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Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month’s “Five Minutes With” holds perhaps even greater interest than usual because our interview subject, Rusty Shaffer, CEO and Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar), tackles head-on some of the most vexing issues currently facing the music products industry. From the sometimes-troubled relationship between large manufacturers and scrappy mom-and-pop stores to the “ego” […]

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Two Old Hippies’ Founder, Tom Bedell

Two Old Hippies’ Founder, Tom Bedell

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For The Music & Sound Retailer’s Summer NAMM issue—our second-biggest issue of the year—I knew we had to host someone special for “Five Minutes With.” It seemed natural, then, to approach Tom Bedell, Founder of Two Old Hippies, LLC, who helms respected brands such as Bedell Guitars, Breedlove Stringed Instruments and Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments. […]

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Antonio Ferranti: VP of Sales, Alfred Music

Antonio Ferranti: VP of Sales, Alfred Music

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the wake of an economy that’s been turbulent since 2008, music products retailers like you have begun to emphasize products like picks, strings, sticks, bags and, of particular relevance here, books and media. And that’s where Alfred Music comes in. Boasting a nearly 100-year history, the company has entered a phase of incredible innovation, […]

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Saul Friedgood: President, Eastman Music Company

Saul Friedgood: President, Eastman Music Company

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the music products industry, there are some companies whose history of making musical instruments goes back not only decades but, in fact, a century or more. And, in many cases, such iconic brands are leaders in their market segment. However, make no mistake: some of the most innovative companies—with some of the coolest, best-sounding, […]

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Pat Bovenizer

Pat Bovenizer

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vice President, Peterson Electro-Musical Products It’s a refreshing change of pace to speak to Pat Bovenizer, Vice President of Peterson Electro-Musical Products, whose affiliation with Peterson began more than 40 years ago and has brought him great success. We present an in-depth interview. [maxbutton id="5"]

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CHRISTINE SCHYVINCK: Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, Shure Inc.

CHRISTINE SCHYVINCK: Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, Shure Inc.

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of all the market segments that The Music & Sound Retailer covers—from guitars to drums to power amps to DJ mixers—precious few are as dynamic and exciting as the pro audio space, particularly with regard to microphones. From the ascendance of wireless systems to the ever-changing spectrum environment, it’s an incredibly exciting time to be […]

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Joe Arias: President, Max Margin  Distribution, Inc.—Crafter Guitars

Joe Arias: President, Max Margin Distribution, Inc.—Crafter Guitars

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

For brick-and-mortar musical instrument retailers looking to compete in today’s fierce marketplace—wrestling with challenges ranging from economic headwinds to ever-present Internet competition to the ubiquity of gadgets that might distract people from pursuits that require practice and patience, like music making—it’s refreshing to hear manufacturers and distributors speak unambiguously about the importance of maximum margins, […]

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Greg Beebe: President, Sennheiser Electronic Corp.

Greg Beebe: President, Sennheiser Electronic Corp.

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the pro audio segment of the music products industry, there are few names more iconic than Sennheiser, a diversified global manufacturer of products that include wired microphones, wireless systems, headphones, headsets and more. It’s a company known equally for robust product quality and engineering innovation, a reputation that Sennheiser takes great care to preserve. […]

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Interview with Jack Higginbotham – President, PRS Guitars

Interview with Jack Higginbotham – President, PRS Guitars

| December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

As detailed in last month’s Latest Buzz section, I had the privilege of attending Experience PRS for the first time this year, granting me the opportunity to witness firsthand the passion and enthusiasm of the PRS Guitars team, the company’s partners and the instruments’ loyal fans. Passion and enthusiasm also characterize this conversation with Jack […]

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Stephen Schmidt: Vice President, Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division

Stephen Schmidt: Vice President, Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pace of innovation in the music products industry never slows, and that means manufacturers must continue to top themselves and “wow” both retailers and the end customers who’ll be using all those cool new instruments and gadgets. Very few companies over the past few years have been able to match Casio for sheer “wow […]

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