MMR sister publication, SBO, presented the second annual Best Tools for Schools awards at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, highlighting a new batch of excit- ing and creative games, programs, instruments, servicess and accessories suitable for music educators in a wide range of settings.
MMR recently polled over 100 piano & keyboard dealers to get their input on the state of the market. While some of the data would suggest a “more of the same” status, across the board (the difference between those reporting up, down, and static sales was a whopping seven percent), most we heard from shared positive expectations for the coming quarter, though with a keen awareness of changes to the retail landscape and the mindset of the end-user.
Numbers Up (Despite Ill-Timed Winter Onslaught in Eastern U.S…), More Events than in Recent Years, Positive Vibe in Orange County
Over 1,400 Visitors, NAMM reports greater than 90,000 in Attendance…
BT’s Guitar Shop in South Lyons, Mich. represents a synergy between old and new: the store is a traditional, brick- and-mortar storefront with an approach- able, friendly staff with whom clients can easily have those types of meaningful, in-person connections – but it was a post- ing on Craigslist that served as the initial catalyst for owners Terry Trajkovski and Bill Welsh to start the business.
Best and Worst of the 2011 NAMM Show.