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Top 10 stories of the week: Gear4music record sales, Anatomy of an Instrument, How 'influencer' can help MI brands

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Gear4music record sales, Anatomy of an Instrument, How 'influencer' can help MI brands

Our biggest story this week is Gear4music’s latest financial results, that reveal the online retailer had an impressive 12 months, with record growth in sales and profits.

The firm says it has had a “transformational year”, with revenue up 58% and record profits driven by improved margin performance.

Gear4music also revealed that the amount of active customers was up 50% to 340,000 during the period.

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1. Gear4music reports 'transformational year' with record sales and profits
Online MI retailer Gear4music has announced its unaudited financial results for the 12 months ended 28th February 2017.

2. Anatomy of an Instrument: The Ukulele
In this special edition of our Anatomy of an Instrument series, we’ve handed things over to an expert in the instrument this instalment focuses on.

3. OPINION: How 'influencers' can help MI brands reach new markets
Mimram Media’s Darrell Carter looks at how influential bloggers and YouTubers can help boost brands, and why the MI market should get in on the action.

4. How to record your guitar at home
Whether you’re looking to record some quick ideas or start composing full songs, Pedal Rockstar’s Nik has you covered with these handy tips.

5. OPINION: Why we need to keep calling out sexism in the music industry
In her first column for MI Pro, radio presenter and DJ Rowena Lewis looks at recent cases of sexist incidents from bands, how they affect their fans, and why we still need to call it out every time we see it…

6. Barnes & Mullins expands Peavey partnership
Peavey Commercial Audio has signed a new UK distribution deal with Barnes & Mullins after ending a three-year partnership with the Midwich Group.

7. REVIEW: White is the new black for the Korg MS-20 mini
Originally launched in 1978, the MS-20 was a monophonic, patchable analog synthesiser that stayed in production until 1983. Revered for its thick, powerful sound, the synth became a firm favourite with musicians across the world during its five year production run and enjoyed a renaissance during the electro pop scene of the late 90s.

8. Novation taking new Peak synth on tour of UK retailers
After being revealed at Superbooth 2017 in Berlin, Novation’s new Peak polyphonic synthesiser is set to head out on a tour of UK MI retailers this May and June.

9. Fender releases new Mustang GT amps and Tone app
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has introduced the new Mustang GT Amplifier Series and free Fender Tone mobile app.

10. Flute maker Rudall Carte relaunches after 30 years
Formed as Rudall & Rose in 1822, Rudall Carte and Co (since 1872) was Britain's leading flute maker for a century and a half. To this day the wooden flutes and piccolos made by Rudall Carte are sought after by discerning musicians worldwide.

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