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PRS Guitars’ S2 Vela

PRS Guitars’ S2 Vela

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The guitar segment of the music products market boasts a number of brands whose names have become synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll and musical virtuosity. Few guitar makers, however, have cultivated the reputation for quality and craftsmanship that imbue three letters: PRS. Founded by Paul Reed Smith in 1985, Stevensville MD-based PRS Guitars is a […]

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The Future Starts Now

The Future Starts Now

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

One thing that any regular reader of this column knows is that I’m often dismayed by the many market opportunities we seem to ignore or marginalize in our quest to preserve the revered industry models that we’ve cherished for decades. Of course school music is important, but using it as a platform to sell step-up […]

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Key Qualities For Success In Sales

Key Qualities For Success In Sales

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

By the time this article is published, I will be celebrating my one-year anniversary at Hartland Music. For most of my career, I’ve been on the wholesale side of the industry. With this change, I’ve had to re-learn many aspects of selling. Fortunately, I’ve had great teachers in Ellen and Larry McDonald. It’s been an […]

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The Future Is Closer Than You Think

The Future Is Closer Than You Think

| May 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

I have recently read about an emerging retail model that’s commonly referred to as an “unstore.” It goes something like this: A brand or a retailer sets up a storefront built around being an “experience” or a “destination,” at which consumers can sample their offerings. These so-called “interactive stores” are showcases for products, but they […]

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Summer NAMM’s Set to Sizzle in Music City U.S.A.

Summer NAMM’s Set to Sizzle in Music City U.S.A.

| May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Roland’s CUBE Street EX PA Pack Stereo PA System And Accessories Package Yamaha’s New Concept In Acoustic Guitar Technology: The TransAcoustic Guitar Pioneer DJ Has Expanded Its HRM Headphones For Producers And Music Creators Hal Leonard’s “Hamilton Vocal Selections” Gets You Into The Hottest Show In Town The Retailer’s Summer NAMM Preview Is Your Go-To […]

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Straight From The ‘Hartland’

Straight From The ‘Hartland’

| May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hartland Music 1125 James Dr. Hartland WI 53029 (262) 367-5333 hartlandmusic.com Mon – Thurs: 10am – 8pm Fri: 10am – 6pm Sat: 9am – 2pm Lawrence A. McDonald, D.M.A., Piano Technician and CEO Lawrence McDonald, CEO of Hartland Music and the Waukesha County Conservatory, has been a key fixture in the Hartland WI music market […]

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How To Compete Against The Net Goliaths

How To Compete Against The Net Goliaths

| May 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

Independent music store owners, from time to time, might find themselves musing over The Great Question that faces them in this age of instant information and Internet competition. The Great Question, of course, is this: “How can I compete against the Net Goliaths?” Before we tackle that question—and we will—I’ll tell you a story. One […]

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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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Mics To Make The Heart Sing

Mics To Make The Heart Sing

| May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

For me, the quest for the perfect vocal mic to suit diverse live and recording situations is life-long. For that reason, I, as the MI Spy, was the ideal candidate to infiltrate the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. When buying a mic, there’s the question of how the frequency response works for a particular […]

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NAMM’s Music Industry Day Is Packed With Value

NAMM’s Music Industry Day Is Packed With Value

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Music Industry Day, NAMM invites musicians, songwriters, sound and recording professionals, music educators, and students to experience Summer NAMM. Held on Saturday, June 25 at Nashville’s Music City Center, Music Industry Day will open the doors to NAMM’s members-only tradeshow to learn and connect at professional workshops, where you can see the latest in […]

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