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Music Go Round(R) Reminds Musicians to "Reuse.Recycle.Rock.(R)" as Earth Day Approaches

Musical Equipment Reseller Helps Recycle Used Musical Gear Back Into Communities, Not Into Landfills

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- When Earth Day rolls around this year on May 22nd, Music Go Round won't need to change a thing to join the celebration. According to Tim Kletti, director of the Music Go Round® brand, the reseller of new and gently used musical instruments, equipment and gear rocks a green vibe all year long with their "Reuse.Recycle.Rock." approach.

"Earth Day is a perfect occasion to remind everyone what we're all about," said Kletti. "Our stores give musicians of all ages and experience levels a place to sell their gently used musical instruments and gear and then buy what they need at 25% - 60% off retail prices. Music Go Round stores recycle used musical merchandise back into local communities, not into landfills."

Last year, Music Go Round stores nationwide purchased almost 140 thousand pieces of gently used musical gear and then sold almost 141 thousand items back into the communities they serve. This "Reuse.Recycle.Rock." approach extends the life of thousands of guitars and amplifiers, band instruments, drum sets and cymbals, and a variety of other instruments and equipment each year. Kletti explains that this not only keeps this gear out of landfills, but saves on the raw materials that would be needed to manufacture and package new instruments and accessories.

The concept has proven itself in communities nationwide, where loyal Music Go Round customers rely on the stores for quality musical merchandise at affordable prices. "Whether our clients are shopping for value-priced, high-quality, in-demand musical instruments and equipment or looking to receive cash or a trade-in on the spot for their used gear, our stores are the resource they turn to," said Kletti.

"This year Music Go Round celebrates the 20th anniversary of both our brand and the opening of our store in Roseville, Minnesota," said Kletti. "We believe that the longevity of the Roseville, MN, store is a tribute both to the appeal of our 'Reuse.Recycle.Rock.' model and to the dedication and knowledge of Frank Tilotta and Ben Bantam, two of the original store employees who are now the owners of the store. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones together with this store and with all of our talented franchisees."

Music Go Round is franchised and branded by Winmark Corporation -- a company that provides financial services and develops franchises for retail stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise. There are currently 33 Music Go Round locations in the United States that are locally owned and operated, and they have a strong Web presence highlighting their used instrument inventory at www.musicgoround.com.

About Music Go Round®
Music Go Round® is the ultimate resource for used musical gear. There are 33 franchised stores in the United States and an internationally used inventory website. Music Go Round buys, sells, and trades quality used and new gear such as guitars, drums, keyboards, sound equipment, and accessories. Music Go Round is franchised by Winmark Corporation, which also franchises Once Upon A Child®, Plato's Closet®, and Play It Again Sports®. For more information visit www.musicgoround.com.

About Winmark Corporation
Winmark Corporation, based in Minneapolis, creates, supports and finances business. Specializing in leasing and developing franchises for retail stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise, it is the parent company of Play It Again Sports®, Once Upon A Child®, Plato's Closet®, Music Go Round®, Style Encore™, Wirth Business Credit®, Winmark Capital® and www.WBSOnline.com. Winmark has more than 965 franchise territories and is publicly traded at (NASDAQ=WINA). For more information visit www.winmarkcorporation.com.

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