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Uneven Results In A Turbulent World

Viewed from the top line alone, demand for music products in 2016 was little changed from the previous year. The estimated retail value of instruments and audio gear in the world’s 43 largest markets totaled $15.9 billion for the year, down a negligible 0.4% from the $16.0 billion level of 2015. On closer analysis, however... 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

Market Metamorphosis At Music China

At the Shanghai fair’s largest and most international gathering yet, there was still plenty of talk about the lightning growth of the Chinese market—but more on how it’s starting to mature

Much of Shanghai’s ultra-modern Pudong district on the east bank of the Huangpu River didn’t even exist 25 years ago, and that includes the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Though less iconic

Native Instruments Receives $59 Million Investment

EMH Partners, a private equity firm, has invested $59 million for a minority interest in Native Instruments, the Berlin, Germany-based manufacturer of software and hardware for electronic musicians. “Native Instruments perfectly matches... READ MORE

Transom Capital Acquires Loud

Improved financial structure provides foundation for future growth

Transom Capital Group has acquired all brands from Loud Technologies, Inc., including Mackie, Ampeg, EAW, and Martin Audio. The new company will be called Loud Audio, LLC and will continue to be led by the existing management team headed by Mark Graham, CEO. “Our brand and product strategies... READ MORE

Stairway To Stardom Marks 37th Year

First “Rock Band” program thrives, providing young musicians with a creative outlet

In 1981, Skip Maggiora conceived of the first “rock band camp” to give young musicians a creative outlet. Dubbed “Stairway to Stardom, the eight-week program... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

December 2017 Issue

Music Markets Around The World
• The Markets:
Sales data on the music markets in 43 countries on five continents
• The Companies: The world’s 225 largest music products suppliers ranked by sales volume

The Profiles: Companies Of Note
• Schimmel Piano
• Electro-Harmonix
• Batson Guitars
• Blue Microphones
• Wireworld
• St. Louis Music
• Anthem Music
• Grover Products
• Musopia
• WFLIII Drums
• Schulze Pollmann Piano
• Maniac Music
• HW Products
• Stentor Violins
• Lounsberry Pedals
• Audiosupport
• Tri-Tech Software
• MARCA Reeds
• Adam Hall Group
• Key Leaves
• Piano Finders
• Gemeinhardt
• The Music People
• Oleg Products
• Graph Tech
• Kanstul Brass
• General Music
• DR Strings
• Willcox Guitars

Booming China Show Mirrors Changing Market:
While China’s music culture remains piano-centric, growing affinity for fretted instruments and premium products opens new opportunities

Import Tracker:
Fretted Imports Rebound Strongly

Gibson To Move Memphis Plant

Guitar Center Sales Up Slightly

• Native Instruments Gets $59 Mil Investment
• D’Addario Foundation Supports Music Ed
• Blueridge Guitars On Tour With John Jorgenson
• Loud Tech Acquired By Transom Capital
• Manhasset Stands At Music China
• Yamaha Piano Airs TV Ad Campaign
• New Owners For M&M Distributing
• Black Diamond Strings At Super Bowl
• Uke Star In Guitar Player Hall Of Fame

• Skip’s “Stairway” Marks 37th Year
• Cassell’s Music Celebrates Wayne’s World
• Parrish Music 10th Anniversary
• Royalton Music In Inc. Growth Rankings
• Bill’s Music Hosts PRS Clinic
• Detroit’s Wonderland Music To Close
• Big Dude’s Holds Spector Bass Event
• Matchetts Expands In Belfast
• Music & Arts Opens In South Carolina


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