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Summer NAMM Gears Up For Burning Topics, Sizzling New Products

Summer NAMM Gears Up For Burning Topics, Sizzling New Products

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even though everyone, myself included, loves the weeklong music products frenzy that is the NAMM Show in Anaheim, it’s nevertheless true that Summer NAMM—the big show’s smaller, Nashville-hosted sibling—is the show to which I most look forward and at which I have the best time. The reason is simple: We frequently describe the music products […]

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Celebrating ‘The Good Stuff’ Going On In The MI Industry

Celebrating ‘The Good Stuff’ Going On In The MI Industry

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given how easy it is for all of us—retailers, manufacturers, reps and journalists alike—to focus solely on the next quarter, the next meeting or the next issue, it’s important to remind ourselves now and then that there are causes larger than ourselves and our businesses. Whether it’s a research hospital that treats deadly diseases, an […]

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Year’s End Thwarts Otherwise Good 2015 For Guitar Sales

Year’s End Thwarts Otherwise Good 2015 For Guitar Sales

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

These are uncertain economic times. There are two schools of thought as regards where the economy is heading. The first points to a recession, which, according to Bank of America, there is a 25-percent chance of. If this were to come to pass, musical instrument retailers could find it tough sledding, assuming the old adage […]

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Guitar Makers Jam Session

Guitar Makers Jam Session

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Manufacturers Discuss Pressing Issues That Face The Guitar Market Fitting with The Retailer’s well-established Guitar Issue theme for our April issue, we present this month a roundtable discussion that features four of the most prominent, well-respected members of the guitar-making community: Alvarez Guitars, D’Angelico Guitars, Ibanez and PRS Guitars. This year, instead of asking the […]

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Yamaha’s TransAcoustic Guitars Enhance Natural Effects

Yamaha’s TransAcoustic Guitars Enhance Natural Effects

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Yamaha is known worldwide for its innovation, and TransAcoustic technology vastly expands the capabilities, versatility and the sound of traditional musical instruments. Originally developed in the company’s acoustic piano division, TransAcoustic technology is now available in the Yamaha LL-TA handcrafted dreadnought and LS-TA concert acoustic guitar. In essence, TransAcoustic guitar technology allows the player to […]

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NAMM ’16: The New Class

NAMM ’16: The New Class

| March 16, 2016 | 3 Comments

Anyone who has attended the NAMM Show could attest that the experience can be completely overwhelming. Between the sheer amount of gear on display, the top-tier manufacturers’ gimmicky, eye-catching booths, the endless musical performances and the occasional celebrity sighting, it’s just about impossible to take in all that the show has to offer. And, with […]

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Top Of The Heap

Top Of The Heap

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Our 30th Annual Music & Sound Award Winners Represent The Industry’s Best In the music products industry, 30 is a meaningful number. Sure…it’s nothing compared to, for example, Zildjian’s 393 years in the industry or Yamaha’s nearly 130-year heritage, but it still denotes an established footprint in the music products space. And that’s one reason […]

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Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water

Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water

| February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

If Turbulent Times Had You Down And Out, NAMM Helped Ease Your Mind By a lot of measures, 2016 began rather turbulently. Global equity markets took an unprecedented beginning-of-the-year plunge that we might, or might not, have recovered from by the time you read these words in mid-February. The U.S. presidential election season has officially begun, calling […]

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2015: The Year In Review

2015: The Year In Review

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Retailers Report On The Successes & Challenges That Last Year Brought As the music products industry was putting the finishing touches on yet another year, The Music & Sound Retailer reached out to four retailers to get not only their take on 2015, but also their hopes and predictions for the year ahead. The four […]

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The NAMM Show Might Move Us From ‘Muddle Through’ To ‘Power Ahead’

The NAMM Show Might Move Us From ‘Muddle Through’ To ‘Power Ahead’

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hit The Accelerator If you listen to Wall Street analysts, you’ve probably heard them describe the last several years as the “muddle-through economy.” To be sure, the American economy has been growing, but not necessarily at the blistering pace that often follows a recession and drives us into boom years. This halting economic performance has […]

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