As some of you might know Guitar Center just purchased Music and Arts recently and the full 'roll-out' should happen sometime towards the middle or end of April. What some of you might know is that GC currently owns AMG (American Music, where I'm currently employed), which up until this recent aquistion, was GC's company that dealt with Band and Orchestra rentals/sales in the educational markets. There currently are 19 AMG locations and 62 M&A's locations. What will 'most likely' happen is that all of the AMG locations, will take on the Music and Art moniker. I'm not sure how many of y'all receive Music, Inc. magazine, it is a trade mag that many music retailers subscribe to. They report on many of the happenings in the music retail industry, from new companies, 'aquistions'... NAMM stuff etc. In this month's issue the editor (Frank Alkyer) wrote a great editorial titled 'Fear of a GC Nation' (hence where I got a portion of the title of this thread). In the article he starts off by saying "For Everyone in the industry who has lived in fear of a Guitar Center nation, there's one more reason to shudder..." GC currently has 190 retail shops, with the expected goal of 500 locations... M&A has a recent history of buying small market (i.e. 'mom and pop shops') school music businesses. Since 2000, M&A has purchased 14 of these type of companies. So, now what are your thoughts?