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      Roland RD-2000 Stage Piano

      Roland RD-2000 Stage Piano

      Roland continues to innovate in digital pianos with the introduction of the new RD-2000 stage piano.

      The Roland RD-2000 digital piano blends time-honored piano technologies with modern control and provides unmatched performance on stage or in the studio. Containing elements of the V-Piano, the RD-2000 contains both traditional and innovative designs.

      It’s designed from the ground up with the working pro in mind, with careful attention to details of the interface workflow, sound organization, and physical layout of connectors, switches, knobs, and sliders.

      The RD2000 features two independent sound engines, the V-Piano Technology with Full Polyphony, and the SuperNATURAL sound generator with 128 voices; the PHA-50 superior action keyboard, 1100 tones, 300 programs, digital effects, advanced controller features, and more.

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      Andy’s Music Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores

      Andy’s Music Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores

      Mobile, AL (June 17, 2016) — Andy’s Music in Mobile, Alabama has once again been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument retailers. Andy’s has won this award five out of the last six years. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Andy’s Music with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.

      “To be a five-time winner is definitely an honor, and our dedicated staff made this happen,” said James Andrews, Vice President, at Andy’s Music Inc.

      The Top 100 designation recognizes:

      • A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
      • Proven community advocacy and support for music education
      • An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
      • Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales
      • Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives
      • Engaging and effective use of web and social media

      Businesses vying for Top 100 status are evaluated for their innovative approaches to retail and for employing effective strategies in marketing and customer engagement. An independent panel of judges carefully reviews entries to determine winners in each category and to select the Dealer of the Year. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.

      “The music retailers honored with NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer status are those working hard to create positive musical experiences for everyone, from those just learning to experienced musicians,” said Joe Lamond, president, and CEO of NAMM. “Andy’s Music is an important ambassador for making music in Mobile, and exemplifies the passion for making music that unites us all.”

      Brother and sister, James Andrews and Linsey Andrews Abraham, are fourth-generation merchants. Their great-grandfather Christos Andreoglou, who emigrated from Smyrna, Greece in 1910, had a general store and tavern on Bloodgood Street in Mobile. Their grandfather Jimmy had a restaurant, Andy’s Grill on Broad Street. Their father Jimmy started Andy’s Music in 1977.

      The Yamaha Power Amp That Refused To Die!

      The Yamaha Power Amp That Refused To Die!

      In our thirty-five year history, we’ve come to know and believe in the dependability of Yamaha power amps. As that old commercial goes, “. . . it takes a licking, and keeps on ticking.” Our story is about one such amp that will make you a believer too.

      One of our frequent customers back in the 1980s, a local night club, purchased a Yamaha P2201 power amp for their house band. The club property was adjacent to a large storm drain, that would occasionally overflow after heavy rains. It was after one such storm where our story begins.

      The rain came down for days, and the storm drain overflowed into the club and surrounding properties (see picture). As with most bands, the large gear stays in the club and only the instruments are taken home. It’s accurate to assume they lost quite a bit of music gear in the “great flood”.

      The club owner called and asked us to retrieve the sound gear and make repairs as necessary. We grabbed our trusty skiff and proceeded to the club to begin our task. We paddled up to the stage (sounds weird doesn’t it?), and lifted the amp, dripping with water, mud, and debris! We thought, “no way this is ever going to work again!”

      We decided the best course of action would be to let the amp dry completely before attempting a repair. After several days of watchful waiting, we removed the covers and knobs, but we did not remove or replace any components. We cleaned, degreased and wiped down the inner parts and chassis. We re-installed the cover and knobs, plugged it in - and with great anticipation - turned it on.

      It worked! I wouldn’t believe this story either if I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes!

      Yours truly,


      Yamaha YDP-135R Digital Piano Announced

      Yamaha Arius YPD-135R Digital Piano With Stand & Bench

      Yamaha just announced the YDP-135R, the latest addition to its Arius digital piano line. It is similar in features to the YDP141, sans bench and a few other features, and will sell for $999; at this price, it is one of the most affordable Yamaha Arius pianos available.

      The Yamaha YDP135R is ideal for beginning students and experienced players alike, and provides true piano sound and feel. The Graded Hammer Standard keyboard makes it enjoyable to play, both in practice or performance, and the AWM Stereo Sampling technology delivers authentic voices and clarity. The Dual voice mode lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time, piano and strings are a popular combo, and the 1-track song recorder captures your original musical ideas and performances.

      Attractive wood cabinetry and Yamaha's legendary heritage in piano craftsmanship make ARIUS/YDP the premier name in entry-level console digital pianos. For information on the complete line of Yamaha keyboards and digital pianos, visit, or call 251-633-8944.