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NAMM Show Preview: Expanded Show Illuminates Industry Changes

With a new look, additional audio and lighting exhibitors, and AES-sponsored educational sessions, the NAMM show mirrors the expanding opportunities in serving the world of music

Veteran NAMM show goers can expect to be a bit disoriented upon entering the Anaheim Convention Center at the opening of the four day show, held January 25-28. The Convention Center has been transformed with a newly opened 200,000-square-foot addition, and the extra space has created... READ MORE

Review & Forecast: Industry Improves, But Not Enough To Dispel Concerns

A strengthening economy and improved consumer confidence are raising industry fortunes, but excess supply and fierce competition continue to weigh on sentiment. Just as Wagner’s music is supposedly “better than it sounds,” industry performance is better than it seems

It would appear that the music products industry collectively has a serious insecurity complex. Although 2017 will probably go down as the best year in a decade, with a sales gain of 2% to 3%, our columns continue to give voice to a chorus of naysayers

PASIC Report: Drum Party!

In its biggest international gathering, the drumming community celebrates the joy of drumming, and industry leaders discuss obstacles and opportunities in the market

Drummers and percussionists from all over the country came together to explore their shared passions at the recent Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Held November 8-11 in PAS’s hometown of Indianapolis, PASIC17 attracted... READ MORE

D’Addario Hosts Instrument Drive

Instruments collected for music programs in underserved areas

The D’Addario Foundation partnered with Hungry for Music, Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony, Instruments in the Cloud, and Lyft to host an instrument collection drive at the D’Addario & Company headquarters in Farmingdale, Long Island last November. The instrument collection event was a great success, with donations received... READ MORE

Gibson To Shutter Cakewalk Software

Pioneering music software developer Cakewalk has been shuttered by its parent, Gibson Brands. In a statement, Gibson management said it was closing the software developer to “to better align with the company’s acquisition strategy,” focusing on... READ MORE

Special Feature: Stories From Around The Industry

As part of our new Global Markets Report, Music Trades has profiled a cross-section of companies from across the marketplace. From an educational innovator in Finland to a premium reed-maker in France, we tell their stories here.

Adam Hall Group
Anthem Music
Batson Guitars
Blue Microphones
DR Strings
EMD Music
Graph Tech
Grover Products
HW Products
Key Leaves
Lounsberry Pedals
Maniac Music
Oleg Products
Piano Finders
Schimmel Piano
Schulze Pollmann Piano
St. Louis Music
Stentor Violins
The Music People
Tri-Technical Systems
Willcox Guitars

This Month in Music Trades

January 2018 Issue

Complete NAMM Preview: With more than 1,700 exhibitors, nearly 400 first-timers, and an expanded array of educational offerings, staged in the refurbished Anaheim Convention Center, the upcoming NAMM show is more compelling than ever. Find out what to expect in terms of events and entertainment.

Review & Forecast: A look back at the events that shaped 2017, from rosewood restrictions to retail shakeouts, along with bold forecasts from a cross-section of industry leaders.

Drum Party! At the annual PASIC convention, the drumming community celebrated the joy of drumming, while industry leaders discussed obstacles and opportunities in the market.

Gibson To Shutter Cakewalk Software Division

MKG Offers Legal Counsel Tailored To The Music Industry


• D’Addario Hosts Instrument Drive
• Demus Performs On New Niendorf Grand
• WFLIII Drums Gears Up With New Plant
• Tradition & Tech Merge In Unique Performance
• AHEAD Synthetic Sticks At 25
• Reverb Forms Charitable Foundation
• Gibson Guitartown Aids Cancer Research
• Joyo Bantamps Now Available In U.S.
• D&A Guitar Gear Launches New Website
• New U.S. Distributor For Relish Guitars
• Benedetto Guitars Marks 50th Year
• Morley Pedals Quits Amazon Sales
• Allen & Heath Console Takes Center Stage
• Retail Up Offers New POS System
• World’s First Guitar-Shaped Hotel

• Village Music’s Unique Store Format
• Baker New Schmitt Music COO
• New Location For Heid Music
• Guitar Center Opens In Daytona


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