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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Teton Guitars’ Arm Rest Series

Teton Guitars’ Arm Rest Series

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

For working musicians, the priority has always been value: getting a durable, dependable, great-sounding instrument, but at a price that won’t break the bank. Because the demand for such products is so high, lines targeted to the working musician are uniquely appealing to brick-and-mortar music stores, whose inventory decisions can be the difference between success […]

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Five Minutes With Jim D’Addario, CEO, D’Addario & Co., Inc.

Five Minutes With Jim D’Addario, CEO, D’Addario & Co., Inc.

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Because The Music & Sound Retailer is targeted to, and written for, music products dealers with brick-and-mortar storefronts. We always make it a point to ask our “Five Minutes With” interviewee about the company’s efforts to serve its dealer partners. It’s fair to say D’Addario & Co., Inc., is renowned within the music products space […]

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DJ & Lighting Products Continue To Help Power MI Stores

DJ & Lighting Products Continue To Help Power MI Stores

| August 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year, in our August issue, which has bonus distribution at DJ Expo in Atlantic City NJ, we devote some ink to DJ gear and lighting equipment, which present a compelling value proposition to full-line, brick-and-mortar music stores. At a time when retailers are feeling the squeeze from Amazon.com and chain retailers—not to mention digital […]

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Five Minutes With Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Blackstar Amplification

Five Minutes With Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Blackstar Amplification

| July 15, 2016 | 11 Comments

This month, The Retailer shares with you an in-depth conversation with Blackstar Amplification Managing Director Ian Robinson, who’s immersed himself in the technology and engineering principles of excellent sound since his teenage years. Robinson traces his career path, starting with a fortuitous beginning at Marshall Amplification and continuing with Blackstar’s creation, and he reflects on […]

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Pro-Audio Manufacturers Outline A Persuasive Value Proposition

Pro-Audio Manufacturers Outline A Persuasive Value Proposition

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having just returned from Las Vegas and the InfoComm trade show—an exposition centered on the commercial AV market, but which includes a large number of pro-audio and live-sound companies—I have the amp and speaker segment of our market very much on my mind. And it seems like a lot of you, our retailer readers, do, […]

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Largest Ever NAMM Fly-In Builds On Past Successes

Largest Ever NAMM Fly-In Builds On Past Successes

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Twenty-fifteen ended on a triumphal note for many in the music products industry, as Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 9 and, the next day, President Obama signed it into law. MI industry members, who have traveled to Capitol Hill annually since 2005 for the NAMM Music Education Advocacy DC Fly-In, […]

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Dealers Attending Summer NAMM Gain Strong Competitive Advantage

Dealers Attending Summer NAMM Gain Strong Competitive Advantage

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

(L-R): NAMM President/CEO Joe Lamond with NAMM Chairman Mark Goff. Last month’s Summer NAMM show, emanating from Music City Center in Nashville TN from June 23 to June 25, was a strong showing for both the association and the music products industry that it represents. The exposition, which, this year, moved to Halls C and […]

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Kala Brand’s 2016 Elite Ukulele Series

Kala Brand’s 2016 Elite Ukulele Series

| July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The popularity of individual musical instruments tends to be cyclical, with “hot” periods sometimes being measured in years and sometimes being measured in decades. For the past half-dozen years or more, the ukulele has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity that’s been driven not only by the instrument’s relative easiness to learn, but also by the […]

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Five Minutes With Courtland Gray, COO, Peavey Electronics

Five Minutes With Courtland Gray, COO, Peavey Electronics

| July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

When one thinks about iconic music products companies with deep roots in the United States, Peavey Electronics comes to mind almost immediately. Already having marked 50 years, and boasting a peerless portfolio of patents, Peavey’s place among the legendary names of MI is secure. Nevertheless, in recent years, the company’s decision to move substantial manufacturing […]

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Summer NAMM New Product Spotlight

Summer NAMM New Product Spotlight

| July 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Everybody knows that the NAMM Show in Anaheim is jam packed with product debuts…probably more of them than anyone could count. However, as Summer NAMM regains strength and becomes more of a destination show, it, too, is starting to be recognized as a prime occasion to release innovative new products. That’s why, a couple of […]

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