Orange Amplification promoted James Garza to national sales manager, effective January 1st 2015.
Garza joined Orange in November 2013 as a West Coast regional sales manager and already he has contributed towards Orange’s significant growth in the U.S. over the past two years. His new responsibilities will see him covering the entire U.S. region and will be reporting to sales director Antony Gunter.

Read more: Orange Names Garza National Sales Manager


HARMAN Professional has announced a new leadership team for AKG’s professional business.  Having previously appointed Bryan Bradley, general manager of HARMAN Professional’s loudspeaker business unit, to lead AKG in July 2014 and at the same time signaling its intent to appoint sales and marketing leadership in Northridge, the company today named Karam Kaul as director of marketing and Eric Boyer, vice president of Worldwide Sales.

Boyer and Kaul will both be based out of HARMAN Professional Division’s Northridge, California headquarters and will work closely with the AKG team in Vienna, Austria. The AKG home base in Vienna will be managed by Martin Thaler, head of AKG Austria GmbH. 

Read more: HARMAN Professional Division Announces New AKG Leadership Team

Supplier Scene

LP is proud to announce that Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch) has endorsed their products.

"LP has a reputation for making some of the best products out there," says Spencer. "If you look at the roster of artists who have lent their name to the LP family, you know you're getting a great product. The fact that I get to put my name with those great artists and endorse such a killer product is truly an honor." 

Read more: Jeremy Spencer Endorses LP


One of the few who have been with SABIAN even before there was a SABIAN, foundry supervisor Lewis Furrow has just reached the 40-year milestone with the cymbal-maker.

Throughout his 40-years at the SABIAN factory, Lewis has done a bit of everything – from shipping to production – giving him an intimate knowledge of the entire cymbal manufacturing process. A true practitioner of SABIAN core values, Lewis is a highly valued member of the SABIAN team.

Read more: Furrow Celebrates 40 Years with SABIAN


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


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


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

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