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Face to Face

Face to Face

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t make it to the NAMM show in Anaheim this year. Cost and store coverage prevented me from going, and I really missed it. Sure, heading out of the northeast Ohio refrigerator for sunny California in January has its appeal, but that’s not why I wish I had been able to go. Of course, […]

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The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

After several recent missions spent looking at guitars and accessories for them, I’d started feeling too much like that proverbial kid let loose in the candy store. I’d enjoyed myself immensely, but I was feeling kind of queasy from sampling too much product. Even secret agents need a little variety, after all. So, you can […]

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Decades-Old Brands Forge Historic New Partnership

Decades-Old Brands Forge Historic New Partnership

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hoshino Gakki Names “Ken” Hoshino New President ESP And Takamine Announce Partnership In The U.S. Blizzard Lighting’s G-Max 150 LED Moving Head Fixture Fishman’s Platinum Pro EQ And Platinum Stage Acoustic Preamps Rep. Ed Royce Visits Yamaha, Meets With Company Brass Students, Musicians Unite For Education Initiative Launch Hosted by Jill Nicolini Vnewsletter Sign-up Got […]

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IK Multimedia’s iRig 2 Is Now Available

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2 Is Now Available

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2, winner of the Best in CES 2015 award, is now available. iRig 2 is the new and improved version of the iRig guitar interface. It has powerful sound and streamlined convenience, and it packs essential new features like versatile gain control, a ¼-inch amplifier output and Android compatibility into its sleek pocketable enclosure. Now, everyone […]

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March Digital Edition: Music & Sound Award Winners Issue

March Digital Edition: Music & Sound Award Winners Issue

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

COVER STORIES And The Award Goes To. During NAMM, The Retailer presented this year’s Music & Sound Award recipients with their plaques. Here, we pass the metaphorical microphone to all the manufacturers whose products and whose executives were honored. NAMM: The New Class This year, the NAMM Show exhibited particular strength in drawing first-time exhibitors […]

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Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard Facility

Alain Boublil Tours Hal Leonard Facility

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hal Leonard hosted Alain Boublil, the lyricist and librettist behind such beloved musicals as “Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Martin Guerre” and “The Pirate Queen,” at its Milwaukee WI headquarters on March 6. “Les Misérables,” the world’s longest-running musical, made its debut in 1985. Hal Leonard has represented it in print for nearly as long. And […]

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NAMM: The New Class (Continued)

NAMM: The New Class (Continued)

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

The NAMM show is rightly regarded as the place to check out the latest offerings from the biggest names in the music products industry. However, some of the most intriguing stories at the show—and some of the most groundbreaking products—can only be discovered by touring first-time exhibitors’ booths. As part of our NAMM show coverage, […]

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NAMM: The New Class – McCarthy Music Corp.

NAMM: The New Class – McCarthy Music Corp.

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A major trend that has developed in the MI industry over the past number of years has been the emergence of products that make learning an instrument easier for, and more accessible to, would-be musicians of all ages. In that vein, McCarthy Music Corp.’s (mccarthypiano.com) first offering, the Illuminating Piano, looks to do for piano […]

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NAMM: The New Class – Studiobricks USA

NAMM: The New Class – Studiobricks USA

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although NAMM’s organizers do their best to enforce noise-level limits, a music products trade show is only going to be so quiet. As such, NAMM offered the perfect opportunity for Studiobricks USA (studiobricks.com), a provider of build-it-yourself soundproof cabins, to display its wares. Studiobricks USA is the American subsidiary of Studiobricks, which got its start […]

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NAMM: The New Class – RoboCup

NAMM: The New Class – RoboCup

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although there were several innovative accessories on display at this year’s NAMM, one in particular stood out for its simplicity, utility and delightfully punny name. RoboCup (therobocup.com), both the product and company of the same name, is the brainchild of A.J. Zakarian. As Zakarian described it, RoboCup is “an over-engineered double cup holder with a […]

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