News

Line 6 to be Acquired by Yamaha Corporation

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• December 20, 2013

Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6. The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies.

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Grabel-Komar Joins Full Compass as VP of Product Planning & Procurement

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• December 18, 2013
Full Compass Systems has added Michelle Grabel-Komar to its executive staff, as vice president of product planning & procurement.  In this role, she will oversee the Purchasing, Product Management, Planning and Merchandising departments.  Grabel-Komar has over 20 years of experience in high-volume retail, manufacturing and business operations.  She started her career working for Forbes-Meagher Music, […] Read More...

D’Addario Retains Inside Track Int’l

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  • Upfront
• December 17, 2013

To boost their already strong OEM and private label business, D’Addario & Company, Inc. is excited to announce they’ve retained Inside Track International to facilitate sales of their fretted instrument products. Inside Track is the OEM sales rep firm started in 2012 by longtime Seymour Duncan sales and marketing executive, Evan Skopp, together with Doreen Daley Skopp.

Inside Track will manage D’Addario’s global sales of both fretted instrument strings—bulk packaged and private label—and D’Addario|Planet Waves.

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Hal Leonard and Tycoon Expand Distribution Deal

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• December 17, 2013

Starting at the 2014 NAMM show, Hal Leonard will be the exclusive US distributor for the entire Tycoon line – hundreds of products from this highly regarded manufacturer of hand percussion.

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Harman Professional Appoints Bogetvedt As Sales Manager

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• December 17, 2013

Harman Professional has appointed Joachim Bogetvedt as sales manager, Nordic, Martin Professional. Based in Kristiansand, Norway, Bogetvedt will lead sales and initiatives for Martin Professional across Northern Europe, reporting directly to Steen Matthiesen, vice president EMEA Sales, Martin Professional.

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Conn-Selmer Names Schreiber VP of Sales

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• December 16, 2013
Jay Schreiber has accepted the position vice president of sales for Conn-Selmer.  He will be responsible for all facets of sales in these regions. Schreiber joins Conn-Selmer with over 30 years of experience in the music industry.  He has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in band, orchestra, and combo percussion. He began his career […] Read More...

VIDEO: Mapex Touts “Pantherize It” Promotion Through Dec. 31

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  • News
• December 14, 2013
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Iowa Retailer Griggs Music Celebrates 110th Anniversary

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  • Upfront
• December 13, 2013

Griggs Music is celebrating their 110th anniversary. Historical memorabilia including vintage photos, celebrity autographs, and the store’s antique cash register are on display, while patrons were encouraged to share photos, stories, and to sign up for raffle prizes and participate in trivia contests throughout the week of December 8. A reception was at the store on Saturday, Dec 14, with refreshments and prizes.

Arthur P. Griggs opened A.P Griggs Piano Company in 1903 in downtown Davenport before the store changed its name to Griggs Music in 1946. The company originally concentrated on piano sales and service. Through the years, Griggs Music has responded to the changing needs of the community adding guitars, band and orchestra instruments and even refrigerators and appliances to fill a need during The Great Depression. Griggs was also one of the first to sell stereo components in the Quad Cities.

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iMSO Announces New Board

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• December 13, 2013

The Independent Music Store Owner (iMSO) association has named new board members, including Don Tegeler of Tegeler Music (Clinton, Iowa) as president.

“I first want to thank Gordy Wilcher of Owensboro Music Center for all he’s done for the group,” Tegeler said of the former president and co-founder. “He’s made a lot of positive things happened, and I hope to build on that.”

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Prager Named Director of U.S. Sales For ADAM Audio

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• December 12, 2013

ADAM Audio USA named Michael Prager as director of U.S. sales. In this new capacity, Michael will be responsible for all sales activity including direct accounts and sales representatives, as well as overseeing the marketing for ADAM’s Professional line.

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Musician’s Friend Promotes Pratt to Director of Merchandising

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• December 9, 2013

Musician’s Friend, Inc (MF), a division of Guitar Center, has promoted Randy Pratt to director of merchandising, drums and percussion, Musician’s Friend Division. The announcement was made by Gene Joly, president, Musician’s Friend Division, and represents MF’s continued emphasis on the drum and percussion market. Pratt is widely known in the industry as one of the most savvy and experienced drum merchants in all of eCommerce and is deeply respected in the drum and percussion vendor community.

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LOUD Names Altekruse Western Regional Sales Manager

Christian Wissmuller •
  • People
• December 9, 2013
LOUD Technologies, Inc (“LOUD”) hasannounced Mark Altekruse as western regional sales manager for the Ampeg and Mackie brands. Mark will utilize his background in pro audio sales and marketing to manage and collaborate with LOUD’s independent rep force to support the two brands’ dealer network in the western half of the U.S. Altekruse reports to […] Read More...

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