The January 2019 Digital Edition

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Articles from the January 2019 Issue

Jerry and Sammy Ash of Sam Ash Music Corp.:2019 Recipients of MMR’s Annual Don Johnson Industry Service Award

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • Don Johnson Awards
  • January 2019
• January 23, 2019
Each year since 2009, Musical Merchandise Review has singled out an individual (or, occasionally, individuals) to receive the Don Johnson Industry Service Award – an honor created to celebrate and memorialize the life and legacy of our former editor. The award spotlights those within MI who are going the extra mile to not only succeed in business, but also to excel as people by working to better their communities and support the culture of music and music education. Read More...

Sax Machine: The Saxophone Market in 2019

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • January 2019
  • Roundtable
• January 23, 2019
It’s the family of woodwind instruments that to the uninformed appears like it should be a brasswind; the instrument that calls attention to itself and drives melodic performances in classical, jazz, military, rock, pop, and beyond; the cornerstone of many a B&O retail department – the saxophone. Read More...

Hercules Upgraded AGS Guitar Hanger

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Jeff Martin •
  • January 2019
  • Top Gear
• January 23, 2019
Hercules has changed the stand game with their Upgraded AGS Guitar Stand so it would “stand” to reason [Ouch… – Ed.] that the wall-mounted version would be similarly effective. Read More...

Anatomy of Sound Heart Beat 3D Guitar Picks

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • January 2019
  • Top Gear
• January 23, 2019
Most guitarists I know – myself included – have a go-to guitar pick. The concept of “my pick” is widespread and, in some ways, surprising when you consider how basic and rudimentary the product is. Read More...

Loog Mini-Amp

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Jeff Martin •
  • January 2019
  • Top Gear
• January 23, 2019
Loog, the makers of the tiny three-stringed guitar for kids, have come up with a logical accessory: a tiny combo amplifier. Read More...

American Music & Sound’s Jeff Hawley

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • January 2019
  • Upfront Q&A
• January 23, 2019
Before we dig in, I just want to touch upon some of the events in Thousand Oaks, California, where American Music & Sound is headquartered, that took place towards the end of 2018… Read More...

Corner Music’s New Corner Moving a music store in Nashville – or anywhere else – is a major undertaking

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Dan Daley •
  • Features
  • January 2019
• January 23, 2019
Everyone hates moving, so when Nashville’s Corner Music decided it was time to move its thousands of SKUs from the literal corner location it’s occupied for the last 34 years, it was not a decision taken lightly. Read More...

Kraft Music, Yamaha Corporation of America, and Guitars for Vets Collaborate to Help Veterans Cope with PTSD

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Charlie Banks •
  • January 2019
• January 23, 2019
Dan Van Buskirk, a Vietnam War vet, had always been interested in learning how to play the guitar, but was concerned that his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) might make it impossible. Read More...

Don’t Hate The Player…. Fender’s New Player Series Eclipses their Standard Models

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Victoria Wasylak •
  • Fretted
  • January 2019
• January 23, 2019
Hey, modern music naysayers – Fender Guitars has some news for you. “We’ve got more interest in live and recorded music than at any time in history,” Fender CEO Andy Mooney explains on the phone with MMR. It’s the perfect time, then, to launch a new chapter of the iconic guitar brand with their Player Series, which entirely replaced their time-tested Standard series as of June 2018. Read More...

A Musician’s Understanding: Whirlwind’s Michael Laiacona Leads with Innovation

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Wilson Burke •
  • Features
  • January 2019
• January 23, 2019
Whirlwind (whirlwindusa.com), based in Rochester, New York, has been leading the audio interface industry for over 40 years, having built their well-earned reputation on offering some of the most rugged cables, interface boxes, and all things that connect audio products. Read More...

Obsolete? Hardly…

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • Editorial
  • January 2019
• January 23, 2019
Many of you reading this editorial are either currently at or en route to the 2019 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, California. Read More...

How Do You Orchestrate a Culture of ‘A’ Players? One Moment at a Time

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Jaimie Blackman •
  • January 2019
  • The Sound of Money
• January 23, 2019
In my most recent MMR column, titled How to Retain, Grow and Recruit Top Performers, I wrote that one of the most important roles of a business owner is recruiting and retention, and offered a few strategies on how to measure your top performers. In this month’s column, I want to offer a few tips to help you create a culture which grows, encourages, and nourishes a team of top performers. Read More...

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