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Import Tracker: Guitar Imports Surge In Second Quarter

Manufacturers and distributors are better navigating the complexities of importing guitars with rosewood, as evidenced by booming import figures in the second quarter. For the three-month period ending June 30, imports across most fretted instrument categories... READ MORE


Meet New NAMM Chair Robin Walenta

First woman to head NAMM brings proven skill at finding opportunity in a changing market to her new post, just as the association is set to expand the scope of its flagship tradeshow

The thought of a career in the music industry never crossed Robin Walenta’s mind in 1982 when she applied for a bookkeeping job at West Music Company in Coralville, Iowa. She was just looking to replenish her depleted bank account so she could continue a cross-country road trip... READ MORE




Guest Editorial: Rosewood, The Blood Diamond Of Music Wood

Tom Bedell on why CITES regulations were put in place, what they mean long term, and how to save rosewood forests

Wherever Mother Nature has given a place and its people a natural resource that is coveted by humankind, incentives for over-exploitation and corruption
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Abandoned Steinert Hall Makes Headlines Worldwide

Talk of restoring former Boston concert hub draws journalist interest

Steinert Hall, the abandoned concert venue in the basement of the Steinert building on Boston’s Boylston Street, has recently been the subject of intense media coverage, garnering a spot on The Today Show, and a full-page feature in the U.K.’s Daily Mail. The renewed attention was sparked... READ MORE



Historic Manny’s Store Set For Demolition

The Manny’s Music building on New York’s 48th Street, long a destination for top musicians worldwide, has been approved for demolition, according to a city permit issued last month. The storefront... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

September 2017 Issue

Holiday Product Guide: A ton of hot new products guaranteed to fire up fourth-quarter sales

Meet New NAMM Chair Robin Walenta:
West Music CEO and first woman to head the association talks about retail, changing markets, and NAMM’s role.

Redefining The Digital Piano:
With new app technology that turns a song library into a powerful teaching tool, Yamaha hopes to expand the market with the new CSP Clavinova.

Hi-Tech Materials Transform The Traditional Violin:
Gatchell Innovations embraces carbon fiber technology to eliminate perennial service and playability problems.

Dexibell Enters U.S. Keyboard Market:
Cutting-edge technology and high-style Italian industrial design define new line of digital pianos and organs.

How East Cambridge Piano Has Successfully Adapted To A Changing Piano Market

Promark Employs Flame Tempering Technology To Elevate Drumstick Durability

Import Tracker:
Guitar Imports Surge In 2nd Quarter

Steinway & Gibson Feted At White House “Made In America”

GC Sex Offender Case Highlights Widespread Retail Vulnerability

Tom Bedell On Why New Rosewood Rules Were Needed

Forefront
• NAMM Expands Tradeshow With Alliance
• On-Stage Inks Distribution Pact With JHS
• Martin Collaborates With Ed Sheeran
• Rain Software Integrates With Reverb.com
• Blackstar Completes Management Buyout
• Fender Custom Shop 30th Collection
• Roland & Sony Produce Music App
• Córdoba To Produce Pixar Licensed Guitar
• Rhythm Band Gets “Best In Show” Award
• Korg Sponsors “KeyFest” Event

Retail
• Steinert Hall Makes Headlines Worldwide
• Island Music Hosts Godin Clinic
• Third Wave Music Interactive Synth Event
• West Music’s Brush With Natural Disaster
• Historic Manny’s Store To Be Demolished
• Styx Drummer Stars At Colorado Retailer
• Music Go Round Offers Franchises In Canada
• New Kansas Store For Music & Arts
• Grandma’s Music & Sound To Close


     
     









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