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In 2018, headphones designed for professional studio use still have the same fundamental purpose and goal as always: true replication of source audio material and durability.

Read more: Not Just Phoning It In: Manufacturers of Studio Headphones Innovate and Adapt to Cater to Today’s...


Not all music retail stores can last forever, but they can pass the torch to the next shop suited to carry on the MI duties in their community.

Read more: Passing the Torch: NLFX Professional steps up as the MI dealer of Bemidji


To all the folks at Guitar Center locations around the country, the Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts has a message for you: many, many thanks.

Read more: Branching Out: After a Lifetime in Acoustics, The Music Emporium Moves into the Electric Guitar...

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Can electronic drums be authentic? For Roland, the answer is a resounding yes.

Read more: Electronically Authentic: Roland Launches New Additions to Electronic Drum Line

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The role of the signature artist-model guitar in MI retail has changed along with the culture of the guitar.

Read more: Sign Here: Artist-signature guitars have their own narrative – one that can be helpful to retail

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Born out of a retail and repair shop founded by John Packer in England in 1974, John Packer Ltd. is now a worldwide-force in the design and manufacture of brass & woodwind instruments.

Read more: John Packer Musical Instruments’ Rob Hanson: ‘Making the Choice that Much Easier for Music...

Last Word

The widely reported decline in electric guitar sales has been attributed to a number of things, from how the hyper-masculine image that electric guitars have projected since the 1980s has lost mojo in the era of #MeToo, to the rise of synth-heavy, guitar-lite EDM.

Read more: Heroes are Where You Find Them – You Just Have to Know Where to Look


In Victoria Wasylak’s excellent profile of Lexington, Massachusetts’ guitar dealer, The Music Emporium (page 64), co-owner Joe Caruso says of the Boston areas’ Guitar Center locations: “They didn’t put us out of business – they helped our business. Too often, every store is the same, they’re all carrying the same stuff. There’s too much homogeneity in the retail world.”

Read more: Why Try to be Like Everybody Else?

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Making financial decisions has never been easy for business owners. When given a choice, the tyranny of the urgent usually wins over the severity of the important.

Read more: Selling Your Business? Stay in Control

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