NAMM Elects Eight New Board Members

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

11 NAMMBoardAt NAMM’s Annual Meeting of Members, held Jan. 24 during the 2015 NAMM Show, the association named eight new members of its board of directors, including Jam Industries President Martin Szpiro. The NAMM board provides leadership, counsel and direction to NAMM, the NAMM Foundation, and the global music products industry.

The following NAMM Members were elected to serve three-year terms on the incoming 2015 board: Martin Szpiro, Jam Industries; Joseph Castronovo, Korg USA; Greg Deering, Deering Banjo Company; Ron Losby, Steinway & Sons; Paul Decker, Music Villa; Michael Doyle, Guitar Center; Brian Reardon, Monster Music; Peter Sides; and Robert M. Sides, Family Music Centers.

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KHS America Purchases Hohner Inc. USA

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany. Hohner Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded harmonicas, accordians, melodicas, guitars, and bluegrass instruments; SONOR drums and orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands. Transfer of ownership took place Jan. 12, 2015.

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DW Drums Acquires American Percussion Brands from Fender

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Drum Workshop and Fender Musical Instruments have finalized an asset sale agreement for DW to purchase owned and licensed percussion brands including Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Hardware, and KAT Percussion from Fender’s KMC subsidiary. Ovation Guitars, and exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Sabian Cymbals are also included in the transaction.

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Gibson Brands Launches Neat Microphones Division

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
(L-R) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles.

(L-R) Martins Saulespurens, Skipper Wise, Martin Wolf, Ken Niles.

Gibson Brands has announced the launch of Neat microphones.

Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, says, “The time for entirely new thinking in how microphones are designed, manufactured, and applied is overdue—not only to benefit professionals, but also to create products that improve the audio experience of all consumers.”

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Music Marketing & Jordan Rudess To Host CME XKey Webinar

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

JordanRudess CMECME’s Canadian distributor, Music Marketing, will be hosting a webinar with Jordan Rudess, who will be introducing the new CME XKey Mobile Keyboard for Music Marketing dealers. This will take place on Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. EST. Rudess will be taking related questions following his presentation.

Music Marketing notes that the webinar format does restrict attendance and also that there is a contest to win a free CME XKey running until the end of October, which can be entered by watching a video of Rudess found HERE.

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Roland & FATAR Strike V-Accordion Outsourcing Agreement

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Weird Al Yankovic playing a Roland FR-7x V-Accordian.

Weird Al Yankovic playing a Roland FR-7x V-Accordian.

Roland Corporation has finalized a new production and outsourcing agreement with FATAR Srl and manufacturing for the V-Accordion line will resume in Italy.

Notable musicians who have used Roland V-Accordions on stage and in the studio include Sergio Scappini, Ludovic Beier, Weird Al” Yankovic, and Nora Kirkpatrick from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among many others.

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