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Orange Announces Dealer & Sales Representative of the Year

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Orange Amplification announced that Sweetwater Sound Inc. has been awarded USA " Dealer Of The Year 2012 and Bill McDaniel has been presented with USA Sales Representative Of The Year 2012 at the Winter NAMM 2013. Sweetwater Sound, Inc. surpassed all previous Orange USA Dealer Of The Year winners’ sales records in 2012. Sweetwater has […] Read More...

Steinway Reports Q4 Results

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  • Financial
• April 1, 2013

Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. (NYSE: LVB) has reported earnings for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

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Mike Feudale behind the counter – and in front of some must-have-give-me-right-now guitars – at Mike’s Monster Guitar.

Mike’s Monster Guitar Opens in Cambridge

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
On March 1st, the Massachusetts Avenue space in Cambridge, Mass. that had formerly housed longtime local music retail mecca, Sandy’s Music, reopened as an entirely new operation: Mike’s Monster Guitar. The store’s " owner Mike Feudale (“Skinny Mike,” guitarist/frontman for Boston-based garage rockers The Coffin Lids), worked at Sandy’s for 18 years, doing repairs and […] Read More...

School of Rock Opens 100th Location

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
School of Rock recently celebrated the opening of its 100th School in The Woodlands, Texas. “We are excited about reaching this 100 school milestone,” said School of Rock CEO, Chris Catalano. “Our sustained growth helps ensure that we can continue to expand the inspirational opportunities for our students while at the same time creating employment […] Read More...
TKL’s Tommy Dougerty with Jackson Galaxy

My Cat From Hell Star Jackson Galaxy Appears at TKL’s NAMM Booth

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Once a part time animal shelter worker with a growing reputation as a “cat whisperer,” Jackson Galaxy is now the star of the successful Animal Planet television show, My Cat From Hell, which begins its fourth season in 2013. Galaxy, who carries around a trademark “Guitar Case o’ Cat Mojo” on his calls to troublesome […] Read More...

Gretsch Celebrates 130 Years

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
The Gretsch Company, an American family-owned business, celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. In 1883, German immigrant Friedrich Gretsch launched what would one day become an iconic American guitar and drum maker for such well-known artists as Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Charlie Watts, Chick Webb and Brian Setzer among many others. According to a recent […] Read More...

D’Addario & Co. Receives Long Island Cares Humanitarian Award

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
D’Addario & Co. is the recipient of the Long Island Cares Corporate Honoree award. Chairman and CEO Jim D’Addario and wife Janet accepted the award on the company’s behalf at a cocktail reception and sit-down dinner on January 31, 2013 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury New York. “We believe that life is […] Read More...

Morty and Iris Manus Receive MTNA Achievement Award

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Morty and Iris Manus were honored with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Achievement Award at the Awards Brunch during the 2013 MTNA National Conference at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, California, March 13. The MTNA Achievement Award is the organization’s highest honor. It is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions […] Read More...

US Music Corp US Distributor for DigiTech

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• April 1, 2013
Harman’s DigiTech has appointed US Music Corp (USM) as its exclusive US distributor effective April 1, 2013. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USM is an international MI company that manufacturers and distributes worldwide. Commenting on the agreement, Craig Paller, senior director, sales, Harman Signal Processing stated, “We will be working closely with US Music Corp […] Read More...
Hitoshi Fukutome

Fukutome Named President of Yamaha Corporation of America

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013

Hitoshi Fukutome has been named president of Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA). He succeeds Takuya “Tak” Nakata, who will return to Yamaha Corporation Japan (YCJ) to lead sales and marketing for the Musical Instrument (MI) and Audio 

Products Group, and will continue to work closely with YCA.

Nakata has served as president of YCA since April 2010, overseeing a period of growth for the company despite a difficult financial climate in the United States.

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GAMA Launches New Website

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• April 1, 2013
The Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) recently launched an updated www.guitaredunet.org website for classroom-guitar teachers. The new site features blogs, articles, tips & tricks and also GAMA member content. The website aims to complement GAMA’s Teaching Guitar Workshops program through which it trains school music educators to start classroomguitar programs. The site is intended […] Read More...

MakeMusic Sale to LaunchEquity Under Investigation

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• April 1, 2013

The recent sale agreement of Make- Music, Inc. to LaunchEquity Acquisition Partners, LLC Designated Series Education Partners (“LEAP”), is currently under investigation in New York for possible breaches of fiduciary duty.The New York law firm of Levi & Korsinsky has stated that it will focus on whether the MakeMusic Board of Directors breached their fiduciary duties to stockholders by failing to adequately shop the company before entering into the transaction. The concern is that LEAP is underpaying for its shares, thus unlawfully harming MakeMusic stockholders.

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