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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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Morley Thompson

Morley Thompson

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  • Trade Regrets
• June 12, 2013
​Morley Thompson passed away on March 7 at the age of 86. Thompson’s financial background was a key element in the expansion of the Baldwin Piano Company during the 1980s.  He created a credit company and finance programs under the Baldwin name to branch off from the company’s core technology and invest on a larger […] Read More...

MakeMusic Sale to LaunchEquity Under Investigation

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  • Upfront
• 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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Radial Names Stage Audio Works as Distributor for African Region

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Radial Engineering has appointed Stage Audio Works as their Distributor for the African Region. Stage Audio Works, based in Southern Africa, is a leading supplier of cutting-edge live event audio and lighting technologies. Radial’s international sales manager Steve McKay " notes, “Their philosophy of providing the highest quality products in their distribution lines up perfectly […] Read More...
Adam Tom and Brett Getzen

Getzen Company Changes Hands

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
In 1939, T.J. Getzen founded The Getzen Company in a converted barn behind the family home in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. That year, a family tradition in the musical instrument business was born. Following that heritage, Brett and Adam Getzen, the great-grandsons of the company’s founder, have announced that they have purchased the Getzen Company from their father, […] Read More...

Harman Completes Acquisition of Martin Professional

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Harman has completed its acquisition of Martin Professional A/S of Denmark. Martin is a leading provider of lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, and its acquisition advances Harman’s capacity to serve customers in a wide variety of applications and geographic markets with highly integrated AV and lighting systems. Read More...
Peter Sides, Pam & Nevin Garrett, Rob Ensinger, Alysha Sides Greevy

Robert M. Sides Family Music Acquires Haines Music

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers recently announced the acquisition of Haines Music in Selinsgrove, Pa.Haines Music owners Pam and Nevin Garrett are retiring after 37 years in the music business, while 25-year Haines school service representative Rob Ensinger will continue to serve his schools as the newest member of the Robert M.Sides team. Haines […] Read More...
Robert Benedetto inlays the fingerboard of his 45th Anniversary guitar.

Benedetto Guitars Celebrates 45 Years

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc.of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 2013 as their 45th Anniversary. The small but internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable and expensive instruments while still focusing their production on the needs of professional and aspiring jazz guitarists. Benedetto " guitars have been […] Read More...
Clinton Voigt

Clinton Voigt

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  • Trade Regrets
• April 1, 2013
Clinton Voigt, 92, of Beloit, Wis., passed away on February 10, 2013. In the spring of 1939 Voigt purchased and took over a guitar studio in Beloit that specialized in Hawaiian guitar, known as the Honolulu Conservatory of Music.  After a number of years, as the business diversified, the operation’s name was changed to Voigt […] Read More...

Summary Judgment For Ultimate SupportSystems in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
As previously reported in MMR, on March 23rd, 2011, K.H.S. Musical Instrument Co., Ltd., the manufacturer and supplier of the HERCULES Guitar Stands, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ultimate Support Systems Inc. of Loveland, Colorado. The lawsuit involves US Patent No.7,105,732 owned by K.H.S. and claims infringement by Ultimate Support and its Guitar Stand […] Read More...
Audix’s Cliff Castle, Bob Brennan and Rob Schnell of Reflex Marketing, and Gene Houk of Audix

Audix Rep of the Year

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013

Cliff Castle, Audix VP of sales and marketing, announced the winner of 2012 Audix Rep of the Year award at the annual rep and distributor meeting.

This year’s winner, Reflex Marketing, is headed by Bob Brennan, along with Rob Schnell and John McFadden. Covering the Metro New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania regions, Reflex Marketing has represented Audix for over 14 years.

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