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Trade Regrets

Music retailer, teacher, and philanthropist Ruth J. Charles passed away on September 4. She was 89.

Ruth was born in Birmingham, Michigan, June 26, 1925. In 1947, she and her late husband, Dick, both graduates of Michigan State University, moved to California. In 1950 they founded the Charles Music Store and Studios on Glendale Avenue. From the beginning, it was and remains today a highly successful and respected institution where, in the beginning, Dick concentrated on band instrument sales and Ruth, in addition to running the store, taught piano and organ. Until recently, she continued to teach privately in her home where she has positively impacted the lives of many students, both adults and beginners.

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KMC Music has appointed Darren Wallace as brand manager for Ovation Guitars. As a master luthier, Wallace has been an integral part of Ovation’s product design and development throughout his 21 years with the company. He began his career at Ovation managing the Standard Balladeer Cell, working up to production manager and then Engineering and R&D manager. As brand manager, Wallace will oversee all Ovation brand activity, including manufacturing, new product development and strategic marketing.

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Music & Arts recently opened two new locations in the North Houston, Texas areas of Humble and Tomball. The roughly 3,000 square foot Music & Arts stores offer a large selection of instruments and accessories as well as six music lesson studios, which will have the capacity to serve about 250 students. Instructors at these locations will offer a variety of one-on-one or group music lessons including: piano, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, percussion, voice and more.

Read more: Music & Arts Adds Two New N. Houston Locations >>>


PreSonus has announced that Tony Flammia has accepted the position of commercial channel manager. In his new position, Flammia will work closely with PreSonus/WorxAudio Loudspeaker Division managing director Hugh Sarvis on new loudspeaker systems that integrate AVB (Audio Video Bridging) and Dante digital audio networking technologies. In addition, he will train systems integrators to install and use these systems.

Flammia is well suited for his new responsibilities, having spent most of his career as a systems integrator, designing and installing AVL (audio, video, and lighting) systems in churches all over the USA, including many WorxAudio systems. Always on top of the latest technology, he has the distinction of completing the first AFMG FIRmaker beam steering project in the world. A proven businessman and entrepreneur who is intimately familiar with both WorxAudio and PreSonus products and technologies, Flammia founded Creative Sound Solutions of Cape Coral, Florida in June 2007 and turned it into a highly successful systems integration company.

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Nineteen sixty-four saw The Beatles debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Lyndon B. Johnson win a landslide re-election, and Colin Bailey release Bass Drum Control. This book has become a perennial favorite, helping countless drummers develop their bass drum technique and increase their flexibility through the mastery of exercises. Hal Leonard Corporation is proud to reissue Bass Drum Control – one of its consistent bestsellers for decades – in a special 50th anniversary edition. Deemed one of the “25 Greatest Drum Books of All Time” by Modern Drummer, the book is the bible on the subject.

Read more: 'Bass Drum Control' from HLC Celebrates 50 Years with Aniv. Edition >>>

Supplier Scene

The MI industry mourned this loss of ZVEX Effects' Andrew Richardson last week. In an effort to pay tribute to Richardson, his colleagues have set up an auction through to help fund a memorial fund.  Earthquaker Devices' Julia Robbins distributed the following message:

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Supplier Scene

Guitar Center was presented with three 2014 Content Marketing Awards, including the Award’s highest honor, Project of the Year, for its YouTube channel. The retailer beat out thousands of top-tier brands for this distinction, and was named winner out of six finalists including Target, Four Seasons, and General Electric. Additionally, Guitar Center’s YouTube Channel received a Gold Award in the category of Highest Subscriber Growth and a Silver Award in the category of Best Use of YouTube for Content Marketing. These are Guitar Center’s first Content Marketing Awards.  

Read more: Guitar Center Grabs Top Honors at Content Marketing Awards >>>


Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jim Bailey to a newly created product marketing position.  


Bailey comes to Renkus-Heinz after serving as general manager of Aphex, a manufacturer of professional audio processing hardware. His lengthy career in pro audio has also included product management positions at Avid and TASCAM, playing a major role in the development of numerous award-winning products at both companies. His many years as a successful recording engineer and studio owner served as his launching point into manufacturing, applying that experience in the development of new audio products.


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Guild Guitars has named GitaarBizz as the new Guild distributor for Germany, Austria, and the Benelux. Industry vet Ruud Elbers founded GitaarBizz in 2013, after an 18 year stint as the Benelux distributor of Gibson, Epiphone, and Orange, among other popular brands. “Ruud’s extensive connections with the existing dealer network, along with his experience in marketing and logistics make him a well-rounded, ideal candidate to help us promote the Guild brand,” said Guild President Jonathan Thomas.

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TMP Pro Distribution has announced an agreement with Audiofly to be the exclusive distributor for their full line of Performance Series IEMs to the MI and Professional markets in the United States. Based in Australia, Audiofly is an award-winning innovator of premium IEM products for the professional audio market. Recognized for its fresh approach, Audiofly has quickly acquired impressive industry recognition, earning Innovation Honors from International CES and a Best-In-Show award from the CEA Line Show.

Read more: TMP to Distribute Audiofly in the US >>>

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