Musical Instrument Stores Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 10/15/2018
SIC Codes: 5736
NAICS Codes: 451140
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Excerpt from Musical Instrument Stores Industry Profile

Companies in this industry sell new musical instruments, sheet music, and related supplies from physical retail locations; some also offer musical instrument repair, rental, and music instruction. Major companies include Guitar Center, Sam Ash Music, and Numark (all based in the US), as well as Shimamura Music and Yamano Music (both based in Japan), and Thomann (Germany).

Key markets for musical instruments and audio equipment include the US, Western Europe, and China, according to data from Music Trades compiled by the National Association of Music Merchants. Rising middle-class populations are driving growth in emerging markets such as India.

The US musical instrument stores industry includes about 3,700 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $4.5 billion.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Consumer income and changes in musical tastes drive demand for musical instruments. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective merchandising. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in personalized service or high-end instruments. The US industry is concentrated: the 20 largest companies account for about half of industry revenue.

PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY

Major products include guitars, pianos, sound equipment, parts and accessories, and school music products, such as wind instruments. Other sources of revenue include repairs, equipment leasing, and sheet music.

Musical instrument stores include full-line stores and specialty stores such as keyboard, school band music, and pro audio stores. ...

 
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