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Five Minutes With Brian Ball, President, Ernie Ball Inc.

Five Minutes With Brian Ball, President, Ernie Ball Inc.

| November 17, 2015

In keeping with the November issue’s focus on accessories, bags and cases, The Retailer sought out a particularly successful accessories manufacturer for this month’s “Five Minutes With” interview. In securing a one-on-one conversation with Brian Ball, President of Ernie Ball Inc.—maker of strings, picks, straps, guitar hardware and more—we definitely hit the mark. It’s an […]

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Five Minutes With Andy Zildjian: President & CEO, Sabian

Five Minutes With Andy Zildjian: President & CEO, Sabian

| October 20, 2015

This month being our annual Drums & Percussion issue, The Retailer scoured the industry for a company that, in addition to being a dominant player in that segment of the market, also illustrates the level of success and profitability—and commitment to best practices—that “Five Minutes With” seeks to celebrate. We found the ideal candidate in […]

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Five Minutes With Doug Lady Of Hal Leonard

Five Minutes With Doug Lady Of Hal Leonard

| September 16, 2015

There are plenty of music products companies that frequently grab headlines with big news—acquiring new brands, inking big deals, collaborating with retailers on cool events—but few of them are having as fantastic a run as Hal Leonard Corp. The Milwaukee WI-based company, whose roots are in print publishing but whose portfolio of offerings has increased […]

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Five Minutes With Mark Terry

Five Minutes With Mark Terry

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

KMC Music Headquarters Although “Five Minutes With” always seeks to host a prominent, well-respected, long-tenured veteran of the music products business, it’s quite rare that we score an interview with someone whose career is as illustrious as that of Mark Terry, CEO of JAM U.S. Music Group and President of KMC Music. The organizations with […]

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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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