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Hal Leonard has announced that Seidler Equity Partners, a private investment firm, has acquired a majority interest in the company. The move came as CEO Keith Mardak began his estate planning.

Read more: Seidler Equity Partners Acquires Majority Interest in Hal Leonard

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Guitar Center has been expanding its footprint on the East Coast with recent store grand openings in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Read more: GC Expands East Coast Presence with New Store Openings

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The Italian trash-metal band Methedras wins last year’s Global Rockstar Contest and Paiste Signature Precision Heavy cymbal set (14” Heavy Hi-Hat, 16” & 18” Heavy Crash, 20” Heavy Ride).

Read more: Methedras Wins Global Rockstar Contest 2015 and a Paiste Cymbal Set

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Winners were announced on Friday night for the annual "NAMM Top 100 Dealers." Contemporary Music Center (Chantilly, Virginia) - owned by longtime, valued MMR contributor Menzie Pittman - got top nods in three categories, including the evening's highest honor: Dealer of the Year.  Congrats Menzie!

Read more: 2016 NAMM Top 100 Dealers

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Andy Powers goes over the features and upgrades on the newly redesigned 700 Series from Taylor Guitars...

Read more: Taylor Guitars Debuts New 700 Series @ SNAMM

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Alan Cabasso shared details on the new Floyd Rose line of headphones on display at Summer NAMM this year...

Read more: Floyd Rose's Alan Cabasso @ SNAMM 2016

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On April 30, D’Addario hosted an event at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in celebration of the famed International Jazz Day. D’Addario artists Jeff Coffin and Roy “Futureman” Wooten were guest hosts representing D’Addario Woodwinds and Evans Drum Heads.

Read more: D’Addario LIVE Event Hosted in Nashville for International Jazz Day

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D'Addario's Peter D'Addario brings us up to speed on the new line of acoustic strings...

Read more: Peter D'Addario in Nashville @ SNAMM 2016

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Check out new amps from Blackstar

Read more: Blackstar Amplification @ Summer NAMM 2016

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Ernie Ball made a welcome -- and loud! -- return to the industry's annual summer gathering in Nashville...

Read more: Ernie Ball 'Picker's Paradise' @ Summer NAMM

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