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October 2019
 

OCT. 9 I FENDER EUROPE I LEGAL
UK Watchdog Alleges Fender Restricted Online Price Discounting
A U.K. watchdog has alleged that Fender Musical Instruments Europe Limited (Fender Europe) has illegally restricted discounting for its guitars online and could be fined. {more}

OCT. 8 I THE CANDYMAN STRINGS & THINGS I EVENT
Candyman Strings
& Things Celebrates
50 Years

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, The Candyman Strings & Things in Santa Fe, New Mexico, held a Woodstock-themed festival to honor its founding year, 1969. The event, held Sept. 22, drew nearly 1,500 attendees and featured a full day of musical acts, vendor booths and raffle giveaways. {more}

OCT. 8 I NORDIC SHELLS I WEB
Nordic Shells Launches Online 'Green Room'
Nordic Shells recently launched the "Green Room," an online blog for industry peers and drum makers. {more}

OCT. 1 I QSC I ACQUISITION
QSC Acquires Attero Tech
QSC has acquired AV connectivity solutions manufacturer Attero Tech, effective immediately.
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SEPT. 30 I KATSUHIKO (KARL) HIRANO I OBITUARY
Yamaha’s Hirano Passes Away
Katsuhiko (Karl) Hirano, a former electronic engineer for Yamaha, died Sept. 28 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77 years old.
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SEPT. 27 I SWIM I EVENT
SWIM Extends Scholarship Deadline to Oct. 4
The SWIM (Smart Women in Music) Fund NAMM show scholarship deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 4
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SEPT. 25 I ALL COUNTY MUSIC I RETIREMENT
General Manager Dan Murphy Retires from All County Music
All County Music has announced that its general manager, Dan Murphy, is retiring after 30 years.
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SEPT. 24 I EVANS DRUMHEADS I COMPANY
Evans Drumheads Debuts New Look to Packaging
Evans Drumheads has unveiled a new look to its drumhead packaging. Beginning in October, Evans’ packaging will allow drummers to get a more in-depth look into the innovation and technology built into the drumheads.
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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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