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Travis Perry, founder of ChordBuddy, originally had the idea at age 18 when he taught guitar lessons and saw many of his students drop out within two months because of the difficulty learning the complexity of the instrument. After many years and 17 prototypes, the ChordBuddy guitar learning system was released in October 2010 to critical acclaim. Now, check out ChordBuddy on The Today Show on December 30th during a special New Year’s Resolution segment. 
 


Read more: ChordBuddy to be Featured on ‘The Today Show’ December 30th

Trade Regrets

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. 

Read more: Trade Regrets: Hugh Goldsmith

People

Krell Industries, LLC has announced the immediate appointment of John Milton as the new Western regional sales manager. Milton joins Krell with a wealth of experience including the director of sales at BitWise Controls where he helped grow sales over 100 sales in a three-year period. As Krell's regional sales manager, John's responsibilities will include monitoring and participating in sales activities from the Rocky Mountains to the greater West Coast region. 

Read more: Krell Names Milton as U.S. Western Regional Manager

Supplier Scene

Gretsch and Bono join forces once again for a new signature guitar model, the (GRETSCH)RED. Bearing the special (RED) logo adorned on the pickguard and truss rod cover, every guitar sold will raise money for the Global Fund to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  

The double-cutaway (GRETSCH)RED G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono “Signature” Model puts Bono’s personalized stamp on Gretsch’s new thinline spruce center-block design, which delivers “high gain-friendly” tone and greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

Read more: Gretsch & Bono Partner On Signature Guitar

Upfront

Grundorf Corporation, parent company of Grund Audio Design, is pleased to announce it is celebrating its 30th anniversary. From humble beginnings in the family garage, Grundorf Corporation has evolved into an internationally recognized organization whose products have become an integral part of the livelihoods of musicians, audio professionals, and technology managers everywhere.

Read more: Grundorf Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Supplier Scene

John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has strengthened its position in Benelux with the appointment of Pieters Musical Agencies as Sales Agent for Fret-King electric guitars, Santos Martinez Classical Guitars, Supro amplification, Danelectro and Italia electric guitars and a host of guitar accessories such as Kinsman, Perris Straps, Snark tuners and metronomes and Danelectro Effects Pedals.

Read more: JHS Appoints Pieters Musical Agencies as New Benelux Agent

Supplier Scene

Music Group welcomes Adorama as the newest full-line reseller for its Behringer- and Bugera-branded MI products. As a significant partner in Music Group’s rapidly expanding dealer network, Adorama will carry all of Behringer’s and Bugera’s 500+ products online.



Barry Mitchell, Music Group VP, Customer Management Prosumer Division commented, “We are honored to have Adorama join our growing family of full-line dealers. Behringer and Bugera is enjoying all-time record success in the U.S. market and we are thrilled that they have chosen to carry the entire Behringer and Bugera catalog – every single SKU. It truly is a testament to the tremendous confidence our dealer partners have in all of our brands, quality and support.”



Read more: Music Group Welcomes Adorama to Dealer Network

Supplier Scene

In 1976, Ibanez approached KISS frontman, Paul Stanley, to collaborate on a signature guitar that would become the instrument with which he would be forever associated. Now, for the first time since 1996, Paul and Ibanez have reunited to re-issue three new versions of the original Paul Stanley Signature Model.

"Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started,” said Stanley. “The guitars we created remain iconic and we will celebrate them and more as we move forward into our future together."

Read more: Ibanez and Paul Stanley Reunite

Supplier Scene

Chauvet DJ presents The World's EZ-est DJ Contest! 

There are only three simple steps: Select the EZ series product you'd like the win. Complete and submit the entry form on Chauvet DJ's Facebook page. If you're one of the six randomly selected winner, that's it – the product you selected is yours.

Enter today, because the contest ends on January 16th, 2015.

Read more: Chauvet DJ's 'The World's EZ-est DJ Contest'

Upfront

Korg USA announced that they will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Dean Markley’s exceptional line of guitar strings, pickups, picks and polishing accessories. Dean Markey joins Korg’s family of brands and this partnership is in line with Korg’s strategic plan to provide dealers with a full spectrum of quality products at various price points. The full line of Dean Markley products slated for distribution will be on display at the 2015 NAMM trade show (Booth #6440 Hall A).

Read more: Korg USA to Distribute Dean Markley

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