MI Spy

Searching for a Guitar in the Arch City

If you want a charming Midwestern city that’s a state capital with a rich college sports history, as well as its own NHL franchise, Columbus, Ohio, situated abo...

Music City Mania

Ah, the NAMM issue of the Music & Sound Retailer. Is there anything better? Attending the event gets me as giddy as entering my favorite candy store, and re...

Seeking Gems in the Emerald City

I’ve traveled to a good mix of locations this year, visiting San Francisco, San Diego and Albuquerque in the west, Austin, Minneapolis and Dallas in the Midwest...

Ukulele Shopping in the Big D

After enjoying my trip to Minneapolis to check out drums last month, I got the call from my boss, M. She said to venture down south this time. “Where to?” I ...

Drumming Up Business in the Twin Cities

Drums are a complicated thing to sell. For one thing, they’re loud. In order for serious buyers to make a decision on a kit, they need to be allowed some volume...

Brotherly Love in Philadelphia?

I’m a spy. No, not just MI Spy. I actually am a real spy. I just haven’t worked in a while. For months now, I’ve been sitting at home waiting for the burner pho...
South by Southwest

South by Southwest

For decades, Austin TX has been known for its uncanny ability to be the hippest spot for most types of music. It’s almost like there’s a vortex that sucks musical talent into the city limits. This month, however, that vortex must be on the fritz, because it’s sucked in our resident super sleuth, who’s searching high and low for guitar amps.