…Italian show focuses on all things stringed. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2007, Cremona Mondomusica has developed over the years to become a leading international showcase for handcrafted and vintage violin-family instruments, bows, accessories, tone woods, strings, cases, print music, schools, and virtually everything related to the instrument category.
…keeping a close watch on a growing segment. Companies generally aren’t crazy about employees spending time surfing the Web, but for Yamaha, it’s okay when Jim Haler is online.
…after a quarter of a century servicing private schools, launches LJ Hutchen Band Instruments. Few have what it takes to turn a profit from servicing budget-starved parochial schools and fewer still can build an impressive corporation from it. Throw into the mix the creation of a musical instrument company from scratch, and it adds up to a unique success story.
Much of what you need to know about MBT Lighting is this: the founder and current vice president built the company from the floor up — the music instrument retail floor, that is.
…bang for the buck in mid-price set a highlight. “I’m very thankful — we’re up a bit from last year,” says Dana Bentley. “For the past 15 years we’ve been in business, we’ve been up every year.” Then the Fresno, Calif.-based owner of Bentley’s Drum Shop adds: “But you have to work hard every year.”