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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PreSonus Marks Two Decades

PreSonus Marks Two Decades

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

PreSonus Audio Electronics, a company known for its audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware and related accessories, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It’s been a long road since Jim Odom and Brian Smith designed, built and sold their first piece of professional audio equipment back in 1995. Working in a borrowed garage space in […]

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Sweetwater Has Another Great Year

Sweetwater Has Another Great Year

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sweetwater recently announced another record year in total sales and job creation, plus a significant expansion of its campus in Fort Wayne IN. Since 2010, Sweetwater’s total sales have more than doubled. Total sales in 2014 were up 28 percent over 2013, which was also a record-breaking year. December 2014 sales were up 30 percent […]

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JAM Buys Kaman Music, Appoints Terry

JAM Buys Kaman Music, Appoints Terry

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

JAM Industries, Ltd., recently announced the asset purchase of the wholesale distribution business, KMC Music, B&J Music and selected trademarks from Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC). The transaction provides JAM Industries an expanded product line and accessory-driven expertise to better serve its dealer network throughout the United States and Canada. The JAM Industries U.S. MI […]

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PreSonus Shuffles Leadership Team

PreSonus Shuffles Leadership Team

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Board of Directors of PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., recently announced that COO Stephen Fraser has become the firm’s CEO, effective February 10. The Directors also announced that the Founder and former Chief Strategy Officer, Jim Odom, has become President. Kevin Couhig, Board Chairman, said, “We believe Stephen is ideally suited to lead PreSonus forward […]

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Education Initiative Launches Powerfully

Education Initiative Launches Powerfully

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pro musicians, students, teachers and fans came together at the Apollo Theater on February 12 to celebrate a new education initiative based on an award-winning documentary feature film, “Take Me To The River.” The brainchild of director/producer Martin Shore, the film chronicles a project that spans generations, races and genders to create a new music […]

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Sennheiser, Apogee Announce Partnership

Sennheiser, Apogee Announce Partnership

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

During the NAMM show, Sennheiser and Apogee Electronics announced their intention to collaborate. While in Anaheim, Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee, and Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser, jointly announced the cooperation of their companies. Claussen said, “Apogee and Sennheiser are a perfect fit. We both operate in the demanding premium sector, serving professional […]

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Wanamaker Takes The Lead

Wanamaker Takes The Lead

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Roland Corp. has made two senior management appointments, effective February 1. Jay Wanamaker has assumed the role of President and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., whereas Kim Nunney, former President and CEO, has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive VP, Global Business Development for Professional A/V of Roland Corp. Nunney became President […]

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Kimihide Hoshino Named President

Kimihide Hoshino Named President

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hoshino Gakki Co. Ltd., holder of the Ibanez guitar and Tama drum brand names, has announced the appointment of Kimihide “Ken” Hoshino as the company’s new President. He succeeds Toshitsugu “Tom” Tanaka, who, beginning in 2004, led the company into an era of sharply increased sales and prosperity. Tanaka will continue in the capacity of […]

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Gretsch Drums’ Broadkaster

Gretsch Drums’ Broadkaster

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The drum market boasts some truly legendary and iconic names, but perhaps none can claim the history that Gretsch Drums can. Making quality musical instruments since 1883, the company, founded in Brooklyn NY, is the oldest drum company that’s still making drums today. Fourth-generation family member Fred Gretsch, who remains closely involved in the business, […]

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From The Editor: These Are Consequential Times

From The Editor: These Are Consequential Times

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the nearly four years I’ve been Editor of The Retailer, not to mention my many previous years’ experience covering the music products industry, no period of time has been more packed with drama, uncertainty and controversy than right now. In short, these are consequential times, and none of us is quite sure if, or […]

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