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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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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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