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Articles from the September 2019 Issue

2019 Holiday Buying Guide

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Victoria Wasylak •
  • Issue Articles
  • September 2019
• September 3, 2019
Before the holiday madness hits this November and December (or sooner!), start planning out your inventory for the fall and winter with MMR’s annual Holiday Buying Guide. Sorted conveniently by price, this list will help you stock something for each of your customer’s styles and budgets. Read More...

‘There is Truly No End in Sight:’ Ukulele Market Holding Strong in 2019

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • Roundtable
  • September 2019
• August 30, 2019
When the “ukulele craze” began about a decade ago, plenty of theories were floated: In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, people were drawn to the ukulele due to its low price and relatively gentle learning curve as an affordable entertainment and social option; hit songs from the likes of Jason Mraz, Train, and others that were charting in the late aughts upped the profile of the diminutive four-string (usually four-string…); ukulele performers on television programs such as “American Idol” brought the instrument into folks’ living rooms. Read More...

Master of All Things Stringed: Michael Schear of Amati’s Fine Instruments and Amahi Ukuleles

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Victoria Wasylak •
  • Fretted
  • September 2019
• August 30, 2019
As president and head honcho of Amati’s Fine Instruments and Amahi Ukuleles, it’s safe to say Michael Schear is the master of all things stringed. Read More...

You’re Hired! (If You Can Find Them)

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Dan Daley •
  • September 2019
• August 30, 2019
Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong placed the first human footsteps on the moon and Woodstock established the notion of the rock music festival. Read More...

‘They Want Something Better:’ Fretted Instrument Players are Willing to Pay More for a Superior Case or Gig Bag

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • September 2019
  • Survey
• August 30, 2019
With nearly 90 percent (86.7) of participants in this month’s survey reporting that sales of cases and bags for fretted instruments are either up or level when compared to 2018, this market segment is certainly a bright spot in the world of MI. Read More...

The Art of Music Retail

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Jaimie Blackman •
  • September 2019
  • The Last Word
• August 30, 2019
Andy Warhol, a leading figure in pop art, was fascinated with, and excelled at, business. He believed that business was the highest form of art. All art embodies the intangible nature of life. Read More...

Capitalize on Delays

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Christian Wissmuller •
  • Editorial
  • September 2019
• August 30, 2019
“We expect that the 2019 holiday season will see healthy U.S. retail spending growth of 3.7 [percent] to $1.035 trillion,” offered eMarketer in a late February, 2019 forecast. “However, with several economic factors now weighing on the consumer economy, this growth rate represents a noticeable deceleration vs. 2018.” Read More...

MSFQ: More to Start, Fewer to Quit

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Menzie Pittman •
  • September 2019
  • Small Business Matters
• August 30, 2019
It’s Back to School Season, and What Better Time to Consider Joe Lamond’s Mantra, MSFQ? Read More...

Corporate Ransom Hacks: When a Sci-Fi Film Becomes a Documentary

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Dan Daley •
  • Last Word
  • September 2019
• August 30, 2019
Digital piracy has entered a new era, and MI needs to know about it. The days of relatively sophisticated black-hat hackers hitting up an insurance company’s website for a measly $100,000 ransom are over. Read More...
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