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.


Lewis Furrow Celebrates 40 Years with SABIAN

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Lewis FurrowOne of the few who have been with SABIAN even before there was a SABIAN, Foundry Supervisor Lewis Furrow has just reached the 40-year milestone with the New Brunswick-based cymbal-maker.

Throughout his 40-years at the SABIAN factory, Lewis has done a bit of everything – from shipping to production – giving him an intimate knowledge of the entire cymbal manufacturing process. The company says that Lewis is a a true practitioner of SABIAN core values and a highly-valued member of the SABIAN team.