Here are the year’s best products, manufacturers, dealers and industry personalities presented with the music products industry’s highest honor.

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The Music & Sound Retailer


Multi-Store Dealer Division

Best Guitars & Basses: Strait Music (TX)

Best Keyboards: Heid Music (WI)

Best Instrument Amplifiers: Ken Stanton Music (GA)

Best Sound Reinforcement: Ted Brown Music (WA)

Best Recording-Related Products: Tarpley Music (TX, NM)

Best Percussion: Ted Brown Music (WA)

Best DJ Equipment: I DJ Now (NY)

Best Clinics: Skip’s Music (CA)

Best Customer Service: Blues Angel Music (FL, AL)

Best Sales Staff: Springfield Music (MO)

Multi-Store Dealer of the Year: Ted Brown Music (WA)

Single-Store Dealer Division

Best Guitars & Basses: Music Villa (MT)

Best Instrument Amplifiers: Chicago Music Exchange (IL)

Best Keyboards: AMRO Music (TN)

 Best Sound Reinforcement: Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center (MD)

Best Recording-Related Products: Sweetwater (IN)

Best Percussion: Chicago Music Exchange (IL)

Best DJ Equipment: Rock and Soul (NY)

 Best Clinics: San Diego Music Studio (CA)

Best Customer Service: Musical Innovations (SC)

Best Sales Staff: The Candyman Strings & Things (NM)

Single-Store Dealer of the Year: The Candyman Strings & Things (NM)

Lifetime Achievement Award

(individual person at either a multi-store or single-store retailer)

Rand Cook, The Candyman Strings & Things


Best Acoustic Guitar of 2019: C.F. Martin OM-28 Modern Deluxe

Best Bass Guitar of 2019: Fender Vintera ’50s Precision Bass

Best Electric Guitar of 2019: Gibson 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard

Best Guitar Accessory of 2019: Fishman TriplePlay Connect

Best Effect Pedal of 2019: Electro-Harmonix BASS9 Bass Machine

Best Non-Guitar Fretted Instrument of 2019: Luna Vintage Mahogany Baritone Ukulele A/E — Satin Natural

Best Strings of 2019: D’Addario XT

Best Band & Orchestra Product of 2019: Yamaha YVN Model 3 Violin

Best Keyboard/Sound Module of 2019: Roland GO:PIANO88

Best Amplifier of 2019: Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Amplifier

 Best Speaker of 2019: JBL EON One Compact

Best Mixer/Console of 2019: PreSonus StudioLive 32SX 32-Channel Digital Mixer

Best Multitrack Recorder of 2019: TASCAM Model 16

Best Acoustic Drum Product of 2019: Pearl Masters Maple/Gum 4-Piece Shell Pack

Best Electronic Drum Product of 2019: Roland V-Drums TD-1DMK

Best Cymbals of 2019: Zildjian K Zildjian Cluster Crashes

Best Percussion Accessory of 2019: Audio-Technica PRO-DRUM4 Bundle

Best Wireless System of 2019: Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital

Best Cabled Microphone of 2019: Electro-Voice RE Series Premium Condenser Vocal Microphones (RE420 & RE520)

Best Lighting Product of 2019: Chauvet DJ EZLink Par Q4BT

Best DJ Product of 2019: Pioneer DJ Americas Inc. DDJ-1000SRT

Best Bag/Case of 2019: Gator Co. Levy’s Deluxe Gig Bag for Bass, Classical, Electric and Dread Guitars

Best Book/Video/Software of 2019: PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Recording and Production Software

Best Accessory Product of 2019: Gator Cases Retro Rack Series — Vintage Amp Vibe Rack Cases

Best Website/App of 2019: Fender Play

2019 Outstanding MI Service Provider: Reverb

2019 Product of the Year: Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition 717

2019 Rep of the Year: Jeremy Payne, The Music People

2019 Outstanding Community Service Award: D’Addario

2019 Manufacturer of the Year: Fender

Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame: Larry Morton, Hal Leonard

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