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Top 10 stories of the week: 25 years of GAK, VOX 60th anniversary, PMT consolidates online presence

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: 25 years of GAK, VOX 60th anniversary, PMT consolidates online presence

'Tis the season for milestone anniversaries in the MI industry it seems, as retailer GAK celebrates 25 years of businesses, and amp maker VOX reaches its diamond anniversary.

Both stories topped this week’s list, along with the news that PMT is consolidating its online presence resulting in the withdrawal of Dolphin Music.

Have a look at all the biggest stories below:

1. GAK celebrates 25 years of business with a month of 48-hour giveaways
Family owned and operated musical instrument retailer GAK is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
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2. IN PICTURES: VOX Amps' 60th anniversary celebrations
VOX Amplification has celebrated its diamond anniversary with a special event held at the The Stables in Milton Keynes earlier this month.

3. Dolphin Music brand withdrawn as PMT consolidates online presence
S&T Audio, the holding company of MI leading retailer Professional Music Technology (PMT) and Dolphin Music, has announced that over the next few weeks the Dolphin Music brand will be withdrawn and PMT Online will now be the company’s only online offering.

4. Blackstar enters 'new phase in its development' after secondary management buyout
Founded in 2004 by four bandmates, Blackstar Amplification launched its first guitar amps and pedals in March 2007.

5. Debit cards become no.1 payment method in UK, but is the price still too high for retailers?
More than 50 per cent of all retail transactions were made by debit cards throughout 2016, according to the new Payments Survey from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

6. Summer NAMM 2017: Yamaha Tour Custom drum set returns in five new finishes
Yamaha has introduced the Tour Custom drum set – a versatile kit suitable for both recording and playing live.

7. ABRSM's Shine: 'Everyone should have the chance to be alive in and through music'
Earlier this month, music lovers were treated to fantastic performances from some of the world’s leading young musicians at ABRSM’s Shine event.

8. School children make more friends and feel happier when they learn a musical instrument
School children who are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in a group or ensemble feel happier and make more friends. That’s according to a new survey conducted by The Music Service, part of Birmingham not-for-profit charity Services for Education.

9. Amazon rival OnBuy reaches milestone after listing its millionth product
British online marketplace OnBuy.com has listed its millionth product, reaching a major milestone in its rapid growth.

10. ISM: 'Education Secretary has betrayed the future of our children, as well as our thriving creative industries'
The Government has revealed its plans for the EBacc eighteen months after the consultation closed, and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has not held back with its response to the news.

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