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Steinway Takes A Hard line On Trademark Usage

Unauthorized retailers who employ the famed lyre and logo in ads or websites may face legal action

Steinway & Sons has launched a new program to protect its world-famous brand against infringement and misrepresentation. Spearheaded by Jen Wang, Steinway’s senior vice president and general counsel, and Todd Sanders, vice president of sales and marketing, the program will help Steinway take action... READ MORE

Industry Rallies To Provide Aid To Storm-Ravaged Houston

From replacing flood-damaged pianos to suspending rental payments, manufacturers and retailers exhibit compassion for storm victims

The city of Houston is still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in twelve years. Over a four-day period, the storm lashed the coastal city, dropping a record 52 inches of rain, destroying an estimated 94,000 houses, and leaving... READ MORE

NAMM Expands The Size And Scope Of The January Show

With a newly completed 200,000-square-foot addition at the Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM works to keep its flagship show relevant, turning it into a “Crossroads” for all professionals involved in music, audio, live sound, and recording

For the first time in nearly two decades, the January NAMM show will have a significantly different look. This year’s event, set for January 25-28, will feature

Fakes Shake String Swing

Amazon ignores plea to stop sales of counterfeit guitar hangers

How can unexpectedly strong sales reports be considered bad news? String Swing, a leading producer of musical instrument hangers and display fixtures, recently found out when it discovered that sales of counterfeit... READ MORE

Events Lineup Set For Music China

Live concerts, industry stars  to boost the show’s offerings

With the 2017 Music China fair set for October 11-14, organizer Messe Frankfurt has announced an extensive "fringe" program of events to accompany the show. More than 1000 indoor and outdoor live shows, forums, workshops and master classes... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

October 2017 Issue

Are Last Rites For The Electric Guitar In Order? A Washington Post reporter writes an obituary for the electric guitar, declaring it increasingly irrelevant in today’s music scene, sparking a spirited response. See how the industry views the future of the guitar in a changing musical landscape.

What’s The Future For Guitar Center?
Twenty years ago, Guitar Center launched a hugely successful IPO and national rollout. Today, the leading retailer is exploring a debt restructuring, raising questions about its ability to adapt to a rapidly changing market. A look at GC past and present.

How IK Multimedia Is Changing Amplification:
Combining software with unique hardware interfaces that work with mobile devices, Italy-based IK has created entirely new options for amplifying the guitar.

The Righteous Guitars Story:
How an Atlanta-area guitar dealer has beaten all sales projections with a combination of business-savvy, exclusive stock, and a first-class customer experience.

Keeping The NAMM Show Relevant In An Online Age:
NAMM CEO Joe Lamond discusses the new floor layout, expanded educational offerings, and other steps being taken to make the Anaheim Show a “crossroads” for everyone involved in live music.

Steinway Cracks Down On Unauthorized Trademark Use

Moody’s Says Amazon Is A Lot Weaker Than It Appears

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston

• Framus Guitar Display In Nashville Airport
• Vandoren Family Legacy Continues
• Reverb.com Raises $15 Million
• Luna Guitars Aids St. Jude Cancer Center
• Slash Named Gibson Brand Ambassador
• D’Addario  Foundation Awards $480,000
• North Bridge Winds Retail Clinic Tour
• World’s Largest Piano Ever
• String Swing Fights Counterfeit Products
• Hal Leonard Acquires Gerard & Sarzin
• Vater And Chad Smith: 25 Years Together
• Guitar Repair Workshop Program Expands

• Piano Store Uses High-Tech Recording Gear
• Music & Arts Acquires Hot Licks Guitar
• Portman’s Music Tours JodyJazz Factory
• Axe Music Closes Calgary Location
• Guitar Center’s New “Chief Customer Officer”
• Sweetwater Aids Fort Wayne Music Programs
• Chicago Music Exchange Celebrates Vox 60th
• Mill River Music Opens In Northampton


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