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Focusrite Raises $35 Million In London Stock Offering

IPO Values U.K.-Based Maker Of Audio And MIDI Gear At $114 Million

Focusrite Novation raised £22.4 million ($35.2 million USD) in an enthusiastically received public share offering on the London Stock Exchange December 10. During the first day of trading, share prices jumped... READ MORE



Guest Editorial, Tom Bedell: Bring Fairness To The Lacey Act

I was recently in a meeting with Senator Ron Wyden to discuss the impact of the 2008 amended Lacey Act on the acoustic stringed instrument industry. Wyden is one of the principle authors of the amendments that expanded the Lacey Act... READ MORE



Investors Send Mixed Signals On Guitar Center

Bonds placed on watch list, but some investors encouraged by new CEO who pledges changes

Financial markets have been giving mixed signals to Guitar Center following the recent appointment of Darrell Webb as chief executive officer. Leveraged Commentary & Data, an influential publication among bond traders, recently put the retailer’s bonds on a watch list, noting, “Guitar Center faces an uphill battle... READ MORE





Thomann Music Named European Online Retail Champion

German Online Retailer Comes Out On Top In Consumer Survey 

Musikhaus Thomann, Europe’s leading m.i. retailer, was recently designated as an e-commerce “brand champion” on a recent consumer survey conducted by Philipp Spreer & Martin Rothhaar, a Munich-based consumer resarch firm. The survey explored... READ MORE



Martin celebrates the iconic instrument, named after a battleship, with a 50th anniversary edition of the D-35

Read the whole article in this preview of our February issue!



Q&A: Mike Matthews

Guitar effects pioneer Mike Matthews discusses innovation, managing workflow, and how to stay profitable in a tough market

Read the whole article in this preview of our February issue!



Selling Pianos In China

Robin Luo of Kaige Piano, a leading Chinese piano retailer, explains the Chinese enthusiasm for the piano, and how to address it

Read the whole article in this preview of our February issue!


This Month in Music Trades

February 2015 Issue READ IT NOW!

The Story Behind The Most Famous Guitar: Martin celebrates the Dreadnought with a 50th Anniversary D-35 Limited Edition

A Successful Model For Navigating The Internet: A look at Kraft Music’s online retailing approach

Don’t Look Now—Canada’s Dominant Player Has Become A Big Factor In The U.S.: How JAM Industries is expanding to the south

All In The Family: Fourth generation joins woodwind specialist Vandoren

Redefining The Humble Stand: Triad-Orbit stands combine innovation, aesthetic appeal, and practicality

A New Source Of Capital For The M.I. Industry? Terry Lewis explains how to tap the opportunities of crowdfunding

Drum Workshop Acquires KMC Percussion Brands

Focusrite Goes Public, Valued At $114 Million

Investors Give Guitar Center CEO Transition Mixed Reviews

Keeping Pace With The Surging Chinese Piano Market
• With a cutting-edge new factory, Hailun continues its aggressive expansion across the world market
• Plus: A Chinese piano retailer's take on the market

Reflections Of A Pioneer: Electro-Harmonix founder and effects guru Mike Matthews on the pedal market, innovation, and perseverence

The ESP Story: Custom-inspired guitar maker marks 40th Year

Backun Goes Direct: Clarinet maker adopts new dealer-centric marketing plan

The View From Europe: Top association head Claudio Formasino discusses challenges and opportunities

Robotspeak: San Francisco retailer masters the analog synth niche

Forefront
• Korg To Distribute Dean Markley
• D’Addario’s Authorized Dealer Program
• Guangzhou Trade Show Expands
• Popular Science Features Fishman Fluence
• Sabian Takes Canadian Distribution In House
• SFM Distributes OnStage Stands
• Jupiter Markets The Power Of Music
• Premier Drums Unveils New U.S. Strategy
• Levy’s Straps Names Castelluccio As Rep
• New Owners For Adam Audio
• Avid Shares Relisted On NASDAQ
• Paul Stanley Back With Ibanez
• Allen & Heath Mixer At Crossland Church
• NAMM Awards Scholarships
• Vestax Files For Bankruptcy

Retailing
• Thomann Named “Retail Champion”
• Long & McQuade Charitable Promotion
• Hot Licks Guitar Serves Up Holiday Cheer
• New Steinway Showroom In San Diego
• New Owners For Ben Jacks Music
• Gruhn Guitars Marks 45th Year
• Trail Songs Music Opens In Kansas
• Royalton Music Honored On 50th
• New Website From Leading Note Music
• Mike Greene Reflects On Long Career
• Andy’s Music Drums Out Hunger


     
     






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