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And Now For Something  Completely Different

And Now For Something Completely Different

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Retailer’s Annual Salute To Lesser-Publicized Music Products Here at The Retailer, we know that the owners, operators and managers of full-line music stores like yours are interested in all the “marquee” products that get lots of ink in every industry trade magazine: products like Fender’s latest electric, Peavey’s newest amp, Taylor’s brand new acoustic […]

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The Power of the Add-On

The Power of the Add-On

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Examining The Value Proposition Of Accessories, Bags And Cases With 2014 quickly drawing to a close, independent music store owners across the country are looking for ways to increase their bottom line not only for this year, but also for the ones ahead. And although fluctuations in the economy might affect a customer’s decision to […]

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Stars And Stripes Forever

Stars And Stripes Forever

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrating American Manufacturing And The Companies That Still Do It Here at The Music & Sound Retailer, it’s our pleasure to bring you several annual stories that, according to our detailed reader surveys, the vast majority of our readers eagerly anticipate every year. One of the most prominent of these annual features celebrates those companies […]

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Holiday Sales Guide, Part Two

Holiday Sales Guide, Part Two

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nearly 30 Additional Products To Keep The Jingle Bells Rocking Last month, in our “Hey Santa!” cover story, we featured nearly three dozen products that MI industry manufacturers are convinced will be among the hottest sellers this coming holiday season. This month, we have 29 additional products that are sure to grace Christmas lists the […]

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Indie Retailers Ride Again

Indie Retailers Ride Again

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Second And Final Installment Of Our Annual Independent Retailer Roundtable Last month, we presented the first part of our 9th annual Independent Retailer Roundtable to great acclaim and considerable industry excitement; this time, we present the second half. The conversation centers on potentially explosive issues such as retailer-vendor relations, government regulations and unequal taxation […]

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Annual Independent Retailer Roundtable: Part One

Annual Independent Retailer Roundtable: Part One

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’re reading these words, you’re most likely associated with an independently owned, mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar musical instrument retailer that relies on ingenuity, passion, grit and determination to keep the doors open—and turn a profit—in a competitive landscape populated by mega chains, big boxes and, most challenging of all, jungle-centric e-tailers. And, if you’re reading these […]

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SNEAK PREVIEWING THIS YEAR’S SWEETEST STOCKING STUFFERS

SNEAK PREVIEWING THIS YEAR’S SWEETEST STOCKING STUFFERS

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

We might be only two weeks removed from Labor Day, but the music store owners and operators who read these pages know that now is the time to prepare for the holiday selling season, the period when retailers like you make a huge portion of your yearly income. Perhaps the most important decision a dealer […]

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Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Emanating from the gorgeous Music City Center, this year’s Summer NAMM, held from July 17 to 19, delivered some “southern comfort” with its trademark blend of bustling product exhibits, progressive education sessions and fun nighttime events. The thousands who descended on an unseasonably cool and cloudy Nashville all seemed to agree their investment to attend […]

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Lighting’s Future Looks Bright: Manufacturers Say MI Retailers’ Opportunities Are Best In A Decade

Lighting’s Future Looks Bright: Manufacturers Say MI Retailers’ Opportunities Are Best In A Decade

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long gone are the days of DJing simply being an audio event. To be considered a top DJ, the visual component must be mixed in prominently, to the point that club patrons feel they are part of an experience as opposed simply to listening to music. That’s where lighting comes in. Last year, in our […]

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‘The Good Stuff’ Goes On!

‘The Good Stuff’ Goes On!

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Proudly Present Part Two Of Our Most Popular Annual Feature In last month’s issue, I mentioned that the response The Retailer received to its solicitation for content for “The Good Stuff”—our annual cover story spotlighting charitable, philanthropic and community-affirming initiatives undertaken by prominent MI companies—was so overwhelming that we literally could not squeeze all the good […]

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