Debt Troubles Reported for Gibson, Juszkiewicz Responds

It has recently been reported by many that Gibson Brands, Inc. - parent company of Gibson Guitars - is facing an uncertain future due to serious debt-related and operational concerns. The company has issued a statement regarding their financial situation and, further, MMR spoke with Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz on the afternoon of February 20.


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Alumni Stadium, home to the Boston College Eagles football team, recently installed a new EAW sound reinforcement system to upgrade the game day experience for fans. Time, weather, and wind had taken their toll on the previous system making its replacement a necessity before the start of the 2014 season.

Boston College's Athletic department called upon Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams (WJHW) to design a new upper deck sound reinforcement system that would "weather the weather" and upgrade the rest of the stadium at the same time. All Pro Sound, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, handled the installation of the system.

Read more: EAW Weathers The Weather At Boston College Alumni Stadium

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ZimMusicInc., a distribution company founded by industry veteran Derek Zimmerman, has announced an agreement to become the exclusive North American distributor of master Turkish cymbal manufacturers Impression Cymbals. 

Established in 2010, Impression Cymbals is the realization of experienced industry veterans and cymbalsmiths, offering an full line of completely hand hammered, artisan crafted cymbals produced in Istanbul, Turkey. Representing the pinnacle in quality, vision and sound, every Impression cymbal is a testament to the centuries-old craft of traditional cymbalsmithing, perfected by generations of skilled masters.

Read more: Impression Cymbals invade the U.S.

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Taking place on January 21 from 1-5pm at ADJ’s global headquarters in California, the open day will showcase the range of new products to be launched at NAMM 2015, which will run from January 22-25. The event will also give visitors a second chance to experience the ADJ products displayed at the recent LDI show, such as the compact Inno Pocket Wash and pixel-mappable Illusion Dotz 3.3 as well as the customizable 6-in-1 hex color effects offered by the 12P Hex.

Read more: ADJ Group Invites Dealers to VIP Pre-NAMM Event


The Disneyland Band will officially open the 2015 NAMM Show, with a beloved American icon serving as guest conductor for this rousing musical performance.

Yamaha, the official supplier of musical instruments to the Disneyland Resort and a proud sponsor of the Disney Performing Arts program, will present the band to the music products industry, reinforcing the two companies shared deep commitment to music education and performance.

Read more: Disneyland Band to Open 2015 NAMM Show

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

Barry Mitchell, Music Group VP, Customer Management Prosumer Division commented, "We are extremely honored to have Full Compass 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 Adds Full Compass as Full-Line Dealer


Yamaha has appointed Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

 “Dave brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and education to this position,” said Garth Gilman, general manager, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “As a music educator and performer, his background helps Yamaha further the goal of spreading the joys and benefits of music education and gives him the ability to talk shop with the most knowledgeable percussionists.”

Read more: Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments


US Music Corp. has hired Jonathan Lee as director of product design and development for guitars. Lee has more than 20 years of experience as a luthier of high quality acoustic guitars, combined with expertise of creating production facilities to manufacture acoustic guitars.

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Design Oasis has called on six Geyser RGB foggers from CHAUVET DJ to add some extra drama and excitement to this year’s halftime performance, which featured Grammy-winning country superstars Little Big Town. The foggers, which shoot red, green and blue shafts of LED light through a voluminous column of white water-based fog, played a key role in LD Abas Ritscher’s stunning halftime lightshow.

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Geyser Helps Adds Impact To Halftime Show At Capital One Orange Bowl


KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.  Hohner, Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded Harmonicas, Accordians, Melodicas, Guitars and Bluegrass Instruments; SONOR Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands.  Transfer of ownership will take place today, January 12, 2015.

Read more: KHS America Announces Acquisition of Hohner Inc. USA

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The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing is proud that its relationship with HARMAN Professional's leading audio brands AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional, and Lexicon has been increasingly successful in its efforts to promote quality in audio. As official "P&E Wing Sustaining Partners," these brands have participated in a wide variety of activities including being the title sponsor of high-profile Academy Chapter events, having a presence on the P&E Wing section of the new GRAMMY PRO site, and being supporters of the P&E Wing Manufacturer's Council. Now, for 2014-2015, HARMAN Professional has reaffirmed its sponsorship and has also added dbx as a fourth brand that will work cloesely with the P&E Wing to support its initiatives and membership.

"HARMAN proudly continues to support the Prouducers and Engineers Wing," noted Bryan Bradley, GM, Loudspeaker, Headphone & Microphone Strategic Business Unit, HARMAN Professional. "Their work as advocates for the recording industry, artists, equipment manufacturers, and listeners is of vital importance in this period of transition in the music industry and beyond."

Read more: HARMAN Renews Support of Recording Academy P&E Wing

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