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Amazon Under Fire

Reports of dangerous and phony goods leads to Senate inquiry, while m.i. execs complain about either lax or overly tough third-party policing. But, everyone agrees the online giant is tough to deal with.

Three U.S. Senators have called on to step up efforts to remove unsafe and improperly labeled items...

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CITES Lifts Rosewood Permitting Requirements

Industry lobbying effort succeeds in reducing burdensome paperwork while affirming responsible sourcing of tonewoods.

The musical instrument industry cheered when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted at its 18th Congress of Parties held August 18 in Geneva, Switzerland to dramatically reduce...

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Steve Zapf Takes Conn-Selmer Helm From Retiring John Stoner

Former Music & Arts president takes on family of woodwind brands.

Conn-Selmer, Inc. has announced the retirement of President and CEO John Stoner, effective August 30. He will be replaced by Stephen Zapf, who will report...

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Some Tariffs Delayed Until December

Trump Administration says the holiday shopping season is a factor.

The news on tariffs to be placed on Chinese imports keeps evolving, as some planned tariffs have been delayed to avoid disrupting the holiday shopping season. The Trump Administration had announced...

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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...


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: 2019 Edition

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: 2019 Edition

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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Recently developed technology is extending the acoustic guitar’s capabilities, enhancing the playing experience, and presenting new opportunities to excite the market.

Those of us old enough to have heard sound reinforcement systems of the ’70s and ’80s will attest that modern systems...

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Fender’s Acoustasonic Defies Convention

A unique electric-acoustic hybrid, the newest member of Fender’s product family finds acceptance with musicians of all genres because “it’s a really useful tool.”

To say the guitar buying public is conservative is something of an understatement. A handful of time-tested designs...

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Sweetwater Unveils Music Vending Machine

“24-Hour” store located in Fort Wayne performance venue offers 20 items. Plans call for machines in additional locations.

Sweetwater’s one-of-a-kind “24-Hour Gear Store” has been installed in the lobby of The Clyde, a state-of-the-art performance venue in the retailer’s hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The easily accessible machine...

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Château Musical Instruments

Asian instrument manufacturer makes strides in Western markets and expands product range beyond saxophones to include flutes, clarinets, and trumpets.

The United States’ vibrant school band and orchestra market is attracting a new generation...


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