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We speak to a panel of recognized experts to discern the relative strength of the drums and percussion space, find out how retailers could better capitalize on manufacturers' products and, finally, discover what offerings are new or soon to be coming down the pike.
This article invites some of the most influential—not to mention successful—independent retailers in the MI business to share their insights with us, present some advice and deliver our industry's "state of the union" address.
This year's annual Holiday Sales Guide drew such an enthusiastic response that we literally didn't have page space to include everybody who submitted product information. So, we present Part Two this month, sharing even more hot holiday products.
Although temperatures are still pretty warm and the holiday season seems a long way away, it's never too early to start preparing for holiday sales. We offer a selection of products that manufacturers state will be hot sellers for the holidays.Perhaps you believe sales of DJ products in 2011 are break-even or even negative compared to last year. However, that's not the case. The DJ market is in transition. Meanwhile, it's also one of the hottest MI market segments.NAMM has taken its message to Capitol Hill, with focus on having the word "music" appear in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, and also intellectual property. From Russia With LoveMusikmesse is a Trend Setter
Japan's Tragic AftermathAcoustic Ascent
Gibson Fights Back
Shopatron 'Til You Drop
Class is in Session
Gibson Indictments Likely
NRF Talks Jobs,
Jobs and More Jobs
It’s a Record!
MSR Exclusive InterviewMusic Group's Master PlanKnock it Off With the Knockoffs!Music & Sound Award Nominees
Taylor-Made For EuropeWe Cover it All!
A ‘Super’ Party on Kent Island
‘Father of RMM’ Passes
Don’t ‘Skip’ this Story!
Skip’s Music Celebrates 30th Anniversary of its Special Event
I Just Wanna Bang
on the Drums All Day
Your One-Stop Shop For The Holidays!
Heathcare Provision Could
Be a Nightmare
America the Beautiful
Not Doubting Thomas
Mendello Retires, Thomas Named Fender CEO
Music City Mystery
|The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.
The Music & Sound
A music store expands to a second location; another would-be burglar is nabbed; a prominent family business is under new ownership; a 75th anniversary is marked; and a retailer celebrated the grand opening of its newest retail store.
Five Minutes With
QSC's Joe Pham offers a detailed, wide-ranging interview during which he discusses his background and career trajectory, QSC's evolving product portfolio, the company's secrets to business success and the state of the market during this turbulent economic time.
Spy's travels to a vacation in the Florida Keys are interrupted by a sojourn in Fayetteville NC, where our intrepid undercover investigator looks for an affordable, but high quality, drum kit.
Mark Despotakis, Director of Market Development, Progressive Music, reminds readers about the numerous programs that are accessible to NAMM members.
Appraisal Scene Investigation
Rebecca Apodaca recently attended a concert in Los Angeles where the performers were the former customers of a retail music store called Phillips Music Company. She takes a closer look at the company, and the people behind it.
Gene Fresco quotes Thomas Edison as having said, "I love making mistakes, because it tells me what not to do." From here, Gene launches into his customarily practical, in-the-trenches salesmanship advice that will satisfy your customer, and make you money.
Business & Marketing
Every person, and every associated business, has to have a social media presence, right? David Hall, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, Pro-Active Websites, takes the mystery out of it, letting you know how to manage your presence in 20 minutes a day.
Dan Vedda opened a new store this summer. But, it was in the same location, with the same name and, at a glance, you wouldn't realize it was a new store. Huh? Dan tells you all about it.
Heidi Blackmer Robichaud:
Took a long journey to become the President of Earthworks Audio. However, she has many great tales to tell.
Gioia Molinari: For Gioia Molinari, who serves as Head of Marketing of RCF, a company based in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the path to our industry was a winding one. She shares her story with us.
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Counterfeiting on MI products, particularly guitars, may have received minimal national press, but the problem is real and not going away.
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Accessory to a Dime
Find out how to sell products your customers are probably not looking to buy.
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State of the Dealer
M&SR features its second annual independent retailer roundtable. Whatís on dealerís mindís this year. Are things better than last year?
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The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.
The Music & Sound Independent Retailer
C&G Music is young, but has carved quite a niche in Central New York. Plus, retailer Chris Lovell talks about Musicianís Friend selling blemished products and praises NAMM CEO Joe Lamondís musical talents all on the same page.
Kansas City, here Spy comes. Was K.C. a masterpiece or a dud?
Five Minutes With...
Mitch Colby offers 30 years of industry experience at Korg USA. Among the topics: the grade Colby gives MI on his report card.
Birth of a Product: Music Star Productions
Music Star Productionsí founders Patrick McCormick and Tony Williams wanted to make music instruction books better. So they launched the Icons of Rock DVD series. That doesnít mean it was a simple process though.
To say Kurt Ballou, Convergeís guitarist, doesnít treat guitars well is like saying the New England Patriots are a decent football team. Ballou had to find a guitar to take a pounding. Hereís why he chose First Actís Sheena.
Tide, Pampers, and Crest toothpaste have absolutely nothing to do with MI. Well, maybe not. Dan Vedda explains why.
Matt Rubano is the bass player for the red-hot band Taking Back Sunday. Even better, he likes to shop for MI gear.
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