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Taylor Guitars’ Redesigned 700 Series

Taylor Guitars’ Redesigned 700 Series

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Taylor Guitars is a company whose legacy stretches back to 1974, when Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug joined forces after having met at a guitar shop called, quite appropriately, American Dream. Since then, the company has become renowned and universally respected within the music products industry. According to Taylor Guitars’ Master Guitar Designer, Andy Powers, […]

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Teton Guitars’ Arm Rest Series

Teton Guitars’ Arm Rest Series

| August 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

For working musicians, the priority has always been value: getting a durable, dependable, great-sounding instrument, but at a price that won’t break the bank. Because the demand for such products is so high, lines targeted to the working musician are uniquely appealing to brick-and-mortar music stores, whose inventory decisions can be the difference between success […]

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Deering Banjo Company’s Artisan Goodtime Banjos

Deering Banjo Company’s Artisan Goodtime Banjos

| July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

It has been more than 40 years since Greg and Janet Deering started Deering Banjo Company as a family business. In that time, the company has grown into the world’s largest manufacturer of American-made banjos, producing some of the best-made banjos on the market. That certainly includes the Goodtime series, which launched in 1996. To […]

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Kala Brand’s 2016 Elite Ukulele Series

Kala Brand’s 2016 Elite Ukulele Series

| July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The popularity of individual musical instruments tends to be cyclical, with “hot” periods sometimes being measured in years and sometimes being measured in decades. For the past half-dozen years or more, the ukulele has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity that’s been driven not only by the instrument’s relative easiness to learn, but also by the […]

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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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Under The Hood Of Yamaha’s Montage Synthesizer

Under The Hood Of Yamaha’s Montage Synthesizer

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

At the NAMM Show this past January, Yamaha Corp. of America launched more than 100 products, thus ensuring that the venerable company—the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer—was the talk of the show. But perhaps no product attracted more attention than the Montage synthesizer, which will be in stores on May 6 and which will come […]

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Under The Hood Of The Tradition Series

Under The Hood Of The Tradition Series

| March 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

Riversong Guitars is a British Columbia-based guitar manufacturer whose unique creations represent the meeting of functional design and beautiful sound. Riversong Guitars’ Owner, Mike Miltimore, set out to do just that when he and luthier Mike Trelenberg first started building guitars out of the back of his parents’ music store approximately 10 years ago. “Mike […]

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ZIVIX’S JAMSTIK+: Portable  Digital Guitar

ZIVIX’S JAMSTIK+: Portable Digital Guitar

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, frequently emphasizes the importance of growing the music products industry, arguing that we mustn’t merely fight over the pieces of the existing pie but, rather, grow the pie so that everyone’s share becomes larger. A major part of doing that is to expand the ranks of music makers. […]

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Under The Hood: <br/>Casio’s CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos

Under The Hood:
Casio’s CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Casio America, Inc., is a company whose considerable brand cachet extends across a number of technology-centered categories. Its company name and diverse assortment of products are commonplace in households across the globe, further buttressing the company’s enviable reputation. For Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division, though, now is a particularly exciting time, ripe with product introductions […]

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D’Addario’s Reserve Saxophone Reeds

D’Addario’s Reserve Saxophone Reeds

| December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

When D’Addario’s Reserve Alto Saxophone Reeds hit the market in June 2014, they generated an incredible amount of positive feedback from some of the world’s top artists. Jim D’Addario, CEO of D’Addario & Co., Inc., is no stranger to reeds. As a child, he went to Mario Maccaferri’s French-American Reed Factory in The Bronx when […]

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