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  • Harman Professional Names Prosound Distributor for Albania

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 23, 2014

    Harman Professional has appointed Prosound of Tirana as distributor in Albania for its AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL Professional, Lexicon, and Soundcraft product lines. As Prosound is also the existing Albanian distributor for Martin Professional lighting, the company is positioned to address all the key vertical markets where Harman Professional is active in the country.

  • Hal Leonard to Distribute Sony Pro Audio

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 23, 2014

    Hal Leonard Corporation has announced a new deal with the Sony Pro Audio division to distribute its DWZ digital wireless systems to US retailers who reach the music instrument, school, and church markets.

    Sony Pro Audio offers a wide range of audio solutions for the music industry. Their products include digital wireless mics for vocals and guitar systems, handheld recorders, and their industry-standard line of headphones. Hal Leonard will initially distribute the new DWZ line of wireless systems.

  • 2014 NAMM D.C. Fly-In

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 23, 2014

    NAMM members prepare to hit Washington D.C., making case for comprehensive school music education programs. Leaders of the music product industry, celebrity artists, and other industry influencers join together encouraging congressional leaders to support music education for all children. Registration is now open to current NAMM Members for the annual D.C. Fly-In, May 19-21, 2014.

    “Encouraging more young people to play music benefits the entire industry and reaching out through the education system is the most important way to reach tens of millions of students,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Going to D.C to lobby our elected officials and policy makers is the privilege and responsibility we all share living in a democratic society. NAMM Members who have participated come away with a profound sense of accomplishment and appreciation for the opportunity to have their voice heard.”

  • Effects of Ongoing Regional Strife on NAMM Musikmesse Russia?

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 23, 2014

    The buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border, as well as Russia’s recent annex of Crimea following a controversial snap referendum in the autonomous region, has many in MI wondering about the status of this year’s NAMM Musikmesse Russia convention.

    As of now NAMM has no official statement as to what, if any, impact current political and military developments may have on the gathering in Russia this spring, as the situation is still changing daily.

  • Deadline Close for RPMDA Scholarship

    hoff | Upfront | March 17, 2014

    The RPMDA Ed Adams Scholarship was established by the Retail Print Music Dealers Association to encourage individuals working for print music retailers to further their education and professional development by attending the annual RPMDA convention. The award recognizes the career of Ed Adams, an independent sales representative, and his dedicated service to the print music industry. Remember, the scholarship program has been relaunched to make it possible for one or more promising young dealer members under the age of 40 to attend the annual RPMDA convention. The application deadline is March 21st, click here for more information. 

  • NAMM Members Join Forces to Bring Banjo Exhibit to Life

    hoff | Upfront | March 17, 2014

    “The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument” comes to the Museum of Making Music in late March, 2014, bringing with it the story of the instrument’s path to stardom, as well as the support of NAMM-member companies and individuals. The exhibit incorporates artifacts, hands-on displays, information, and stunning examples of custom, vintage, and one-of-a-kind instruments –many contributed by NAMM members.

    Museum director Carolyn Grant credits NAMM-member enthusiasm and generosity as the locus of the exhibit. “"Special exhibitions are one way in which the NAMM Museum of Making Music explores and celebrates key industry stories and shares them with a broad audience,” she said. “The most recent exhibition explores not only the history of the banjo but also its current popularity. It is because of the generosity and enthusiasm of NAMM members that we were able to develop it so fully with information, graphics and a display of more than 80 historic and modern-day instruments.”

  • PRS Acoustic Welcomes New Leadership

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 17, 2014

    The PRS Guitars acoustic department, now in its fifth year, has officially aligned more directly with the company’s Private Stock program.

    The PRS acoustic team, a small group of nine people, continues to largely handcraft instruments at exclusive numbers under the company’s Private Stock brand. Accordingly, Paul Miles, twenty-three year PRS veteran and director of Private Stock, has expanded his responsibilities beyond the Private Stock electric team and the PRS Tech Center to include the management of PRS acoustic production. In concert with Miles, PRS’s acoustic department will continue to be guided by senior acoustic luthier Michael Byle. Byle has been with PRS Guitars for fifteen years and will now have increased latitude to explore innovative manufacturing processes, handpick material selections, and lead the team’s continual training efforts.

  • Lâg Guitars at Musikmesse 2014

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 16, 2014{youtube}v-Gwwi7zklk{/youtube}
  • Musikmesse 2014: Peavey Vyper Pro

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 16, 2014{youtube}5xmEbHCMs1A{/youtube}
  • New Products from Dream Cymbals at Musikmesse

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 16, 2014{youtube}0WlLp7EcjAc{/youtube}
  • Kala Wins MIPA

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 16, 2014

    At last week’s Musikmesse gathering in Frankfurt, Germany, Kala’s U-Bass won the International Press Award for “Best of The Best” in the Acoustic Bass category.

  • E.K. Blessing Announces New Initiatives

    hoff | Upfront | March 14, 2014
    E.K. Blessing is expanding its product line and introducing a unique dealer service program, while shifting some production to established manufacturing partners. The result of this strategic shift in production is a reduction in Blessing's Elkhart work force.  The company will continue to operate its Elkhart facility with a primary focus on design, sales, and distribution functions. 
    According to president Steven Wasser,
    We will continue to design great instruments in conjunction with partners like Cliff Blackburn and Fred Powell.  These instruments will be produced using some of our patented designs and proprietary technology.  The source of production for these instruments will be a combination of our own Elkhart plant along with well-established partnerships we have with instrument producers located in Germany, Asia, and the USA. This approach to manufacturing is designed to produce the highest possible quality at very competitive prices. Read More...
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