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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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UNLOCK YOUR STORE’S POTENTIAL

UNLOCK YOUR STORE’S POTENTIAL

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summer NAMM Will Give You The Key… And Here’s Why Well, it’s official: summer has finally come! For most of us, the season’s arrival evokes images of baseball games, frosty cups of beer, hot dogs, backyard barbecues and, perhaps, a passing thought that The Retailer is going to bring you another “same old, same old” […]

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Peering Into Pro Audio

Peering Into Pro Audio

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leading Manufacturers Illuminate A Segment of Growing Importance As part of its annual exploration of the pro audio market, The Retailer sat down with three industry executives to learn about the latest technological advances in speaker systems, microphones and recording equipment—and to discover what retailers can do to harness these trends and, most importantly, increase […]

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