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No. 141 • FEBRUARY 2012 • WWW.MI-PRO.CO.UK


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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PROFESSIONAL  FOR EVERYONE IN THE MI BUSINESS 18 Here’s Johnny


Johnny Marr tells MI Pro about his brand new signature Jag


23 Do it yourself


Why more retailers are getting involved in the distribution game


26 Bending the rules


Guitars that bend in half? Not as daft as it sounds perhaps...


38 Going low


We take a look at the latest offerings in the bass guitar market


JHS makes double swoop for Studiomaster and Carlsbro


Huge boost for JHS as iconic British amp brand and home studio specialist join line-up BY RONNIE DUNGAN


HAVING LOST the Allen & Heath range to Audio- Technica, John Hornby Skewes has immediately filled the gap, taking on exclusive UK distribution of all Studiomaster and Carlsbro products.


The deal was announced


at NAMM and the firm will take over the ranges on 1st February. Both brands have a strong MI heritage and the deal will be seen as a major fillip for JHS. The move means that


Bedfordshire-based Soundking has been forced to pare back some of its UK operation, closing its Leighton Buzzard warehouse and moving to its audio brand Cadac’s Luton HQ. But job losses have been kept to an absolute minimum, with only one member of the warehouse staff leaving, says the firm. It is still in control of international distribution of both brands. For Carlsbro the move


represents a return to more traditional MI distribution, having been signed in the UK to electronics specialist CPC since 2010. Whilst


CPC was able to resurrect the iconic amp brand, some voices in the trade were perplexed as to why it hadn’t found a home at a distributor with better reach in the UK trade – such as JHS.


Andrew Bishop, international sales manager for Carlsbro, continues in the role. Studiomaster products,


previously distributed directly, will be available through JHS from 1st February, but Carlsbro lines will be shipping during the second quarter as product becomes available.





The Carlsbro and Studiomaster brands are iconic British marques


Dennis Drumm, MD, JHS Available Studiomaster


products include mixing consoles, amplification, processors, monitor speakers, studio monitor speakers and speaker cabinets, while the Carlsbro range features its iconic guitar and bass amplifiers. JHS managing director, Dennis Drumm, said: “The Carlsbro and Studiomaster


brands are iconic British marques with which JHS is proud to be associated. With the strength of the Soundking Group behind them, and the determination of their esteemed president, Mr Xianggui Wang, these two great brands, already well- established in the market, will benefit from the sales energy which JHS brings, while our company will benefit from working with one of the world’s foremost producers of musical instrument amplification and professional audio products.”


Xianggui Wang, president and founder of Soundking , added: “On behalf of the entire Soundking Group, we are delighted to be working with JHS to achieve our goal to bring Carlsbro and Studiomaster to the widest audience possible in the UK and Eire. These two established brands offer both quality and value for money on the market, and our new distribution partners have a long and successful track record of leading the way in this field. I am looking forward to an extremely fruitful relationship.”


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