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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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Acoustic guitar sales grew dramatically in 2009 and the beginning of 2010. Is this the beginning of a new trend?
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It’s In The Cards
You need to have PCI DSS-compliant terminals to handle credit card transactions by July 1. What are we talking about? Don’t worry, we’ll explain.
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The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.
Music & Sound
We talk to Debra Perez and Will Baily about the recreational music making (RMM) movement. Should you offer RMM classes in your store?
Five Minutes With
We traveled to the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom, for a talk with Jason How of Rotosound. Martyn How and David Phillips join in. Rotosound plans for a huge push in the United States this year.
MI Spy took to Beantown shortly before the Red Sox hosted the Yankees on opening day. Was service a home run or a swing and a miss?
Dan the Man
Dan Ferrisi looks back at a NAMM session and ahead to a possible return to playing an instrument.
A new column is born! Rebecca Apodaca, the matriarch of music instrument appraisals, begins a new monthly column. Appraising instruments is not only something you can do, but it can earn you a pretty penny on the side, as well.
Gene Fresco teaches you how to be prepared as a salesperson
The “Great Recession” has changed many of us forever. Here’s what Dan Vedda did, and what you have to do, to remain successful.
For the first time, we feature multiple people in this column. We look at the genesis and growth of the all-women founded business, Fusion Bags.
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