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November 2014

 

 


OCT. 21 I METRONOME MUSIC I CHARITY
Metronome Music, Yamaha Donate to Sending Hope Int’l
Larry Miller, owner of Metronome Music in Mansfield, Ohio, recently partnered with Yamaha to donate 10 7/8-size guitars, extra nylon strings and tuners to Sending Hope International, an organization founded by fellow Mansfielder, David Atkins. {more}

OCT. 21 I APHEX I MOVE
Aphex Moves Headquarters to Utah
Aphex recently moved to Salt Lake City in order to increase operational efficiencies by being closer to parent company DWV Entertainment and the core Aphex creative and engineering teams. The move, completed this month, includes opening a new Aphex warehouse in Utah to complement existing manufacturing and shipping facilities in California. {more}

OCT. 21 I FENDER I CHARITY
Fender, Hurley Team Up for Good Cause
Hurley and Fender have teamed up to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Stratocaster, while auctioning off 20 American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars on eBay from Oct. 22-Nov. 1. The proceeds will benefit Waves For Water, an organization that brings access to potable water to nations in need. {more}

OCT. 21 I DIXON I CLINIC
Gregg Bissonette, Dixon Partner Up For Retail Store Tour
Gregg Bissonette, of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, partnered with Dixon Drums to put on a clinic tour of drum retailers in Northern California from Sept. 10-14. {more}

OCT. 21 I AUDIX I PROMOTION
Audix Offers Free VX5 With Purchase
Now through Nov. 30 Audix is offering a free VX5 premium handheld condenser with the purchase of any two products. {more}

SEPT. 22 I HAL LEONARD I PARTNERSHIP
Hal Leonard, Groove3 Announce Partnership
Hal Leonard Books,a division of Hal Leonard, and Groove3 have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver content. {more}

SEPT. 22 I E.L. MUSIC I OPENING
E.L. Music Opens its Doors
Matt Robbins had a long-running dream of opening his own store after working in music retail for the past 20 years. Last September, Robbins and his father, Dwain, made the long-held dream a reality in less than eight short weeks when they decided to open E.L. Music in Worcester, Massachusetts. {more}

SEPT. 22 I GUILD I DISTRIBUTION
Guild Chooses GitaarBizz
Guild Guitars has named GitaarBizz its new distributor in Germany, Austria and the Benelux. {more}

SEPT. 10 I SHOWS I NAMM
Steve Wozniak to Speak at Winter NAMM

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will open the Saturday breakfast session at the Winter NAMM Show, held January 22-25 in Anaheim, California. Wozniak will chat with NAMM CEO Joe Lamond about music, technology and some of the hard-hitting lessons learned during the early days of founding Apple with Steve Jobs.
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SEPT 5 I FENDER I APPOINTMENT
Fender Adds Beats President to Board
Luke Wood, president of Beats, has joined FMIC's Board of Directors. Beats, recently purchased by Apple for $3 billion, grew into a household name under Wood's leadership and he was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition.{more}

 

AUGUST 20 I FENDER I COMPANY
Fender Building Capabilities to Sell Direct
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) held a two-day business meeting the week of Aug. 4 with key North American dealers at the Fender Visitor Center in Corona, California. During the meeting, company announced it is building capabilities to offer the full Fender product catalog through its website in an effort to meet the demands, needs and desires of the modern consumer.
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AUGUST 19 I HAL LEONARD I DISTRIBUTION
Hal, Hamilton Team Up
Hal Leonard is now distributing the entire portfolio of Hamilton Stands and accessories in the United States and Canada.
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AUGUST 19 I LOWE VINTAGE I OPENING
Father-Son Team Open Lowe Vintage
After more than a decade of road tripping and selling their vintage finds online, father-and-son team Ed and Will Lowe have opened Lowe Vintage Instrument Company, a brick-and-mortar store in Burlington, North Carolina. {more}

AUGUST 19 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
GC Takes on Times Square 
In a move that places it alongside the largest brand names in America, Guitar Center opened a new 28,0000-square-foot showroom in Times Square on Aug. 7. Here's a walkthrough and insights into GC's latest thoughts on store design. {more}

AUGUST 14 I TED BROWN MUSIC I ACQUISITION
Ted Brown Music Acquires Capitol Music
Ted Brown Music, based in Tacoma, Wash., is expanding to a new frontier: Seattle. {more} 

JULY 24 I NAMM I SHOWS
Summer NAMM Biggest in Six Years
The numbers are in and NAMM is reporting July's show was the largest since 2008. {more}

JULY 24 I NAMM I BEST IN SHOW
Best in Show Spotlights Top Gear
Best in Show, the popular Saturday-morning breakfast panel discussion at NAMM U., highlighted the best products, services and companies on display at Summer NAMM 2014.
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JULY 24 I NAMM I AWARD
Candyman Strings & Things Nabs Dealer of the Year
Rand and Cindy Cook, owners of Candyman Strings & Things in Santa Fe, New Mexico, accepted the Dealer of the Year award on July 18 at Summer NAMM's Top 100 Dealer Awards.
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JULY 24 I YORKVILLE SOUND I AWARD
Jack Long Receives Order of Canada
Yorkville Sound and Long & McQuade founder Jack Long has received the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors.
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JULY 24 I STANDARDS I BY KATHLEEN COSTANZA
Four Ways You Didn't Know the NAMM Standard Saves You Money
The old adage "time is money" is never more true than in the case of a busy retailer's day. The NAMM Ad-Hoc Technology Committee, though, has been hard at work for over a decade saving the industry time and money via B2B standards. {more}

JULY 24 I IN MEMORIAM I DANNY ROCKS
Industry Veteran Danny Rocks Passes Away
Danny Rocks, who served as the emcee and helped manage the Idea Center at NAMM shows since 2006, passed away in his Palm Desert, California, home early last week. He was 64.
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