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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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Trade Regrets: Carl Henderson

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Trade Regrets
• August 7, 2013

Carl Henderson opened his first piano store in Covington, Kentucky in 1963, after nearly 20 years in the finance business. In the early days he struggled to increase his inventory but ensured that he always allowed a budget for advertising. Over the years his newspaper and TV ads have not only helped sell pianos, but have made him a familiar face and name within his community. Henderson also worked to create meaningful promotions such as their Midnight Madness Sale. At one time, Carl and his son expanded the store to six locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

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Zildjian Names Sapienza Executive VP

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• August 7, 2013

The Zildjian Company has announced Mark Sapienza will join its management team as executive vice president, overseeing the company’s sales, marketing, and product management functions worldwide.           

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Steinway Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Financial
• August 6, 2013

Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. (NYSE: LVB) has announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013.

Net sales for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $92.4 million compared to $85.7 million for the prior-year quarter. The Company reported net income of $20.2 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $2.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012.

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Yamaha Names Larpenteur Guitar Product Specialist

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• August 6, 2013

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has appointed Chris Larpenteur to the position of guitar product specialist for Yamaha Guitars, effective immediately. Larpenteur will be responsible for educating dealers about new products and sales methods, conducting regular store inventories to help identify sales opportunities and serving as an intermediary between Yamaha and retail personnel. He will report to Dennis Webster, manager of marketing, Pro Audio & Combo Division at YCA.

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Taking Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary Celebration To New Heights

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• August 5, 2013

After criss-crossing the United States to attend a series of events celebrating Gretsch’s 130th anniversary this year, Fred and Dinah Gretsch recently took the celebration international. Following an anniversary show at the Sam Ash store in Hollywood on July 20th, they left Los Angeles on the 22nd for a flight to Tokyo, Japan. Because they crossed the International Date Line they arrived on the 23rd — an auspicious date in itself, since it was Fred Gretsch’s birthday.

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D’Addario Honored in Italy

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• August 1, 2013
On Saturday, July 20, 2013, the D’Addario family was honored 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, or string making families, that arose from the town.  The mayor of Salle presented a key to the city […] Read More...

Hal Leonard Employees Raise Money for Children’s Hospitals

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• August 1, 2013

14 employees from Hal Leonard’s 140-person Milwaukee office constituted the company’s team in the Tri-ing for Children’s Triathlon, a benefit for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and UW Health American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. The event took place on Sunday, July 28th in Eagle, Wisconsin, in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest.

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Guitar Center Names Bennett VP

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• July 30, 2013
Guitar Center has appointed Christopher Ian Bennett to the newly created position of vice president, communications and corporate Affairs. This announcement comes as part of a new set of initiatives at GC, which includes a formalized and dedicated communications/corporate affairs department. In his previous role, Bennett led Best Buy Canada’s Corporate Communications department under Mike […] Read More...

AirBound Uses Trusst to Build Portable High Ropes Course

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  • Supplier Scene
• July 29, 2013

AirBound builds Colorado’s first and only traveling high-ropes obstacle course using 54 pieces of the TRUSST® trussing system.

Making its debut at the Boulder Creek Festival, the portable 20-by-40-by-22 foot course proved to be more than a physical challenge — it was a spectacle. So popular in fact, it generated a line that averaged 100 people for 10 hours straight over the course of the three day festival. Don Kennedy, owner of AirBound, created the course to provide a fun, interactive and physically challenging form of entertainment.

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