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Complete recap and analysis in Music Trades' March issue
Around 100,000 attendees packed the NAMM Show aisles.
The U.S. Marine Corps Band performed just before the start of the show.
At NAMM's Breakfast Of Champions: NAMM CEO Joe Lamond; Chris Gero, Yamaha; JC Curleigh, Gibson; Robin Walenta, DeDe Heid, Crystal Morris, SWIM; Nathan East, Yamaha artist; Jun-ichi Miki, Roland.
Eleven-year-old Eva, from China, was one of three winners of the 2018 Hit Like A Girl contest.
"Never Enough" (The Greatest Showman) vocalist Loren Allred performed at Yamaha's All-Star Concert On The Grand.
Roland announced plans to provide electronic music gear for the coming Comic-Con Museum in San Diego.

TOP STORIES 

Fender Unveils Breakthrough Acoustasonic

New guitars combine the best qualities of a classic Telecaster and an acoustic dreadnought. 

Fender has introduced an entirely new music tool for guitarists with the Acoustasonic, a hybrid instrument that combines the feel and playability of the classic Telecaster with the tonal quality...

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“New” Gibson Goes Big At NAMM


Gibson’s new management team used NAMM to make a forceful statement as the company emerged from bankruptcy, staging the largest exhibit in memory and a reception on the night before the show opening.

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RCF To Acquire DPA Microphones

Continuation of expansion drive that saw the acquisition of EAW last year.
RCF Group has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S from The Riverside Company. DPA, based in Alleroed, Denmark, is a premium brand in...

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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 U.S. Bechstein Dealers Attend 165th Anniversary Gala


Top C. Bechstein and W. Hoffmann dealers from the U.S. recently visited the C. Bechstein factory in Seiffennersdorf, Germany to participate in the famed piano maker’s 165th Anniversary. The event attracted more than 600 people from all over the globe. The gala event culminated with...

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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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FEATURED DATA REPORTS
                        

Top 225 Global Report

This two-part report includes: 1) A list of the leading 225 music companies around the world, ranked by the most recent full year revenues – plus additional data on each company. 2) Sales and demographic data on 41 countries where music products are sold.

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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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MORE THIS MONTH

Sweetwater Sales Up 17% To $725 Mil.

Retailer also announces $76.4 million campus expansion.
Sweetwater experienced another record-setting year with sales advancing 17% in 2018 to $725 million. The online retailer’s annual sales gains have ranged between 17% and 28% every year since 2010. The company sold more than...

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Music & Arts Opens 200th Location

Plans to add as many as 30 locations in 2019.
Music & Arts has opened its 200th store in Silverado Ranch, a suburb of Las Vegas. During the course of 2018, the leading school music retailer added 40 locations through a combination...

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Bridging The Hardware-Software Divide

Offering stunningly realistic software synths as well as high-value analog hardware, Arturia has expanded creative horizons, opened new markets, and racked up a decade of impressive growth.
Software exists in the ether of a “virtual reality” environment. Hardware is grounded in a tactile real world. This disparity explains...

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Music Trades' 2018 Companies To Watch


For our year-end Global issue, we highlighted companies from around the music products industry and around the world. From a high-end Israeli guitar maker to a Chinese effects pedal innovator to an American specialist in custom cases, you can read their stories here.

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