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 eight years.

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Two Old Hippies’ Founder, Tom Bedell

Two Old Hippies’ Founder, Tom Bedell

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For The Music & Sound Retailer’s Summer NAMM issue—our second-biggest issue of the year—I knew we had to host someone special for “Five Minutes With.” It seemed natural, then, to approach Tom Bedell, Founder of Two Old Hippies, LLC, who helms respected brands such as Bedell Guitars, Breedlove Stringed Instruments and Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments. […]

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Kluson’s Two-Pin 19:1 Tuners

Kluson’s Two-Pin 19:1 Tuners

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The new Kluson two-pin 19:1 tuners are a die-cast direct replacement/upgrade for Fender 1988 to current production instruments, excluding reissues and left-handed models. Upgrade your right-handed American Standard series, 1988 and newer Strat Plus series and Standard series instruments, with both locking and non-locking formats available. This recent design enables any owner of these three […]

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Casio’s Sound EFX Sampler Series

Casio’s Sound EFX Sampler Series

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The last several years have represented something of a renaissance for Casio, the Tokyo, Japan-based company known both for its expansive product portfolio—ranging from musical instruments to calculators to watches and more—and for its products’ high levels of quality and value. Readers of The Music & Sound Retailer know that this applies particularly to Casio’s […]

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Hal Leonard’s M4 Campaign

Hal Leonard’s M4 Campaign

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

At Summer NAMM, Hal Leonard unveils its M4 Campaign, which encourages dealers to get started in the Mobile Music Making Market. The company has put together a bundle with the bestselling products from companies such as IK Multimedia, Griffin, Alesis, Line 6, M-Audio, Samson, JamHub and others. The M4 Campaign from Hal Leonard takes the […]

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On-Stage’s U-Mount Powerbanks

On-Stage’s U-Mount Powerbanks

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

On-Stage presents its line of Powerbanks at Summer NAMM. Like other Powerbanks, the On-Stage version is a portable external battery that is used as backup power for your mobile and/or digital device. There’s no longer a need to scramble for power outlets, as this compact Powerbank adds hours of power. Its small size allows you […]

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St. Blues’ 30th Anniversary Bluescaster

St. Blues’ 30th Anniversary Bluescaster

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

St. Blues presents the 30th Anniversary Bluescaster, with only 14 to be built. Specs: double cutaway Bluesmaster body in alder; 25.5-inch neck scale length with maple/maple or maple/pau ferro fingerboards; finished in pearl white nitro-cellulose (pearl signifying 30th anniversary) with tortoise shell binding. Routed for two Lollar mini humbucker pickups (Lollar Firebird in bridge position; […]

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Alfred Music’s New Releases

Alfred Music’s New Releases

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Musicians seeking to learn the ukulele can rely on Alfred Music’s Complete Ukulele Method: Complete Edition. This book and CD pack combines three books into one complete volume to provide everything an aspiring ukulele player needs to begin strumming and, eventually, to master the ukulele. Finale PrintMusic 2014, a new version of the music notation […]

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Crafter’s MS 1000 Mandolin

Crafter’s MS 1000 Mandolin

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Crafter Guitars, distributed by Max Margin Distribution, has announced the Summer NAMM introduction of the new MS 1000 mandolin. This instrument features a solid Engelmann spruce top, maple back and sides, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, gold-plated oval tuners, dot position markers, satin finish and scale of 13 and 13/16 inches. The offering of […]

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Fishman’s Fluence Single Coil Pickups

Fishman’s Fluence Single Coil Pickups

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fishman is shipping the new Fluence Single Coil pickups, with Humbucker models to follow soon. Fluence active pickups incorporate Fluence Core “coils” and true Multi-Voice electronics to consistently create idealized versions of the classic sounds guitarists demand. Unlike passive pickups with traditional wire-wound coils, Fluence pickups are not susceptible to spurious noise, hum, cable capacitance […]

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Remo’s Emperor Ebony Drumheads

Remo’s Emperor Ebony Drumheads

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Remo is expanding its Ebony Series drumhead line. Offered in Emperor weight, the Emperor Ebony drumheads provide durability, warmth, volume and clarity with focused mid-range tones. Designed for snare drums and tom toms, Emperor Ebony heads have plenty of attack for maximum stick articulation. Available in six-, eight-, 10-, 12-, 13-, 14-, 16- and 18-inch […]

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