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Jam Industries acquires US Music
« on: September 14, 2009, 09:40:10 AM »
Jam Industries acquires US Music
Rob Hughes Aug 25 2009, 10:08am
Brands including Washburn and Randall change hands in the States

MMR Magazine has reported the acquisition of US Music Corp by Jam Industries. Rudy Schlacher is stepping down from his position as CEO of the company, which he founded four decades ago.

US Music's family of brands includes: Washburn, Randall, Eden, Parker, Soundtech, Oscar Schmidt, Vinci, and GWL. UK distribution of these brands will not be affected.

Schlacher stated: We are pleased to join forces with a strategic partner like Jam Industries, which has a long successful history in the music industry and has been a long-term business partner with US Music. It has been a thrilling and rewarding 40-year ride that has allowed me to realise my dreams and goals that would not have been possible without the support of our customers and suppliers. It is now time to hand the reins over to a valued and trusted partner.


Jam Industries is a Quebec-based company that has been distributing musical instruments and related gear for over 30 years. Chairman Marty Golden commented: It is with great pride that we have been able to come to an agreement with Rudy and US Music Corp that will enable US Music and its worldwide brands to continue to grow and prosper going forward. We envision that US Music will operate as an independent and wholly owned subsidiary of Jam Industries under the guidance of its current president, Barry Ryan.

We are confident that we will be able to leverage our combined companies strengths and past successes to even greater results. In addition, we will continue to tap into Rudy’s creative and intuitive instincts as well as his supplier knowledge as we make the transition to the next chapter in US Music’s history.


 

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 09:58:08 AM »
Wow!...maybe a good thing for washburn in Canada.

Washburn will miss Rudy....fr what I have read Rudy was the heart and sole.

Maybe our friend Yan will post some info fr the Quebec side.
 

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 10:10:39 AM »
Well I s'pose it's the end of an era, I'll second magoos sentiment Rudy did put Washburn back on the map by hard work and having the right people on board. I just hope that whatever changes are made will benefit the loyal customers from all countries.
More Outlets for Washburn products in Europe and Canada would be a good start.

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 09:57:34 PM »
Thanks Rudy. Best of luck on what must be a huge transition.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 07:07:17 PM »
I'm speechless!

Have a question though. Will this forum remain active?
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 08:36:27 PM »
Stopped by my local dealers today, and asked what they knew about Jam Industries. They didn't even know that Washburn had been sold.
 

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2009, 07:55:57 PM »
Thanks Rudy, for bringing forth some of the very best guitars I've ever played and good luck to you in any and all your future endeavors.
 

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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2009, 06:03:07 PM »
From Acoustic Guitar Trade magazine:

JAM INDUSTRIES ACQUIRES US MUSIC
US Music Corp, the parent company of Washburn Guitars, Randall Amplifiers, Eden Electronics, Parker Guitars, Oscar Schmidt Musical Instruments, SoundTech Professional Audio Systems, and Vinci Strings, has been acquired by the Canadian company Jam Industries, Ltd. Rudy Schlacher has relinquished his position as CEO of US Music Corp, which he founded four decades ago. usmusiccorp.com


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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2009, 06:06:09 PM »
Guess y'all can stop using the term US Music... maybe NA Music or Can-O-music would be more appropriate... (devons-nous parler français maintenant?)

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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2009, 08:55:31 PM »
Are we going to see a press statement on here? All best to Rudy, best wishes for wherever life takes you.

From a selfish perspective, if Washburn wants to maintain a credible UK presence I think you need to look for new partners or at least ask Soundtech to sharpen up their act. Hard cases for UK customers is a long-standing issue, access to branded gear needs looking at, remember that this forum is our only means of keepimng in touch with head office.
 

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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2009, 06:43:26 PM »
no. I agree that it seems odd the Top o the line idols are not listed at this time, they are not shutting the operation down. Just a few days ago, Nick inquired of Idol lovers their opinions to a redesign.

I gotta believe Jon or Nick will come along and let us know what the future holds.

Say it ain't so, Nick.
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2009, 11:28:39 AM »
Hey Kip,
I think you're the only one that responded to my Idol thread.  Yes, there are going to be changes and i'm not entirely sure what the USA product line is going to be yet.  I know that we will continue to make guitars in the US but it will be a much slimmer offering.  As soon as i know, i will give you guys an update.
 

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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2009, 04:48:55 AM »
Hi Nick,

With much slimmer offering you make me worry, seriously.

Cheers,

Hans

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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2009, 07:21:43 PM »
Nick,

I'm sure you've got a million other things to be thinking about, but any chance of a quick update for the faithful on here please?
 

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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2009, 08:26:39 AM »
Hey Guys,
The new owner is going to be here later this month to discuss this issue.  After that, i'll have more info.  Right now we are focusing on Nuno models and custom runs for Boogie Street and Funky Munky.