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Dave Dunwoodie: President, Graph Tech Guitar Labs Ltd.

Dave Dunwoodie: President, Graph Tech Guitar Labs Ltd.

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the past several years, if there’s one thing that virtually all brick-and-mortar music products dealers have agreed on in conversations with The Retailer, it’s that the accessories category has become incredibly important to the success of their stores. Indeed, I’ve heard the phrase “musical hardware store” more than once as a descriptor for the […]

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Dan Roberts: President, Manhasset Specialty Company

Dan Roberts: President, Manhasset Specialty Company

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

This month, our “Five Minutes With” interview features Dan Roberts, President of Manhasset Specialty Company, whose involvement with the music products industry goes back many years…but whose love for music and the beautiful instruments that make it can be traced back to childhood. Roberts’ extended conversation with The Retailer delves into his background and Manhasset’s […]

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Brenden Cohen: CEO, D’Angelico Guitars

Brenden Cohen: CEO, D’Angelico Guitars

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Since April is The Retailer’s annual Guitar Issue, we set out a couple of months ago to book a fitting executive for this month’s “Five Minutes With” interview. In Brenden Cohen, CEO of D’Angelico Guitars, we think we’ve found just the right person. Although D’Angelico is a legendary name in the guitar market—John D’Angelico began […]

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Greg Deering: Founder, Deering Banjo Company

Greg Deering: Founder, Deering Banjo Company

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

In some corners of the music products industry, people bemoan the fact that many of the most iconic companies in the musical instrument space—you know the laundry list of them—no longer have anyone in executive management with the name that the products bear. Of course, there are notable exceptions: Hartley Peavey still helms Peavey Electronics. […]

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Five Minutes With: Kurt Listug

Five Minutes With: Kurt Listug

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

For The Retailer’s January NAMM show issue, more so even than our other editions, we try to find a true industry luminary for our monthly “Five Minutes With” feature. It’s safe to say we succeeded this year by landing an interview with Kurt Listug, CEO and Co-Founder of Taylor Guitars, who’s spent a career helping […]

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Tom Sumner: Senior VP, Yamaha Corp. of America

Tom Sumner: Senior VP, Yamaha Corp. of America

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s simply no other way to say it: Yamaha is one of the precious few truly iconic names in the areas of electronics and technology. From its robust presence in home AV solutions straight through to its recognized leadership in the music products space, it’s a company whose innovation and breadth of products are beyond […]

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Jason Hou CEO, VocoPro

Jason Hou CEO, VocoPro

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, The Retailer presents a conversation with Jason Hou, CEO of VocoPro, whose history in the industry stretches back well over two decades. In this intimate yet expansive conversation, Hou delves into his own background relative to the music and audio industries, as well as the creation and ascendance of VocoPro, which was founded […]

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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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Vice President, QSC Professional: Ray Van Straten

Vice President, QSC Professional: Ray Van Straten

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

With our monthly “Five Minutes With” feature, The Retailer tries to find an individual with a long, storied career in the MI and technology space, from a company that’s an established leader in its field, whose organization either has reworked or is currently revising its strategic positioning to further reinforce its leading position. With Ray […]

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Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

| August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

This month’s “Five Minutes With” holds perhaps even greater interest than usual because our interview subject, Rusty Shaffer, CEO and Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar), tackles head-on some of the most vexing issues currently facing the music products industry. From the sometimes-troubled relationship between large manufacturers and scrappy mom-and-pop stores to the “ego” […]

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