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  • Gibson’s ‘Government Series’ Commemorates Fed’s Raids

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | February 1, 2014

    As presumably most everyone in the industry knows, back in August of 2011, agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confiscated wood from Gibson's Tennessee facilities - the second such raid in two years.

    Gibson has now released a new series of guitars commemorating the company's struggles with the government.  From the official press release:

  • Focusrite’s New iTrack Dock at NAMM 2014

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  • New Fender Stratocaster Models for 60th Anniversary at NAMM 2014

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 30, 2014{youtube}KbCew4PwBO4{/youtube}
  • Deering Banjos Celebrates 100,000th Banjo at 2014 NAMM

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 30, 2014{youtube}BJQPURgbW_A&{/youtube}
  • Kurzweil Unveils New Artis Performance Keyboard at NAMM 2014

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  • Sabian Acquires Billdidit

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 30, 2014

    Billdidit Inc. (Nova Scotia, Canada) is now part of the Sabian group of companies. Billdidit has built a solid reputation as forward-thinking designers of innovative and reliable drum hardware and accessories. The acquisition expands Sabian design capabilities and adds a significant portfolio of new music products.

  • Houston’s Dowling Music Closes

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 28, 2014

    After 71 years, Dowling Music, a comprehensive sheet music store in Houston, Texas, is closing at the end of this week.

    Houston-born concert pianist Richard Dowling purchased the operation in 2008 with his partner, James Li. The couple opened an additional Dowling Music store in NYC’s Steinway Hall that closed in April, 2012.

  • New NYC Digs for Guitar Center

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 27, 2014

    The Real Deal is reporting that GC will be moving into the former Daffy’s (fashion retailer) space in the old New York Times Building at 218 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

    GC has reportedly signed a 15-year lease last month with Africa Israel Group for 600 square feet on the ground floor, and about 28,000 square feet on the lower level of the building. The asking rent is said to be $2.3 million per year, they said, or about $80 per square foot blended over both floors.

  • NAMM Board Welcomes Eight New Members at Annual Meeting

    hoff | Upfront | January 27, 2014
    At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 25 during the 2014 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Board of Directors welcomes eight new industry pros. The NAMM Board of Directors guides and leads NAMM and NAMM Foundation and offers counsel to the music product industry.
    Chairman Larry Morton expressed his respect and admiration for the new members asserting that their inclusion reflects NAMM’s commitment to uniting members from all areas of the industry. “We are extremely fortunate to welcome a diverse and accomplished group of new Board members, representing both retail and commercial members, from a wide range of music industry segments,” Morton said. “This talented group of Directors also reflects NAMM's desire for inclusiveness of professional men and women from small and large companies, both here in the United States and around the world.  We are very grateful to these newly elected Board members for their willingness to serve the industry by giving so generously of their time and talents to NAMM.” Read More...
  • Fender’s Norvell Receives DCA at NAMM

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 26, 2014Kicking of the Fender Strat's 60th Anniversary on a high note, VP of Fender Guitars Justin Norvell received the MMR Dealers' Choice Award for "Electric Guitar Line of the Year" on Saturday in Anaheim. Read More...
  • Chauvet Receives DCA at NAMM

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | January 26, 2014Chauvet's Ana Jaramillo, Albert Chauvet, and Allen Reiss with the MMR Dealers' Choice Award for "Lighting Line of the Year." Read More...
  • Shubb Capos Celebrates 40 Years

    hoff | Upfront | January 25, 2014As 2014 begins, Shubb Capos’ Rick Shubb looks back on the company’s successful history: “In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight championship, and Mel Brooks released Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. I was a young banjo player with an idea for an improved 5th string capo […] Read More...
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