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Pioneer DJ Sold To KKR

Leading U.S. private equity firm pays $550 million for division, allowing Pioneer to focus on automotive electronics 

Japanese electronics manufacturer Pioneer Corporation announced on September 15 that it would sell its DJ products division to U.S. private equity firm Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts for $550 million. Pioneer will retain... READ MORE



The Strat At 60

The graceful curves Of Leo Fender’s most iconic creation have lost none of their appeal after six decades. Herewith, the story behind its creation.

Read the whole article in this preview of our October issue!



Q2 Import Tracker: Rising Imports Are Filling Up Warehouses

Data for the quarter ending June 30 reveals that manufacturers and importers have increased the olume of imports across all major music industry product categories. From vertical pianos to brasswinds and power amps, import quantities for most products tallied in this report... READ MORE





Steinway’s Ron Losby discusses how a piano can be a life-changing event, and what it takes to be successful for 160 years

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Jean Baptiste Enters School Market With High-Value Student Horns

The new 290AL Alto Saxophone and FL290S Closed-Hole Flute extend Jean Baptiste’s extensive line of woodwind and brass instruments designed to bring unparalleled craftsmanship, tone, and value to players of all ages and skill levels. With keywork and ergonomics... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

October 2014 Issue READ IT NOW!

What's Driving Acoustic Guitar Sales? Industry execs weigh in on why acoustics are taking a bigger share of the total guitar market, and whether the trend will last

The Stratocaster Turns 60: The story behind the groundbreaking guitar that changed the face of the industry

BOSS Creates Boutique Line: Premium Waza pedals set a new standard for tone

Caparison Guitars: Innovative designs, exceptional craftsmanship

Cream City Music: Blending online and brick-and-mortar retail to deliver an exceptional customer experience

Kala Opens U.S. Uke Factory

Musicians Institute Trains Guitar Techs

The New Look Of Chinese Guitar Making

Pioneer Sells DJ Division To Private Equity Firm For $550 Million

Q2 Import Tracker: Rising Imports Indicate Sales Upswing

Q&A With Steinway’s Ron Losby: Why a piano purchase can be a life-changing event

Forefront
• Fender Consumer Direct Program
• Billy Cobham Reunites With Tama
• Forbes Magazine Features D’Addario
• New European Distribution For Guild Guitar
• Surging Growth At Shanghai Fair
• Tri-Tech Systems Marks 30 Years
• 200,000 ChordBuddy Units Sold
• Music People Take “Ice Bucket” Challenge
• Strat Graphics Adorn London Bus
• Hal Leonard Distributes Notion Software
• Audix MicroBoom Promotion
• Larry Fishman Addresses Apple Staff
• Jean Baptiste Debuts High-Value Horns

Retailing
• Cascio Sponsors International Guitar Fest
• J.W. Pepper Helps Schools Raise Funds
• Former Sears Exec Heads GC Marketing
• Long & McQuade Acquires La Guitare
• Full Compass Sponsors Local Opera
• Sweetwater Expands Staff
• Island Music Hosts Victor Wooten
• Tampa Violin Shop Doubles Showroom Size
• Music & Arts Adds Houston Locations
• Ted Brown Acquires Capital Music


     
     






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