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Five Minutes With Sharon Hennessey Of TMP

Five Minutes With Sharon Hennessey Of TMP

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The music products industry has often been described as one big, extended family. Perhaps one reason for that familial vibe within our industry is that many of the most successful, most highly regarded companies supplying music products are, themselves, family businesses. That brings us to The Music People (TMP), which Jim Hennessey created in 1979 […]

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Five Minutes With Jim D’Addario, CEO, D’Addario & Co., Inc.

Five Minutes With Jim D’Addario, CEO, D’Addario & Co., Inc.

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Because The Music & Sound Retailer is targeted to, and written for, music products dealers with brick-and-mortar storefronts. We always make it a point to ask our “Five Minutes With” interviewee about the company’s efforts to serve its dealer partners. It’s fair to say D’Addario & Co., Inc., is renowned within the music products space […]

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Five Minutes With Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Blackstar Amplification

Five Minutes With Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Blackstar Amplification

| July 15, 2016 | 12 Comments

This month, The Retailer shares with you an in-depth conversation with Blackstar Amplification Managing Director Ian Robinson, who’s immersed himself in the technology and engineering principles of excellent sound since his teenage years. Robinson traces his career path, starting with a fortuitous beginning at Marshall Amplification and continuing with Blackstar’s creation, and he reflects on […]

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Five Minutes With Courtland Gray, COO, Peavey Electronics

Five Minutes With Courtland Gray, COO, Peavey Electronics

| July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

When one thinks about iconic music products companies with deep roots in the United States, Peavey Electronics comes to mind almost immediately. Already having marked 50 years, and boasting a peerless portfolio of patents, Peavey’s place among the legendary names of MI is secure. Nevertheless, in recent years, the company’s decision to move substantial manufacturing […]

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Five Minutes With…Manuel RodrÍguez, CEO

Five Minutes With…Manuel RodrÍguez, CEO

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alongside the young upstarts that The Retailer featured in our March “Class of 2016” cover story, we also seek to spotlight companies whose rich, multi-decade heritage attests to the passion and dedication of a family business passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps no company in the music products industry exudes so proud a heritage […]

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Five Minutes With…Jay Wanamaker, President/CEO, Roland Corp. U.S.

Five Minutes With…Jay Wanamaker, President/CEO, Roland Corp. U.S.

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given that “Five Minutes With” devotes considerable page space not only to our featured interviewee’s company, but also to his or her background and career progression, we look for industry executives who’ve enjoyed a long, storied history in MI. This month, in Jay Wanamaker, President and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., we find the ideal […]

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Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka<br/>President and CEO, Audio-Technica

Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka
President and CEO, Audio-Technica

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having begun my journalism career writing for Sound & Communications, sister publication to The Music & Sound Retailer, I’ve covered Audio-Technica since 2004 and, during that time, I’ve watched the company closely. It’s a manufacturer that is, of course, known for its excellent audio products, which span several categories and numerous markets, but the company […]

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Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

More so than at any time in MI retail’s history, brick-and-mortar dealers are embracing products and technologies that are a bit “outside the box” relative to a music store’s typical inventory of electric guitars, acoustic drum sets and brass instruments. Perhaps no category of product, though, has become more appealing than lighting, what with its […]

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Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year, for The Retailer’s big NAMM Show Issue, the editorial team and I try to find a “Five Minutes With” interview subject whose stature in the music products industry befits appearing as the centerpiece of our biggest, most important issue of the year. In the past, we’ve welcomed Sennheiser’s Greg Beebe and Taylor Guitars’ Kurt Listug. […]

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Five Minutes With…The Founder/CEO Of Reverb.com

Five Minutes With…The Founder/CEO Of Reverb.com

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now nearly 16 years into the new millennium, we must acknowledge that yesterday’s music products industry is gone and today’s MI industry has arrived. That doesn’t mean that brick-and-mortar music products retail is dead…far from it. Brick-and-mortar stores are still finding ways to survive, and to thrive, by focusing on low-cost/high-margin sales, selling services and […]

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