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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Dan Roberts: President, Manhasset Specialty Company

Dan Roberts: President, Manhasset Specialty Company

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

This month, our “Five Minutes With” interview features Dan Roberts, President of Manhasset Specialty Company, whose involvement with the music products industry goes back many years…but whose love for music and the beautiful instruments that make it can be traced back to childhood. Roberts’ extended conversation with The Retailer delves into his background and Manhasset’s […]

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Blizzard Lighting’s: LB-Par Hex Fixture

Blizzard Lighting’s: LB-Par Hex Fixture

| June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Of all the diverse segments of the music products market, perhaps none has experienced stronger growth—and more rapid technological evolution—than the lighting segment has. And, among companies that serve the MI industry’s lighting needs, few offer Blizzard Lighting’s potent blend of great products, real value and dedicated support. The company, which was founded in 2010 […]

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Premier Builders Guild Adds Fender Ace Chris Fleming

Premier Builders Guild Adds Fender Ace Chris Fleming

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Premier Builders Guild, a group of U.S.-based boutique guitar and amplifier brands, has announced that industry veteran Chris Fleming has joined the company as its new VP of Design, Development and Sourcing. In his new role, Fleming will oversee all new product development efforts within the company, as well as develop new resources for all […]

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CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Rocks With Grateful Dead Legend Bill Kreutzmann

CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Rocks With Grateful Dead Legend Bill Kreutzmann

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

A founding member of the Grateful Dead, along with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, drummer Bill Kreutzmann is still going strong after playing in all of the 2,300 live performances the iconic band made during its lifespan. Kreutzmann showed a large, appreciative crowd that he hasn’t missed a beat when […]

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KHS America Promotes Michael Robinson To Vice President Of Marketing

KHS America Promotes Michael Robinson To Vice President Of Marketing

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

KHS America has announced the promotion of Michael Robinson to Vice President of Marketing. Since his arrival in March 2011, Robinson has made significant contributions to the success of KHS America in the areas of leadership and team development, and in the establishment of customer-centric marketing principles that continue to differentiate the KHS family of brands within […]

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Yorkville Sound Distributing Gibson Pro Audio Brands For Canada

Yorkville Sound Distributing Gibson Pro Audio Brands For Canada

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yorkville Sound has announced that it is the exclusive Canadian distributor for all Gibson Pro Audio brands, including Stanton Audio, KRK Systems, Cerwin-Vega loudspeakers, Neat Microphones and Cakewalk music software. Gibson Brands was founded in 1894 and it’s headquartered in Nashville TN. “We at Yorkville Sound are thrilled with the addition of the Gibson Pro […]

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MAP: Useful Tool…or Bane of Retailers’ Existence?

MAP: Useful Tool…or Bane of Retailers’ Existence?

| May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

PRS Guitars’ 30th Anniversary Custom 24 Models D’Addario’s Expanded Award-Winning NYXL Line TC Electronic’s Ditto Stereo Looper On-Stage Stands’ MS9210 And MS9212 Round-Base Models The Retailer Set To Explore MAP Policy In MI Hosted by Jill Nicolini Vnewsletter Sign-up Got something you think should be on Vnewsletter? click here   Want to advertise your products on […]

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Doing Well and Doing Good: Celebrating The MI Industry’s Charitable And Philanthropic Spirit

Doing Well and Doing Good: Celebrating The MI Industry’s Charitable And Philanthropic Spirit

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are a lot of stories that, as Editor of The Retailer, I write every single year: “Born In The U.S.A.,” “Salute To Lesser-Publicized Music Products,” “Independent Retailer Roundtable” and several others. None of them, however, brings me greater pleasure and psychic income than writing this piece, which we colloquially call “The Good Stuff.” Here, […]

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NAMM Study Shows Parents, Teachers Value Music Education

NAMM Study Shows Parents, Teachers Value Music Education

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Contrary to state and local pressures to de-emphasize and de-fund music and arts education, a new NAMM Foundation-funded, nationwide study of 1,000 teachers and 800 parents finds strong support for music education at all grade levels. The survey, “Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K-12 Music Education in the United States 2015,” […]

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Hal Leonard Acquires Tunessence

Hal Leonard Acquires Tunessence

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The world’s largest music print publisher and e-content provider has a new tool in its technology belt. Hal Leonard Corp. recently announced that it has acquired Tunessence. Founded in 2012 by recent Carnegie Mellon graduates, Tunessence operates a Web-based platform for interactive music lessons. The software synchronizes audio and video assets with music notation, providing […]

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