Music & Sound Retailer June 2021, Vol 38 No 6

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VOLUME 38, NO.6

COVER

18 A Tribute to Vinny Testa, Founder and Publisher of the Music & Sound Retailer

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28 The Good Stuff: MI Industry Gives Back After Unprecedented Year

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F E AT U R E S 32 Five Minutes With

NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond offers a full preview of Summer NAMM and other events happening during Summer NAMM week next month. He also discusses the state of the industry.

36 MI Spy

MI Spy travels to the First State, Delaware, visiting Wilmington and Dover in search of first-class service.

44 Shine a Light

“The best realization has been that, no matter what, music matters,” said Gayle Beacock, co-owner of two Beacock Music stores and one of MI’s greatest ambassadors. “That is comforting to us in the industry. Nobody wants to be without music!”

46 Under the Hood

The huge popularity of keyboards has been well documented. But not to go unnoticed is the popularity of synthesizers as well. IK Multimedia offers two new products in this space, the UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop.

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54 The Final Note

When Jeremy Brieske, co-founder of Low Boy Custom Beaters, finds time away from work, he has the perfect place to be outdoors: Denver. In less than a 45-minute drive, he has access to world-class hiking, rafting and camping.

COLUMNS

40 In the Trenches

Predicting the future is a risky business at best, but Allen McBroom says we’re going to experience more and more change as we move away from last year into some revised form of normalcy. As store owners, you need to be alert to the shifting winds, so you can adjust your sails as needed.

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41 Not Your Average Column

In many cases, depending on which state and city your lessons business is located in, COVID-19 has drastically altered the way your program was allowed to operate during the last year. Here’s how to rebuild a lesson program in a post-COVID environment.

42 Veddatorial

All MI retailers have been hearing about the fractured and scrambled supply chains that are affecting product availability right now. That said, Skyline Music does now have some product moving, albeit slowly.

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JUNE 2021