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  • 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...
  • Harlem Explosion Claims Absolute Piano

    hoff | Upfront | March 14, 2014

    The enormous explosion that rocked Harlem on Wednesday, March 12 originated in the store of New York's Absolute Piano, according to a report from the NY Daily News. The store's owner since 2005, Kaoru Muramatsu, is reported to own the building as well, which was destroyed in the explosion along with the Spanish Christian Church next door.  Approximately 15 apartment units were also housed in the buildings. At least seven people were killed and over 60 were injured in the explosion and subsequent five-alarm fire.

    Absolute Piano employee Colin Patterson survived the explosion. He lived in an apartment behind the store and was awake watching television when the blast occured at approximately 9:30 am.  He told the Daily News that “There was a massive explosion and before you know it the building was on top of me. I didn't know what happened." The story, found here, continues: 

  • AlphaSphere at Musikmesse

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 13, 2014{youtube}ZovrzU9MAbY{/youtube}
  • Tom Bedell at Musikmesse 2014

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 13, 2014{youtube}ITRLmzY4Pqg{/youtube}
  • Hal Leonard in Frankfurt

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 13, 2014Mark Mumford, Hal Leonard's managing director – Europe, was one of many we've spoken with who've reported that one of the positive aspects of this year's Musikmesse has been the high percentage of "quality" meetings and meaningful discussions. Read More...
  • Harmona Akkordeon at Musikmesse 2014

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 13, 2014In this shot taken on Thursday in Frankfurt, Andreas Schertel of Harmona Akkordeon and Berthold Neidhardt of German American Trading present the new Harmona Diatonic Model 571. Read More...
  • Industry Friends Convene at the Alfred Booth in Frankfurt

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 13, 2014Photo: Andrew Surmani of Alfred Music (left) and IBC Trading's Iain Wilson (right) flank Hap Kuffner of Kuffner International. Read More...
  • Peavey & Trace Acoustic Celebrate 25th Year at Musikmesse

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 13, 2014On Thursday, the director and VP of Muiskmesse presented a cake to representatives of Trace Acoustic and Peavey Electronics commemorating the two companies' 25th appearance at the annual gathering in Frankfurt, Germany. Pictured are (from left to right): Paul Stevens of Trace Acoustic; Clive Roberts of Peavey Europe; Musikmesse VP Cordelia von Gymnich; and Musikmesse director Wolfgang Lücke. Read More...
  • QSC Audio TouchMix Mixers at Musikmesse

    hoff | Upfront | March 12, 2014{youtube}hLo_V2RqBi4{/youtube}
  • Harman Press Conference, Musikmesse 2014

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 12, 2014On Wednesday afternoon, Noel Larson, Harman market manager-recording, discussed the newly released dbx PA2 Loudspeaker Management System with Auto EQ and enhanced AFS capability. Read More...
  • TC Electronic’s Development Plans for Universal Audio’s UAD Platform

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | March 12, 2014

    TC Electronic has announced future develpment plans for Universal Audio’s UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform.

    “Our audio signal processing has been regarded as world-leading for decades whether in the form of hardware or software,” says Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management, Broadcast & Production. “We are very excited to able to offer genuine TC Electronic processing to users of the UAD platform. Our effect processing tools have been in heavy demand for some time in a plug-in format, and we feel that now is time to take this significant next step for our plug-ins portfolio.”

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