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St. Vincent Debuts Signature Guitar, By Ernie Ball

St. Vincent Debuts Signature Guitar, By Ernie Ball

| August 28, 2015

Ernie Ball, a manufacturer of musical instruments, guitar strings and accessories, has designed an imaginative signature guitar with Grammy Award-winning musician and guitarist St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark). Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her […]

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#TimeMachineTuesday: Behringer’s Big Birthday Bash

#TimeMachineTuesday: Behringer’s Big Birthday Bash

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

  First Published In The Music & Sound Retailer’s March 2007 Issue Do you think China automatically equals sweatshop? If so, check out the Eurotec Electronics factory in Shongshan in the Guangdong Province. A tour of the southern China factory, home to scores of Behringer products, as well as the adjacent Behringer City, was on the docket […]

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Veddatorial: Educating The Consumer

Veddatorial: Educating The Consumer

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I believe our most difficult job for the next few years—as an industry and, in particular, as retailers—is to educate the music products consumer. Traditionally, we have outsourced the job to band directors, rock stars, and assorted teachers and other tastemakers in the field. Oh, retailers have participated in the process, but that participation has […]

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CHAUVET DJ’s GigaBAR IRC

CHAUVET DJ’s GigaBAR IRC

| August 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the highly competitive lighting industry, it’s difficult to stay in the lead. What most sets CHAUVET DJ apart—besides the innovative products that the company creates—is its dedication to staying on top of the needs of the entertainers and companies buying its lighting products. With entertainers increasingly being asked to set up and break down […]

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The Importance Of Vendor Training

The Importance Of Vendor Training

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In today’s competitive market, the process of sourcing vendors effectively to reduce costs is now only the start of the relationship-building and trust-building process. Nurturing a long-term relationship requires a foundation based on more than just price. Purchases that are based solely on price tend to be viewed with less weight within an organization or […]

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Guitar Center Goes For The ‘Gold’

Guitar Center Goes For The ‘Gold’

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Annual Media Day Event Provides Insight Into GC’s Strategic Positioning On August 5, Guitar Center hosted industry trade publication editors, including me, at its Westlake Village CA headquarters for the 3rd annual Guitar Center Media Day. The daylong program allowed MI journalists to better understand GC’s strategic positioning, retail-store strategy and industry-outreach initiatives, as well […]

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Retail Poker: Returning Customer Pushiness With Politeness

Retail Poker: Returning Customer Pushiness With Politeness

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gabriel O’Brien (left) and Irish guitar builder Chris Larkin. I recently returned from my honeymoon in Ireland, where people are unfailingly polite. In every pub, B&B and store, I met people who were incredibly helpful and friendly. Of course, I had to visit at least one independent music store—Musicmaker, in Dublin—where I encountered a polite […]

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Music To Columbus’ Ears For 40 Years

Music To Columbus’ Ears For 40 Years

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Columbus Music 2514 13th St. Columbus NE 68601 Phone: (402) 564-9431 www.columbusmusic.net Mon – Wed: 9:30am – 5:30pm Thurs: 9:30am – 7pm Fri: 9:30am – 5:30pm Sat: 9:30am – 4pm Mike and Jan Moser, Owners For close to 40 years, Mike and Jan Moser have been at the helm of Columbus NE’s Columbus Music, which […]

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The Urge To Merge

The Urge To Merge

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

In July 2012, I wrote about something I called “The U.N. of Musical Instruments” (msr.io/1J2xcyK). The article explored the different branches of the music products industry, and it emphasized that we need to communicate with each other for our mutual longevity and success. The members of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS) are the scholars […]

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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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