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Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year, for The Retailer’s big NAMM Show Issue, the editorial team and I try to find a “Five Minutes With” interview subject whose stature in the music products industry befits appearing as the centerpiece of our biggest, most important issue of the year. In the past, we’ve welcomed Sennheiser’s Greg Beebe and Taylor Guitars’ Kurt Listug. […]

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Five Minutes With…The Founder/CEO Of Reverb.com

Five Minutes With…The Founder/CEO Of Reverb.com

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now nearly 16 years into the new millennium, we must acknowledge that yesterday’s music products industry is gone and today’s MI industry has arrived. That doesn’t mean that brick-and-mortar music products retail is dead…far from it. Brick-and-mortar stores are still finding ways to survive, and to thrive, by focusing on low-cost/high-margin sales, selling services and […]

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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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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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