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Feb/March 2020
 
FEB. 24 I GIBSON I TRADEMARK
Gibson Drops Appeal to Retain Ownership of Firebird and Thunderbird Body Shape Trademarks in EU

Gibson has now halted its efforts to own the Firebird and Thunderbird body shape trademarks in the European Union by withdrawing its appeal in the European Union Intellectual Property Office. 
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FEB. 18 I REVERB I APPOINTMENT
Reverb Names Jason Wain Chief Technology Officer

Reverb announced that it has appointed Jason Wain as chief technology officer on Feb. 18. Wain has more than a decade of technology and leadership experience, most recently serving as senior director of engineering at Etsy. 
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FEB. 5 | D’ADDARIO | SALE
Jim D’Addario Sells Rare Guitars on Reverb for D’Addario Foundation

Jim D'Addario, who recently transitioned to positions as chief innovation officer and chairman of the board at D'Addario, is selling items from his rare guitar collection on Reverb staring today. All proceeds from The Official Jim D'Addario Reverb Guitar Collection will be donated to the D'Addario Foundation. 
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FEB. 03 I ROLAND I PERFORMANCE
R&B Artist H.E.R. Plays New Roland Grand Piano at Grammys

At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, R&B artist H.E.R. performed her new ballad “Sometimes,” while playing Roland’s futuristic new concept model instrument, the GPX-F1 Facet Grand Piano. 
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JAN. 30 I FENDER I OWNERSHIP
Fender Announces Change In Ownership

Fender has announced Servco Pacific Inc. and TPG Growth have entered into a sale and purchase agreement in which Servco will acquire TPG's shares in the company. The acquisition is targeted to close in February 2020, subject to certain closing conditions.
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JAN. 27 | NAMM I EVENT
Reverb Names David Mandelbrot CEO

Reverb, an online marketplace for buying and selling musical instruments, has named David Mandelbrot CEO effective Jan. 28, 2020. Mandelbrot has more than two decades of leadership experience within the technology, media and entertainment industries.
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JAN. 27 | NAMM I EVENT
'Best In Show' Highlights Top Gear at NAMM

On Jan. 19, the last day of The NAMM Show, in the Pacific Ballroom of the Anaheim Hilton in California, seven retail-buying experts presented their top products from the show in four categories.  
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JAN. 24 | NAMM I EVENT
The NAMM Show Rocks Anaheim
As a new decade begins, The 2020 NAMM Show once again brought out the MI industry for four days and nights filled with special events, educational sessions and, of course, a staggering amount of new gear. {more}

JAN. 24 | YAMAHA I PREVIEW
Yamaha Makes Playing Easy
Yamaha gave the media a preview of three of the products it's introducing at The NAMM Show at its Artist Services Studio in New York on Jan. 7. {more}

JAN. 24 | MARTIN I PREVIEW
Martin Debuts SC-13E
Martin Guitars gave its SC-13E model a flashy debut at the company's Jan. 15 press preview.
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JAN. 24 | PRS I PRODUCT
PRS Introduces Dragon
PRS Guitars has introduced the Private Stock 35th Anniversary Dragon Limited Edition, the company's ninth Dragon model since its first in 1992. {more}

JAN. 14 | KMC MUSIC I DISTRIBUTION
KMC Music To Distribute sE Electronics
Microphone manufacturer sE Electronics has appointed KMC Music, distributor of musical instruments, pro audio products and accessories, to serve as its exclusive distribution partner in North, Latin and South America. {more}

JAN. 14 | DEERING BANJOS I APPOINTMENT
Deering Banjos Names CEO
Deering Banjo Company has appointed Jamie Deering, who has been an integral part of the company from a young age, as its CEO. 
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JAN. 14 | HAL LEONARD I DISTRIBUTION
Hal Leonard To Distribute
Warm Audio

Warm Audio, a manufacturer of classic analog recording gear, has granted music publisher and distributor Hal Leonard distribution of their various products throughout the U.S. {more}

JAN. 14 | DRUMSELLERS.COM | OPENING
Drumsellers.com Announces
Launch Date

Drumsellers.com will launch January 16, the first day of The Namm Show. 
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JAN. 14 | RPMDA | NEW ORLEANS | CONVENTION
RPMDA To Hold New Orleans Convention
The Retail Print Music Dealer's Association has announced it will be hosting an RPMDA Convention in New Orleans from April 30-May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. {more}

DEC. 18 | D'ADDARIO | APPOINTMENT
D'Addario Names New CEO
The D'Addario Company announced that John D'Addario III, son of John D'Addario, Jr. and nephew of the current CEO, is taking on the position of CEO in addition to his current role as president—effective January 1. {more}

}DEC. 4 | FENDER | APPOINTMENT
Fender Announces
Master Builder

Fender has announced a new master builder joining the Fender Custom Shop — Vincent Van Trigt. Van Trigt has worked in both the Gretsch and Fender Custom Shops for the past nine years. {more}

DEC. 4 | SIMS MUSIC | ANNIVERSARY
Sims Music Celebrates 40th Anniversary
South Carolina-based music instrument store Sims Music is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a series of events throughout 2020. {more}

DEC. 4 | YAMAHA | AWARD
Yamaha Announces Legacy In
Education Award

Yamaha bestowed the company's Legacy in Education Award on Marc Dicciani and Tom Aungst at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention held November 13-16 in Indianapolis. {more}

DEC. 2 | DW | ACQUISITION
DW Purchases Slingerland From Gibson
Drum Workshop has purchased the historic drum company Slingerland from Gibson. DW will release a new generation of Slingerland instruments next year. {more}

DEC. 2 | JJ BABBITT | APPOINTMENT
JJ Babbitt Company Names New President
Steven L. Rorie has joined the JJ Babbitt Company as president effective Dec. 2. {more}

NOV. 13 I GROUP ONE I PARTNERSHIP
Group One Distributes Solid State Logic
Solid State Logic has partnered with Group One to manage its U.S. portfolio of audio solutions and operational infrastructure. {more}

NOV. 13 I BOURGEOIS GUITARS I PARTNERSHIP
Bourgeois Guitars Partners with
Eastman Music

Eastman's international distribution network is expected to open foreign markets for Bourgeois, while Bourgeois will enhance Eastman's portfolio of product offerings.
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