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COMMENT: Fast learners

COMMENT: Fast learners

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Last month, Learn To Play Day had its most successful year yet. With over 12,000 customers taking part in the free taster lessons offered at the 129 venues that took ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 27th 2015 at 4:56PM
MYSTERY SHOPPER: Birmingham (part one)

MYSTERY SHOPPER: Birmingham (part one)

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This month, our man of mystery gives us the first in a two-part report on Birmingham’s MI offering...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 27th 2015 at 4:13PM
RETAIL PROFILE: St Giles Music, Northampton

RETAIL PROFILE: St Giles Music, Northampton

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With a seemingly thriving music scene, Northampton appears to be as good a place as any to set up shop for an MI retailer. To find out if this is ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 27th 2015 at 11:22AM
RETAIL ADVISORY BOARD: Just how popular are ukuleles?

RETAIL ADVISORY BOARD: Just how popular are ukuleles?

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Recent reports indicate that ukuleles are experiencing a dramatic rise in popularity. Have you found this to be true and, if so, what have you been doing to exploit this ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 27th 2015 at 10:56AM

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Musikmesse 2015 in review

Musikmesse 2015 in review

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Musikemesse has closed its doors for another year, and the international MI community has returned home after announcing their latest products and developments. No doubt you will have heard of ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 27th 2015 at 10:50AM
COLIN REES: The net profit killer

COLIN REES: The net profit killer

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This month, sales specialist Colin Rees discusses why discounts are so damaging for dealers…

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 27th 2015 at 10:25AM
Barnes & Mullins Pink Ladies running for Cancer Research UK

Barnes & Mullins Pink Ladies running for Cancer Research UK

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Five members of Barnes & Mullins staff will be running in a Race for Life event on May 2nd to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 24th 2015 at 11:17AM
Q&A: George Gruhn, chairman and CEO, Gruhn Guitars

Q&A: George Gruhn, chairman and CEO, Gruhn Guitars

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George Gruhn discusses the challenges of selling high-end, vintage gear and what services retailers can offer to keep attracting customers…

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 24th 2015 at 10:47AM

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Simon Edgoose embarks on DTX demo tour with Yamaha

Simon Edgoose embarks on DTX demo tour with Yamaha

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Yamaha has announced a series of events demonstrating its DTX electronic  drum kits and showcasing its new products for 2015.

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 24th 2015 at 10:04AM
TOP 10: This week's most read stories

TOP 10: This week's most read stories

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As we come to the end of another week, we take a look at the most read stories of the past seven days.

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 24th 2015 at 9:41AM
Prime Minister David Cameron visits JHS on election campaign trail

Prime Minister David Cameron visits JHS on election campaign trail

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As part of his election campaign trail, Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to JHS’s HQ in Garforth, Leeds.

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 23rd 2015 at 10:34AM
Looking for a new job in the music industry?

Looking for a new job in the music industry?

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Looking for a new job in the MI industry? Then be sure to check out the latest vacancies in the MI Pro jobs pages.

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 23rd 2015 at 9:58AM

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Q&A: Michael Ross, senior vice president of marketing, Sweetwater

Q&A: Michael Ross, senior vice president of marketing, Sweetwater

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Michael Ross, senior vice president of marketing at US retailer Sweetwater, discusses the challenges and advantages of being an exclusively online operation…

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 23rd 2015 at 9:49AM
SPECIAL FOCUS: Amplification

SPECIAL FOCUS: Amplification

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With the amplification market no longer dominated by the same black box giants of yesteryear, we speak with some of the market’s key retailers about how the sector is performing, ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 22nd 2015 at 12:15PM
INTERVIEW: Craigie Zildjian

INTERVIEW: Craigie Zildjian

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As the oldest family-run business in the US, Zildjian is a company steeped in tradition, with generation after generation ensuring it has remained at the fore of the percussion market. ...

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 22nd 2015 at 11:38AM
SECRET DEALER: The decline in music education in schools

SECRET DEALER: The decline in music education in schools

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In this media driven world, it seems like our planet is riven with crises: signs of a new cold war, Islamic State, terrorism on our streets, revolution in Ukraine, the ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 22nd 2015 at 10:56AM

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MI PIONEERS: James How

MI PIONEERS: James How

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A revolutionary exponent of the string manufacturing business, Rotosound founder James How produced strings for some of the biggest names from the world of rock and pop. Here, we take ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 22nd 2015 at 10:06AM
New president for Yamaha Music Europe

New president for Yamaha Music Europe

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Yamaha has appointed Thomas Schoepe as its new European president.

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 22nd 2015 at 10:00AM
MUSIKMESSE 2015: Final visitor numbers confirmed

MUSIKMESSE 2015: Final visitor numbers confirmed

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The 2015 Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound shows closed its doors on Saturday after another successful year.

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 21st 2015 at 10:52AM
INTERVIEW: DJ Yoda talks gear, hip-hop and his new album

INTERVIEW: DJ Yoda talks gear, hip-hop and his new album

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Famed predominantly for his creative work behind the decks, Duncan Beiny, better known as DJ Yoda, is one of the most respected hip-hop DJs and producers of the past 20 ...

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 21st 2015 at 9:47AM
RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Vox Valvetronix VT20+ Classic special edition

RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Vox Valvetronix VT20+ Classic special edition

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Vox’s line of Valvetronix modeling amps boasts a collection of 33 distinct models, from vintage amps to the latest high-gain and boutique units.

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 20th 2015 at 12:56PM
RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Engl E651 Artist Edition

RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Engl E651 Artist Edition

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It began in 1996 when the Engl Ritchie Blackmore Signature amp was released, which, to this day is one of the most successful amps in the Engl catalogue.

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 20th 2015 at 12:42PM
MUSIKMESSE 2015: New Nashville 5 Series from Tanglewood

MUSIKMESSE 2015: New Nashville 5 Series from Tanglewood

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British guitar manufacturer, Tanglewood, presented its new Nashville Series 5 guitar range at Musikmesse 2015.

Daniel Gumble
by Daniel Gumble
on Apr 20th 2015 at 12:38PM
RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Orange Rockerverb 100MKIII

RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Orange Rockerverb 100MKIII

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, the Rockerverb Series from Orange Amplification has been designed to demonstrate that ‘a workhorse amp can be a master of all trades’.

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 20th 2015 at 12:28PM
RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Hughes & Kettner GM36H GrandMeister

RETAIL ESSENTIALS: Hughes & Kettner GM36H GrandMeister

NEWS

Like the firm’s TubeMeister series, GrandMeister comes as standard with a built-in Power Soak, allowing users to step down the output from 36W to 18, 5, 1, or even 0 ...

Rhys Troake
by Rhys Troake
on Apr 20th 2015 at 12:06PM