Industry forges ahead, doing the “right thing” – even as tree-hugging musicians still want that Brazilian rosewood Guitar and accessory makers are getting increasingly progressive and sensitive to the global impact of every product they make, changing and refining their ways through adhering to and going beyond international guidelines, consistently implementing new conservation policies, and in some cases, developing radical new products.
“We’ve been hearing about the market for used or reconditioned cymbals for some time now,” says Peter Stairs, Sabian’s vice president of sales. “We’ve been looking at how to enter that market formally; up until now, we’d never really figured out exactly how we were going to do it.”
What Sabian has come up with is a new brand: the SR2. Sabian is going to “recondition” playable cymbals that are sent back to the factory, stamp them with the SR2 logo, and release them back onto the market. There is a growing market for used musical instruments, due in part to the flagging economy, and Stairs feels that the time is right for this new endeavor.
“We’re very fortunate,” says Peter Janis, founder and CEO of Radial Engineering. “Our sales channels are global, and we’ve got some pretty heavy hitters out there using and representing our products throughout the world. There are a lot of people down right now but we’re actually up over last year.”
Established in 1985, BG Franck Bichon is one the world’s leading producers of woodwind accessories, with agents selling its products in 80 countries worldwide. The company thrives with mom and pop store values and continues to grow, partnering with Yamaha and American Way Marketing. MMR spoke with Franck Bichon, founder of the Lyon, France based company, and discussed his thoughts on the MI industry, and BG’s future and philosophy.
Many Suppliers Offering Many Options – But You Can’t Sell Them if You Don’t Carry Them…Frank Grund recently took his vintage amp out to play with friends, and recalls while “going out the door, I banged it into the door and nicked it.” Grund’s day job? President of Grundorf, an Iowa-based company that makes amplifiers and cases. So he knows all too well that “whether the musician is full time, part time, or just any time, if the instrument or amp isn’t properly protected, it can and likely will get damaged.”