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New Developments in Steinway Sale

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• August 13, 2013

As reported in MMR, on July 1 Steinway Musical Instruments agreed to an acquisition by private equity firm, Kohlberg & Co. The deal was for a reported $438 million and was projected to close in the third quarter of 2013.

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Trade Regrets: Maurice Fox

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Trade Regrets
• August 12, 2013

Longtime music retailer, Maurice Fox, passed away August 9th, at the age of 82.

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GC Unionization in Chicago

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• August 12, 2013

Just a few months since the late-May unionization of the Manhattan Guitar Center retail outlet, employees at a Guitar Center store in Chicago have now voted to form the company's second-ever retail union. This is another significant win for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which was unable to unionize two additional New York stores earlier this summer. The new bargaining unit in Chicago will seek to improve wages and to change the store's sales commission structure.

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Personnel Shifts at Young Chang North America

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• August 9, 2013

Glenn Clutter has rejoined the sales team at Young Chang North America. He will be representing Young Chang, Weber, Albert Weber and Kurzweil pianos in the Southeastern United States - including Texas. Clutter has had an extensive career as a manufacturer’s representative in the piano industry. "I'm excited to be joining the team at HDC Young Chang North America. The company has made an incredible commitment and investment in an optimal new scale design and new products throughout the line. This is an exciting opportunity to help dealers improve their sales numbers and profits in both acoustic and digitals."

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Seiler Unveils Long-Term Strategy For North America Market

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• August 9, 2013

Seiler Pianos, European maker of pianos and grands since 1849, officially launched its new marketing strategy for the North American market during its recent dealer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The two-day meeting, held at the historic Union Station Hotel, featured the introduction of new lower-priced lines based off the authentic Seiler German designs, a comprehensive suite of marketing tools to support dealers at every level of the selling process, as well as complete point of purchase mural and kiosk to help distinguish the Seiler brand in showrooms.

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D’Addario Honored in Italy

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013
  The D’Addario family was honored this past June in their hometown of Salle, Italy at the inauguration of the Museo Delle Corde Armoniche.   The museum was created to pay tribute to the many cordari (string-making families) that arose from the town.  The mayor of Salle presented a key to the city to Suzanne and […] Read More...

Rotosound Endorsees The Vaccines, Skindred, White Lies and More

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013
Rotosound Endorsees played to millions of fans this summer at the years highest profile festivals and stages throughout the country. At this year’s V Festival, three accomplished bass players, Michael 'Smooth Groove' Hamilton, Andrea Goldsworthy and Henry Guy, will be supporting multi-award winning ladies Jessie J, Paloma Faith, and Katy B. Following on from a big […] Read More...

Neutrik USA Supports Lennon Education Bus on Warped Tour

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013

The John Lennon Tour Bus is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has traveled across the US and Canada for the past 16 years serving as a living legacy to John Lennon, providing emerging musicians and young people the opportunity to a first-hand music and video education at no cost. This year, Neutrik decided to support the group on the road.

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Orange Amps Present Progressive Music Awards

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013

Orange Amplification is the headline sponsor of the second annual “Orange presents Progressive Music Awards.” Prog Magazine hosts the event at Kew Gardens on September 3, 2013. Newsnight presenter, Gavin Esler, a big Prog Rock fan himself, will once again be the host for the evening’s proceedings.
The awards acknowledge an array of legendary progressive rock stars and applaud many of the new up and coming bands in this innovative, thought provoking music genre. This year sees the addition of two new categories – Best Band and Breakthrough Artist.

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Shure ULX-D Wireless Used in German Open Air Theater Production

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013

This summer, the old garden in Schwerin, in front of the impressively illuminated castle, transformed itself into an open air theater, staging the operetta “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss and seating 1,761 people. Sixty-eight channels of Shure ULX-D™ Digital Wireless Systems were in use, providing reliability and extended RF performance.

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Yamaha Supports DCI Corps Through a Long Tradition of Winning

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013

Beginning 29 years ago, Yamaha sponsored its first drum and bugle corps within Drum Corps International activity (DCI). Over the years, the company has deepened its relationship with other successful corps and expanded the range of instruments and musical equipment it supplies. From 1985 on, corps that depend on Yamaha have won almost half of the DCI World Championship titles.

DCI drum corps using Yamaha instruments have achieved great success, collecting thirteen Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards and seven Jim Ott High Brass Awards, more than any other manufacturer in each category. Drum corps’ affiliated with Yamaha have also won 15 DCI World Championship titles since 1985, representing almost half the titles during that time period.

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Bassist Shane Hendrickson Tours with the Radial Firefly

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  • Supplier Scene
• August 8, 2013

Canadian native and bassist Shane Hendrickson currently juggles a roster of shows touring with fellow Canadians Natalie MacMaster and Aaron Pritchett and now also Nick and Sophie Tweed-Simmons.  Hendrickson has long relied on Radial products to deliver under pressure. "I remember pulling into gigs where they had all in-house gear that was pretty subpar,” he says. “However, when I'd see that old beat up Radial DI in their box of "stuff" I breathed a little easier.” 

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