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2011: The year in MI Pro

Ronnie Dungan
2011: The year in MI Pro

Well, that went quick didn't it? This is not so much a trip down memory lane as a quick walk across the street. And what did we end up with, as we close in on 2012?

Shows always provide the familiar structure to the year, but there was a shake-up in the events calendar as the industry moved further away from big, noisy, events towards more targeted shows. Regional events in particular did well.

Elsewhere, there were retail casualities including big names like Dolphin, now owned by PMT, but also the arrival of new, modern, stores which willl hopefully form the next generation of MI retailers. New brands arrived, old ones returned and the industry retained its mix of cautious dread and gutsy endeavour.

Here's a selection of what went down in 2011.....

January

New MD at Dawsons

Swathe of new Roland releases

Marshall announces Slash signature amp

NAMM buzz returns

February

 Dolphin boss confirms restructure

Soundking relaunches Carlsbro

New editor for MI Pro

Stentor/Rosetti deal

March

New UK Music Production show launched


Shows pulled as recession bites

Pro-Mark moves to D'Addario


Tone Doctor launches in UK

April

Industry descends on Frankfurt

Fender launches Pawn Shop series

Musikmesse report Part One

Musikmesse report Part Two

Musikmesse report Part Three

Zildjian opens UK artist centre

Duck Son & Pinker Closes

Musikmesse attendance up

Behringer sues Peavey

May

Musicland Cardiff closes

PMT buys Dolphin

Roland launches zero per cent scheme


NW Guitar show attracts big numbers

Bruce Millers for sale


MIA urges vigilance as thefts soar

June

Trade applauds MIRC event

MIA launches training programme

Record numbers for JHS Event

GuitarGuitar opens flagship store

Bruce Millers closes

July

Oysterhouse plans guitar show

Westside opens showroom


Gravel leaves Tascam

MIRC 2012 date announced


August

Gibson ponders mini-dealer idea


D'Addario claims back own brands

Gibson raided

MIA issues riot advice


September

Yamaha launches September Spectacular

Strings n Things picks up DR

Gibson launches Firebird X

OFCOM deal attracts industry ire

Audio Pro award winners announced

October

Record crowd for BPM

Visitors flock to China show

Barnes and Mullins snaps up Spector


Westside adds DW

Fender launches Instant Rebate

November

Yamaha unveils Kemble plans

Thomas leaves Cadac

Sharpe launches Tone Tools

Andertons opens refitted store

December

Grover Jackson returns

Yamaha launches try-before-buy scheme

Gibson forms pro-audio division

Musicroom opens in Denmark Street

MIA Awards winners

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