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Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces two personnel appointments: Susan Starnes has been named senior vice president, Services, Guitar Center (the branch under which GC Pro operates), and Bradley Johnson has been named director of Guitar Center Professional.

Read more: GC Pro Makes Appointments to Management Team

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On June 10, Mike Adams, Moog Music Inc. president/CEO, stopped production in the factory and gathered the employees for an impromptu meeting. Adams began by saying, "I called you all here to let you know I sold the company.

After a brief silence, he continued, "The good news is I sold it to all of you."

Read more: Moog Music Now Employee-Owned

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Fender announces the Fender American Standard Test Drive promotion, which takes place between June 8 – July 5 at participating Fender authorized dealers in America and Canada. Consumers who test-drive a new Fender American Standard series guitar or bass can sign-up online to receive a free limited edition Fender t-shirt, plus a chance to win a VIP trip for two to Lollapalooza 2015.

Read more: Fender Announces American Standard Test Drive Promotion

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Sponsored by Fishman, Premier Guitar, and Hal Leonard, the “Win Greg Koch” Sweepstakes received over 15,000 entries in eleven weeks. Grand Prize-winner Mark Mizhrai from Los Angeles was visited at home by “The Gristle-man” in person on May 19th. 

Read more: MI Brands Provide Experience For Grand Prize Winner Of “Win Greg Koch” Sweepstakes

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Fred W. Gretsch was recognized for his 50th anniversary with an in-store event at StreetSounds NYC on May 30th.

Read more: Fred W. Gretsch Celebrates 50 Years in the Music Business

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ZimMusicInc. has been named the U.S distributor for Canadian stick manufacturer, Los Cabos Drumsticks.

Read more: ZMI Named Los Cabos Drumsticks U.S. Distributor

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St. Louis Music (SLM) has acquired E.K. Blessing from Verne Q. Powell Flutes. Founded in 1906, E.K. Blessing is one America’s most historic brands of concert and marching band instruments and accessories.

Read more: SLM Purchases the E.K. Blessing Company

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Producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and performer Joe West (Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Justin Timberlake) is part of the growing trend of music professionals using theDiGiGrid DLS audio interface to enhance networking and tracking and to increase their plugin count.

DiGiGrid DLS is an all-in-one processing and networking hub that bridges Pro Tools and the WavesSoundGrid system. With its built-in SoundGrid DSP server, network switch, and two DigiLink ports providing as many as 64 digital inputs and outputs, DiGiGrid DLS gives users more processing power and lets them take full advantage of their existing Pro Tools system. By providing full plugin integration inside users’ DAWs, DiGiGrid DLS lets users track, monitor, and mix while running hundreds of SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins in real time—all with a low latency of 0.8 milliseconds.

Read more: West Uses DiGiGrid

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Listen Technologies Corporation is offering two certification courses for contractors and system integrators in Florida around the 2015 InfoComm Show – one just before the show, on Tuesday, June 16, and the other at the show, on Wednesday, June 17.
Hearing Loop Training, Level II (Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

One-Day Integration & Commissioning of Hearing Loop Systems (Level 2) Classes
This full day (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) course will thoroughly work through all the steps to properly install various types of hearing loop systems, including: An introduction to loop system principles; Specification and design considerations of different types of loop systems, basic, advanced, and phased array; Installation, setting up, testing, and certifying a loop system to the IEC60118-4 standard.

Read more: Listen Technologies to Host Training/Certification Sessions

People

Allen Sides, founder of Ocean Way Audio, recently announced the appointment of industry veteran Rick Plushner as president. In his new position, Plushner will be responsible for guiding the direction of Ocean Way Audio while capitalizing on his unique skill set of product development, merchandising, vendor relations, distribution, supply management, and direct marketing.

Read more: Ocean Way Audio Appoints Plushner President

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