December 2016 Digital Edition


Simply The Best

The Music & Sound Retailer’s December issue spotlights the most incredible, most excitement-generating instruments and music products that our industry’s manufacturers shared with us this year. We are, of course, referring to the nominees for the 31st annual Music & Sound Awards, our official awards program and the industry’s most eagerly sought-after honor.

Future-Proof Your Music Store

Just as the fourth-quarter holiday shopping season supercharges a retailer’s annual revenue, the NAMM Show energizes members of the music products industry. There is literally nowhere else on earth that one can find so large a contingent of MI folks, so immense an array of new products, and so wide-ranging an education and training offering.

She Rocks Awards Celebrates Five Years

If you’re looking for an evening that inspires, energizes and perhaps even brings a tear to your eye, the She Rocks Awards at the NAMM Show fits the bill. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of women in the music community, delivering an inclusive approach to honoring worthy individuals from all corners of the industry.


Five Minutes With

PRS Guitars’ National Sales Manager, Jim Cullen, describes his 20-year tenure with the Maryland-based manufacturer as a two-decade passion project. In this interview, Cullen discusses how he discovered music as a child and his drive to pursue it as a young man. That drive brought him to PRS

Mission Report

MI Spy

The Jersey Shore occupies a place in the hearts of many rock ‘n’ roll fans. It’s where the careers of rock luminaries such as Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny were launched. This month, the MI Spy rolls into town. And, befitting the prodigious rock gods that came before him, the sleuth’s in search of…a student clarinet.


Special To The Retailer

In light of some people closing their music-related businesses, Rebecca Apodaca believes that those from the MI world should consider becoming a certified and IRS-qualified appraiser.

Special To The Retailer

To get real value from video marketing, you need to create a strategy that engages the right viewers, creates brand awareness and inspires action.

Confessions Of A Retailer

As 2016 comes to a roaring close, Donovan Bankhead shares a few miscellaneous tips to ensure that this December, and every one to follow, is one to remember.

Shine A Light

Royalton Music Center’s President and third-generation Owner, Lauren Haas Amanfoh, has made it her mission to serve the music-making needs of all the families in northeastern Ohio.

Retailer Rebel

Many indie stores have leveraged social media sites like Facebook to generate some buzz. One of Facebook’s other properties—Instagram—is currently grabbing lots of attention.


We hear a lot about the problems of infringement in music publishing, but Dan Vedda thinks problems centered on counterfeit music products are equally dangerous, both now and for our future.

Under The Hood

The latest additions to Roland’s V-Drums line, the TD-50KV and TD-50K, are poised to solidify the company’s enviable reputation.

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