Trade Regrets

Trade Regrets

Bob Gand opened Village Music in Deerfield, Illinois in the early 1960s, which impacted both the community, as well as his son Gary.  Gary went on to open his own successful retail business.  Bob was drawn to folk music in the 1960s and formed the Gand Family Singers, which included his children Gary and (celebrity chef) Gail.

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Peavey Electronics mourns the loss of one of its most celebrated engineers, Jack Sondermeyer, who passed away on January 4 at the age of 75.

Sondermeyer was Peavey’s hief engineer for 29 years, and had more than 30 patents to his credit. He was a brilliant and gifted analog design engineer who was well-respected in the engineering community.

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In 1937, Hugh Goldsmith was hired by the Mason-Risch Piano Company of Canada when he was still a teenager. After enlisting in the Canadian Air Force to serve in WWII, Goldsmith returned to the industry and worked as a traveling sales rep for nearly 30 years, as well as a retailer. During his 70 years in the business, Goldsmith developed countless friendships and has witnessed first hand the many changes and innovations that have helped define the industry in Canada and around the world.  Hugh Goldsmith passed away on December 1. 

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Frank Green opened Music for Everyone in Southern California in 1959. He began working in the music industry some 12 years earlier as student enroller in an accordion school. He soon became a teacher for the school and a manager before deciding to open his own store. Frank spent time as a rep for Pacific Music and Music Man for which he wrote a book. In recent years, Green helped archive the industry’s history with several books about his career in music and by donating a full album of photographs he took of his dealers over the years to the NAMM Resource Center. 

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William Kent, who along with his late brother, Ed, formed the Kent Drum Company, passed away in his Buffalo, New York area home at the age of 99 on December 11. 

William and Ed Kent opened the Kent Drum Company in 1947 with a focus to create student-level kits to encourage music making at all economic levels.  The company offered professional-level drums as well as other products such as the tambourine.

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Vern Schafer, founder of Colton Pianos and president of Schafer Piano Movers, passed away on December 8.

As a teenager, Schafer joined the family business, Schafer Piano Movers, and developed an interest in the piano retail business. Soon after opening Colton Pianos, in the southern California town of Colton, Vern was able to expand, opening other locations. In the process, he wanted to train his employees to be able to run and manage the stores, so that he could continue to run the moving company. As a result Vern became a mentor to many successful piano retailers who went on to own and operate their own stores including Dennis James of the Piano Warehouse in San Diego and Bobby Shaw of Desert Pianos in Palm Springs.  In 2011, Vern was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Piano Travelers.  
 

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