The December 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the December 2018 Issue

35th Annual 50 Dealer/50 State Review & Forecast

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Denyce Neilson, Victoria Wasylak •
  • December 2018
• December 5, 2018
2018 Displays Signs of Overall Growth, With a Focus on Ukes & In-Store Services Read More...

26th Annual Dealers’ Choice Awards

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • Dealers' Choice Awards
  • December 2018
• December 3, 2018
While there are plenty of awards and accolades that organizations or publications hand out to specific instruments, brands, and music-related gear, the DCAs are uniquely significant. Unlike honors determined by a panel of “experts” or an editorial staff, the recipients of these trophies are chosen by MI dealers. There’s no agenda at play, no bias, no angle. It’s the folks who represent “boots on the ground” in our industry who determine what gear was superior – at least in terms of sales and profits – this past calendar year. Read More...

37th Annual America’s Top Music Chains

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • December 2018
  • Features
• December 3, 2018
As the dealers represented in this report are privately held, the data being presented in “America’s Top Chains” was supplied by the companies, themselves. In other instances, MMR made estimates based on data available to our research team. Read More...

The Arrogance of Complacency

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Jeff Mazza •
  • December 2018
  • In the Trenches
• December 3, 2018
Retailers, manufacturers, and the rest of the music products industry, lend me your ears. I have come to bury home organ retail, not to praise it. I speak not to disprove what happened, but here I am to speak what I do know. Read More...

Zooming In on Innovation: ZOOM North America’s David Via

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • December 2018
  • Upfront Q&A
• December 3, 2018
Since the 1980s, ZOOM has maintained a stellar reputation as a supplier of effects processors for guitars, basses, and related gear. Starting in the mid-2000s, though, ZOOM virtually defined a new product category with the introduction of the H4 Handy recorder – and the company remains at the top of the field. Read More...

Another Year in the Books

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • December 2018
  • Editorial
• December 3, 2018
For 11 months out of the year, opening an issue of MMR begins with me spouting off on some topic or another. Certain editorials are met with agreement and thanks from readers; others yield indignant, angry emails (For what it’s worth, I welcome feedback of all types, so keep those messages coming!). Each December, though, I yield this space for some observations on the state of our industry from individuals who actually know what they’re talking about in meaningful ways that my own armchair theorizing cannot match. Read More...

A Tale of Two Strangely Similar Retailers

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Dan Daley •
  • December 2018
  • Last Word
• December 3, 2018
Two iconic American brands have been in the headlines lately, both for the same reason. Guitar (and lots else – we’ll get to that shortly) maker Gibson entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May of this year, and emerged from it in rather short order, reorganized after a complete flip of its corporate leadership and a heavy capital infusion from investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). Read More...

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