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Yamaha’s New Institutional Channel Manager

Yamaha’s New Institutional Channel Manager

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yamaha Corporation of America recently appointed Dan Rodowicz, a veteran manager with three decades of music education and retail experience, to head its Institutional Solutions Group (ISG) and Sales Department. Rodowicz will lead Yamaha’s team, focused on sales, service and support for the institutional/academic community throughout the country. In addition to his 30 years of experience […]

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Synchrony Financial And Guitar Center Introduce Consumer Financing Program

Synchrony Financial And Guitar Center Introduce Consumer Financing Program

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Synchrony Financial, a consumer financial services company, has announced a new, multi-year agreement with Guitar Center to provide a private label credit program for customers. Synchrony Financial will work with Guitar Center, Musician’s Friend and Woodwind & Brasswind to offer special financing options to customers for the purchase of musical instruments, accessories and equipment through more than 260 stores across […]

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Guitar Market Strums With Life

Guitar Market Strums With Life

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all due respect to Meghan Trainor, it apparently isn’t “all about that bass.” Granted, she wasn’t talking about guitars, but we are. Acoustics had a banner year in 2014, with sales—in terms of dollars—rising 4.6 percent versus the prior year, according to MI SalesTrak. Electric guitar sales weren’t too shabby either, rising a strong […]

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Jammin’ With Guitar Makers

Jammin’ With Guitar Makers

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A few times a year, The Retailer presents “roundtable-style” articles that focus on particular segments of interest within the music products industry. Because April is our annual Guitar Issue, it’s only natural, then, that we here offer a conversation with three prominent guitar manufacturers. It was our goal to speak to guitar makers that touch […]

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The Future Of Retail

The Future Of Retail

We’re living through the transformation of retail. Retail is going through what is perhaps its greatest revolution since the invention of mass production, and the musical instrument industry is unable to escape the implications of such a shift. MI retail has been changing for years, beginning with department stores, catalogs in the ’50s and shopping […]

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Gibson Brands Acquires HarmonyCentral.com

Gibson Brands Acquires HarmonyCentral.com

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gibson Brands has acquired HarmonyCentral.com, a Web site for all types and levels of musicians. According to Gibson’s CEO and Chairman, Henry Juszkiewicz, “The industry needs a neutral, entertaining, informative site where musicians can exchange opinions and knowledge, ask questions, get answers, be controversial and have a great experience. Harmony Central will not be a […]

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Michael Kelly Guitars Acquired By Founder

Michael Kelly Guitars Acquired By Founder

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The original Founder of Michael Kelly Guitars has acquired the brand from Hanser Music Group. The Florida-based group that is taking over Michael Kelly Guitars is led by the company’s original Founder, Tracy Hoeft. Hanser Music Group purchased Michael Kelly in 2004, and it’s grown the brand as one of its many exclusive properties. Michael […]

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Roland Unveils Several New Products

Roland Unveils Several New Products

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Roland has announced the availability of several products for keyboardists, drummers and recording musicians, all of which are now in stores. The JD-Xi is a compact, yet powerful, analog/digital crossover synth that features a monophonic analog synth section, two digital synth sections and built-in drum kits. Additional music-creation features include an onboard pattern sequencer, a […]

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Chauvet Lights It Up Blue For World Autism Awareness Day

Chauvet Lights It Up Blue For World Autism Awareness Day

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chauvet is going blue to help fight a disorder that affects 1 in 68 babies born in the US every year, and the company, along with PLSN editor and noted LD Nook Schoenfeld, is hoping that other lighting industry members  join in this effort. On March 30, the company lighted its headquarters in Florida, as […]

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Yamaha Forms New Audio Division

Yamaha Forms New Audio Division

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yamaha Corp. of America (YCA) is forming the Professional Audio division to provide a stronger, more unified presence in the live sound, recording and sound-installation markets. Alan Macpherson, a 27-year Yamaha veteran, will lead a team of professional and commercial audio specialists in the new division. He will report directly to Tom Sumner, Senior Vice President […]

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