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We’ve Got A Problem

We’ve Got A Problem

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Actually, we have 10 problems. Here they are: Beyoncé Miley Cyrus Jay-Z Usher Nicki Minaj Chris Brown Rihanna Justin Bieber Drake Kanye West They are among the top music performers of 2014, and the problem has nothing to do with taste in music. The problem is this: they sing and dance, but they don’t play […]

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Is Your Store Perceived As Credible?

Is Your Store Perceived As Credible?

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

You only have 10 seconds to engage and retain a visitor to your Web site. Today’s Internet-savvy consumer has become very good at assessing a Web site in seconds. Is your home page welcoming? Do you have an “About Us” page? What kind of help are you offering to keep them on the site? Are […]

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The Hidden Industry

The Hidden Industry

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I usually talk about the Community Music Store’s place in our changing industry, I’m always aware that lurking in a dim corner of the music products business model is what I think of as the Music Underground. Seldom glamorous, it is responsible for (I believe) a very large chunk of our collective revenue, despite […]

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MI Spy Goes Rogue

MI Spy Goes Rogue

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, I was hired by one of the richest men on the eastern seaboard to scope out a superb, high-end ax for his grandson, who was about to turn 16. I’ve been a covert operative for a number of years now. So, when a man tells me, “Price is no object,” I can […]

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Earthquaker Devices’

Earthquaker Devices’

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Palisades Mega Ultimate Maximum Overdrive EarthQuaker Devices, based in Akron OH, a manufacturer of hand-built guitar effect pedals that’s been wowing its devoted fans since 2004, creates devices that represent a diverse assortment of categories, which range from boost/EQ and compression to delay/reverb and fuzz, plus modulation, octave and overdrive. The company ensures its success […]

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Stars And Stripes Forever

Stars And Stripes Forever

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrating American Manufacturing And The Companies That Still Do It Here at The Music & Sound Retailer, it’s our pleasure to bring you several annual stories that, according to our detailed reader surveys, the vast majority of our readers eagerly anticipate every year. One of the most prominent of these annual features celebrates those companies […]

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Holiday Sales Guide, Part Two

Holiday Sales Guide, Part Two

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nearly 30 Additional Products To Keep The Jingle Bells Rocking Last month, in our “Hey Santa!” cover story, we featured nearly three dozen products that MI industry manufacturers are convinced will be among the hottest sellers this coming holiday season. This month, we have 29 additional products that are sure to grace Christmas lists the […]

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Indie Retailers Ride Again

Indie Retailers Ride Again

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Second And Final Installment Of Our Annual Independent Retailer Roundtable Last month, we presented the first part of our 9th annual Independent Retailer Roundtable to great acclaim and considerable industry excitement; this time, we present the second half. The conversation centers on potentially explosive issues such as retailer-vendor relations, government regulations and unequal taxation […]

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October Digital Edition

October Digital Edition

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES Stars And Stripes Forever The Retailer celebrates companies that, despite all the possible reasons to move operations offshore, nevertheless manufacture a large percentage of their products right here in the United States. Holiday Sales Guide, Part Two Last month, we featured nearly three dozen products that MI industry manufacturers are convinced will be […]

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‘Keys’ To The City

‘Keys’ To The City

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked in between idyllic Marin County—land of good eating, old-school hippie culture and scenic Mount Tamalpais hiking—and Napa County, which is otherwise known as the land of wine and hot springs, lies Sonoma County. A slice of land that comprises the northwestern county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma doesn’t get a lot […]

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