Author Archive: By 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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Fender CEO Announces Upcoming Retirement

Fender CEO Announces Upcoming Retirement

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) has announced the upcoming retirement of CEO Larry Thomas, effective May 31. Thomas was appointed to the FMIC Board of Directors in 2009 and later appointed CEO on August 1, 2010. Current Interim COO Scott Gilbertson will assume the role of Interim CEO until the company completes its search for [...]

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Zildjian Promotes Smith To N.A. Sales Manager

Zildjian Promotes Smith To N.A. Sales Manager

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Avedis Zildjian Company has promoted Jerry Smith to North American Sales Manager, effective April 1. In this newly created position, Smith will report directly to Andy Schlosser, Vice President of Global Sales, and have responsibility for the management of the company’s independent sales representatives in the U.S. and distributors in Canada and Mexico. In [...]

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D’Addario To Celebrate NYXL Strings Launch

D’Addario To Celebrate NYXL Strings Launch

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

D’Addario has announced the launch of the next generation of electric guitar strings: NYXL. To celebrate the unveiling of these strings, a special launch event will take place at the Carle Place Guitar Center on Long Island NY on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30pm. The event will feature a concert with performances by legendary guitarists [...]

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Arriba Moves To Bigger Location

Arriba Moves To Bigger Location

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

In response to growing consumer demand, Arriba Products LLC has moved its world headquarters to a new, larger location in City of Industry CA. The move doubles the amount of space for Arriba, a leading manufacturer of protective cases and bags for mobile entertainers on the go. “Operating out of a bigger and more modern [...]

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TMP Pro Now A Mackie Distributor

TMP Pro Now A Mackie Distributor

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

TMP Pro has announced an agreement with LOUD Technologies to distribute Mackie products in the U.S. Mackie is a leader in professional audio products, from loudspeakers and mixing consoles, to studio and recording equipment. Over the course of two decades, Mackie helped shape the music industry with the release of numerous products. Mackie mixers, loudspeakers [...]

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KMC Music Hosts Top Retailers

KMC Music Hosts Top Retailers

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

KMC Music invited 13 of its top drum and percussion retailers from across the country to participate in a hands-on presentation with representatives from Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Hardware, Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, KAT Percussion and Sabian. Across two days on March 20 and 21 at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, the group had opportunities [...]

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GC Announces Improved Capital Structure

GC Announces Improved Capital Structure

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Guitar Center has announced the successful completion of financial transactions that greatly improve the company’s financial position. As a result of these transactions, Guitar Center’s total debt has been reduced by approximately $500 million and annual cash interest expense has been reduced by more than $70 million. The improved financial position of the company will [...]

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NEXUS Comes Through At SXSW

NEXUS Comes Through At SXSW

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sometimes the most inspired results are unplanned. Such was the case on March 13 for LD Cory Fitzgerald, Production Manager Michael Alegretto and Todd Roberts of Visions Lighting (Brea CA), when they had to adjust to a sudden change in venues for Lady Gaga’s performance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference. [...]

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‘Insight: Iconic Artists And The Gear That Inspires Them’

‘Insight: Iconic Artists And The Gear That Inspires Them’

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Country music superstar Vince Gill makes an encore appearance at Summer NAMM as he joins co-host Tom Bedell of Two Old Hippies for “Insight: Iconic Artists and the Gear That Inspires Them.” This year’s must-attend event, held the evening of Wednesday, July 16, the night before the show opens, brings Gill and Bedell together with [...]

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Fender Announces Direct-To-Consumer Program

Fender Announces Direct-To-Consumer Program

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fender recently announced the American Design Experience, a new offering on Fender.com that allows consumers to design electric guitars and basses based on Fender’s iconic instruments: the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass guitars. Consumers’ personalized designs are then built by hand in Fender’s flagship Corona CA-based facility and delivered to their door within 90 [...]

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