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NAMM: The New Class

NAMM: The New Class

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The NAMM show is rightly regarded as the place to check out the latest offerings from the biggest names in the music products industry. However, some of the most intriguing stories at the show—and some of the most groundbreaking products—can only be discovered by touring first-time exhibitors’ booths. As part of our NAMM show coverage, […]

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And The Award Goes To…

And The Award Goes To…

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the course of the 29 years they have been bestowed, Music & Sound Awards have been called everything from “the Oscars of the music products industry” to “the most prestigious honor in the MI retail market.” At the recent NAMM show in Anaheim, I had the privilege and the pleasure of presenting this year’s […]

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March Digital Edition: Music & Sound Award Winners Issue

March Digital Edition: Music & Sound Award Winners Issue

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES And The Award Goes To. During NAMM, The Retailer presented this year’s Music & Sound Award recipients with their plaques. Here, we pass the metaphorical microphone to all the manufacturers whose products and whose executives were honored. NAMM: The New Class This year, the NAMM Show exhibited particular strength in drawing first-time exhibitors […]

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NAMM: The New Class (Continued)

NAMM: The New Class (Continued)

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

The NAMM show is rightly regarded as the place to check out the latest offerings from the biggest names in the music products industry. However, some of the most intriguing stories at the show—and some of the most groundbreaking products—can only be discovered by touring first-time exhibitors’ booths. As part of our NAMM show coverage, […]

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NAMM: The New Class – McCarthy Music Corp.

NAMM: The New Class – McCarthy Music Corp.

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A major trend that has developed in the MI industry over the past number of years has been the emergence of products that make learning an instrument easier for, and more accessible to, would-be musicians of all ages. In that vein, McCarthy Music Corp.’s (mccarthypiano.com) first offering, the Illuminating Piano, looks to do for piano […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Studiobricks USA

NAMM: The New Class – Studiobricks USA

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although NAMM’s organizers do their best to enforce noise-level limits, a music products trade show is only going to be so quiet. As such, NAMM offered the perfect opportunity for Studiobricks USA (studiobricks.com), a provider of build-it-yourself soundproof cabins, to display its wares. Studiobricks USA is the American subsidiary of Studiobricks, which got its start […]

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NAMM: The New Class – RoboCup

NAMM: The New Class – RoboCup

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although there were several innovative accessories on display at this year’s NAMM, one in particular stood out for its simplicity, utility and delightfully punny name. RoboCup (therobocup.com), both the product and company of the same name, is the brainchild of A.J. Zakarian. As Zakarian described it, RoboCup is “an over-engineered double cup holder with a […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Slam Grand Piano

NAMM: The New Class – Slam Grand Piano

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although many of the first-timers at NAMM are new companies, some are established names that finally decided to take the plunge and exhibit at the show. Take, for instance, Slam Grand Piano (slamgrand.com), which has been around since 1992. According to the company’s President, Gary Raffanelli, “We make a grand piano shell for any synthesizer, […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Purple Audio

NAMM: The New Class – Purple Audio

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although the NAMM Show may not be known primarily as an audio show, there were several pro audio companies displaying on the show floor. For Purple Audio’s (purpleaudio.com) Owner, Andrew Roberts, this reflects a change in the show since the last time he attended, which was on behalf of the distribution company he worked for […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Rooster Thrones

NAMM: The New Class – Rooster Thrones

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although acoustic and electronic drums seem to be fertile ground for innovation, there are few companies out there specifically dedicated to providing innovative accessories for drummers. Rooster Thrones (roosterthrones.com) is looking to change that with its made-to-order drum thrones. The company was started by husband and wife team Chris and Ashley Hancock just two years […]

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