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Remo Belli
1927 - 2016

What Xerox is to copying machines and Kleenex is to tissue, Remo is to drumheads: a trademark that has become virtually synonymous with an entire product category. Remo Belli, the man behind the product, did more than anyone else... READ MORE

Music Retailing Around The World

Cultures, musical traditions, and economics vary widely from country to country, but when it comes to m.i. retail, the similarities outweigh the differences.

Our ranking of top music retailers outside the U.S. includes 248 companies from 30 countries. In aggregate they had revenues of $4.8 billion, representing 50% of... READ MORE

Buffet Crampon Acquires Powell Flute

Buffet Crampon has continued its strategy of acquiring historical and significant wind instrument brands with the purchase of the Verne Q. Powell flutes, a leading maker of professional quality flutes based outside of Boston. The purchase... READ MORE

Guitar Center Cash Flow Up Despite Sales Decline

Tight cost controls and completion of inventory clearance improve margins, but same-store sales decline

Guitar Center revenues declined 4.6% to $630 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $659 million for the same period a year ago. Same-store sales for the period were down 6.8%. However... READ MORE

“New Concept” Musikmesse Debuts In Frankfurt

With the conclusion of Musikmesse 2016, held April 7-10 in Frankfurt, Germany, the numbers are in on the first year of the fair’s “New Concept”—organizer Messe Frankfurt’s name for a sweeping change of format announced a year ago. Messe Frankfurt figures show... READ MORE

The New Steinway Hall Opens In New York

With the third New York home in 163 years, famed architect Anna Selldorf aims to design a contemporary Steinway Hall that is a “cultural landmark” that supports artists and provides an ideal venue for selecting a piano

Steinway & Sons opened its new global flagship, Steinway Hall, at 1133 Avenue of the Americas on April 11. The sleek, minimalist two-level retail and performance space was designed by the internationally renowned Selldorf Architects, recognized for their work within the art world. The new location provides... READ MORE

Hoshino Distributes Alhambra Spanish Classical Guitars

Suppliers pursue growth through acquisition, altering the composition of the Top 100 rankings. But will the consolidation trend continue? 

Hoshino USA has reached an agreement with Spain’s Manufacturas Alhambra to become the exclusive distributor of Alhambra classical and flamenco guitars in the United States. Founded in 1965, Manufacturas Alhambra, S.L. has grown to be... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

May 2016 Issue

The Global Retail Report: A look at the differences and similarities that unite 238 music retailers operating in 30 countries and six continents

The Rankings: Sales volume and store and employee counts provide insights into the commercial dynamics of different markets.

Retailer Profiles
• Kytary Audio Partners on the challenges of m.i. retail in Eastern Europe
• Palacio De Music celebrates a century-plus of serving the Mexican market

Inside The New Steinway Hall In New York City

Smiling School Music Dealers Made Orlando The “Happiest Place On Earth” At The 54th NASMD Convention

Quarterly Sales: Sales Up 3.3%, But Competition Intensifies

Frankfurt Fair Report: New show format reflects changing marketplace

Hoshino To Distribute Alhambra Classic Guitars: Spain’s top guitar producer gets elevated profile in U.S. market

How Intellimix Serves The Canadian Market

How A New Site Helps Create Better Band Directors: A Look At Band Director Media’s Online Resources

• Buffet Acquires Powell Flute
• Sabian’s “School Reward” Program
• Steinway Launches Global Ad Blitz
• D’Addario Aids School Music
• SLM Distributes Elixir Strings
• Google Celebrates Theremin
• DANSR Honors “Top 20”
• Giannini Guitars Marks 115th Year
• Roland At Southwest “Invasion”
• Davitt & Hanser Distributes Kustom
• Parsons Sponsors Piano Series

• Guitar Center Cash Flow Up, Sales Down
• Prize Guitars Stolen
• Sweetwater Sues Hello Music
• Sam Ash Team At Taylor University
• Music & Arts Adds Texas Stores
• Poppler’s Music Acquires K&M
• West Music Presents Supplier Awards


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