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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Universal Percussion Files Lawsuit Against Guitar Center

Universal Percussion Files Lawsuit Against Guitar Center

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Universal Percussion, Inc., headquartered in Columbiana OH, has filed a lawsuit against Westlake Village CA-based Guitar Center, accusing the music retail mega-chain of engaging in bait-and-switch selling tactics that caused Universal Percussion to lose out on sales of its WUHAN-branded cymbals and gongs in Guitar Center stores. Universal Percussion has owned exclusive rights to the […]

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Under The Hood Of The Tradition Series

Under The Hood Of The Tradition Series

| March 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

Riversong Guitars is a British Columbia-based guitar manufacturer whose unique creations represent the meeting of functional design and beautiful sound. Riversong Guitars’ Owner, Mike Miltimore, set out to do just that when he and luthier Mike Trelenberg first started building guitars out of the back of his parents’ music store approximately 10 years ago. “Mike […]

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Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka<br/>President and CEO, Audio-Technica

Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka
President and CEO, Audio-Technica

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having begun my journalism career writing for Sound & Communications, sister publication to The Music & Sound Retailer, I’ve covered Audio-Technica since 2004 and, during that time, I’ve watched the company closely. It’s a manufacturer that is, of course, known for its excellent audio products, which span several categories and numerous markets, but the company […]

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Top Of The Heap

Top Of The Heap

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Our 30th Annual Music & Sound Award Winners Represent The Industry’s Best In the music products industry, 30 is a meaningful number. Sure…it’s nothing compared to, for example, Zildjian’s 393 years in the industry or Yamaha’s nearly 130-year heritage, but it still denotes an established footprint in the music products space. And that’s one reason […]

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ZIVIX’S JAMSTIK+: Portable  Digital Guitar

ZIVIX’S JAMSTIK+: Portable Digital Guitar

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, frequently emphasizes the importance of growing the music products industry, arguing that we mustn’t merely fight over the pieces of the existing pie but, rather, grow the pie so that everyone’s share becomes larger. A major part of doing that is to expand the ranks of music makers. […]

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Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

More so than at any time in MI retail’s history, brick-and-mortar dealers are embracing products and technologies that are a bit “outside the box” relative to a music store’s typical inventory of electric guitars, acoustic drum sets and brass instruments. Perhaps no category of product, though, has become more appealing than lighting, what with its […]

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Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water

Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water

| February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

If Turbulent Times Had You Down And Out, NAMM Helped Ease Your Mind By a lot of measures, 2016 began rather turbulently. Global equity markets took an unprecedented beginning-of-the-year plunge that we might, or might not, have recovered from by the time you read these words in mid-February. The U.S. presidential election season has officially begun, calling […]

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Galaxy Audio’s GPS-8

Galaxy Audio’s GPS-8

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Galaxy Audio’s GPS-8 full-range personal monitor PA system packs huge sound, while remaining compact and versatile. It’s a powered, 200-watt, two-way, compact PA speaker with an asymmetrical shape that allows for wedge placement or pole mounting. The GPS-8 also features a push-button Bass Boost feature that enhances low end. It has a mic/line switch, as […]

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Slaperoo Percussion’s Redesigned SlapStick N-100 Noodle

Slaperoo Percussion’s Redesigned SlapStick N-100 Noodle

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Slaperoo Percussion has redesigned its SlapStick N-100 Noodle. The new model, the SlapStick N-100 PRO, offers a new look, feel and sound. Features include an ergonomic aluminum extruded body with curved sides, fret holes along the body indicating half-steps like a guitar, a larger pickup and an injection-molded base with a “palm cradle.” The anodized […]

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T-Rex Effects’ Replicator Pedal

T-Rex Effects’ Replicator Pedal

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

T-Rex Effects is shipping its Replicator analog tape echo pedal. With Replicator, the qualities of a pure analog tape echo are paired with modern features, some of which have not previously been available on a tape delay. Replicator is the first analog tape delay to feature a tap tempo footswitch, allowing users to adjust delay […]

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