sewn and EVA materials—Gator Cases is a […]

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Are You <strong>Afraid To Sell?</strong>

Are You Afraid To Sell?

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I was preparing to write my column, I wondered if there was such a phobia as “the fear of selling.” If there is, you might subtitle it, “the fear of rejection.” Well, there isn’t one…there’s no such phobia as “the fear of selling.” (I was actually surprised to find there is no such phobia […]

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Working Through  <strong>Growing Pains?</strong> Read This….

Working Through Growing Pains? Read This….

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ask any small, independent music retail store owner in the country what he or she sees as the major challenge for growing the business and improving his or her overall success rate, and that person will probably say, “Creating more sales.” Next, ask any medium or large retail store owner about his or her challenges […]

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The Power of the Add-On

The Power of the Add-On

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Examining The Value Proposition Of Accessories, Bags And Cases With 2014 quickly drawing to a close, independent music store owners across the country are looking for ways to increase their bottom line not only for this year, but also for the ones ahead. And although fluctuations in the economy might affect a customer’s decision to […]

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