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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Roland Further Expands Its U.S. Team

Roland Further Expands Its U.S. Team

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Roland Corp. U.S. has made recent appointments in sales, management, support and HR. Quynh Nguyen has been appointed Senior Human Resources Manager. A piano player, she comes to the company having spent five years as Human Resources Manager for Lee’s Sandwiches, a multi-state food chain. Antonio Ferranti has been hired as Piano Strategy Manager. He comes […]

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2015 NAMM Global Report Empowers Industry Members

2015 NAMM Global Report Empowers Industry Members

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

NAMM members are now able to view the latest global musical instrument and product sales trends in the 2015 NAMM Global Report, available at namm.org. The annual publication, created by NAMM for its global membership, captures a snapshot of music industry sales figures from 23 countries. This year’s report marks the first time that figures from […]

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In Memoriam: Tom Mapson

In Memoriam: Tom Mapson

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tom Mapson, formerly a Yamaha District Manager and a tireless music education advocate, died on July 20 in Colorado Springs CO following a two-year bout with cancer. He was 70. Having developed a passion for music as a young boy working in the music store his parents owned in Minnesota, Mapson dedicated 30 years to […]

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VOX’s VX I And VX II Modeling Guitar Amplifiers

VOX’s VX I And VX II Modeling Guitar Amplifiers

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Korg USA’s family of brands, which encompasses well-respected names that the company manufactures and those that it distributes, is enviable throughout the music products industry. Even among this bevy of beloved brands, though, VOX stands out for its innovation, product quality and price-to-performance ratio. And that’s why, this month, The Retailer’s shining a spotlight on […]

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Summertime Sizzlers: Highlighting The Hot Debuts Set To Scorch Music City

Summertime Sizzlers: Highlighting The Hot Debuts Set To Scorch Music City

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

When our editorial staff surveys you, our loyal readers, each year about what features and types of coverage you most highly value, one message is consistently conveyed: you absolutely love reading about the super cool new products that our industry’s manufacturers dream up. That’s one reason why, twice a year, The Retailer brings you our […]

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Dave Dunwoodie: President, Graph Tech Guitar Labs Ltd.

Dave Dunwoodie: President, Graph Tech Guitar Labs Ltd.

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the past several years, if there’s one thing that virtually all brick-and-mortar music products dealers have agreed on in conversations with The Retailer, it’s that the accessories category has become incredibly important to the success of their stores. Indeed, I’ve heard the phrase “musical hardware store” more than once as a descriptor for the […]

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KMC Music Inks Big-Time Deals

KMC Music Inks Big-Time Deals

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strengthening a percussion portfolio that already includes Gibraltar, Latin Percussion, Remo, Toca, Vater and Vic Firth, KMC Music recently announced that it has been appointed to serve as the sole U.S. distribution partner of Paiste America, which produces renowned lines of cymbals, hand cymbals and gongs, including the iconic Paiste 2002 Series and the highly […]

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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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‘It’s Where The  Cool Kids Go’: Summer NAMM Presents A Compelling Value Proposition

‘It’s Where The Cool Kids Go’: Summer NAMM Presents A Compelling Value Proposition

| June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Summer is my favorite time of year. It’s not only warm weather, sandy beaches and relaxing vacations that make me smile, though; it’s also the impending arrival of Summer NAMM (July 9 to 11), and all the fun, fellowship and festivities the MI industry’s annual trip to Nashville entails. The NAMM Show in January is […]

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