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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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Boston’s Seaport Hotel was the place to be in late April for tons of information to help you sell print music products. If you missed it, don’t worry! We have lots of advice in our cover story, including a whole section from Georges Hines’ much talked-about speech.
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The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.
The Music & Sound Independent Retailer
We launch a new column specifically dedicated to the independent retailer!
Hohner’s Scott Emmerman joins us to provide his perspectives on
Summer NAMM this month.
Blue Microphones said it found the right fit when equity firm Transom Capital came on board. What it means for you as a dealer and what the company’s future holds.
NAMM University Listings
Your one-stop source for every NAMM educational event taking place at Summer NAMM in Nashville this month.
The Utah Jazz put up quite a battle in the NBA playoffs. Now, Spy finds out if area retailers will put up a big battle for his/her business.
Five Minutes With...
A big promotion and oh yeah, that “little” deal Kaman made with Fender. In the meantime, he’s one of the top guys at the biggest musical instruments distributor. A chat with Kaman Music’s Paul Damiano is overdue.
Print For Profit
Complementing our RPMDA cover story is the second edition of this story, written by Dan Vedda, a print music dealer himself. This month, he provides several ways to manage your inventory.
Business & Marketing
Need help convincing schools not to shut down band programs? This is a huge problem facing even those in the most affluent areas. Jim Darby, legendary owner of Capitol Music in Montgomery, Ala., shows you exactly what he’s telling the schools and best of all, you can copy every word of it for yourself! Plus, does the economy have you singing the blues? Ken Murray offers solutions to alter the recessionary storms.
More store advice is on the way from Gene Fresco. When the customer thinks, “What’s in it for me?” you will have many answers.
Dan Vedda describes how to boost the Recreational Music Making movement, and what we can learn from the highly-respected CEO of PepsiCo.
Steve Stevens; He’s worked with Billy Idol and Robert Palmer, among otheres, and you might have even spied him at a NAMM show. Find out how Steve Stevens went from a kid in Far Rockaway to the “wizard of guitar effects.”
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