Rotosound Sound Celebrating 60 Years of Making Strings in 2018

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Rotosound’s Alan Marcuson, London 1967

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Rotosound’s Alan Marcuson, London 1967

British string manufacturer Rotosound is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has reached the landmark while undergoing a significant period of expansion to its distribution business.

Formed in 1958 by James How as a U.K.-based, family-owned and operated company, the firm has become an icon of the British music industry and continues to manufacture its high-quality range of strings in the U.K.


Gretsch Celebrating 135 Years as a Family-Owned Manufacturer in 2018

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Dinah & Fred Gretsch  [Photo by Stephen B. Morton]

Dinah & Fred Gretsch [Photo by Stephen B. Morton]

The year 2018 will be an especially busy one for the Gretsch family as they celebrate 135 years of being a leading guitar and drum manufacturer with customers, fans, business partners, and artists.

“We’re one of the few remaining musical instrument manufacturers that is still family owned,” says current president, Fred Gretsch. “I’m the fourth generation and am delighted to have the fifth and sixth generations of family members involved in the business my great-grandfather started in 1883. He would be proud that his entrepreneurial gene continues to be passed down to each generation.”


HHB Canada Turns 20

Friday, May 26th, 2017
(L-R) HHB Canada's Norman Verrall, Tracy Carbert, Warren Beck, Dave Dysart, Dianne Dunford, Mark Holman & Dave Misener

(L-R) HHB Canada’s Norman Verrall, Tracy Carbert, Warren Beck, Dave Dysart, Dianne Dunford, Mark Holman & Dave Misener

On April 1 2017, HHB Canada had its 20th birthday.

Based in Toronto, HHB Canada had its first day of trading on April 1, 1997. A subsidiary of HHB Communications of London UK, HHB Canada began with a small staff of two people in the office and three independent sales reps. It’s now grown to be one of the most prominent audio distributors in Canada.


Rode Microphones Reaches Golden Jubilee

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Peter Freedman with his Order of Australia media

Peter Freedman with his Order of Australia media

Throughout 2017, Freedman Electronics, the parent company of Rode Microphones, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over the course of five decades, the company has seen its ups and downs as it transitioned from a small pro audio shop and PA installer founded by Henry and Astrid Freedman, who emigrated from Sweden, into one of Australia’s most successful manufacturers and exporters.

“[I’m] obviously incredibly proud. Half a century, having a business last that long, is pretty special as most businesses fail. But there have been so many things, the ups and downs, and there is so much luck of being in the right place at the right time,” says Peter Freedman, who took over the company from his father in 1987. “But when people say, ‘If you had one piece of advice, what would you say?’ it’s, ‘Never give up.’”


Epiphone Celebrates 60 Years in the Gibson Family

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Epiphone Founder Epi Stathopoulo

Epiphone Founder Epi Stathopoulo

The following history is courtesy of Epiphone:

Throughout 2017, Epiphone will celebrate its 60th anniversary as part of the Gibson Family of Musical Instruments, its one time rival and now partner in instrument design and manufacturing for over half a century.

On May 10, 1957, Gibson President Ted McCarty – a longtime fan of Epiphone – purchased the Epiphone Company along with its tooling, parts inventory, copyrights, and designs from the last surviving members of the Stathopoulo family, who were retiring from the music business.


Empress Effects Auction Off Andy Summer-Autographed 10th Anniversary Pedal for Charity

Friday, December 9th, 2016

andy-summer-police-empressTo celebrate its 10th anniversary, Ontario-based Empress Effects has released the limited edition 10th Anniversary Tremolo pedal and is combing the release with a charity initiative. Only 250 of the pedals are made, each with its serial number engraved on the front of the pedal.

For every 10th anniversary tremolo sold, Empress will donate $10 to charity. Being animal lovers, they’re supporting Big Sky Ranch, Ottawa’s only no-kill animal shelter.