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WFLIII re-creates the sound of the '60s  Pictured: WFLIII player Bobby "T" Torello
Artists support young musicians through Fender Play Foundation  Pictured: Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco
New Steinway Vault presents high-end pianos as true works of art
"Fishing Musicians" hold 25th annual Music & Sound Fly Fishing Tour


Bourgeois Guitars Partners With Eastman Music

New product collaborations to yield boutique quality, broadened market reach.

Bourgeois Guitars, long renowned for its handcrafted high-end acoustics, has entered into a strategic partnership with Eastman Music, a respected global distributor and manufacturer...

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Gator Weighs In On Tariffs In Wall Street Journal

CEO Crystal Morris discusses impact of China trade policy while waiting for word on exemption request.

An October 10 report in The Wall Street Journal highlights the implications of 25% tariffs on Chinese imports through the eyes of Gator Cases CEO Crystal Morris—who told The Journal, “It’s a complete game-changer...

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Retail Summits Set For NAMM

Registration open for "Innovation" and "Financial" summits.

On the day before the 2020 Winter NAMM Show, there will be a choice of two daylong, interactive summits for NAMM retail members seeking the latest in future-focused retail and financial strategies: the Retail Innovation Summit or the Retail Financial Summit...

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Bracken & Allred Head Guitar Center Merchandising Team

New hires to chart strategy across all GC brands.

Guitar Center has added to its merchandising team, appointing Karl Bracken as executive vice president of merchandising and private brands, and Matt Allred as vice president of merchandising. The announcement...

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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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Re-creating The Classic ’60s Sound

WFLIII has staked its reputation on the thin, resonant three-ply shells that defined drum tone for a generation.

Before Bill Ludwig launched WFLIII Drums, drummer friends regularly asked him, “Why can’t they make drums sound like they did in the ’60s?” He had a ready answer: It’s all about...

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Amahi Markets To A Different Drummer

Veteran manufacturer crosses categories to make an uncommon instrument the “ukulele of the percussion market.”

Monty Python’s famous catchphrase “And now for something completely different” is perfectly at home in the percussion industry. No other sector offers as much product diversity in terms of...

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QRS Relocates Player Piano Roll Production

New operation preserves tradition while refining technology.

QRS Music Technologies, Inc. is relocating its 119-year-old piano roll production facility from Buffalo, New York to Seneca, Pennsylvania. Simultaneously, the company is upgrading its manufacturing operations with new laser and cutting equipment...

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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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