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BORN IN THE USA: American Manufacturing Is Far From Dead In The Music Products Industry

BORN IN THE USA: American Manufacturing Is Far From Dead In The Music Products Industry

| October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

This annual article, which spotlights companies that manufacture a large percentage of their products right here in the United States, gets its title from Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 single, a song whose widespread misinterpretation as a roaring patriotic anthem has done nothing to hamper its iconic status. In the words of The New York Times’ Thomas […]

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It’s Independents’ Day!: Presenting Our 8th Annual Independent Retailer Roundtable

It’s Independents’ Day!: Presenting Our 8th Annual Independent Retailer Roundtable

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Perhaps more than for any other reason, The Music & Sound Retailer exists to serve—and be the voice of—all those independent, brick-and-mortar music products dealers that serve their local community and foster the next generation of music makers, who not only will purchase gear over the next several decades but also will fill our world […]

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Here Comes Santa Claus: Hot ‘Stocking Stuffers’ For The Holiday Season

Here Comes Santa Claus: Hot ‘Stocking Stuffers’ For The Holiday Season

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

It may only be September, but retailers like you know that the holiday selling season takes months to prepare for…and those preparations had better be right! After all, the fourth quarter is, for many retailers, the one that ultimately determines whether the year is boom, bust or somewhere in between. The critical importance of holiday […]

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DJ & Lighting Enter A New Era

DJ & Lighting Enter A New Era

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Controllers And LED Are Leading The Way It’s a good time to be a DJ. One could certainly argue that the barriers to entry have never been fewer, thanks to the low costs and high-quality equipment available. Of course, the next Tiesto or David Guetta might never walk into your store. But plenty of DJs […]

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UP, UP AND AWAY!

UP, UP AND AWAY!

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer NAMM’s Growth A Positive Sign For The Industry Last month, thousands upon thousands of music products industry members descended on Nashville TN to experience everything that Summer NAMM had to offer, ranging from an expansive show floor where hundreds of exhibitors showed their wares, to dozens of education and networking sessions that armed retailers […]

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Amplify Your Amp & Speaker Sales

Amplify Your Amp & Speaker Sales

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Small Amps Are In; Powered Is Powering The Speaker Market The Music & Sound Retailer pays tribute to amps and speakers in this special feature, for which we interviewed a number of prominent retailers to get their opinion on where the products are going technologically and what sales trends have recently been manifesting themselves. Overall, […]

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Summer NAMM New Product Spotlight

Summer NAMM New Product Spotlight

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

We all know that the NAMM show in Anaheim delivers hundreds upon hundreds—if not thousands—of brand new products each January, drawing attendees from around the globe to southern California for a chance to take a peek at what will ring retailers’ registers in the months to follow. Well, Summer NAMM might be only a fraction […]

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Three Decades Of Fun Memories and of Course Music

Three Decades Of Fun Memories and of Course Music

| June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over the years, The Music & Sound Retailer has covered a lot of anniversaries in our industry—recent headline-grabbers have included Yamaha’s 125th anniversary and Zildjian’s remarkable 390th birthday—but now it’s time to turn inward and celebrate a major milestone in The Retailer’s own estimable history: three decades of striving to inform, entertain and “cheer on” […]

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The Good Stuff • Our Annual Review  Of Charitable And  Philanthropic Activity

The Good Stuff • Our Annual Review Of Charitable And Philanthropic Activity

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Virtually every piece I write for The Retailer is enjoyable to work on, inasmuch as I’m writing about music making, an activity that not only is fun and offers tangible health and wellness benefits, but also presents a way for people to express their creativity and showcase their artistry. “The Good Stuff,” though, is probably […]

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Let’s Get Loud! • Manufacturers Analyze The Loudspeaker And Pro Audio Segment

Let’s Get Loud! • Manufacturers Analyze The Loudspeaker And Pro Audio Segment

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Much as we did last month with our April issue cover story titled “Rattle & Strum,” in which we sought the expert analysis of four prominent members of the guitar manufacturer community, we present this month a roundtable of esteemed industry members who represent the pro audio market and have agreed to share their thoughts […]

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