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New Dixon “Build Your Artisan” Page Launches

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  • Supplier Scene
• November 7, 2013

DIXON is proud to announce a cutting edge addition to their impressive playDIXON.com website, a “Build Your Artisan” page, where players can customize the DIXON set of their dreams.

“The ‘Build Your Artisan’ page is the finishing touch on our popular flagship series,” Says DIXON product manager Jim Uding.  “This tool not only organizes all of our exciting choices, it puts them at your fingertips.” The “Build Your Artisan” page will allow players to create their ideal outfit in three easy steps, selecting from an array of quality shell constructions, finishes and hardware colors.  They can then request a price quote from an authorized dealer.  

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The Percussive Arts Society and Hit Like A Girl Join Forces To Promote Women’s Drumming

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  • Supplier Scene
• November 7, 2013

The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and Hit Like A Girl have announced the formation of an alliance that brings drummers, educators, manufacturers and media together as part of a powerful, new coalition and aims to generate greater recognition of the female drumming community as well as greater support for its development and growth.

“This cooperation between one of the oldest and most respected organizations in the drum industry and one of the newest and most progressive allows us to combine resources and achieve a common goal more easily and more effectively,” explains PAS Executive Director Jeff Hartsough. “And, while we ultimately want girls and women to become active members of PAS and participants in Hit Like A Girl activities, we realize that step one is simply getting more of them to pick up a pair of sticks or a hand drum and become drummers.”

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Pearl Welcomes Jason Bittner as Endorser

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  • Supplier Scene
• November 7, 2013

Pearl Drums recently announced Jason Bittner as an endorsing artist. For the past 11 years, Bittner has created a name for himself primarily for his work with Shadows Fall and his drum clinics.  Bittner gained attention almost immediately after joining Shadows Fall, starting with the band’s 2002 release, The Art of Balance, which reached international acclaim and served as the band’s breakthrough album.  In 2004, Shadows Fall released A War Within, earning them their first Grammy Nomination for the song, “What Drives the Weak”, in the Best Metal Performance category.

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Reunion Blues Welcomes Duff McKagan’s ‘Loaded’ To Artist Line-Up

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  • Supplier Scene
• November 7, 2013

Gig bag and instrument case maker Reunion Blues officially welcomed Duff McKagan’s Loaded to their growing family of artists. Led by former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Loaded members include guitarist Mike Squires, bassist Jeff Rouse, drummer Isaac Carpenter with Duff as lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Formed in 1999, Loaded has released 3 studio albums to date, including their latest release, The Taking. On the road, Duff McKagan’s Loaded carries their gear in Reunion Blues gig bags and cases.

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Korg USA Offers Branded Holiday Rebates

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  • Supplier Scene
• November 7, 2013

Korg USA announces "Season's Savings," a mail-in rebate promotion for select products from Korg, VOX, Blackstar and HKAudio. The rebate runs from November 1st 2013 through January 31st, 2014, and applies to new products purchased by U.S. residents from an authorized Korg USA dealer during the rebate period. Full details and downloadable rebate coupons can be found at: www.korg.com/Promotions; www.blackstaramps.com/uspromotions/; www.voxamps.com/us/promos/; www.hkaudio.com.

Mail-in rebates are available on the following products:

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Hot Licks Guitar Shop Raises Thousands to Combat Breast Cancer

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  • Upfront
• November 7, 2013

Hot Licks Guitar Shop of Waldorf, MD, held a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure on October 10th.  "For the last four years, the Hot Licks team has hosted a fundraiser in support of defeating breast cancer," says Richie Downs.  "This year we hosted a Blues Concert fundraiser in our outdoor courtyard." To increase contributions, they raffled off an Epiphone Les Paul guitar and Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar.  "All fundraisers combined, we have raised over $5,000 for breast cancer this year."

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MMR Talks Shop with Drum Center of Portsmouth

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  • Upfront
• November 6, 2013
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MMR’s 32nd Annual Top Music Chains – Add Your 2013 Info. Now!

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• November 6, 2013
We are currently putting the finishing touches on MMR's 32nd Annual Top Music Chains. If your MI retail operation has three or more storefronts, please update your 2013 information by clicking the link below.  The full Report will be published in our December issue. http://mmrmagazine.com/top-music-chains-of-2013 If you have any questions, please call Christian Wissmuller, editor at 702-479-1879 […] Read More...

Vote Now for the 2013 Dealers’ Choice Awards!

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• November 6, 2013
We’d like to invite you to participate in the selection of MMR's 21st Annual Dealers’ Choice Awards. Please make your choices below in all product categories that are relevant to your business. Any questions, please call Christian Wissmuller, editor at 702-479-1879 ext. 172 Read More...

Workers at Vegas GC Vote to Unionize

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• November 4, 2013

On Friday, November 1, employees at a Las Vegas Guitar Center store voted 15 to 5 in favor of unionization.  If the federal labor board ratifies the election, this would represent the third GC location to go union in 2013. As previously reported in MMR, stores in Manhattan and Chicago have already successfully unionized, while bids to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in Brooklyn and Queens earlier this year were unsuccessful.

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Trade Regrets: Bill Lawrence

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Trade Regrets
• November 4, 2013
Bill Lawrence was known for his pick-up design and his long career as a German based guitarist. For over forty years, Bill published numerous articles on the subject of guitar design.  He was granted numerous patents, and worked with some of the most respected companies in the guitar industry, including Framus, Gibson, and Fender.  He passed away on November 2, 2013. 
 
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Yamaha Expands LA Atelier Facility

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• November 2, 2013

Yamaha Corporation of America has added a new strings facility within the 5,000 square foot Los Angeles Atelier. Located at Yamaha’s headquarters, the Atelier serves the artist and education community with a venue for designing, creating, testing, servicing and restoring band and orchestral instruments.

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