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NAMM: The New Class – RoboCup

NAMM: The New Class – RoboCup

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although there were several innovative accessories on display at this year’s NAMM, one in particular stood out for its simplicity, utility and delightfully punny name. RoboCup (therobocup.com), both the product and company of the same name, is the brainchild of A.J. Zakarian. As Zakarian described it, RoboCup is “an over-engineered double cup holder with a […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Slam Grand Piano

NAMM: The New Class – Slam Grand Piano

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although many of the first-timers at NAMM are new companies, some are established names that finally decided to take the plunge and exhibit at the show. Take, for instance, Slam Grand Piano (slamgrand.com), which has been around since 1992. According to the company’s President, Gary Raffanelli, “We make a grand piano shell for any synthesizer, […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Purple Audio

NAMM: The New Class – Purple Audio

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although the NAMM Show may not be known primarily as an audio show, there were several pro audio companies displaying on the show floor. For Purple Audio’s (purpleaudio.com) Owner, Andrew Roberts, this reflects a change in the show since the last time he attended, which was on behalf of the distribution company he worked for […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Rooster Thrones

NAMM: The New Class – Rooster Thrones

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although acoustic and electronic drums seem to be fertile ground for innovation, there are few companies out there specifically dedicated to providing innovative accessories for drummers. Rooster Thrones (roosterthrones.com) is looking to change that with its made-to-order drum thrones. The company was started by husband and wife team Chris and Ashley Hancock just two years […]

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Hear Us Roar! Diverse, Growing Music Market Propels NAMM To Biggest-Ever Show

Hear Us Roar! Diverse, Growing Music Market Propels NAMM To Biggest-Ever Show

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

My plane touched down days ago, but the NAMM show still has me soaring. Although the music products industry’s annual sojourn in Anaheim is, without a doubt, my single busiest week of the year, it’s also an incredibly invigorating experience: nearly 100,000 passionate music-makers gathering together not only to check out new products and arm […]

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February Digital Edition: The NAMM Show Review

February Digital Edition: The NAMM Show Review

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES Hear Us Roar! The NAMM show is an incredibly invigorating experience: nearly 100,000 passionate music-makers gathering together to check out new products and arm themselves with essential education and training. Here is The Retailer’s in-depth show review. NAMM New Product Wrap-Up Because we received dozens and dozens more products than we could accommodate […]

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A Look Back at 2014: Retailers Enjoy A Strong Year, Express Excitement About 2015

A Look Back at 2014: Retailers Enjoy A Strong Year, Express Excitement About 2015

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Only in the future can history be judged. But, at first glance, 2014 was a pretty good year. Sure, there was negative news, such as the Ebola virus and a number of data breaches that affected a slew of high-profile retailers. We also, of course, lost many beloved celebrities who will be greatly missed; these […]

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3rd Annual NAMM New Product Spotlight

3rd Annual NAMM New Product Spotlight

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The NAMM show offers an array of activities that’s so useful and wide-ranging that, even if there weren’t a massive show floor to browse, it’d still be worth your investment to attend. But make no mistake: people absolutely love walking the show floor and checking out the latest music products that our industry’s manufacturers have […]

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Celebrate Me Home: Praising our Industry’s Very Best with our Annual Music & Sound Awards

Celebrate Me Home: Praising our Industry’s Very Best with our Annual Music & Sound Awards

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

  There is no greater pleasure for me, as Editor of The Retailer, than to celebrate the music products industry’s best and brightest: from the most innovative manufacturers and new products to leaders in community service and corporate citizenship. There’s no greater acknowledgement in MI than to receive a Music & Sound Award: the most […]

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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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