Author Archive: Dan Vedda

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Face to Face

Face to Face

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t make it to the NAMM show in Anaheim this year. Cost and store coverage prevented me from going, and I really missed it. Sure, heading out of the northeast Ohio refrigerator for sunny California in January has its appeal, but that’s not why I wish I had been able to go. Of course, […]

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Business As Unusual

Business As Unusual

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

You hear people bandy about a particular phrase—“disruptive innovation”—a lot these days. Disruptions are everywhere: from new payment systems like Square or Apple Pay, to ride or lodging services like AirBnB, Lyft and the beleaguered Uber. At their most effective, they can transform an industry…even replace longstanding institutions. Although dwindling numbers remember it, television did […]

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Veddatorial: A Tangled Webb

Veddatorial: A Tangled Webb

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some in the industry media expressed surprise at the “abrupt” resignation of Mike Pratt from the CEO position at Guitar Center, having been replaced by Darrell Webb, former CEO and Chairman of Sports Authority (and, earlier, CEO and Chairman of its sister company, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores). When you think about it, though, it […]

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Long and Winding Road

Long and Winding Road

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” In my dual role as both a retailer and a pundit, everything I believe about music retail has to pass two tests. My opinion must reflect my experience as a store owner in the trenches every day, […]

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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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The Hidden Industry

The Hidden Industry

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I usually talk about the Community Music Store’s place in our changing industry, I’m always aware that lurking in a dim corner of the music products business model is what I think of as the Music Underground. Seldom glamorous, it is responsible for (I believe) a very large chunk of our collective revenue, despite […]

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Disintermediation

Disintermediation

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, my column is triggered by a news item; often, one specific encounter within our industry is the inspiration. But there are times when little bits of information from the world at large start sticking together and I sense a change in the Force, so to speak. Call it taking the pulse or sampling the […]

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Adults Rule

Adults Rule

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first entered this industry more than 30 years ago, I was struck—and charmed, really—by the adults I encountered who wanted to make music. As a person who began playing as a student and never stopped, I didn’t really think about being a former player, let alone what it would be like to have […]

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Guitar Center and Behringer Play Hardball

Guitar Center and Behringer Play Hardball

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m sure most of you caught the news in mid-May that Guitar Center served Behringer walking papers, dropping its products and terminating the business relationship. It seems our industry’s largest brick-and-mortar chain is fed up with, as the quote read, “Behringer’s revision to untenable business terms late last year and a continuous history of attempting […]

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‘The Death of the Acoustic Guitars’ BACKLASH

‘The Death of the Acoustic Guitars’ BACKLASH

| June 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

In the last couple of issues, I’ve been talking about the value and power that remain in the brick-and-mortar shopping experience. I truly believe that all the disruptive technologies and paradigm shifts that buffet us now will change how we present that experience, but they will not erase it. However, it is up to us […]

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