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Guitar Center’s New Times Square Flagship

28,000-sq.ft. location on world’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfare reflects new expansion drive, with 150 potential store locations identified 

Guitar Center has opened its 262nd store just off New York’s Time Square, the six-block stretch that houses the major Broadway theaters and has been dubbed the world’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfare. The new 28,000-square-foot location... READ MORE



Just Released: All-New International Trade Almanac

The ultimate guide to help you understand the $15 billion global marketplace for musical instruments and audio gear

What is the size of the guitar market in Spain? How many saxophones are sold in Mexico? Are sales of audio products expanding or contracting in Brazil? Who are the top music retailers in Argentina, South Africa, and France? And how much do they sell? The 2014 edition... READ MORE



Summer NAMM Continues To Rebuild

Summer NAMM “2.0” attracted more exhibitors and retailers, signaling a strengthening market and the continued value of a low-key industry gathering in Nashville

The appeal of Music City USA, along with what is possibly the most attractive convention center in the country, and an uptick in retail activity contributed to an increase in exhibitor participation and attendance at NAMM’s annual Summer Show, held July 17-19 in Nashville. With 438 exhibitors... READ MORE



Hal Leonard CEO Newest NBA Owner

Hal Leonard CEO and ardent sports fan Keith Mardak has achieved a life-long goal with the recent acquisition of a minority stake in the Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Mardak said, “I love NBA basketball and I love the Bucks. So it’s a dream... READ MORE





Pearl River Bets Big On The Future Of The Piano

1.2-million-square-foot factory complex is the world’s largest piano plant, with 130,000 unit annual capacity

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



Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz Discusses The Blockbuster WOOX Electronics Acquisition That Made Gibson A $2.5 Billion Global Business

In 1986, Henry Juszkiewicz and his partner Dave Berryman acquired the Gibson Guitar Company. The fabled guitar maker had racked up enormous losses, demand for guitars was in a slump, and few in the industry... READ MORE



Alto Music’s Jon Haber Releases First Album

Band DEC 3 Premiers On Fox & Friends Show With Single, Red Line, Considers Limited Tour 

Running the four-store Alto Music operation is a full time job for Jon Haber, the hands-on owner who starts every day at 7 a.m., checking sales receipts. In between managing... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

September 2014 Issue READ IT NOW!

Holiday Gift Guide: Products Guaranteed To Fire Up Fourth-Quarter Sales

The Piano Market
• Retailer Roundtable: Making Sense Of Mixed Market Signals
• World’s Largest Piano Plant: Pearl River’s Big Bet On The Future
• Yamaha’s New TransAcoustic Technology: Unique Technology Opens New Markets

Report From Summer NAMM: What went down in Nashville last month and what it means for the rest of the year

Industry Data: eBay Sales Turn Down In 2nd Quarter

Inside Guitar Center's Flagship Times Square Store

What Makes The Theo Wanne Mantra Sax Different?

Forefront
• Hal Leonard CEO New NBA?Team Owner
• Mackie Slashes Digital Mixer Prices
• Expanded Lollar Pickup Factory In Tacoma
• Arturia Marks 15th Year, Sales Up 55%
• PMC Offers Drum Lessons At Warped Tour
• Seiler Piano Stars In Music Video
• Conn-Selmer Collaborates With Music Educators
• Hal Leonard Distributes Hamilton
• Buffet Hosts Double Reed Artists In NYC
• Fender Holds Dealer Meeting
• Yangtze River Pianos At Top Competition

Retail
• NEMC Presents “Music Is Life” Award
• Alto Music’s Haber Releases Debut Album
• Elegant Parsons Music Store In Beijing
• Bethel Music Celebrates 30th Year
• Car Crash At Langlois Music
• Thomann Music 60th Birthday Bash


     
     






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