August 15, 2010
VOLUME 27, NO.08


America The Beautiful


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Class is in Session
We feature many of the new, hot companies that exhibited at NAMM in January.

Indictments Likely

Gibson Guitar is expected to face charges due to alleged illegal wood imports.

NRF Talks Jobs,
Jobs and More Jobs

The key to retailers' success for 2011 is, you guessed it, jobs. But a lot more was discussed at the 100th NRF Annual Convention.

It’s a Record!
We give you a huge review of last month’s NAMM show. Were retailers and manufacturers optimistic for the rest of this year?
MSR Exclusive Interview
Zildjian and Vic Firth have teamed up to form a percussion powerhouse. We met with Craigie Zildjian and Vic Firth at NAMM to give you all of the details about the merger.
Music Group's Master Plan
We get an exclusive look at the future of The Music Group, parent of Behringer, Bugera and more. We get an exclusive look at product launches, as well!

Knock it Off With the Knockoffs!
Counterfeit products are killing the MI industry. But one company is fighting back big time. We’ll tell you how badly knockoffs could affect the industry if left unchecked.

Music & Sound Award Nominees
We release the full list of nominees for Music & Sound Awards. See if your favorite product, person or company is nominated.

Taylor-Made For Europe
Taylor Guitars will sell all of its products directly to dealers in Europe beginning on Jan. 1. Find out why the big change was made and where Taylor’s European headquarters will be. We interview Brian Swerdfeger about it first.

We Cover it All!
For the second time, we honor instruments that get zero or little press...

A ‘Super’ Party on Kent Island
Experience PRS loaded up on celebrities, new products and much more. Get the full scoop...

‘Father of RMM’ Passes
Karl Bruhn, a tireless music industry devotee, mentored many and made awareness of health and wellness together a lifelong initiative.
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 Myster

-The Latest, Industry, Dealers, People and Product Buzz and Showcases.

NAMM in Photos
A lot happened at NAMM in January to say the least. We capture plenty of it within our three-page NAMM photo collage.
The Music & Sound
Independent Retailer

We cover the sad passing of two prominent retailers and another named the "Citizen of the Year."
Music & Sound Award
Dealer Winners

Our list of dealer winners for the 25th Music & Sound Awards.
Music & Sound Award Manufacturer Winners
Our list of manufacturer winners. And, this time, we got them to provide comments on the victories.
Five Minutes With
Learn tons about Yamaha with Takuya (Tak) Nakata, president of the company's USA division.
MI Spy
Spy took a long flight from the cold of New York to the less cold, but quite windy, San Francisco.
Appraisal Scene Investigation
Rebecca Apodaca takes another look at the legendary guitar builder R.C. Allen.
Sales Guru
Unfortunately, Gene Fresco couldn't attend NAMM for health reasons. But he does have great information about a topic he hasn't covered before. He will help you get into your own head and make you believe. Believe what? Gene will tell you.
Business & Marketing
Carl Mandelbaum will present tips on how to develop your Web site.
Dan Vedda did attend NAMM. He has a lot of thoughts to share about the show.


Sharon Hennessey: Loves our industry, you will find out. She'll also tell you why she ultimately decided to join The Music People! And yes, she will definitely fill you in on her goals as a new NAMM board member.
Carla Alger: Being in the music industry is definitely the most exciting opportunity Carla Alger, chief financial officer at Two Old Hippies, has ever had. Find out why.
Dawn Werk
:Dawn Werk, Alpha Books’ director of marketing, heads a group that is responsible for 450 non-fiction books. Now that’s a lot! Music is a small, but very important, part of that catalog.
Sonia Vallis: Sonia Vallis might be an only child, but she grew up with a sibling that has now become like another child to her.-
Catherine Polk

Cyndi Fritz
Janet Deering
Kathy How
Sarah Heil
Sue Avant

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America the Beautiful
Companies That Still Manufacture in America
[August 2010 - Page 1]

2010 has been a good year for American patriotism. And we don’t just mean annual rituals such as the Fourth of July. American pride was clearly evident in February in Vancouver and the United States did not disappoint. The country took home the most medals in the Winter Olympics, which only years before badly trailed the Summer Games for U.S. excellence. Even the men’s hockey team took Canada to the brink in the gold-medal game, only to fall in overtime.
American spirit continued in June’s World Cup. The USA advanced past the first round of the soccer tournament before losing a 2-1 heartbreaker to Ghana. The U.S. team definitely didn’t reach its goals, but being one of the top 16 countries in the world in a sport that’s overshadowed by football, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis and auto racing probably isn’t that bad.
To keep up the rising American spirit theme, we brought back our “Born the USA” story, which we debuted last year. We are highlighting companies that manufacture a majority of their products in the United States. We asked many companies, which are below, representing a compilation of answers. Answers are presented in
no specific order.

Editor’s Note: To qualify for this story, manufacturers had to manufacture at least 51 percent of their products in the United States. That can be further broken down into unit sales or revenues. If the company fulfilled the 51 percent requirement in one of the two categories, they were welcome to respond. Also, in some cases, a manufacturer may be owned by a larger conglomerate. That company qualified for this story if their product line was 51 percent U.S.-made. The conglomerate does not have to be a majority U.S. manufacturer. This story represents a list of respondents. It is not intended to be a full list of U.S.-based manufacturers.

Question No. 1: Why do you make your products
in the USA as opposed to Asian countries?
What benefits does it provide?

“FMIC utilizes best-in-class manufacturing facilities around the world to support the wide product and price point offering that makes up our total guitar and amplifier product lines. It has always been a part of Fender’s legacy, culture and origins to maintain an American manufacturing presence, and we are proud to be among the few who continue to support manufacturing within the USA. We feel this is necessary to carry our legacy forward and also to provide the finest musical instruments possible by controlling every aspect of the creation of our guitars and amplifiers.”
—Andy Rossi, Fender

“Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of our products are made in the USA, using raw materials that are also made in the USA. We are a small string maker and our focus is on quality, not quantity. We have a great staff at our factory in Cortez, Colo., and I am more interested in creating jobs in the community where I live.”
—Curt Mangan, Curt Mangan Strings

“As we enter our 45th year in business, we still have strong roots in U.S. production. Hartley started building Peavey products above his father’s music store in Meridian, Miss., and today things continue to roll on. No other manufacturer in our industry has invested as much in plants, property and equipment for U.S. manufacturing as Peavey. I would say in years past that Mississippi was the ‘China’ of U.S. manufacturing and we just happened to be located here. Costs are cheaper than other parts of the country and it enables us to build great, made-in-the-USA products at a fair and reasonable price.”
—Courtland Gray, Peavey


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