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This summer, buy American-made musical products and support great brands like Steinway & Sons pianos, Conn-Selmer woodwind and brass instruments, Martin guitars, and print music from Piano Pronto Publishing and many more.
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Steinway & Sons
Visit your Schmitt Music piano store by Monday, July 31 for special savings on new Steinway & Sons, and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos, and take advantage of our “Made in America Final Price Reductions” on over $500,000 in rebuilt Steinway inventory! These dramatic reductions are one-of-a-kind deals, so hurry in – CLICK HERE to contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today.
A Message from Steinway: Steinway is dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world. Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Over the next thirty years, Henry and his sons, C. F. Theodore, Charles, Henry Jr., William, and Albert, developed the modern piano. They built their pianos one at a time, applying skills that were handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation.
Today, we still build our pianos that way. Each Steinway grand piano, for example, takes nearly a year to create. Nothing is hurried. Even the carefully selected woods employed in the rims, tops, soundboards, and actions cure for months in our yard, kilns and conditioning rooms, until they stabilize at a rigidly specified moisture content.
The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Pianos with such superior sound and responsive touch that they enchant the most demanding pianists. And we are preferred overwhelmingly by people who share the joy of playing and owning the finest musical instrument — a joy which can be yours when you bring a Steinway into your life.
Visit the Steinway & Sons website to learn more about their “American Story” – www.steinway.com.
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Watch this great video “The Making of a Steinway” to get an inside look at their factory:
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), commonly referred to simply as Fender, is a US manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. It is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its manufacturing headquarters based in Corona, California.
The company was founded by Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender in 1946. While Fender was not the first to manufacture electric guitars, as other companies and luthiers had produced electric guitars since the late 1920s, none was as commercially successful as Fender’s. Today, Fender Musical Instrument Company brands include Fender, Squier, Guild, Gretsch, Jackson, Charvel, EVH, SWR and Groove Tubes, among others.
FMIC also manufactures a complete line of professional audio equipment under the Fender brand, including the innovative Passport® portable sound system. Fender also offers a complete line of accessories, including strings, authorized replacement parts, cases, straps, clothing and much more. Visit the Fender website: www.fender.com.
C.F. Martin & Company was established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. Martin instruments can cost thousands of dollars and vintage instruments often cost six figures. The company has also made several models of electric guitars and electric basses. The company’s headquarters and primary factory are in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.
Martin produced 182 instruments during 1900, increasing to 24,085 in 2000. Martin’s steadfast adherence to high standards of musical excellence, mixed with experienced management, has largely accounted for the company’s remarkable longevity. Marketing methods and product mix have changed at Martin over the years, but the company attitude towards guitar building has never varied.
In the preface to the 1904 catalog, Frank Henry Martin explained to potential customers, “How to build a guitar to give this tone is not a secret. It takes care and patience. Care in selecting the materials, laying out the proportions, and attending to the details which add to the player’s comfort. Patience in giving the necessary time to finish every part. A good guitar cannot be built for the price of a poor one, but who regrets the extra cost for a good guitar?” Almost eighty years have passed since Frank Henry Martin authored this statement of policy, but it still is an accurate expression of Martin’s ongoing commitment to quality.
Visit Martin’s website: www.martinguitar.com.
Starting with a mouthpiece business in the back of the Selmer music store in New York after being released from the military in 1918, Bach expanded to the production of trumpets and cornets under the “Stradivarius” name (to project an image of quality) in 1924. By 1928, he relocated to a Bronx factory adding trombones to his product line. The company survived the depression and by 1953 moved to Mount Vernon New York. Collaborating with Georges Mager, during World War II, Bach developed the large bore C Trumpet that would become the standard of symphonic trumpeters in America.
At the age of 71 in 1961, Vincent Bach decided to sell his company. Although he received twelve other offers, including some that were higher, Vincent chose to sell to The Selmer Company. His close relationship with Selmer over the years convinced Vincent that this was the company that would preserve the Bach tradition of excellence and expand upon the foundations he built. All tooling and machinery was moved from Mount Vernon, New York, to Selmer’s operations in Elkhart, Indiana, with Vincent assisting in the training. True to Vincent’s vision, Conn-Selmer, Inc. still painstakingly follows Bach’s original designs and blueprints to manufacture Bach Stradivarius instruments, the sound choice of professionals. Visit the Bach website: www.bachbrass.com.
Conn-Selmer, under a portfolio of brands, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use. With a tradition of innovation, and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, CG Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Scherl & Roth, Glaesel, and William Lewis have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders.
Conn-Selmer is also the North American distributor of Selmer Paris woodwinds, the US distributor of Yanagisawa saxophones, and the global distributor of the Jiggs pBone (the world’s only plastic trombone). With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Conn-Selmer operates US production facilities in Elkhart, IN, Cleveland, OH, Eastlake, OH, Lagrange, IL, and Monroe, NC. Through its educational outreach team, led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Conn-Selmer is the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools specifically tailored to music education. Visit the Conn-Selmer website: www.conn-selmer.com.
The Getzen Company is a family owned manufacturer and wholesaler of brass instruments. The present product portfolio consists of Trumpets, Cornets, Flugelhorns, Trombones and a Baritone Horn.
In 1939, Anthony James (T.J.) Getzen founded the Getzen Company, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Getzen had trained in instrument repair with the C.G. Conn company and worked as a plant superintendent for the Frank Holton Company. Initially opened as a repair shop, the company expanded after WWII to instrument manufacture. In 1946, Getzen produced its first trombones, and in 1947, Getzen started producing trumpets and cornets as well.
In 1949, J.Robert Getzen, T.J.’s son, assumed the position of plant superintendent and Getzen started to produce piston bugles. These bugles became popular with Drum and Bugle Corps. The long-standing family tradition at the Getzen Company is carried on today with the involvement of two of Tom Getzen’s four children. Brett Getzen, Tom’s second oldest, is involved in many aspects of the company from production to sales as the Special Projects Manager. Tom’s youngest, Adam Getzen, runs the company’s plating department. Together the two make up the fourth generation of Getzens in the industry and they are striving to ensure its continued success for generations to come. Visit the Getzen website: www.getzen.com.
King Musical Instruments was a musical instrument manufacturing company located in Cleveland, Ohio. The company was founded as the H.N. White Company in 1893 by Henderson White, an engraver and instrument repairman. White designed a trombone for Thomas King, a local player. It became the company’s first successful model, and White later designed other brass instrument models, including cornets and baritones. The first line of saxophones were produced in 1916, many of which were made for military bands as the United States entered World War I.
H.N. White acquired the Cleveland Musical Instrument Company in 1925, and the “Cleveland” brand name was used for cheaper instruments than the “King” line of instruments, and was marketed to schools. Following World War II, the company entered a successful era, producing only the most successful and profitable instruments. Several famous musicians were featured playing King instruments, including Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Parker, and Harry James. In 1965, the company was sold to Nate Dolin, and the name changed to King Instruments, reflecting the popularity of its most popular models. In 1985, King was sold, and became a division of United Musical Instruments (UMI). King brand instruments are currently manufactured by Conn-Selmer, Inc., a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.
Visit the King website: www.kingwinds.com.
Verne Q. Powell Flutes was founded in 1927 by Verne Powell to provide professional flutists with custom made precious metal flutes. Powell opened his shop at 295 Huntington Ave in Boston, Massachusetts – just down the street from the famous Boston Symphony Hall. The first 10 flutes made by Mr. Powell were owned by some of the most famous American flutists of the time, including William Kincaid, Arthur Lora and John Wummer. By 1930 Powell flutes were part of major orchestras in Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, and New York.
Today the workshop is in Maynard, a small town just outside Boston. Powell’s shop occupies one floor of a building that was originally a woolen mill. Much like the workers who originally occupied the building, their flute makers continue the New England tradition of craftsmanship and a devotion to making the highest quality instruments. The company employs a strategic combination of hand crafting, technology and a little bit of magic to create instruments which free the flutist to explore their musicality. Visit the Powell website: www.powellflutes.com.
Schilke Music Products, founded in 1956, offers the highest quality professional line trumpets, trombones and brass instrument mouthpieces in the world. Schilke Music Products is housed in a 16,000 sq. ft. facility in Melrose Park, IL. They currently employ 35 of the finest craftsmen in the world who still build every Schilke instrument by hand, one at a time.
The company has strictly maintained Renold O. Schilke’s design specifications and procedures in producing each instrument. Time-honored traditions are continuing to be passed down from employee to employee. Schilke’s craftsmen, many of whom are brass players themselves, truly understand a player’s needs and continue to take great pride in producing the finest brass instruments and mouthpieces in the world! Their HD trumpets, Flugelhorn and new trombones are crafted with the same attention to detail Schilke is famous for.
Visit the Schilke website: www.schilkemusic.com.
S. E. Shires Co. was founded in 1995 for the sole purpose of building custom trombones of unparalleled professional quality. Now recognized as a leader in brass instrument design, innovation and manufacture, we maintain our commitment to every player who chooses Shires, to build an instrument that not only feels and sounds exactly the way you want, but is mechanically perfect, built to last for many years and beautiful to look at as well.
In 1991, Steve Shires was hired by the Getzen Company in Wisconsin to be in charge of product development and artist relations for the Edwards line, then in the early stages of its development. He was instrumental in developing both the Edwards and newly revitalized Getzen Eterna product lines, establishing relationships with many of their clinicians by designing components and constructing instruments to meet their needs.
Building the first dozen or so instruments in the basement of his home before moving to the current workshop in Hopedale, Massachusetts. Steve’s reputation engendered immediate curiosity among trombonists, and orders from throughout the country soon followed. Distributorships were established in Germany and Japan and by 1996 S.E. Shires trombones could be heard in concert halls around the world.
Visit the S.E. Shires Co. website: www.seshires.com.
Wm S. Haynes
George and William Haynes made their first flutes on 147 Tremont Street in Boston, in 1888 – that’s 125 YEARS of exquisite flutemaking!
A Message from Haynes: We at the Wm. S. Haynes Company are deeply dedicated to the highest level of craftsmanship. Flutemakers utilize old world skills in combination with forward thinking ideals to produce the most revered flutes in the world. Historically, Haynes has developed crafting techniques and methods that have been adopted as the paradigm in the flutemaking industry.
When you play a Haynes flute, you know that you are playing a flute with a history of more than 125 years of mastery in flutemaking behind it. Artisans at Haynes will make your flute to your uncompromising standards.
Learn more on the Haynes website: www.wmshaynes.com.
Alfred Music Publishing
Alfred Music is the world’s largest educational music publisher, producing educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. The company produces materials in Yorkville, New York, while Alfred Music’s home office is located in Los Angeles with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world, including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
In addition to its own titles, Alfred Music distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA. Visit the Alfred Publishing website: www.alfred.com.
Hal Leonard Publishing
Hal Leonard products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through a large network of distributors. Domestically, the company markets its product to more than 7,500 music stores in the United States and Canada through a team of 45 sales representatives. Hal Leonard products are also sold through mass merchants and in bookstores, variety stores, toy stores, television shopping networks, department stores, electronics stores, record stores, and many other locations, as well as on the Internet.
Hal Leonard is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN, their main production facility; New York and Nashville; and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Visit the Hal Leonard website: www.halleonard.com.
Piano Pronto Publishing
An exciting and rewarding approach to learning the piano!
The Music: Piano Pronto is an exciting and rewarding approach to learning the piano. While the Piano Pronto method book series is the core curriculum here at Piano Pronto Publishing, we also offer a wide variety of supplemental songbooks and sheet music titles to suit the needs of all your students no matter their age or level. The materials are all age and gender neutral written in a recital-ready contemporary style. To find appropriate supplements for your students you can consult the Roadmap of Supplements or simply use the handy filters found on the left hand side of any product section. These filters allow you to filter by level, genre, price, etc. to quickly find what you need.
The Website Experience: The Piano Pronto website is designed to be a fun, interactive, and educational shopping experience for you and your students. We offer full transparency with full book previews and audio samples on each and every product. You will also find YouTube video performances throughout the site. Let your students take pride in previewing and choosing new music they would like to play, or explore the website together during lesson time to pick new repertoire. As an added treat, Jennifer will personalize and autograph any items upon request!
Studio Licensing: A great feature for teachers is the studio licensing option available on all sheet music titles. With a studio license you pay a one-time flat-fee (range $8-12) and then have permission to print unlimited copies of that song for use within your studio by your students – for life. This is a great way to build your digital library, save money, and form highly customized lesson plans for individual students.
Teacher support: Jennifer is here every step of the way to help and support teachers who are using Piano Pronto materials. Join our friendly Facebook forum for quick answers to questions, concerns, or to get fast tips from the composer herself. If you’re not on Facebook, you can always email us and get a quick response to any and all questions you may have. You won’t find this level of customer support with any other publishing house – guaranteed!
Visit the Piano Pronto website: www.pianopronto.com.
These aren’t your grandpa’s coated strings! Cleartone has the thinnest coating in the industry, are proven to play up to 36% louder, and are made in the U.S.A. When you string your guitar with Cleartone Strings, you get 3-5 times longer string life with none of the tone or feel compromises you’ve experiences with other coated string brands.
The award-winning and patented Cleartone Treatment is the thinnest coating in the industry. At one micron thin, they feel and sound like traditional strings but withstand hours of strumming without flaking off or sounding dull. In fact, Cleartones were tested to be up to 36% louder than the leading coated string brand according to an independent sound lab.
Unlike other coated strings you’ve used in the past, all six strings in a set feature the Cleartone Treatment. And unlike the rest, Cleartone Strings are manufactured in North Hollywood, CA with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship available. There isn’t an area of guitar string construction that was overlooked in making Cleartones the highest quality guitar string on the market.
Visit the Cleartone website: www.cleartonestrings.com.
D’Addario is a manufacturer of musical instrument strings, primarily guitar strings, currently headquartered in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. It is a family-owned and operated business that is one of the largest string manufacturers in the world, not only producing several lines of strings under their own brand names, but also making OEM strings for other musical instrument companies.
They also produce and distribute other musical accessories under the companies Planet Waves (guitar cables, tuners, straps, picks, humidification products, polish/cloths and other accessories), Evans Drumheads (drumheads), Puresound and HQ Percussion (Premium Snare wires / Practice Pads and Drum Mutes), and Rico Reeds (reeds for woodwind instruments.) Visit the D’Addario website: www.daddario.com.
Considered the pioneer in coated string technology, Elixir Strings are available in a full range of gauges for acoustic and electric guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin. Elixir Strings, according to players, retain their tone longer than any other string, uncoated or coated.
Elixir Strings was born in 1995. Although we were working with guitar strings already, they weren’t anywhere near a guitar. Instead, we were using them as convenient test subjects in our attempt to develop a better variety of push-pull cable. As part of this work, our research team was coating the strings with polytetrafluoroethylene, which you can just call PTFE in order to save some breath for your next show. The coated strings worked quite well as cables, but they sounded terrible as guitar strings. (Picture a guitar strung with day-old spaghetti.) Still, the mere idea got a couple of guitarists among us thinking… What if we could alter the coating and tinker with the process so the strings sounded great?
Since then we’ve refined our ideas and today provide various combinations of original POLYWEB® Coating and ultra-thin NANOWEB® Coating strings for acoustic and electric guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo. Each produces a different tone “flavor,” but all are variations of the same basic idea: a microscopically thin, advanced polymer tube that surrounds the string to protect it from corrosion and dirt without making any contact whatsoever with the critical area between the windings where the “critical zone of tone” is found and each perfect note is born.
Elixir Strings have struck a serious chord with musicians around the world. Whether you’re playing for yourself or for an arena packed with fans, players report their tone lasts longer than any other string, uncoated or coated. This means you buy fewer sets of strings, change them less often, and trust that your guitar is ready to go when you are.
Visit the Elixir website: www.elixirstrings.com.
The Manhasset Specialty Company began in 1935, when inventor and musician, Otto Lagervall, dissatisfied with the quality of the existing music stands and their inherent problems and shortcomings, set out to develop a better music stand. He succeeded in developing the initial Manhasset® music stands. He developed his first music stands using the highest quality materials and workmanship – a tradition that continues today. At the time of the company’s founding, Otto lived in Manhasset, New York – hence the company’s name. During the early 1940s, Otto moved the company to Yakima, Washington (where it is still located).
Since 1935, Manhasset Specialty Company has been the undisputed leader in the manufacturing of concert style music stands worldwide. Just walk into virtually any school music room, opera house or symphony hall and you will undoubtedly find what has been the foundation for scores and scores of music over the last 80 plus years. From our full line of music stands to our innovative accessories that answer our customers needs, at Manhasset we are continuing in our efforts to bring you the very best.
Visit the Manhasset website: www.manhasset-specialty.com.
ProMark sticks have been the choice of such renowned artists as Neil Peart, the late Elvin Jones, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Mike Portnoy, 9-time DCI champion Concord Blue Devils, and many, many more.
ProMark uses only un-endangered wood in the manufacturing of its sticks and mallets. The harvesting of our hardwoods is carefully controlled, with replenishment of the forest as one of our top concerns. Prior to becoming drumsticks, the wood goes through a multitude of selection and pre-finishing processes at our own mill in the mid-south, followed by rigorous inspections throughout the manufacturing process.
The Houston manufacturing team works with the state-of-the-art machinery to produce the drumsticks, keyboard and timpani mallets that are designed tested and used by top performers, educators, students and enthusiasts throughout the world.
Visit the ProMark website: www.promark.com.
Rico is one of the most popular brands of reeds made today. Since 1928, they have been striving to bring you the best reeds and accessories. Rico grows 100 percent of its own cane to make its reeds, which ensures an attention to detail in the growing process. Rico’s passion for quality and commitment to artistry has made Rico a top choice among all levels of clarinetists and saxophonists.
Visit the Rico (D’Addario Woodwinds) website: www.ricoreeds.com.
Musical instruments are works of art—that are intended to be used, not kept in a case. That’s where String Swing comes in. Protecting your instruments is why String Swing exists. For more than 25 years, they have been crafting the best musical-instrument hangers and display systems that you can buy. They have grown to become a successful, family-run business, and their products are guaranteed for life!
Now sold in countries around the globe, String Swing’s entire product line is still manufactured on site at the company’s headquarters in Ontario, Wisconsin. The quality is what brings in customers from overseas. Operating a business in America is expensive, but we believe that it is worth the cost to have a hands-on manufacturing facility, where we have the flexibility and control to create new products, make changes, and maintain great quality.
Ultimately our goal is to never be satisfied with where our company is now. We always look to grow and adapt to what our market demands. Musical instruments are works of art that give voice to our joy, passion, craft, and soul. We pick up a musical instrument and instantly have a way to reach other people, to stir emotion, and to challenge ourselves.
Visit the String Swing website: www.stringswing.com.
Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company bills itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of drum sticks and mallets, which are made in Newport, Maine. In 2010, the company merged with Avedis Zildjian Company; officials said at the time that the companies would continue to run independently.
The company began when Everett “Vic” Firth, who had been performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, was asked to perform pieces which he felt required a higher-quality drumstick than those that were currently being manufactured. Firth decided to design a set of his own sticks.
Firth hand-whittled the first sticks himself from bulkier sticks and sent these prototypes to a wood turner in Montreal. The two prototypes that he sent would become the SD1 and SD2, the first two models of sticks manufactured by Vic Firth, Inc. Firth said, “It came out of necessity, not of imagination or my ability to start a company.” Although the sticks were initially intended for Firth’s personal use, they gained popularity among his students and were eventually carried by retailers.
Visit the Vic Firth website: www.vicfirth.com.
The Avedis Zildjian Company, the world’s leading cymbal manufacturer, and the Vic Firth Company, the global market leader in drumsticks, joined forces on December 20, 2010, bringing together two of the most respected legacy brands in the music industry.
Avedis Zildjian I (the first) was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the early seventeenth century. While attempting to create gold by combining base metals, he discovered an alloy of copper, tin, and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. In 1618, Avedis used his secret alloy to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power. The sound of the instruments was so extraordinary that the Sultan invited Avedis to live at court (Topkapi Palace) to make cymbals for the Sultan’s elite Janissary Bands. As Avedis’ reputation grew, the Sultan gave him the name “Zildjian” in Armenian (Zilciyan in Turkish), a word meaning “son of cymbal maker.”
In 1623, Avedis was granted permission to leave the palace in order to start his own business in a suburb of Constantinople named Psamatia. That same business is now nearly four centuries old and has been passed down to Zildjian heirs for fifteen generations. Relocating to America in 1929, Avedis III moved the Zildjian factory to Quincy, MA and then to its current location in Norwell, MA for Zildjian’s 350th Anniversary. The business passed to Avedis’ son, Armand in 1977 and then to Armand’s daughter, Craigie, in 1999. Craigie and her sister Debbie continue the family tradition in what is recognized as the oldest family-owned business in America.
Today, Cady Zildjian Bickford, the 15th generation Zildjian, currently holds the position of Associate Product Manager-Apparel & Novelty Items. Cady also recently welcomed the 16th generation of Zildjian’s with the birth of her first daughter, Emilia.
Visit the Zildjian website: www.zildjian.com.
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Selection and availability vary by location. Pianos not available at Schmitt Music in Sioux Falls, SD; Schmitt Music stores in Denver and Kansas City exclusively offer acoustic and digital pianos.