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Top 10 stories of the week: New Gear4music head office, Ashdown's Meters Music, Retailers' pricing struggle

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: New Gear4music head office, Ashdown's Meters Music, Retailers' pricing struggle

This week’s biggest story was the news that retailer Gear4music has bought a brand new 50,000 sq ft head office in York.

The move comes as the business outgrew its previous offices at Clifton Moor after enjoying rapid growth and quadrupling its workforce over the past four years.

The significant investment in the new offices will provide improved facilities for Gear4music’s existing 210 staff, with room to further expand its workforce.

Check out all of the biggest stories this week below:
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1. Gear4music buys new 50,000 sq ft head office
Gear4music, the largest UK-based MI retailer, has purchased new head office premises in York.

2. Ashdown's Meters Music headphones a 'huge hit' with musicians
Ashdown Engineering has revealed that its new Meters Music headphone range is already a “success story in the making” since its launch at CES at the beginning of this year.

3. Retailers 'running out of options' for protecting shoppers from significant price increases since Brexit decision
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed that non-food retailers are struggling to keep prices down on imported goods since the EU referendum.

4. Raids carried out in Thailand and Brazil against retailers selling counterfeit HARMAN gear
HARMAN has announced that it has confiscated counterfeit JBL Professional and dbx products from a number of retailers and warehouses in Thailand and Brazil.

5. KORG introduces the KROSS 2 synth, C1 Air digital piano, new Pa-Series models and more
KORG has unveiled the long-awaited successor to its KROSS synthesizer workstation.

6. Philips creates a hi-res audio recorder for musicians
Philips Speech Processing Solutions is best known for its dictation devices used by the likes of journalists and students. The firm has now bolstered its range of products with a new recorder for musicians.

7. Kawai celebrates 90th Anniversary with the new NOVUS NV10 Hybrid Piano
2017 marks the 90th Anniversary of Koichi Kawai establishing his piano making business in Hamamatsu, Japan, and the company is celebrating this feat in style with a new piano competition and the introduction of a brand new Hybrid instrument.

8. IN PICTURES: KORG's first ever UK dealer event
This week saw KORG UK open its doors for all of its UK and Ireland dealers, given them not only a peek into the Milton Keynes office, but also a chance to see and hear brand new products ahead of any other country.

9. REVIEW: IK Multimedia's iRig Pro I/O
The amazing advancements in mobile technology has given people the ability to achieve so much ‘on the go’, and the MI industry has constantly strived to provide gear to help musicians to make the most of this.

10. Would we benefit from all musical instruments being 'connected'?
From the invention of the electric guitar in the 1930s to Yamaha’s brand new iTunes-scanning piano, the way technology has propelled the development of musical instruments over the years is astounding.

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