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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Sweetwater, Hello Music Settle Suit

Sweetwater, Hello Music Settle Suit

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sweetwater has settled its trademark-infringement lawsuit against Hello Music. In the suit, which was filed earlier this year, Sweetwater alleged that Hello Music illegally copied its online content, including product information and specifications, and posted them on the Hello Music site in order to promote the sale of audio technology and musical instruments. Sweetwater insisted […]

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TEAC Hires Director Of U.S. Sales

TEAC Hires Director Of U.S. Sales

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dean Tassio has joined TEAC as Director of U.S. Sales. In the position, Tassio will be responsible for overseeing sales of the TEAC USA Division of professional audio and audiophile products. Tassio brings to TEAC more than 35 years’ experience in the consumer electronics industry, most notably as Vice President of Sales with Polk Audio and […]

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Retail Boot Camp Returns To NAMM Show

Retail Boot Camp Returns To NAMM Show

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2017 NAMM Show will open one day early for Retail Boot Camp, an intensive, one-day training program for your music retail business. Held on January 18 at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim CA, Retail Boot Camp will feature training for all music retail employees, including owners, managers, salespeople, marketers and administrative staff. For the […]

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Reverb Scores Hiring Hat Trick

Reverb Scores Hiring Hat Trick

| September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reverb.com has hired Iain Butterwick, Manuel Leray and Nick Smethurst as Territory Managers for the U.K., France and Australia, respectively, to drive the company’s growth abroad. According to Kevin Drost, Director of International Strategy, “Reverb.com has dramatically changed the game for music gear buyers and sellers all over the world who previously would have found […]

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Hal Leonard Distributing ZT Lunchbox Amps

Hal Leonard Distributing ZT Lunchbox Amps

| September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The self-proclaimed “loudest little amps in the world,” ZT Amplifiers, are now being distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard as part of its growing distribution business. ZT Amps are promoted as tiny, but super powerful. Since their introduction in 2009, ZT’s focused line of ultra-compact combo amps has gained a following by […]

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Sweetwater Hires Executive Director

Sweetwater Hires Executive Director

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sweetwater has hired longtime Roland representative Bob Bailey, who will have two roles. He will fill the newly created position of Executive Director of GearFest, and he will also be the Executive Director of Sweetwater’s Academy of Music. Launched in 2002, Sweetwater’s free, annual GearFest is the country’s largest customer-focused music and pro-audio festival and […]

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Guitar Center Expands National Presence

Guitar Center Expands National Presence

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Guitar Center has been expanding its presence nationwide with recent store grand openings in Orem UT on June 30; Cary NC on July 14; and Norman OK on August 11. Those three grand openings further underscore Guitar Center’s ongoing expansion, as well as its commitment to serving growing music communities across the country. The Orem […]

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Teton Guitars’ Arm Rest Series

Teton Guitars’ Arm Rest Series

| August 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

For working musicians, the priority has always been value: getting a durable, dependable, great-sounding instrument, but at a price that won’t break the bank. Because the demand for such products is so high, lines targeted to the working musician are uniquely appealing to brick-and-mortar music stores, whose inventory decisions can be the difference between success […]

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Five Minutes With Jim D’Addario, CEO, D’Addario & Co., Inc.

Five Minutes With Jim D’Addario, CEO, D’Addario & Co., Inc.

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Because The Music & Sound Retailer is targeted to, and written for, music products dealers with brick-and-mortar storefronts. We always make it a point to ask our “Five Minutes With” interviewee about the company’s efforts to serve its dealer partners. It’s fair to say D’Addario & Co., Inc., is renowned within the music products space […]

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DJ & Lighting Products Continue To Help Power MI Stores

DJ & Lighting Products Continue To Help Power MI Stores

| August 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

DJ gear and lighting equipment present a compelling value proposition to full-line, brick-and-mortar music stores. At a time when retailers are feeling the squeeze from Amazon.com and chain retailers—not to mention digital devices that are drawing kids away from musical pursuits—savvy dealers are enjoying the relatively high margins that DJ and lighting products afford, while […]

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