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September 2019
 

SEPT. 17 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
Guitar Center Opens New Location in Pensacola, Florida
Guitar Center celebrated the opening of its latest location in Pensacola, Florida, Sept. 5. This marks the sixth grand opening
for Guitar Center in 2019.
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SEPT. 17 I TAYLOR GUITARS I APPOINTMENT
Taylor Guitars Names Andy Powers Third Partner
Taylor Guitars has announced that Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers is joining Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug as the third partner of the company.
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SEPT. 13 I ZOOM I PARTNERSHIP
Zoom F6, F8n Recorders Receive Ambeo Certification
Zoom and Sennheiser have expanded their Ambeo for VR partnership to include the Zoom F8n field recorder and the new Zoom F6 field recorder.
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SEPT. 10 I KORG I ACQUISITION
Korg Acquires Sakae Drums
Korg has acquired Sakae Drums. Operations will take place in Osaka, Japan, as the company continues to design new models developed by key members of Sakae's product and design team.
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SEPT. 10 I NAMM FOUNDATION I PHILANTHROPY
NAMM Foundation Announces $675K in Grants
The NAMM Foundation has announced grants to 28 music-making organizations totaling $675,000. The beneficiaries include 21 domestic and seven international music service organizations, and each provide access to music-making opportunities across a variety of different communities and demographics. {more}

AUGUST 28 I CITES I LEGAL
CITES Approves Exemption from Rosewood Restrictions
Earlier today in Geneva, Switzerland, the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) voted to approve an exemption that will allow finished musical instruments, as well as parts and accessories, containing rosewood to be transported around the world without permits.
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SEPT. 10 I CONN-SELMER I PERSONNEL
Stoner Retires as
Conn-Selmer President, Zapf Takes Over

Conn-Selmer has announced that John Stoner, president and CEO, has retired. Stephen Zapf has been chosen to take over as president and CEO. {more}

AUGUST 19 I MUSIC & ARTS I OPENING
Music & Arts Opens 4 Stores
Music & Arts recently opened new locations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Nevada.
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AUGUST 15 I REVERB I ACQUISITION
Etsy Closes on Reverb Deal
Etsy has completed its acquisition of Reverb for $275 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments with respect to cash, debt, working capital, transaction expenses and the value of equity awards granted in connection with the transaction.
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AUGUST 14 I ZOOM I WEB
Zoom Announces it’s Poised for
Podcasting Boom

Since the first podcast was broadcast in 2004, podcasting has grown exponentially. According to data assembled by the website Musicoomph.com, by the end of 2018 there were 700,000 active podcast series. As recently as 2014 there were only 47,000 active podcast series.
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AUGUST 13 I SUPER SENSITIVE MUSICAL STRING CO. I OBITUARY
Industry Vet Aspen Pittman Passes Away
MI industry veteran Aspen Pittman passed away on Aug. 11 after an automobile accident.
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AUGUST 13 I SUPER SENSITIVE MUSICAL STRING CO. I OBITUARY
Super Sensitive String’s Ellen Cavanaugh
Passes Away

Ellen Cavanaugh, vice president of Super-Sensitive Musical String Co. and a music industry veteran of more than 50 years, passed away on July 23. She was 73.
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AUGUST 2 I PEAVEY I COMPANY
Peavey Holds Auction to Sell Outdated Machines, Goods
Peavey will hold an auction on Aug. 7 in Meridian, Mississippi, to deplete its stock of outdated machines, materials and goods.
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AUGUST 1 I GIBSON I WEB
Gibson Reacts to Viral Guitar
Destruction Video

Gibson has responded to a viral video showing hundreds of Gibson Firebird X guitars being bulldozed.
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JULY 31 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
Guitar Center Opens Custom House
Guitar Center has opened Custom House, a multifunctional experience center featuring the latest in audio and video solutions, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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JULY 30 I NAMM I BY FRANK ALKYER & SETH WILSON
Summertime Sizzler
Hot new gear, an increase in international attendance and forward-looking ideas highlighted this year's Summer NAMM show.
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JULY 30 I NAMM I AWARD
Cosmo Music Named ‘Dealer of the Year’
Cosmo Music of Richmond Hill, Ontario, was named “Dealer of the Year” during Summer NAMM’s annual Top 100 Dealer Awards held July 19. {more}

JULY 30 I GIBSON I LEGAL
Gibson Collaborates with Boutique Builders
Gibson announced that it has entered into multiyear collaboration agreements with Jimmy Wallace Guitars, Banker Custom Guitars and Echopark Guitars. Under these collaboration agreements, Gibson will give these key boutique builders and luthiers a license to use Gibson trademarks, including the Les Paul.
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JULY 25 I BEST IN SHOW I EVENT
‘Best In Show’ Highlights Top Picks at 2019 Summer NAMM
NAMM U's popular breakfast panel "Best In Show" showcased some of the top gear, companies and services exhibiting at the 2019 Summer NAMM show. {more}