The Music & Sound Retailer: April 2019 Digital Edition


One of the Best Years Ever?

Overall guitar dollar sales enjoy a more than 5-percent year-over-year increase, with manufacturers affirming 2018 was a great year.

Prodigious Print

Industry had strong 2018 thanks to movie tie-ins and more.


Under the Hood

We take a long look at Sonarworks Reference 4 and Sonarworks SR sound-calibration software.


Front and Center

April Samuels, founder of Breast Cancer Can Stick It!, talks about her charity, her love for drumming and MI manufacturers who have helped her along the way.

Five Minutes With

Could C.F. Martin’s Chris Martin IV have been a marine biologist? It easily could have happened. Plus, find out how sales were at the company in 2018 and 2019 thus far, and much more.

The Final Note

Brad Price, Product Marketing Manager for Audinate, cites two guitars as his most prized possessions, says Dire Straits was the best concert he has ever seen and much more.


MI Spy

MI Spy talks music stores, hockey and even acai bowls on Long Island in this month’s edition.


Special to the Retailer

Gig Gear’s Daniel Shatzkes joins us to talk about health and safety in music, a crucial but widely underreported part of our industry.

‘Hire’ Learning

What does DNA have to do with your business? A lot, explains Will Mason.

In the Trenches

“Source diversity” is a popular topic these days. Allen McBroom explains why it matters for your business.

Shine a Light

“I don’t just own the store, I live and breathe music. I have for most of my life.” That’s why David Locke and Brenda, his wife of 33 years, decided to launch LAWK STAR Guitars in 2013, and it’s a great recipe for success.


Curating inventory isn’t a futuristic topic. Yet for the future of the brick-and-mortar landscape, a curated inventory isn’t just advisable, it’s a survival solution, states Dan Vedda.





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