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In their role as the North American distributor for Hercules Stands, which became effective January 1, 2015, KHS America is reintroducing MAP Pricing for all Hercules products. The Hercules MAP policy will take effect February 1st, 2015 and will be monitored by Price Manager, a MAP monitoring software and current monitoring partner for KHS America, Inc.

According to KHS America President Tabor Stamper, “the company believes the reintroduction of MAP Pricing and our enforcement of our standard MAP Policy helps protect the profitability of our dealers and the brand. We believe the path to grow the stand business is through the continued product innovation that Hercules is already known for, customer-centric sales and marketing efforts and effective dealer support.” 

Read more: KHS America Reintroduces MAP Pricing on Hercules Stands


On January 6th, a dispute between Magic Lid, LLC and Hailun USA and its affiliated entities regarding the use of a technology commonly known as HLPS, a grand piano lid support system, ended with a final ruling in regards to the technology. The dispute arose after Danny Geoghegan, CEO of Magic Lid, LLC, repeatedly contacted Hailun dealers and other industry participants claiming that Hailun USA no longer had rights to the system.

Read more: Ruling in Dispute Between Hailun and Magic Lid


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced that its subsidiary KMC Music, Inc. has sold its owned and licensed percussion brands, including Gretsch® Drums, Latin Percussion®, Toca® Percussion, KAT® Percussion and Gibraltar® Hardware – as well as the Ovation® guitar brand and the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Sabian® Cymbals – to Drum Workshop, Inc., the manufacturer of DW drums, hardware and accessories. 

Read more: FMIC Sells KMC Music’s Percussion Brands & Ovation Guitars to Drum Workshop

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Gruhn Guitars invites friends and visitors to celebrate the shop’s 45th Anniversary on Friday, January 16th and Saturday, January 17th, from 9:30am to 6:00pm. The two-day celebration will feature several giveaways from a number of instrument and accessories vendors including Martin, Taylor, National, Collings, Larrivee, TV Jones, DR Strings, and from publications including Vintage GuitarFretboard Journal, and Premier Guitar. Gruhn Guitars will also have several special offers available for both in-store and online instrument and accessories purchases.

Established in January 1970, Gruhn Guitars quickly became a mecca for musicians and vintage instrument collectors worldwide. The store buys, sells, consigns, trades, and appraises fretted instruments and houses one of the world's premier vintage and used collections including classic Martin, Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, Gretsch and National instruments as well as a wide selection of new instruments from Martin, Taylor, Collings, National, Larrivee, McPherson, and others. Gruhn Guitars employs 24 staff members including nine highly skilled repairmen well-versed in repairing, restoring, building and designing guitars and eight salesmen with vast knowledge of musical instruments and instrument trading. 

Read more: Gruhn Commemorates 45th Anniversary with Two-Day Celebration

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Bill's Music in Baltimore, MD recently became a full line D'Angelico dealer. To celebrate and to unveil the instruments, Bill's hosted a clinic & guitar sale on Black Friday featuring the brand. Adam Aronson (pictured left), the rep for D'Angelico was on hand to demonstrate and explain each of the models displayed including Standard Series and USA Master Builder Series instruments.

Read more: Bill’s Music Becomes Full Line D’Angelico Dealer

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With a brand new booth location in Hall D #3589, Aristides Instruments is bringing a full arsenal of guitar players to demonstrate the line this year during NAMM. This year will include Timo Somers of Delain, Aaron Marshall of Intervals, Jose Macario, and Fred Brum.
Timo’s professional career started at the age of 17 when he was hired by the metal band, Vengeance to replace his father who had passed away. Shortly thereafter, that led to other opportunities that included Tri-Head and his current position with Delain. When time permits, he has been working on his debut solo album scheduled for release this year. Fans can get a taste of the solo material in a recent promotional video he did for Aristides Instruments that features him performing his song, “Anthem.”
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Last week, Marta Witiw released this video of her song "Ethereal," which features Seymour Duncan's Vapor Trail analog delay pedal. Listen to the beginning and ending for a recording of the Vapor Trail's "spacious and spacey-sounding modulated repeats." Marta's Ibanez RG1570 Prestige has a Full Shred in the neck position, Cool Rails in the middle, and Custom 5 in the bridge. 

Read more: Marta Witiw Uses The Vapor Trail Delay


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

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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

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