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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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The Good, the Great, the Fantastic!
Even though times are awful, many manufacturers step up to the plate by providing charitable efforts, great fan experiences, and more.
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Crank up the Volume!
Find out how pro audio manufacturers are doing during this elongated recession.
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Peavey, 16 Others Win Landmark Trademark Case Vs. Fender
In a huge body shape decision that can affect our industry for years to come, the Trial and Trademark Appeals Board ruled against Fender.
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The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.
The Music & Sound Independent Retailer
After their father passed away of cancer, his two daughters took the reigns of an Ohio music store. Find out what they’ve done to be successful and how they are honoring their father’s wishes. Plus, two dealers who still have time to play gigs.
Saint Blues Guitar Workshop began in the music Mecca of Memphis 25 years ago with the goal of providing excellent products at a great price and strong margins for retailers. But there’s so much more to that story.
Birth of a Product
FireBelly Amplifiers will be launching its products for the first time at Summer NAMM. But this is no typical story. An attorney is the founder. Find out why an attorney began the company and how he has the time to make amps. And the reason why he and his son call the amp concern FireBelly is worth a read alone.
Five Minutes With
For our pro audio issue, we check in with Tony O’Keefe from CAD Professional Microphones. CAD’s sales went UP in 2008. That is not a misprint.
For those of you who conduct business in the Big Sky Country, you might wonder why MI Spy never comes by to your neck of the woods. Wonder no more. MI Spy looks for an acoustic guitar in Boise, Idaho. Will Guitar Center be the center of Spy’s affection? Will Gigs Music get the gig? Will Old Boise Guitar provide good old-fashioned service? Will the sun rise at Sunset Music?
Gene Fresco loves selling all MI products, but he has a special place in his heart for selling sound systems. Now, he imparts his wisdom and tells you how to sell them.
Yes, if you mention the word “financial” right now, the word “disaster” cannot lag far behind. But Dan Vedda tells you how to take advantage of some rare opportunities.
Susan Grund; Grundorf Corp. Vice President Susan Grund handles a plethora of duties at her job, but she also has jammed with the Beach Boys and makes sure the bond with the company’s employees remain strong. Learn how she juggles everything at one time and changes she’s witnessed in MI.
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