Eastman Music Company Purchases Portion of Backun Musical Services

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Backun Pres. Morrie Backun

Backun Pres. Morrie Backun

Eastman Music Company, a manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories, announced that it has made a significant investment in Backun Musical Services, a Canadian manufacturer of clarinets and woodwind accessories. This investment builds on the existing Eastman distribution of Backun products to dealers in North America. The deal sees Backun President Morrie Backun and Eastman CEO Qian Ni sharing co-ownership of Backun Musical Services.

The Eastman family of products, which includes Eastman, Wm. S. Haynes and S.E. Shires, now includes Backun clarinets and accessories. The agreement brings Backun’s woodwind instrument designs and manufacturing technologies into the Eastman portfolio, while leveraging Eastman’s brand and dealer relationships.

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Hal Leonard Acquires Schaum Publications

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Schaum Hal Leonard Signing:  (L-R) Trish Dulka, VP Communications/Advertising HL; David Jahnke, VP National Sales HL; Jeff Schaum; Wesley Schaum; Mary Jo Remus-Curran, Schaum; Jeff Schroedl, Exec VP HL; Larry Morton, President HL

Schaum Hal Leonard Signing: (L-R) Trish Dulka, VP Communications/Advertising HL; David Jahnke, VP National Sales HL; Jeff Schaum; Wesley Schaum; Mary Jo Remus-Curran, Schaum; Jeff Schroedl, Exec VP HL; Larry Morton, President HL

Hal Leonard announced that effective immediately it has acquired Schaum Publications, the publisher of educational piano materials. The joint announcement was made by Larry Morton, president of Hal Leonard, and Wesley Schaum, president of Schaum Publications.

Schaum Publications, Inc. was founded in 1959 by John W. Schaum. The company publishes scores of quality piano materials integrating method, theory, technique, and repertoire into a comprehensive education resources. The Schaum catalog includes over 700 titles including the bestselling Fingerpowerý line of products that have been used by tens of thousands of piano students over the years. John’s son Wesley has been running the operation since 1989 and came to Hal Leonard when he decided it was time for a change.

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Freedman Electronics Group Buys SoundField from TSL Products

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
On the eve of its 50th year in business, The Freedman Electronics Group, which includes pro audio brands Rode Microphones, Event Electronics and Aphex, announced its purchasing the surround sound recording company SoundField from TSL Products.
Rode Founder Peter Freedman

Rode Founder Peter Freedman

Rode Founder and Managing Director Peter Freedman and TSL Products’ Managing Director Chris Exelby signed the deal on Nov. 21, 2016, sealing a deal that now sees Freedman Electronics take control over the entire SoundField company, including the current product line as well as all IP associated with the brand. The existing product line will continue, and all support and warranty for SoundField products will now be handled through the new entity. TSL Products will retain the upmix/downmix processing product range, which will be rebranded.

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ROLI Acquires FXpansion

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
ROLI's Roland Lamb (third from left) with Angus Hewlett, Skot McDonald & Rhiannon Bankston-Thomas, the founders of FXpansion.

ROLI’s Roland Lamb (third from left) with Angus Hewlett, Skot McDonald & Rhiannon Bankston-Thomas, the founders of FXpansion.

U.K.-based music technology company ROLI has acquired software instrument maker FXpansion.

London-based FXpansion adds a large collection of sounds and effects to ROLI’s growing range of music creation tools. The Seaboard, ROLI’s touch-responsive instrument, will now be developed alongside FXpansion’s virtual instruments including BFD3 collection of acoustic drum sounds, and the Strobe2 analog-modelled software synthesizer.

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Buffet Crampon Acquires Powell

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Jérôme Perrod, President of Buffet Crampon

Jérôme Perrod, President of Buffet Crampon

Jérôme Perrod, president of Buffet Crampon, has announced that Powell is now part of the Buffet Crampon family, which manufactures and distributes all wind instruments. Buffet Crampon says this is a continuation of its strategy of acquiring historical and significant wind instrument brands.

Powell reinforces the presence of Buffet Crampon in strategic markets such as the North America and Japan, according to Perrod. This acquisition also completes the industrial footprint of Buffet Crampon by adding a production facility using U.S. dollars as currency.

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St. Louis Music Acquires Hamilton Stands

Monday, December 7th, 2015
St. Louis Music Pres. & CEO Mark Ragin

St. Louis Music Pres. & CEO Mark Ragin

Saint Louis Music has recently announced the acquisition of Hamilton Stands.

Hamilton is the oldest stand company in the world and one of the oldest MI brands in the U.S., having been founded in Hamilton, OH in 1883. The company’s KB400N is one of the longest continually-made products in the industry, having sold more than 10 million units.

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