Features: Cover Story

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…

November 23, 2020

The Sweetwater Difference

In March, at the onset of the pandemic’s spread in the U.S., much of musical product industry slowed to a halt, but some retailers started moving faster than…

November 10, 2020

Year One

This September, Laura Penrose hit her one-year anniversary as president and owner of Nick Rail Music, a full-service music store specializing in band and…

October 20, 2020

Do You Believe?

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of live events around the world, including one near and dear to the musical products industry’s heart: The…

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