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Hayden Amps Hit the Road with Everclear

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  • Supplier Scene
• June 24, 2013

American rock band Everclear, who had hits in the 90's with songs like "Santa Monica", "Everything to Everyone", and "Wonderful", is headlining the 2013 Summerland Tour and frontman Art Alexakis is playing Hayden Amps.

Alexakis is employing a Hayden Classic Lead 80W head and 412 cab to get his signature west-coast alternative guitar sound, which anchored the band's eight albums including Sparkle and Fade (1995) and So Much for the Afterglow (1997), and earned Everclear both a Grammy nomination and Billboard Music award in 1998.

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Gibson Officially Switches to ‘Gibson Brands’ Name

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

Recent acquisitions in the pro audio realm have broadened Gibson’s range of product offerings considerably and, to reflect this, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become Gibson Brands.

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The Fred & Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

2013 marks Gretsch’s 130th anniversary, and the company is going all-out to celebrate this historic milestone. Special promotional events in cities across the US and Canada will showcase Gretsch guitars and drums, with concert performances by top Gretsch artists.

A special element of these events will be The Fred & Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour. Representing the fourth generation of the Gretsch Family, Fred will be on hand to personally greet Gretsch fans, sign autographs, and relate the fascinating history of the business that was founded by his great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch, in 1883.

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Samson To Transfer Zoom Distribution

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

Samson Technologies will turn over the U.S. distribution of all Zoom products to the newly developed Zoom North America on December 31, 2013.

Zoom Corporation, based in Japan, manufacturers handheld and desktop recorders, along with guitar effects processors. Samson and Zoom’s 20-year distribution relationship will end on good terms.

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S&P Lowers GC’s Credit Rating

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  • People
• June 19, 2013
According to Reuters, Standard & Poor’s cut its debt rating on Bain Capital-owned Guitar Center Holdings Inc. late last month, from ‘B-‘ to ‘CCC+’ due to “weak operating trends.”

“Although we anticipate the company (will) obtain the amendment to its financial covenants, we believe its capital structure is unsustainable in the long term and the company is dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions to meet its financial commitments,” S&P credit analyst Mariola Borysiak said in a recent note to clients.

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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...
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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NAMM’s 2013 Top 100 Dealer Awards

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Entries are now being accepted for NAMM’s 2013 Top 100 Dealer Awards, w hich spotlight the music instrument and products industry’s best, brightest and most proactive retailers. The awards will be presented during Summer NAMM, July 11-13, 2013 in Nashville, and recognize retailers in seven “Best of” categories, with the 2013 “Dealer of the Year” […] Read More...

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...
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...

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