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Novation’s Launch Family

Novation’s Launch Family

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although the holiday sales rush—the time when retailers like you earn a large percentage of your annual revenue—is now over, it goes without saying that, in a business climate that remains challenging, it’s still absolutely critical for businesses like yours to draw in new customers and make the sale 365 days a year: in every […]

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Alvarez’s Artist Series Guitars

Alvarez’s Artist Series Guitars

| December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Music & Sound Retailer always strives to keep its finger on the pulse of music products industry trends, and one of the most undeniable trends of recent years has been a surge in the popularity—and sales—of acoustic guitars. Dealers to whom The Retailer has spoken over the last couple of years have been virtually […]

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Sony’s DWZ Wireless Microphone Series Additions

Sony’s DWZ Wireless Microphone Series Additions

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sony is a company whose name has become synonymous with high-quality technology that covers a spectrum of product categories, from televisions to PlayStation to Blu-ray players to personal audio products. And even that is only to scratch the surface of what the company—founded in 1946 (the name “Sony” bowed in 1955) and headquartered in Tokyo, […]

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Sabian’s 16-Inch And 18-Inch Xs20 dB Control Crashes

Sabian’s 16-Inch And 18-Inch Xs20 dB Control Crashes

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sabian, a designer and manufacturer of cymbals based in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada, is so well known and widely respected for its quality product and innovative manufacturing techniques that it’s almost hard to believe the company is only 32 years old, having been founded in 1981 by Robert Zildjian. Since that time, Sabian has birthed […]

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Zoom’s H6 Handy Recorder

Zoom’s H6 Handy Recorder

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the bigger news stories to hit the music products industry over the past few months has been the creation of Zoom North America, a new company formed to distribute future product from Zoom Corp. (Japan) in the United States. Heading the company, which exhibited at Summer NAMM in July, is a robust team […]

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Kala’s U-Bass Line

Kala’s U-Bass Line

| August 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

One of the nice things about the music products industry is that its members are deeply passionate about what they do. Although we are hardly unperturbed by the turbulent waters of a roiling global marketplace, music-making is something that—unlike expensive sports cars and giant flat-screen LCD TVs—people simply aren’t willing to give up just because […]

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Shure’s: BLX Wireless Systems

Shure’s: BLX Wireless Systems

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shure, founded in 1925 and renowned for its microphones and audio electronics, including products that, like the SM58 vocal microphone, have become veritable legends, has not slowed its aggressive pace of product innovation, coming up with exciting new launches at seemingly every trade show. Shure unveiled one of its newest introductions—BLX Wireless Systems—at January’s NAMM […]

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Fargen’s Olde 800 MKII Guitar Amplifier

Fargen’s Olde 800 MKII Guitar Amplifier

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Although Fargen Amplification has been operating for about 15 years, the manufacturer of guitar and bass amplifiers, effect pedals and accessories really only burst onto The Music & Sound Retailer’s radar screen this year, not only because the company rolled out the much-publicized John Lennon Signature Series amplifier line but also because, after 15 years […]

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Lanikai’s • UkeSB USB-Equipped Ukulele

Lanikai’s • UkeSB USB-Equipped Ukulele

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Enthusiasm for, and excitement about, various types of instruments tends to wax and wane, sometimes owing to larger music industry trends, sometimes attributable to a new technological innovation, and sometimes because other factors conspire to bring a particular product to the fore. There probably has been no bigger craze in the music products space over […]

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PRS Guitars’

PRS Guitars’

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

2-Channel Custom Amplifier PRS Guitars, based in Stevensville MD and in business since 1985, has become known over the past nearly three decades—by retailers and players alike—for building some very cool, great-sounding electric, acoustic and bass guitars, as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. It’s renowned for its Private Stock guitar department and, in a similar […]

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