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American Values Amid Global Commerce

American Values Amid Global Commerce

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

An American Manufacturer’s Meditation On 21st Century Business Editor’s Note: The writer’s opinions are his own, and should not be construed as reflective of the views of the publisher or The Retailer. As I write this, it’s Labor Day: September 1, 2014. What’s currently in the news? The British Prime Minister is calling for police […]

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Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, Korg USA Andy Rossi

Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, Korg USA Andy Rossi

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, The Retailer is proud to bring you an in-depth, deeply thoughtful interview with one of the music products industry’s most widely respected veterans…someone whose career in the MI industry goes back more than 25 years and whose personal connection to music can be traced to early childhood. Andy Rossi, who this year was […]

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Head Of The Class

Head Of The Class

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tracy Leenman is not only the proud Owner of Musical Innovations; she also travels the country doing workshops and clinics, conducting, and teaching sessions for NAMM University and other music-education groups. Given how busy and prolific this current stage of her career is, it’s difficult to believe that, approximately seven years ago, Leenman was ready […]

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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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