Author Archive: Dan Ferrisi

I am the Editor of The Music & Sound Retailer, the most widely read trade publication serving the music products market. I am a lifelong writer and editor, working for Testa Communications, publisher of The Retailer, for more than 10 years.

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Indie Dealers Rise Up: The Independent Retailer Roundtable

Indie Dealers Rise Up: The Independent Retailer Roundtable

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

For its brand identity, The Music & Sound Retailer tries to be the champion of brick-and-mortar, mom-and-pop, independent music stores. Perhaps no annual feature better presses that case than the Independent Retailer Roundtable, which is now in its 11th year and which we present part one of this month. At a time when the competitive […]

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Gifts Unwrapped: The Retailer’s Holiday Sales Guide

Gifts Unwrapped: The Retailer’s Holiday Sales Guide

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although it might only be September, savvy retailers know that late summer/early autumn is the season to prepare for the holiday sales rush, when demand reaches a fever pitch and retailers make a large portion of their yearly profits. That pattern certainly holds true for the music products industry, and that might be why The […]

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Five Minutes With Sharon Hennessey Of TMP

Five Minutes With Sharon Hennessey Of TMP

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The music products industry has often been described as one big, extended family. Perhaps one reason for that familial vibe within our industry is that many of the most successful, most highly regarded companies supplying music products are, themselves, family businesses. That brings us to The Music People (TMP), which Jim Hennessey created in 1979 […]

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Taylor Guitars’ Redesigned 700 Series

Taylor Guitars’ Redesigned 700 Series

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Taylor Guitars is a company whose legacy stretches back to 1974, when Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug joined forces after having met at a guitar shop called, quite appropriately, American Dream. Since then, the company has become renowned and universally respected within the music products industry. According to Taylor Guitars’ Master Guitar Designer, Andy Powers, […]

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Super-Sensitive Contributes To Music Education

Super-Sensitive Contributes To Music Education

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Super-Sensitive Musical String Co. has strong ties within the Sarasota FL community in which its corporate offices are located. That’s why the company’s President, Jim Cavanaugh, has decided to give back so generously to the school system in which he grew up, awarding sums of money to several area middle schools to purchase products for […]

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JHS Appoints Paul Smith To Operations Director

JHS Appoints Paul Smith To Operations Director

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

JHS has appointed Paul Smith to the newly created position of Operations Director. The new role will encompass overall, board-level responsibility for the company’s sales and marketing departments, in addition to Smith’s present responsibilities for purchasing, logistics and JHS’ service department. According to Managing Director Dennis Drumm, “Day-to-day management of our sales and marketing departments […]

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SLM Expands Partnership With Latin Percussion

SLM Expands Partnership With Latin Percussion

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. Louis Music is expanding its selection of products by percussion brand Latin Percussion. Along with a wider spectrum of products, SLM is also offering Latin Percussion at improved pricing. “We are very proud and happy to broaden our relationship with Latin percussion,” SLM Marketplace Vice President Rich Dumstorff said. “As we grow into a […]

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Korg USA Embraces Charitable Activity

Korg USA Embraces Charitable Activity

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

More than 60 staff members from Korg USA Inc., and their families, joined more than 12,000 runners, walkers and spectators at the 2016 Marcum Workplace Challenge 3.5-mile run/walk at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island NY. The challenge donates its proceeds to the Children’s Medical Fund of New York, the Long Island Children’s Museum, Long […]

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Avedis Zildjian Hires New Category Manager, Cymbals

Avedis Zildjian Hires New Category Manager, Cymbals

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Avedis Zildjian Company has appointed Victor Filonovich as Category Manager, Cymbals, effective immediately. Filonovich joins Zildjian from Latin Percussion (LP), and he brings more than 25 years’ experience working with artists, dealers, distributors and consumers on developing compelling drum/percussion products and successful sales programs. Filonovich was recently the Global Director of Product Management for […]

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D’Addario Woodwinds Rebrands Rico, Royal Product Lines

D’Addario Woodwinds Rebrands Rico, Royal Product Lines

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

D’Addario Woodwinds has announced the rebranding of its Rico and Royal woodwinds products to include the “by D’Addario” endorsement. Rico, now Rico by D’Addario, has been the number-one student reed for more than 20 years. Rico by D’Addario reeds are unfiled, whereas Royal by D’Addario reeds are filed; both feature a thinner profile and blank. […]

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