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Guitar Market Strums With Life

Guitar Market Strums With Life

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all due respect to Meghan Trainor, it apparently isn’t “all about that bass.” Granted, she wasn’t talking about guitars, but we are. Acoustics had a banner year in 2014, with sales—in terms of dollars—rising 4.6 percent versus the prior year, according to MI SalesTrak. Electric guitar sales weren’t too shabby either, rising a strong […]

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A Look Back at 2014: Retailers Enjoy A Strong Year, Express Excitement About 2015

A Look Back at 2014: Retailers Enjoy A Strong Year, Express Excitement About 2015

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Only in the future can history be judged. But, at first glance, 2014 was a pretty good year. Sure, there was negative news, such as the Ebola virus and a number of data breaches that affected a slew of high-profile retailers. We also, of course, lost many beloved celebrities who will be greatly missed; these […]

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Lighting’s Future Looks Bright: Manufacturers Say MI Retailers’ Opportunities Are Best In A Decade

Lighting’s Future Looks Bright: Manufacturers Say MI Retailers’ Opportunities Are Best In A Decade

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long gone are the days of DJing simply being an audio event. To be considered a top DJ, the visual component must be mixed in prominently, to the point that club patrons feel they are part of an experience as opposed simply to listening to music. That’s where lighting comes in. Last year, in our […]

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Acoustic Guitar Sales Are On Fire

Acoustic Guitar Sales Are On Fire

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

What sells better at MI stores: acoustic guitars or electrics? It’s an age-old battle in the music products industry, and the pendulum tends to swing back and forth. Well, right now—and in recent years—acoustic guitar sales, like the REO Speedwagon album, just seem to “keep on rollin’.” [maxbutton id="4"]

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The State Of Our Union Is Strong(ish)

The State Of Our Union Is Strong(ish)

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Acoustics And Accessories Keep Rocking, But Everything Isn’t Rosy When it comes to discretionary-income purchases like musical instruments, corporate bonuses and stock market activity are often considered key. According to these metrics, consumers had extra money to spend last year, and should continue to have extra funds this year. This additional discretionary income was perhaps […]

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DJ & Lighting Enter A New Era

DJ & Lighting Enter A New Era

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Controllers And LED Are Leading The Way It’s a good time to be a DJ. One could certainly argue that the barriers to entry have never been fewer, thanks to the low costs and high-quality equipment available. Of course, the next Tiesto or David Guetta might never walk into your store. But plenty of DJs […]

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Amplify Your Amp & Speaker Sales

Amplify Your Amp & Speaker Sales

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Small Amps Are In; Powered Is Powering The Speaker Market The Music & Sound Retailer pays tribute to amps and speakers in this special feature, for which we interviewed a number of prominent retailers to get their opinion on where the products are going technologically and what sales trends have recently been manifesting themselves. Overall, […]

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Guitar Sales Hit A High Note

Guitar Sales Hit A High Note

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

2012 Was Another Good Year, Led By Acoustics What a difference two months can make. In February, a story titled “The State of Our Union,” written by this author, discussed how the hangover from the barely averted “fiscal cliff” and debt ceiling crisis were causing a lot of pain for the U.S. consumer. Now, however, […]

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Guitar Sales Strumming The Right Chords

Guitar Sales Strumming The Right Chords

| April 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

2011 Sales Increased Slightly; Early Returns This Year Look Excellent When looking at the economy as a whole, most would agree 2011 was better than its abysmal predecessor years. Unemployment dropped, the stock market did well (by year’s end, at least) and hefty Wall Street bonuses returned. Closer to our own industry, the NAMM show […]

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