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Acoustic Guitar Sales Are On Fire

Acoustic Guitar Sales Are On Fire

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

What sells better at MI stores: acoustic guitars or electrics? It’s an age-old battle in the music products industry, and the pendulum tends to swing back and forth. Well, right now—and in recent years—acoustic guitar sales, like the REO Speedwagon album, just seem to “keep on rollin’.” emailprint

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‘Riffing’ With Guitar Makers

‘Riffing’ With Guitar Makers

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Manufacturers Talk Electric vs. Acoustic, Selling Through and More Here, The Retailer asks manufacturers—both large and small, and whether electric- or acoustic-oriented—for their candid thoughts about the current contours of the guitar space. You’ll notice relative unanimity as regards most trends from our esteemed panelists—PRS Guitars, Saint Blues, Taylor Guitars and Yamaha—although their opinions do [...]

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Introducing Some 2014 NAMM Show Newbies

Introducing Some 2014 NAMM Show Newbies

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the largest attendance in the last few years, the NAMM show’s new exhibitors had plenty of eyes and ears to entertain and, they hoped, wow. The Retailer’s annual visit to Hall E allowed us to get the inside scoop on some of the companies you might never have heard of, as well as others [...]

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Honoring Our 28th Annual Music & Sound Award Winners

Honoring Our 28th Annual Music & Sound Award Winners

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Simply The Best In the music products industry, as in most industries, various groups and organizations bestow a great many different awards to honor the manufacturers, executives, dealers and products that populate the market. No accolade, however, is more eagerly coveted in the music products space than Music & Sound Awards (MSAs) are. This year, [...]

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California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bustling  NAMM Show Propels Dealers, Vendors Into The New Year What a rush! With another NAMM show in the books, the time has come to reflect on four days packed with excitement, fellowship, mutual inspiration and a whole lot of great music. From January 23 to 26, tens of thousands of music products retailers, manufacturers, [...]

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The State Of Our Union Is Strong(ish)

The State Of Our Union Is Strong(ish)

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Acoustics And Accessories Keep Rocking, But Everything Isn’t Rosy When it comes to discretionary-income purchases like musical instruments, corporate bonuses and stock market activity are often considered key. According to these metrics, consumers had extra money to spend last year, and should continue to have extra funds this year. This additional discretionary income was perhaps [...]

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NAMM NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

NAMM NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Show’s Hottest New Products… All In One Place If you’re a manufacturer in the music products industry and you’re only going to make one big product launch for the year, the chances are pretty good that you’re going to make that launch at the NAMM show, our market’s biggest trade exposition and the principal [...]

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Add-Ons Add Up

Add-Ons Add Up

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

MI Retailers Talk Sales And Merchandising Of Accessories The building blocks that make up a successful independent MI store are a lot smaller than some might anticipate. The Music & Sound Retailer spoke to three MI dealers across the country and found that accessory products—ranging from strings to pedals to hardware and more—constitute a large [...]

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Lesser-Publicized Music Products Gain The Spotlight

Lesser-Publicized Music Products Gain The Spotlight

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

A TRIBUTE TO YOU! One editorial tradition among several that The Retailer observes is our annual “Salute to Lesser-Publicized Music Products,” which finds its home in our November issue and, thus, we present to you here. This is a chance for companies to showcase products that, in the normal hustle and bustle of covering the [...]

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Sticks & Skins: Drum And Percussion Manufacturers Share Their Insights

Sticks & Skins: Drum And Percussion Manufacturers Share Their Insights

| October 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

As regular Music & Sound Retailer readers know, October is always our annual Drums & Percussion issue, in which we spotlight a segment of the industry that’s well known for its high-quality products and for the amount of fun that playing them brings to uncountable drummers and percussionists, both young and old. Here, we’ve gathered [...]

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