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Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: WB-Nick 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.


Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: magoo99 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Cornish Boy 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Tio Kimo on September 15, 2009, 09:57:34 PM
Thanks Rudy. Best of luck on what must be a huge transition.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: wmjonson on September 17, 2009, 07:07:17 PM
I'm speechless!

Have a question though. Will this forum remain active?
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: nogin007 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Pike 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Squint 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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Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Rocket 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?)
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: norfolkngood 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Tio Kimo 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: WB-Nick 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: hansvaneven on October 30, 2009, 04:48:55 AM
Hi Nick,

With much slimmer offering you make me worry, seriously.

Cheers,

Hans
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: norfolkngood 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?
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: WB-Nick 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.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: magoo99 on November 09, 2009, 08:36:26 AM
Thanks for the update Nick, please keep us informed/updated on whats on the go
Cheers
Magoo.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: shaulin on November 22, 2009, 07:35:58 AM
Maya series got canceled?

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Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: WB-Nick on November 23, 2009, 07:39:21 AM
Yes.  Donegan is leaving Washburn.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: funkymunky on November 29, 2009, 09:15:48 AM
what I can say at this point, is we are getting more custom product built than we ever have.
AND

Terry Atkins has been turning out the highest quality washburn electrics we have ever had.  While some things do remain up in the air, things are beginning to become a little clearer.

there is a re-design coming to the idol

donegan left us music (both washburn and randall)

there are big things coming.  BIG things.

I think we are going to see import guitars coming down the road that will be hard to distinguish from usa made product
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: shaulin on December 02, 2009, 04:50:32 PM
they also jacked up the prices on USAs...

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'04 Washburn WI64D w/ Bareknuckle Warpigs
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Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: alpheus94 on December 03, 2009, 08:00:19 PM
Don't redesign the idol, just learn to market it.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: NIB on December 10, 2009, 03:52:29 PM
Since there probably will be no more Idol USA, do you think prices will go up a bit on those?
I was selling one (WI68), and now I am wondering if I should hold on to it for now.
What do you think?
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: shaulin on December 20, 2009, 10:54:50 AM
any news from the new owners?

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'04 Washburn X50 w/ Bareknuckle Mule & Black Dog
'04 Washburn WI64D w/ Bareknuckle Warpigs
'06 Washburn PI80 w/ Bareknuckle Warpig & Mississippi Queen P(ig)90
'07 Washburn N4
'06 Washburn X33
'98 Gibson Les Paul Studio
'08 Washburn WM526 (White)
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Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: WB-Nick on December 21, 2009, 08:48:42 AM
they are going to let the market decide.  we are bringing out the new shape 2nd quarter 2010 and we'll see which one people want.

Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Cornish Boy on December 21, 2009, 10:02:02 AM
Hi Nick, are the new models comparable to the previous issue of LP style guitars, the WP Series ???
Or are they a completely new design ??
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: shaulin on December 22, 2009, 02:26:12 AM
and what about promoting the guitars beyond the odd guitar magazine ads?

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'04 Washburn X50 w/ Bareknuckle Mule & Black Dog
'04 Washburn WI64D w/ Bareknuckle Warpigs
'06 Washburn PI80 w/ Bareknuckle Warpig & Mississippi Queen P(ig)90
'07 Washburn N4
'06 Washburn X33
'98 Gibson Les Paul Studio
'08 Washburn WM526 (White)
'09 Washburn WI568
'09 Washburn WM526 (Ferrari Red)
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Noun0 on December 22, 2009, 09:11:33 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Rocket

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?)


Parler français me semble indubitablement devoir être la règle maintenant [:D], et ça m'arrange !!!
More US Custom made models could be a good news ...
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Rocket on December 22, 2009, 09:19:17 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Noun0

Parler français me semble indubitablement devoir être la règle maintenant [:D], et ça m'arrange !!!

Devrait conduire à quelques poteaux amusants… oui?
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: WB-Nick on December 22, 2009, 12:55:39 PM
Oui, il le devrait.
Sí, debería.
Ja, es soll.

Merci traducteur Google.
Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: Junior88 on December 22, 2009, 01:06:05 PM
Ahaha atta boy Nick!

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Title: Jam Industries acquires US Music
Post by: edge51va on June 30, 2011, 10:42:56 AM
Now that U.S. Music (and, by inference, Washburn) is in new hands, would love to see Washburn expand their line of acoustic guitars as well as other Washburn accessories and apparel.