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 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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Universal Percussion Files Suit Against Zildjian

Universal Percussion Files Suit Against Zildjian

| April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Universal Percussion, Inc., which has been in the news recently for filing suit against Guitar Center, has also filed a lawsuit against Avedis Zildjian Co., accusing it of violating Universal Percussion’s rights in the trademarks S and S SERIES. Universal Percussion has used these on cymbals since 2002. Zildjian recently introduced a line of “S” […]

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Universal Percussion Files Lawsuit Against Guitar Center

Universal Percussion Files Lawsuit Against Guitar Center

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Universal Percussion, Inc., headquartered in Columbiana OH, has filed a lawsuit against Westlake Village CA-based Guitar Center, accusing the music retail mega-chain of engaging in bait-and-switch selling tactics that caused Universal Percussion to lose out on sales of its WUHAN-branded cymbals and gongs in Guitar Center stores. Universal Percussion has owned exclusive rights to the […]

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Under The Hood Of The Tradition Series

Under The Hood Of The Tradition Series

| March 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

Riversong Guitars is a British Columbia-based guitar manufacturer whose unique creations represent the meeting of functional design and beautiful sound. Riversong Guitars’ Owner, Mike Miltimore, set out to do just that when he and luthier Mike Trelenberg first started building guitars out of the back of his parents’ music store approximately 10 years ago. “Mike […]

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Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka<br/>President and CEO, Audio-Technica

Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka
President and CEO, Audio-Technica

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having begun my journalism career writing for Sound & Communications, sister publication to The Music & Sound Retailer, I’ve covered Audio-Technica since 2004 and, during that time, I’ve watched the company closely. It’s a manufacturer that is, of course, known for its excellent audio products, which span several categories and numerous markets, but the company […]

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Top Of The Heap

Top Of The Heap

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Our 30th Annual Music & Sound Award Winners Represent The Industry’s Best In the music products industry, 30 is a meaningful number. Sure…it’s nothing compared to, for example, Zildjian’s 393 years in the industry or Yamaha’s nearly 130-year heritage, but it still denotes an established footprint in the music products space. And that’s one reason […]

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ZIVIX’S JAMSTIK+: Portable  Digital Guitar

ZIVIX’S JAMSTIK+: Portable Digital Guitar

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, frequently emphasizes the importance of growing the music products industry, arguing that we mustn’t merely fight over the pieces of the existing pie but, rather, grow the pie so that everyone’s share becomes larger. A major part of doing that is to expand the ranks of music makers. […]

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Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

More so than at any time in MI retail’s history, brick-and-mortar dealers are embracing products and technologies that are a bit “outside the box” relative to a music store’s typical inventory of electric guitars, acoustic drum sets and brass instruments. Perhaps no category of product, though, has become more appealing than lighting, what with its […]

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