A Downtown development board put a hold on new incentives in the Pinch District of Memphis on Wednesday of this week and granted $57,000 to help St. Blues Guitar Workshop open a retail shop at 645 Marshall.
Location: Bellevue, Washington / Founded: 1996 / Personal: Wife: Betty; Kids: Michael and Chelsea.
Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc. has been growing rapidly over the past few years and just recently released a new line of professional instruments that’s already meeting with positive reaction. Even in a tough economic time, Tabor Stamper, Jupiter’s president, is very pleased with the company’s position and is excited about the future. Recently, MMR sat down with Stamper to get a better handle on Jupiter’s growth as a company, their newest products, and what the future holds.
Tom Bedell is stumped. The gregarious businessman has been asked a question that causes him to pause: “Considering today’s economy, and all the other companies making guitars today, is there a need for yet another?” A smile finally breaks and he says: “I’m going to answer a rational question with an emotional answer: We did not say, “What a great business opportunity this would be!’” He laughs, adding, “I’m doing this because I love guitars, love music, and I want to build the best guitars in the world. I’ve been successful in my previous endeavors and I will be successful in this one.”
Recently, Diplomatte Musical Instruments has been making a splash on the Band and Orchestra instrument scene. Working with a select group of factories and suppliers all over the world has helped Paul Shelden, president and CEO of Diplomatte, keep overhead down and retail prices low, while still producing quality instruments. Shelden’s unique perspective, as both a player and educator has certainly had an effect on his brand. To get a better handle on the inspiration behind Diplomatte, MMR sat down with Shelden to discuss the company and it’s hopes for the future.