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Steinway Gallery Carolina defies market trends   (In the September issue)
Summer NAMM: The Show returned to Nashville's Music City Center July 18-20   (Complete report in the September issue)
Summer NAMM: A crowd of 16,001 turned out for this year's show, the largest in 11 years   (Complete report in the September issue)
Summer NAMM: Gibson Guitar made a splash in its hometown   (Complete report in the September issue)
Summer NAMM: John Rich led the honors for George Clinton at the American Eagle Awards   (Complete report in the September issue)
Summer NAMM: Martin showed off its custom roadster created by the crew from American Chopper   (Complete report in the September issue)


Meet NAMM Chairman C.F. “Chris” Martin IV

Martin Guitar CEO brings a steady hand and a proven record to his new post atop the industry’s leading association.

Newly elected NAMM Chairman C.F. “Chris” Martin IV is the sixth generation family member to head Martin Guitar Company. While nepotism unquestionably played a role in his rise to the top, it would be a mistake...

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Steinway Acquires Renner Piano Action

Purchase ensures “continuity” in critical component supplier. German manufacturing operations to be maintained.

Steinway & Sons has acquired the renowned piano action manufacturer Louis Renner GmbH & Co. KG. Founded in Stuttgart, Germany in 1882, Renner manufactures complete...

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Focusrite Acquires Adam Audio

Adam Audio studio monitors complement Focusrite hardware and software lines.

The Focusrite Group has acquired Adam Audio GmbH of Berlin, Germany, its first acquisition since going public in 2014. Focusrite Chairman and founder Phil Dudderidge said...

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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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Keith Mardak—Accidental Music Publisher

How a one-time accordion teacher built the world’s largest print publisher and transformed the print music business in the process.

“I was never good enough as a musician to really make it as a performer,” admits Keith Mardak, retiring CEO of Hal Leonard Corporation. Reflecting on his five decades...

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PRS Opens Indonesian Guitar Factory

Dedicated staff of engineers and builders will work exclusively on PRS SE Series guitars.

PRS Guitars has opened a new dedicated manufacturing facility in Surabaya, Indonesia for production of its line of PRS SE Series instruments. The facility, which is part of the PT Cort campus, features custom-designed...

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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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