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How a battleship designed to project British Imperial might inspired a Pennsylvania guitar maker, and why, a century later, his wood and steel Martin Dreadnought ranks as the world’s most copied guitar.

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Korg's Recipe: Equal Parts Art & Science

Creative engineering, tempered by a dose of practicality, has enabled Korg Japan to thrive in the unforgiving electronic music market. The company is now the oldest continually operating synth manufacturer.

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Thomann Invests For Growth

Top online retailer upgrades online infrastructure, opens employee restaurant and gym.

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A Paragon Of Resilience

How Eminence, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, successfully adapted to a changing market and remains the only large-scale speaker manufacturer still operating in the U.S.

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Guitar Center Cash Flow Up On Lower Sales Volume

Guitar Center revenues declined by 3.6% during the third quarter, but cash flow surged as the retailer trimmed promotional expenses, improved gross profits, and completed a year-long process... READ MORE

Sweetwater Announces Another Stellar Year

Sales up 22% as Fort Wayne campus expands with new amenities

Sweetwater, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio gear in the U.S., and the fastest-growing company with a national profile in the music retail industry, reported another record year in total sales and job creation, plus... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

February 2016 Issue READ IT NOW!

The Bach Brass Story: 50 years after production moved to Elkhart, Bach horns are still coveted. Here’s why.

Two Famous Dreadnoughts: One was sold for scrap, the other is still widely used.

Eminence Speakers Turns 50: Longevity traces to market-focused innovation.

Why Billy Gibbons Plays Magnatone Amps: Iconic guitarist endorses re-creation of fabled vintage amp.

Harman Pro Reorganizes: Sweeping technological changes prompt new corporate structure.

Synth Pioneer Oberheim Reflects: Thoughts on the renewed interest in analog technology.

Congress Passes Pro-Music Ed. Bill

Guitar Center Cash Flow Surges

The Product That Started A Revolution: How Korg’s Doncamatic led to an unmatched five-decade record of innovation.

How “The Music Experience” Turns Fans Into Players

Cloud Microphones: Defying conventional wisdom with a made-in-the-USA strategy.

Spector Bass Adds New Product Lines

Marking A 50-Year Milestone: John Cavanaugh of Super-Sensitive Strings reflects.

Thomann Invests: Top online retailer expands campus and mobile capability

String Swing Integrates Vertically: Investments in metal working technology to improve value and expand product offering.

Forte Piano Marks 20th Anniversary: How a classically trained Russian musician found opportunity in the U.S.

Hermes’ Customer-Centric Approach

British Band Instrument Taps New Markets

• KMC Music Adds Product Lines
• Over-The-Top Bösendorfer “Bohemian”
• Vandoren Launches Reed Line In New York
• Musiquip Rebranded As SFM MI
• Music Industry Helps Save Ex-Im Bank
• Pro-Mark Expands Saw Mill
• Mondo Musica Set For 2016
• Guild Resumes U.S. Production
• Blackwood Creates New Wood Substitute
• QSC Named Top Workplace
• Roland Supplies Pianos For Lang Lang
• Casio Supports New Orleans Jazz
• Hal Leonard Distributes Loog Guitars
• Schecter To Distribute Wylde Guitars

• New Home For Chicago Music
• Schmitt Music’s Reinhardt Retires
• Mom’s Opens “Interactive” Showroom
• L.A. Percussion Celebrates 10th Year
• Drum Center Donates To Music Camp
• Family Music Depot Opens
• Arthur’s Music & The Famous Flying V
• Groman’s Music To Close
• Cream City Music In Houston Chronicle
• Cascio Music Hosts “DrummerFest”
• Smith Promoted At Ward-Brodt
• Sweetwater Acquires Mynett Music


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