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Adults Rule

Adults Rule

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first entered this industry more than 30 years ago, I was struck—and charmed, really—by the adults I encountered who wanted to make music. As a person who began playing as a student and never stopped, I didn’t really think about being a former player, let alone what it would be like to have […]

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Peavey Makes A Statement At DJ Expo With Chauvet

Peavey Makes A Statement At DJ Expo With Chauvet

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Peavey Electronics is making its presence felt in the DJ market, as was made clear by the company’s booth at DJ Expo in Atlantic City. Hosted by Canal Sound and Light, the booth featured a line-up of DJ performers and a lightshow created with a plethora of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional. The lighting highlighted a […]

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In the Key of Middle C

In the Key of Middle C

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 12 years since Myrna Sislen took over as Owner of Washington DC’s Middle C Music, she has become known as a tireless advocate for the independent music retailer. Whether she is giving a seminar at the NAMM show, lobbying for music education on Capitol Hill or hand-delivering instruments to needy children in South […]

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Searching For ‘The Bacon Of Music’

Searching For ‘The Bacon Of Music’

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The other day, my friend shared a meme with me on Facebook that said, “Bass is the bacon of music.” Those words were printed over a pretty hot-looking bass covered by an equally delicious-looking tray of bacon. He knows me. I cracked up. Of course, those who aren’t bass players might disagree with that statement, […]

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<strong>MORLEY’S</strong> M2 PEDAL LINE

MORLEY’S M2 PEDAL LINE

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sound Enhancement Products, Inc., maker of Morley pedals and Ebtech professional audio solutions, is a company that truly values its customers and, more specifically, the helpful feedback they provide. So, when it comes to Morley’s latest innovation, there’s plenty of credit to go around. Bill Wenzloff, Sales & Marketing Manager, said, “We had been receiving […]

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D’Addario Appoints New Product Managers

D’Addario Appoints New Product Managers

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

D’Addario has announced that Nick Gordon and Chris Scialfa have joined D’Addario’s Product Management team as the Percussion Business Unit Manager and Woodwinds Business Unit Manager, respectively. As the company’s new Percussion Product Manager, Gordon is responsible for leading the business management of all percussion products, including Evans, Promark and Puresound. He manages the Marketing […]

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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 | 0 Comments

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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Why We Fired Fender

Why We Fired Fender

| August 18, 2014 | 19 Comments

Editor’s Note: The Music & Sound Retailer recently reported that Fender is preparing plans to sell all its “Fender” brand products direct to consumers through its Web site. In this op-ed, Gabriel O’Brien, Sales Manager at Larry’s Music Center, a prominent brick-and-mortar retailer, addresses the broader issues at play. The writer’s opinions are his own, […]

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Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Emanating from the gorgeous Music City Center, this year’s Summer NAMM, held from July 17 to 19, delivered some “southern comfort” with its trademark blend of bustling product exhibits, progressive education sessions and fun nighttime events. The thousands who descended on an unseasonably cool and cloudy Nashville all seemed to agree their investment to attend […]

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Lighting’s Future Looks Bright: Manufacturers Say MI Retailers’ Opportunities Are Best In A Decade

Lighting’s Future Looks Bright: Manufacturers Say MI Retailers’ Opportunities Are Best In A Decade

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long gone are the days of DJing simply being an audio event. To be considered a top DJ, the visual component must be mixed in prominently, to the point that club patrons feel they are part of an experience as opposed simply to listening to music. That’s where lighting comes in. Last year, in our […]

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