Join NAMM’s Music Education Advocacy Efforts on Capitol Hill

NAMM members will take the nation’s capital by storm, May 18-21, 2015, making the case that all children deserve comprehensive school music education programs. Leaders of the music product industry, artists and other industry influencers will meet with their Senators and Members of Congress to forward legislation that advances access to music education for all children. Current NAMM members may register for the annual D.C. Fly-In, now through April 17.

PRS Announces Opening of ‘West Street East’ and Start of Factory Tours

PRS Guitars has announced the opening of its new “West Street East” Museum Room and retail store and the commencement of free public tours of the Stevensville, Maryland manufacturing facility.

When touring the PRS factory, visitors will get a firsthand look at PRS Guitars’ processes, instruments, and amplifiers from raw wood or blank chassis form to finished guitar or amplifier. PRS intends to give visitors a unique view into PRS quality and the dedication of the people building PRS instruments. “We have a passion for building instruments and also for the music that these instruments help create. Most here are dedicated players, refining our craft as builders and musicians. There is a special kind of pride and individual ownership surrounding our instruments. From our experience, there is no better way to see this unique aspect of PRS than to walk through the shop,” stated PRS President Jack Higginbotham.

GC Opens New Store in Illinois

Guitar Center opened its 264th location in Champaign, Illinois, on February 26.  Guitar Center’s latest store, a state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center covering over 8,000 square feet, is the first in a series of new store grand openings in 2015.  The announcement was made by Michael Amkreutz, Guitar Center executive vice president, marketing, merchandising and e-commerce, and is said to “further [exemplify] the company’s ongoing plans for growth and long-term expansion and its primary goal of providing customers with the widest selection of musical instruments and professional audio products at the best prices sold by an experienced and knowledgeable sales staff.” 

CHAUVET DJ Works Magic with Penn Jillette

As the taller half of the superstar Las Vegas magic team of Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette is a master of illusion, but there was nothing chimerical about the magical lighting effects from CHAUVET DJ that illuminated his performance at the Mobile Beat Show.

Rather than “catching bullets,” escaping from helium bags or doing any of the other astounding and comedic tricks that have made him and his partner Raymond Teller world famous, Penn showed a more serious side to the Mobile Beat audience, recounting the journey that led him to become half of one of the longest running acts in Las Vegas history. Displaying the unique brand of humor that has made him beloved from Las Vegas to London, he shared his thoughts about music, magic, and the lessons both hold for DJs.

Trade Regrets: Richard O’Donnell

Richard O’Donnell passed away on January 15, 2015.

O’Donnell was vice president of Yamaha Corporation of America at a very historic time in the company’s growth and development during the 1970s. He worked on several projects including managing the operations for the Everett Piano Plant in Michigan, which Yamaha purchased to expand its piano manufacturing. O’Donnell later oversaw the Georgia manufacturing plants for Yamaha and witnessed first-hand the growth of the company within the American market.

Trade Regrets: Bill Tregoe

Bill Tregoe passed away on February 25th. Throughout his 35-year career as a sales rep for CG Conn and later King Musical Instruments, Tregoe drove an estimated 1,300,000-plus miles.

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Hohner Anacleto Series Black Hawk & White Hawk Accordions

As part of the Anacleto Collection line, Hohner is excited to announce the new Black Hawk I and White Hawk II Accordions.

The BH-1 and WH-II’s new grille allows for a much louder projection and diffusion of sound. Key to the sound is the new hand-made Binci reeds. Each reed plate is carefully made by hand using the finest metals. The Black Hawk – 1 comes in black matte with chrome lettering, and the White Hawk – II comes in white with a black matte grille and chrome lettering. 


Wood Violins Limited Edition Viper and New Stingray Series

To commemorate Wood Violins will release 25 special edition custom Viper electric violins, individually numbered and personally autographed by Mark Wood. The first Viper in this series will be unveiled at the NAMM Show. The remaining 24 Vipers will be custom built to dealer or customer specifications. The company will also debut its new Stingray SVX Series, the latest version of its Stingray SV and newly updated for 2015. The new Stingray SVX4 and SVX5 are available now for $699 and $899 (MAP) respectively.


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