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Yamaha Names Fisher Marketing Manager for Electronic Drums

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• July 4, 2013

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has appointed Steven Fisher to the position of marketing manager for electronic drums. His primary responsibility will be to advance the market for the company’s DTX drums and he will report to Athan Billias, director of marketing, Pro Audio & Combo Division at YCA.

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Fishman Names Kronewitter Key Accounts Manager

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• July 3, 2013

As part of a concerted effort to grow and optimize their sales team, Fishman has recruited Ron Kronewitter as key accounts manager. In his new position, Kronewitter will be responsible for handling major retail accounts including Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, and Sam Ash, as well as a number of other important independent dealers.

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D’Addario Names Rick Drumm and John D’Addario III Co-Presidents

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• June 27, 2013

D'Addario & Company, Inc. recently revealed a new organizational structure designed to reinforce the leadership of the company in the face of today’s dynamic and global economy. 

The new corporate structure consists of two distinct divisions within the company that will be led by two co-presidents, Rick Drumm and John D’Addario III.  This divide-and-conquer strategy will make it possible for both individuals to leverage their experience and strengths, having been with the company for 8 and 17 years respectively. 

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Gibson Officially Switches to ‘Gibson Brands’ Name

hoff •
  • People
• June 19, 2013

Recent acquisitions in the pro audio realm have broadened Gibson’s range of product offerings considerably and, to reflect this, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become Gibson Brands.

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The Fred & Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

2013 marks Gretsch’s 130th anniversary, and the company is going all-out to celebrate this historic milestone. Special promotional events in cities across the US and Canada will showcase Gretsch guitars and drums, with concert performances by top Gretsch artists.

A special element of these events will be The Fred & Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour. Representing the fourth generation of the Gretsch Family, Fred will be on hand to personally greet Gretsch fans, sign autographs, and relate the fascinating history of the business that was founded by his great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch, in 1883.

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Samson To Transfer Zoom Distribution

hoff •
  • People
• June 19, 2013

Samson Technologies will turn over the U.S. distribution of all Zoom products to the newly developed Zoom North America on December 31, 2013.

Zoom Corporation, based in Japan, manufacturers handheld and desktop recorders, along with guitar effects processors. Samson and Zoom’s 20-year distribution relationship will end on good terms.

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S&P Lowers GC’s Credit Rating

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  • People
• June 19, 2013
‚ÄčAccording to Reuters, Standard & Poor’s cut its debt rating on Bain Capital-owned Guitar Center Holdings Inc. late last month, from ‘B-‘ to ‘CCC+’ due to “weak operating trends.”

“Although we anticipate the company (will) obtain the amendment to its financial covenants, we believe its capital structure is unsustainable in the long term and the company is dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions to meet its financial commitments,” S&P credit analyst Mariola Borysiak said in a recent note to clients.

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LPD to Distribute JHS Guitar Brands in the USA

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has announced its cooperation with LPD Music to distribute Fret-King® and Vintage® guitars in the US market.

Fret-King and Vintage now join the  LPD stable of more than 100 leading MI and Pro Audio brands. US guitar players will now be able to purchase Vintage ReIssued and ICON electrics, Vintage acoustics, and the successful line of Fret-King Black Label guitars and basses.

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Sennheiser Announces Changes to Executive Management Board

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  • People
• June 18, 2013

WEDEMARK, Germany — For several years now, two of the co-shareholders of the Sennheiser family business, Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser have proved themselves within the Executive Management Board by taking on certain responsibilities for the successful running of the entire group. As a consequence, the Shareholders of the Sennheiser Group have unanimously decided to promote Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser to the positions of CEO's responsible for Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co KG, as of July 1st 2013.

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