Bill Walzak has been on all sides of the Web site debate – as a businessman needing to use the Internet to grow his business, and now as a consultant helping others create sites that work for them. He’s heard about all the roadblocks, the reasons not to move wholeheartedly into what is to him a key component of retailing, and is able to effectively build the case that a great Web site is imperative to success in today’s marketplace.
The Percussive Arts Society’s 2009 International Convention (PASIC), took place in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 11-14. The three-day event included performance clinics, roundtables, and an exhibition floor featuring wares from many of the top percussive instrument and accessory manufacturers, music publishers, and several retailers. While some exhibitors opted to scale back their booth sizes and displays as compared to years past, there was no shortage of foot traffic on the exhibition floor, and the mood was decidedly optimistic about the future of the percussion, and greater MI, industry.
“The print music market once again showed its resilience compared to other segments of the MI business,” notes Hal Leonard’s Larry Morton, when reflecting upon the past year. That’s good news for publishers – and good news for dealers who stock any of the top titles outlined in this report.
This year, MMR’s annual survey of MI retailers to determine top products yielded some familiar results (Yamaha’s Disklavier as Product of the Year, Hal Leonard as Print Publisher of the Year) as well as some fairly surprising upsets (Gibson’s Les Paul trumping longtime Electric Guitar Line of the Year winner, the Fender Stratocaster). Selections were solicited via e-mail, online, and in a ballot appearing in the October issue of Musical Merchandise Review.
“The recession hit us pretty hard, as it did everyone else,” says Marc Forman of Albuquerque’s Marc’s Guitar Center and, while the assessment hardly qualifies as “breaking news,” Foreman’s statement pretty much sums up, in succinct manner, the overall shared experience of the past few years in the world of American MI retail.