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TOP 10: What went down in 2015

Daniel Gumble
TOP 10: What went down in 2015

With the new year fast approaching, we thought we’d round-up the ten biggest stories of 2015.

There have been some major developments in the world of MI over the past 12 months, with numerous retail expansions, distribution deals and product launches announced.

So, to provide a snapshot of what went down in 2015, we’ve rounded up the ten most-read stories of the year for your perusal.

All that remains is for us to bid 2015 a fond farewell and to wish you a happy and prosperous new year.
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See you in 2016.


1. Drum Workshop acquires Fender percussion brands

Drum Workshop has inked an asset sale agreement withFender Musical Instruments to purchase its owned and licensed percussion brands, including Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Hardware and KAT Percussion from Fender’s KMC subsidiary.

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2. Dandy Warholds: 'The web made playing instruments absolutely worthless'

Making their first UK festival appearance in more than a decade, The Dandy Warhols recently headlined Hertfordshire’s Standon Calling in what was a triumphant return for the US alt rockers. Daniel Gumble made the short trip east from MI Pro HQ to catch up with front man Courtney Taylor-Taylor, who was on particularly fine form, to discuss how the industry has changed over the past two decades, why physical music stores are going nowhere and why Standon Calling is the greatest festival he's ever played...

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3. Music Group acquires TC Group

Music Group has this morning (April 30th) announced the acquisition of TC Group, significantly expanding its MI and pro audio portfolio.

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4. NAMM 2015: Rickenbacker launches new guitars and bass models

Rickenbacker will unveil the new 1993Plus guitar and 4003S bass series at this year’s Winter NAMM.

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5. PMT Newcastle: Simon Gilson tells us about the new store

PMT has revealed that it is set to open a new store in Newcastle's Dean Street, having taken over the premises previously owned by Sounds Live.

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6. Big changes for PMT

S&T Audio Ltd, the operating firm behind PMT (Professional Music Technology) and Dolphin Music, has announced significant changes to its model in preparation for its ongoing expansion.

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7. EXCLUSIVE: Premier NOT ceasing UK manufacturing

Following weeks of industry speculation, Premier has exclusively confirmed to MI Pro that its UK manufacturing “has not ceased and will continue.”

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8. Marshall rings the changes with surprise smartphone launch

UK amp giant, Marshall, caught the attention of both the music and the tech industry this afternoon (Thursday, July 16th) with the surprise launch of a new smartphone.

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9. INTERVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe on the making of new album 'Abyss'

Next month, US singer songwriter, Chelsea Wolfe, releases her fifth album Abyss. Daniel Gumble caught up with her to discuss the making of the new record, gear and her background as a musician…

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10. Major changes announced for Musikmesse 2016

Next year’s Musikmesse will be open to the public for the full duration of the show and will take place from Thursday, April 7th to Sunday, April 10th, in a significant shift in focus for the annual event.

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