Options Narrowing as Gibson & KKR Talks Fail

We learned last week that talks between Gibson Brands and deal making king KKR Credit Advisors fell apart in a dispute over “the appropriate consideration for the various parties involved,” according to a statement from Gibson Brands. As yet another … Continue reading

Gibson, After Light Pruning, Plans Global Layoffs

Hundreds of Employees Facing Pink Slips Gibson Brands, a major provider of musical instrument and consumer electronics products, is in the midst of a widely reported liquidity crisis. With more than $500 million dollars in notes coming due late this … Continue reading

Gibson Sells One Division & Cuts Staff in Another

The news and events surrounding troubled guitar and consumer electronics company Gibson Brands, Inc. seem to be moving at a rapid pace with almost daily revelations as the company struggles to survive ahead of a massive debt due-date just a … Continue reading

CEO Says Gibson Will Dump Brands

Financials Show Sales & Profits Continue to Slide Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz continues to profess confidence that the company will be able to successfully refinance their over $500 million debt before a mid-year maturation comes due. Telling the Nashville … Continue reading

Gibson Stuns the Music World, Shuts Down Cakewalk

Acquired in 2013, Cakewalk was Killed for Philips, Gibson Says In what many in the industry are suggesting is yet another indicator of struggles at Gibson Brands, the company announced a little over a week ago that it would wind … Continue reading

Gibson Brands Takes Control of Onkyo Corp.

BREAKING NEWS In a filing with Japan’s JASDAQ stock exchange, Onkyo revealed this week that at the end of June, major investor Gibson Brands became the largest shareholder for the first time since its relationship with the Osaka-based manufacturer of … Continue reading

Integra Moves Into Distribution, Eliminating a Key Selling Point

This week we learned that Onkyo and Integra products would now be sold through AVAD, a distributor of custom integration products in the U.S. that is in the middle of changing its business model. Interestingly, this announcement came from AVAD, … Continue reading

Onkyo Internally Announces Major Sales Structure Reorganization

BREAKING NEWS Four Major Brands to be Consolidated into Two Divisions In a national conference call with sales reps yesterday, Onkyo announced a major restructuring of their sales organization. This overhaul involves consolidating their four major brands – Onkyo, Integra, … Continue reading

A Deeper Dive into the World of Dolby Atmos; Is This Audio’s 3D?

GUEST POST Is Dolby’s new Atmos format the next frontier in surround sound processing? Or will it merit a repeat of Paul Klipsch’s famous line: “Ho, hum, another breakthrough”? You’d certainly think the former after prowling the aisles at the … Continue reading

Niche Speaker Manufacturer Cabasse Appoints Integra as U.S. Distributor

In a brief announcement today, Cabasse – a French loudspeaker manufacturer with a small niche following here in the U.S. – announced that it has appointed electronics brand Integra as its “exclusive” distributor for the United States. This new relationship … Continue reading