Features: Cover Story

November 30, 2021

Under the Tucson Sun

Leslie Stirm got her start in MI the best way one can get into any business — to meet a need. “There was a need in our town for a solid music store, and we…

October 26, 2021

Putting Your Foot Down

The first widely marketed pedal was Gibson’s Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone, famously used by Keith Richards on the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No)…

September 28, 2021

Married In Music

The way Mike Risko got his start in MI is like something out of a movie. As a teenager in the ’80s, he worked at a gas station and between servicing…

July 30, 2021

Sports Guitars

When a guitar gets high-end enough, its purchase can become almost like buying a sports car. This comparison is what led Bill Warmoth, owner of Artisan Guitars…

June 14, 2021

Drum Market Hits Back

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, sales of guitars and home recording gear skyrocketed. Even the DJ market saw a boost as hobbyists started trying their hand…

June 01, 2021

Reopening the School Music Business

When A&G Central Music was forced to shut down due to the pandemic last March, like most retailers across the country, owner Robert Christie had no idea…

March 23, 2021

Seeing is Believing

In a normal year for MI, January is dominated by one thing — The NAMM Show, in person. The entire industry flows into Anaheim, California, meaning thousands…

January 12, 2021

European Powerhouse

Given that Burgebrach, Bavaria, Germany-located Thomann is, today, an MI retailer with 1,600 employees occupying a one-million-square-feet campus serving a…