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Bold New Look For NAMM

A new pro audio and lighting exhibit hall, coupled with a strong fourth quarter for most industry segments, injected new energy into the industry's primary global showcase. But will enthusiasm at the show deliver growth in 2018?

NAMM management took a big gamble this year, tinkering with the format of its long running trade show by expanding it to include pro-audio and lighting companies. For the first time this year... READ MORE

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Gator Cases Acquires Levy’s Leathers

Gator Cases, the multi-segmented accessory manufacturer, has acquired Levy’s Leathers, the Winnipeg, Canada-based pioneer of stylish leather guitar straps, cases, and accessories. Following the acquisition, Levy’s will continue... READ MORE

Selmer Paris Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Family shareholders of the Henri Selmer Company of Paris have entered into an agreement to sell a majority stake of the renowned saxophone manufacturer to Argos Soditic, a European private equity firm. The transaction... READ MORE

Zildjian to Acquire Mike Balter Mallets

The Avedis Zildjian Company has entered into an agreement to acquire the Mike Balter Mallet Company, the leading percussion mallet manufacturer. “We’ve long respected Mike... READ MORE

Ultimate Support CEO Acquires Radial

Mike Belitz, president and CEO of Ultimate Support Systems, has acquired Radial Engineering Ltd. Ultimate Support and Radial Engineering Ltd. will now enjoy shared strategic and logistical advantages under Belitz’s leadership, allowing for wider availability... READ MORE

Following $619 Million Sales Year, Sweetwater Teams With Purdue U.

CEO Surack Invests In Learning Center To Be Managed By Purdue Music Department

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Sweetwater officials have announced a partnership that will locate a majority of the university’s music technology program on the Sweetwater campus. The company will turn an existing 8,000-square-foot facility near the main building into... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

March 2018 Issue

NAMM Lights Up! What You Need To Know About What Went Down In Anaheim

Special NAMM Features
• Yamaha Stages All-Star Concert: Melissa Etheridge & Michael McDonald headline outdoor extravaganza
• Guitar Makers Explore Untapped Growth Markets Star panel discusses innovation
• Martin “Re-Imagines” Its Iconic Acoustic Guitars
• Grateful Dead’s Weir Stars At NAMM Breakfast
• Casio Launches First Artist Album
• Saga/Shubb Concert Features John Jorgenson
• PRS Debuts Tremonti Signature Guitar Amp
• Zoom Pays Tribute To Creative Artists
• Korg Expands Its NAMM Presence
• Strategies For Dealing With Digital Disruption
• Roland Posts Double-Digit Sales Gains
• Samick Celebrates Standout Piano Retailers
• Zildjian, Vic Firth Tout Ambitious Plans For 2018
• Reverb’s Kalt Addresses NAMM Young Professionals
• Alliance Of Independent Music Merchants Turns 20
• Kawai Presents Top Dealer Awards
• Sabian’s Radical New Cymbal Design
• Expanding The Capability Of MIDI
• Gretsch, DW Mark Six Drum-Making Generations
• TKL Rethinks The Traditional Guitar Case

Quarterly Sales Report:
Biggest Quarterly Gain In Four Years

Gator Cases Acquires Levy’s Straps

New Owners For Selmer Paris

Zildjian Acquires Balter Mallets

• Ultimate Support Acquires Radial Engineering
• Steinway Veteran Gough Retires
• Samson To Distribute GEWA-Designed Pianos
• Retailers Tour D’Addario Woodwind Plant
• Lowrey Headquarters Moves To Los Angeles
• Hal Leonard To Distribute Paiste Cymbals
• Providing Instruments For Needy Students
• Buffet Secures “Best In Show” Honors
• New Strategy At Davitt & Hanser
• Sea-Air Provides Logistics Expertise

• Sweetwater Sales Top $600 Million
• Music Exchange & Classic Pianos Share Top Yamaha Retail Honors
• Andertons Makes Top Internet Ranking
• Island Music Showcases Local Builders
• Rockin’ Robin Guitars Up For Sale
• GC’s Porter A “She Rocks” Honoree
• Middle C Music Honored By D.C.
• Retailers Recognize Educator Excellence


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