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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Five Minutes With Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Blackstar Amplification

Five Minutes With Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Blackstar Amplification

| July 15, 2016 | 0 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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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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