KMCMusicorp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, is an owner and distributor of several brands of musical instruments. Today, KMCMusicorp owns a number of subsidiaries and brands in the music industry, being the largest independent distributor of musical instruments and accessories in the United States and a major producer of guitars and guitar parts and accessories.
The company began as Kaman Music Corporation //, a part of the Kaman Corporation founded by Charles Kaman. In addition to his business interests in aviation, Kaman was a guitarist who came to explore the use of composite materials technologies to guitar building. He and his engineers created the round-backed, composite-body Ovation guitar which revolutionized the guitar industry since about 1966. On 29 October 2007 the Kaman Corporation announced that it had agreed to a definitive deal to sell its subsidiary, the Kaman Music Corporation, to Fender Musical Instruments Corporation for $117 million. On January 2, 2008 Kaman received approximately $120 million in cash from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, which included the purchase price of $117 million and certain working capital and cash adjustments.
Brands, holdings and subsidiaries
- Ovation — composite body acoustic guitars.
- Adamas — separately branded, high-end line of Ovation guitars distinguished by their carbon fiber tops.
- Takamine — mid & high level quality traditional and modern acoustic guitars.
- Hamer (since 1988) — mid & high-end electric and semi-acoustic guitars and basses.
- GTX — Strat/Les Paul copy (Discontinued).
Guitars - value line
- Applause — "Applause by Ovation", budget Ovation subsidiary.
- Jasmine — "Jasmine by Takamine", budget Takamine subsidiary.
- Slammer — "Slammer by Hamer", budget Hamer subsidiary.
- Montana — by Kaman, budget acoustic & acoustic-electrics.
- Ventura — by Kaman, budget acoustics.
- Genz Benz (since September 13, 2003 — press-release) — guitar, bass, keyboard, acoustic amplifiers, powered mixers.
- Toca — world percussion.
- Gibraltar Hardware — percussion hardware (stands, pedals, racks).
- Gretsch Drums — professional drumsets.
- LP Music (since October 21, 2002 — press-release) — Latin and world percussion, hand drums.
- Dixon Hardware — drum hardware.
- Dixon Drums — drum kits.
- Sabian — cymbals.
- Legend — premium, custom professional drums produced for a short period in the mid 1990s. Legend drums were highly acclaimed for their exceptional finishes.
- CB Percussion — percussion instruments for educational purposes.
- Seiko — tuners and metronomes.
- Kaman Wearables — Ovation, Takamine, Hamer, Toca and Gibraltar clothing and accessories.
- Lee Oscar Harmonicas — harmonicas and accessories.
- Hercules — stands.
- Becker Instruments — stringed instruments.
- CB Percussion — percussion and drum kits.
- LP Rhythmix — Latin Percussion (LP) line for children.
- Vic Firth Percussion (since 1997) — percussion and drum kits.
- http://www.cbpercussion.com/ Visited January 31, 2010.