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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Under The Hood: <br/>Casio’s CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos

Under The Hood:
Casio’s CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Casio America, Inc., is a company whose considerable brand cachet extends across a number of technology-centered categories. Its company name and diverse assortment of products are commonplace in households across the globe, further buttressing the company’s enviable reputation. For Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division, though, now is a particularly exciting time, ripe with product introductions […]

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In Memoriam: Rose L. Shure

In Memoriam: Rose L. Shure

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

With great sadness, Shure Inc. has announced the death of the company’s Chairman, Rose L. Shure. She died peacefully at her home. For more than 60 years, Shure served as an inspiration to all Shure employees, both past and present. She was a role model for Shure’s core values and basic principles—created by her husband and the […]

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Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year, for The Retailer’s big NAMM Show Issue, the editorial team and I try to find a “Five Minutes With” interview subject whose stature in the music products industry befits appearing as the centerpiece of our biggest, most important issue of the year. In the past, we’ve welcomed Sennheiser’s Greg Beebe and Taylor Guitars’ Kurt Listug. […]

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Crown Prince

Crown Prince

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Remo’s Crown Percussion Cajon, made of birch wood, boasts a traditional fixed-face-plate construction. This process seals the drum completely and enables the bass tones to resonate naturally. The fixed face plate works because of Remo’s snare system design, which forces the snares against the back of the face plate for optimum spring tension. No need […]

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Rest For The Weary

Rest For The Weary

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Teton Guitars has introduced its new Teton Arm Rest Guitars. As with all other guitars produced by Teton Guitars, the company set out to build a good-sounding guitar, with abundant features, that would fit a working musician’s budget. The result was the Teton Arm Rest Guitars. These instruments feature a solid, aged Sitka spruce […]

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Razor Sharp

Razor Sharp

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Peavey has announced the 6505+ Piranha micro head, an addition to the 6505 Series of amplifiers. The 6505+ Piranha is powerful and portable. It packs the high-gain tones trusted by some of the biggest names in metal into a smaller, 20-watt power amp head. Although small in size, the 6505+ Piranha has all the gain […]

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Play Some Tunes

Play Some Tunes

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Optek Music Systems, Inc., has announced Guitar Tunes, an innovation for learning to play guitar. This app is for guitar players who want to learn how to play songs in their iTunes library. As you listen to your original iTunes music, the onscreen interactive fretboard will display fingering positions for lead, rhythm or bass guitar […]

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All That Jazz

All That Jazz

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alvarez has unveiled a series of guitars designed and crafted to capture the tone of two specific, classic genres of music: the Alvarez Jazz and Blues Series. Blues players will love the Delta 00 (“Double O”) and the Blues 51, which features an arched rosewood back. Both models are vintage all the way, with back-shifted […]

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Forward March

Forward March

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Ludwig Drum Company, a division of Conn-Selmer Inc., has released the Ludwig “Ultimate” marching drums. The redesigned drums are tailored to the needs of marching ensembles. Using the company’s R.F.S.T. shell-making process, its U.S.A.-made drums are able to produce excellent sound. They’re equally suited to corps or show band style. Specs: 100-percent maple shells; […]

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Start Your Engine

Start Your Engine

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Denon DJ has introduced its MCX8000 DJ controller with its exclusive Engine software. The MCX8000 is a true DJ hardware/software controller, which offers total command of both Serato DJ and Denon DJ Engine technology in the same instrument. The DJ can use the MCX8000 with its USB drives by opting to use Denon DJ Engine—without […]

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