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FEB. 25 I TAKAMINE I DISTRIBUTION
Takamine Completes Global Distribution Reconfiguration
Takamine has completed its global distribution reconfiguration. The company has worked to free itself from a long-term distribution relationship with KMC Music Corp. — a division of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC). Takamine has terminated distribution relationships with Fender in more than a few dozen countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. {more}

FEB. 20 I PEAVEY I RESPONSE
Peavey Responds to Controversial Episode of CBS's "Undercover Boss"
Peavey Electronics was featured on the Feb. 15 episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” a hidden camera realty show that disguises top executives as regular workers to see how their companies really work. {more}

FEB. 12 I FENDER I SALE
FMIC Sells KMC Distribution Business to JAM
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced on Feb. 10 that it has completed an asset sale of the KMC Music wholesale distribution business, including the trade name B & J Music, and certain proprietary brands, to JAM Industries, Ltd. JAM Industries is a global leader in the MI, pro-audio and consumer electronics wholesale distribution business. {more}

FEB. 12 I GUITAR CENTER I EDITORIAL I BY FRANK ALKYER
Be Careful What You Wish For
Music Inc. Publisher Frank Alkyer weighs in on the Competitive Futures post “The End of Guitar Center” by Eric Garland that has been sweeping the MI industry. {more}

FEB. 12 I SWEETWATER I EXPANSION
Sweetwater Debuts Campus Expansion
Sweetwater has debuted the expansion of its campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. {more}

FEB. 12 I SOUND OF MUSIC I AWARD
Sound of Music Receives NAMM Milestone Award
NAMM has honored Sound of Music in Abbotsford, British Columbia, with the Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music products industry. The award recognizes retailers and manufacturers who have succeeded over the years through best practices and strong community standing to reach a landmark anniversary. {more}

JAN. 28 I NAMM I BEST IN SHOW
‘Best in Show’ Highlights Top Gear at 2015 NAMM Show
Best in Show, the popular Sunday-morning breakfast panel discussion at NAMM U, once again highlighted some of the coolest and most innovative gear and companies on display at The NAMM Show 2015. {more}

JAN. 21 I ROLAND I PERSONNEL
Wanamaker Named President, CEO of Roland Corp. U.S.
Roland Corp. announced two senior management appointments today. Effective Feb. 1, Jay Wanamaker will become the president and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., while Kim Nunney (the current president and CEO) will become executive vice president of global business development for professional A/V for Roland Corp. {more}

AN. 20 I NAMM I EVENT I BY KATIE KAILUS
Strike a Chord
In need of some business inspiration, innovative selling strategies and proven ideas? Look no further than this year’s NAMM Show, held Jan. 22-25 in Anaheim, California.
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JAN. 20 I NAMM I BREAKFAST SESSION SPEAKER
Wozniak Prefers Shopping In-Store
During Saturday’s “Breakfast Session,” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak about innovation and creativity with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. Music Inc. got the chance to speak exclusively with Wozniak and got some insight on his musical background as well as how he likes to shop. {more}

JAN. 20 I TEC I EVENT
Slash to Receive Les Paul Award During TEC Awards
Iconic guitarist Slash will receive the Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, Jan. 24 in Anaheim, California — during The NAMM Show. Comedian Sinbad will host the event which honors individuals and companies across 30 categories for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. {more}

JAN. 13 I GUITAR CENTER I LEGAL
Guitar Center Sued Over Handicap Accessibility
Guitar Center was issued a class action lawsuit on Jan. 2 in a Los Angeles court, alleging the musical instrument retail stores lack suitable handicap accessibility accommodations. The suit outlines handicap accessibility obstructions at several California Guitar Center stores.
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JAN. 9 I KHS, HOHNER I ACQUISITION
KHS America Acquires Hohner Inc. USA
KHS America has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.  Hohner is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded harmonicas, accordions, melodicas, guitars and bluegrass instruments as well as Sonor Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez guitars, Hohner Airboard, Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands. Transfer of ownership will take place on Jan. 12. {more}

JAN. 7 I SWEETWATER I LEGAL
Sweetwater Alleges Copyright Infringement
Sweetwater Sound has gone on the attack against more than 70 retailers who the company claims have plagiarized copy from sweetwater.com. The alleged violations range from a few pages of content to as much as hundreds and even thousands of pages, according to Sweetwater. In response to these infringing acts, Sweetwater has increased its efforts to defend itself and its intellectual property rights. {more}

JAN. 7 I FOCUSRITE I CORPORATE
Focusrite Goes Public
Focusrite has listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. The ticker symbol is TUNE. {more}

JAN. 6 I KMC, DW I SALE
KMC Music Sells Percussion Brands, Ovation Guitars to Drum Workshop
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that its subsidiary, KMC Music, has sold its owned and licensed percussion brands, including Gretsch Drums, Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, KAT Percussion and Gibraltar Hardware — as well as the Ovation guitar brand and the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Sabian Cymbals — to Drum Workshop, Inc., the manufacturer of DW drums, hardware and accessories. {more}

 

 

 

 





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