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Juszkiewicz On What Went Wrong At Gibson


In a candid interview, Gibson’s long-running CEO explains why he took the risky move of acquiring a struggling consumer electronics business and why it didn’t work as planned, and reflects on the highs and lows of three decades in the guitar business.

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Logitech Acquires Blue For $117 Million

Computer peripheral pioneer pledges to maintain “corporate identity” of niche microphone maker, keeping management team in place, while providing global distribution assistance.

Blue microphones, the manufacturer of distinctive professional and USB microphones, has been acquired...

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CITES Considers Loosening Strict Rosewood Regs

At a meeting in Geneva, a music group argues for exempting finished instruments from the rosewood permitting process.

Blue microphones, the manufacturer of distinctive professional and USB microphones, has been acquired...

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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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Internet Music Retailer Report

The top 40 online music retailers worldwide, ranked by revenues – plus contact information, base country, employee count, products carried, and year-to-year trends. Three years of data included.

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Imports notch decline in second quarter.

Following several quarters of robust growth, imports of musical instruments took a breather in the just-completed second quarter. With the exception...

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Roland Teams With Puma For Drum Machine Running Shoe


Roland Corporation has teamed up with the global sports brand Puma to unbox a second new TR-808-inspired sneaker, the Puma RS-100 Roland. Roland’s partnership with PUMA kicked off earlier this year with the unveiling of their first sneaker collaboration, PUMA’s RS-0 Roland, also inspired by...

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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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