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What The Court Ruling On Mail Order Sales Tax Means In Practice

Sweetwater CEO Chuck Surack explains the challenges and opportunities of complying with the sales tax laws in the nation’s 11,000 jurisdictions.

As head of Sweetwater, the country’s largest online m.i. retailer, Chuck Surack has no problem in principle...

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Gibson Set To Leave Bankruptcy

Restructuring terms agreed upon, Juszkiewicz out as CEO.

Gibson Brands announced on September 10 that major stakeholders in the Company’s Chapter 11 case have agreed to an amended reorganization plan that paves the way for the guitar maker...

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Loud Sells EAW To RCF, Will Focus On Mackie Brand

Divestiture repudiates prior diversification strategy.

Loud Technology, parent of Mackie Designs, has sold its EAW division to RCF, a leading Italian pro-audio manufacturer. The sale is part of owner Transom Capital’s strategy...

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Trademark War Simmers On

U.S.-based Mason & Hamlin struggles to defend the image of its historic piano brand in China.

Barriers to world trade have been a hot topic in the news. Debate over disruptive, dubiously targeted, unsettled policy and “easy to win” trade wars...

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Strong School Music Sector Faces New Challenges

At NASMD, “recruitment and retention” takes on double meaning in current school band and orchestra market

Blue water and white beaches provided an inviting backdrop to the recent meeting of the National Association of School Music Dealers. Held April 11-14 at the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood, Florida, the annual get-together...

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Strong School Music Sector Faces New Challenges

At NASMD, “recruitment and retention” takes on double meaning in current school band and orchestra market

Blue water and white beaches provided an inviting backdrop to the recent meeting of the National Association of School Music Dealers. Held April 11-14 at the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood, Florida, the annual get-together...

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Top 200 Retailers Report

The 200 leading U.S. music retailers ranked by the most recent full-year revenues. Also included: employee and store counts, productivity statistics, products carried, and year-to-year trends – plus complete analysis.

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Music Industry Census Report

Comprehensive U.S. data on 55 product categories across the music products industry. Find ten years of figures showing sales by unit volume, wholesale and retail value, average unit price, and year-to-year trends, plus complete analysis.

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THIS MONTH'S FEATURES

Why PRS Is Gaining Share In The Guitar Market

A new John Mayer signature model, an expanded import line, and dealer-friendly policies have contributed to two years of double-digit growth. But management points to a company-wide focus on quality as the key driver of success.

When word began leaking out about two years ago that Paul Reed Smith was developing...

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Michael Kelly Guitars

Retail sales legend brings a new perspective and “boutique within reach” brand identity to a distinctive production guitar line.

Michael Kelly Guitars has been around for 20 years, but a new worldwide distributor and the appointment of a heralded industry veteran to lead it have spurred...

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Ovation To Overhaul Product Line & Strategy


Ovation Guitars has suspended manufacturing at its New Hartford, Connecticut plant as part of a comprehensive strategy review with the goal of offering die-hard Ovation fans a value proposition consistent with past models and delivering standout instruments to a new generation of guitar enthusiasts. The distinctive roundback guitar...

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