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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PRS Guitars’ S2 Vela

PRS Guitars’ S2 Vela

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The guitar segment of the music products market boasts a number of brands whose names have become synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll and musical virtuosity. Few guitar makers, however, have cultivated the reputation for quality and craftsmanship that imbue three letters: PRS. Founded by Paul Reed Smith in 1985, Stevensville MD-based PRS Guitars is a […]

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Five Minutes With…Manuel RodrÍguez, CEO

Five Minutes With…Manuel RodrÍguez, CEO

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alongside the young upstarts that The Retailer featured in our March “Class of 2016” cover story, we also seek to spotlight companies whose rich, multi-decade heritage attests to the passion and dedication of a family business passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps no company in the music products industry exudes so proud a heritage […]

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Summer NAMM Gears Up For Burning Topics, Sizzling New Products

Summer NAMM Gears Up For Burning Topics, Sizzling New Products

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even though everyone, myself included, loves the weeklong music products frenzy that is the NAMM Show in Anaheim, it’s nevertheless true that Summer NAMM—the big show’s smaller, Nashville-hosted sibling—is the show to which I most look forward and at which I have the best time. The reason is simple: We frequently describe the music products […]

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Celebrating ‘The Good Stuff’ Going On In The MI Industry

Celebrating ‘The Good Stuff’ Going On In The MI Industry

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given how easy it is for all of us—retailers, manufacturers, reps and journalists alike—to focus solely on the next quarter, the next meeting or the next issue, it’s important to remind ourselves now and then that there are causes larger than ourselves and our businesses. Whether it’s a research hospital that treats deadly diseases, an […]

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St. Louis Music Celebrates Record First-Quarter Sales

St. Louis Music Celebrates Record First-Quarter Sales

| May 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

To recognize a record-breaking first-quarter sales performance, St. Louis Music held a celebratory lunch on April 22 as a thank you to its employees. Mark Ragin, President and CEO of St. Louis Music, was eager to see his staff rewarded for their excellent work. SLM staff were treated to a barbecue buffet by Chris Cakes […]

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MUSIC Announces Proposed TANNOY Redundancies, Possible Plant Closure

MUSIC Announces Proposed TANNOY Redundancies, Possible Plant Closure

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

MUSIC, formerly called The MUSIC Group, has announced that it proposes to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge, Scotland. The company is about to enter into a process of collective consultation with all affected employees. However, in the event that the redundancies are confirmed following consultation, the […]

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Korg USA Promotes Sajeva To Director Of Technology Brands

Korg USA Promotes Sajeva To Director Of Technology Brands

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Korg USA has announced the promotion of industry veteran James Sajeva to Director of Technology Brands. Most recently, Sajeva was Brand Manager for Korg Technology Products. The move is a planned component of Korg USA’s aim to unify all aspects of its growth within this market segment. Sajeva’s responsibilities now extend beyond the Korg brand, […]

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Under The Hood Of Yamaha’s Montage Synthesizer

Under The Hood Of Yamaha’s Montage Synthesizer

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

At the NAMM Show this past January, Yamaha Corp. of America launched more than 100 products, thus ensuring that the venerable company—the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer—was the talk of the show. But perhaps no product attracted more attention than the Montage synthesizer, which will be in stores on May 6 and which will come […]

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Five Minutes With…Jay Wanamaker, President/CEO, Roland Corp. U.S.

Five Minutes With…Jay Wanamaker, President/CEO, Roland Corp. U.S.

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given that “Five Minutes With” devotes considerable page space not only to our featured interviewee’s company, but also to his or her background and career progression, we look for industry executives who’ve enjoyed a long, storied history in MI. This month, in Jay Wanamaker, President and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., we find the ideal […]

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Guitar Makers Jam Session

Guitar Makers Jam Session

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Manufacturers Discuss Pressing Issues That Face The Guitar Market Fitting with The Retailer’s well-established Guitar Issue theme for our April issue, we present this month a roundtable discussion that features four of the most prominent, well-respected members of the guitar-making community: Alvarez Guitars, D’Angelico Guitars, Ibanez and PRS Guitars. This year, instead of asking the […]

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