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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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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’.”

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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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