I see a short term market opportunity for solar powered amps!
So it was in a thread, I wasn't finding that. There was another "industry response" months ago but it was short and just some numbers without a lot of corroborating interviews and whooey to drive home the point. The market is always in flux and sometimes you can't explain the numbers.
Thankfully the oboe is not going to dominate popular music in the foreseeable future, even when the power goes out the acoustic is still going to rule the roost.
I try to inspire optimism.
The Washington Post provided a sense of scale between Gibson, Fender, and PRS based on revenue. The article also made some good points.
Music and Sound Retailer provided insight into, well, quite a few things:
- People can call me a millennial because I am a millennial. I think that is fair. Unfortunately, when people write about millennials they make us sound like animals living at the zoo. We don't like that.
- A "fingerstyle acoustic influencer" is an acoustic guitarist. If a guitarist does not want to be pigeonholed as a guitarist, do not play the guitar. There is no reason a "fingerstyle acoustic influencer" couldn't be referring to a banjo player.
- This "web-driven, instant-gratification culture..."
I realize this publication is going to use marketing jargon in their articles, but their ideas for reaching "younger people" sound like they need to visit us at the zoo.
I would like to ask, why are guitar companies stingy on the hardshell cases now? Ibanez, PRS, Suhr, Strandberg, and others I'm sure. I know they are not the most convenient things in the world but shipping is when a hardshell case really matters. Correct me if I'm wrong, if a guitar is shipped in a hardshell case it will be better protected, shipped in one box, and UPS only gets paid once. If a guitar is shipped in a box, and the case is shipped in another box, the guitar is not protected, hardshell cases are more expensive, and UPS gets paid twice. These extra costs are then passed onto the customer. If this is accurate, it is called taking advantage of musicians. We don't like that either.