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Kaman Music Corporation
(KMC Musicorp)
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1966; 49 years ago (1966)
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Key people
Charles Kaman
Products String instruments
Brass instruments
Percussion instruments
Brands Genz-Benz
Sabian[citation needed]
Slammer[citation needed]
Parent Fender
Subsidiaries KMI Europe, Inc. (DE)
B & Music Ltd. (Canada)
Takamine Gakki Co., Ltd. (Japan, 12%)[1]

KMC Music, Inc., doing business as KMC Musicorp,[1] is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation,[1] and an owner and distributor of several brands of musical instruments. Today, KMC Musicorp 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 /kəˈmɑːn/, 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 has 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 (FMIC) 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.

In 2011, KMC Music Inc. (Kaman Music Corporation) and Musicorp, sister companies under the FMIC umbrella, have united their sales and catalog divisions as KMC Musicorp.[2][3][4]

In 2014, Drum Workshop acquired the Gretsch Drums, TOCA, Latin Percussion, LP, KAT, Ovation guitar and Gibraltar brands.[5]

Brands, holdings and subsidiaries[edit]

Brand Products
Barcus-Berry Pianos, classical guitars, violins, harps
Becker Instruments Violins, viola, cellos
CB Percussion Educational instruments
Eldon Trumpets, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, trombones
Genz Benz Guitar amplifiers
Hamer Electric guitars
Percussion instruments
Lee Oskar Harmonicas
Takamine Acoustic guitars
Sabian Cymbals
Stentor Violins, viola, cellos
Vic Firth Drumsticks, brushes, mallets, rutes, Xylophones, snare drums


  1. ^ a b c "Fender Musical Instruments Corp: General form for registration of securities under the Securities Act of 1933: List of Subsidiaries" (TYPE: EX-21.1; ACT: 33). EDGAR. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 2012-03-08. Acc-no: 0001193125-12-101896 (33 Act), File No: 333-179978, CIK#: 0000767959. KMC Music, Inc. dba KMC Musicorp., CT / •KMI Europe, Inc., DE / •B & J Music Ltd., Canada / •Takamine Gakki Co., Ltd. (12% KMC Music, Inc.), Japan 
  2. ^ Jason Farrell (May 17, 2012). "About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation". Press Release: Fender Musical Instruments Corp. appoints Jeff Quinn as licensing director (May 17, 2012). Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Retrieved 2014-06-11. ... In 2007, FMIC acquired KMC Music, one of the largest independent U.S. distributors of musical instruments and accessories. In 2011, KMC Music and Musicorp united their sales and catalog divisions as KMCMusicorp, creating a leading wholesaler of musical instruments, accessories and lighting equipment. KMCMusicorp produces and/or distributes Ovation®, Takamine® and Hamer® guitars; Latin Percussion®, Gretsch® Drums, Gibraltar® Hardware, Toca® Percussion, Sabian® cymbals and Genz Benz® amplifiers and more. ... 
  3. ^ "KMC & Musicorp merge sales and marketing efforts". Music Trades 160 (1): 34. Feb 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
    Abstract: The article discusses the merging of the sales and marketing forces of KMC Music and Musicorp under the KMCMusicorp banner. It notes how the new KMCMusicorp combined the best of both companies' product offerings into a new "1-Stop" catalog that has the most comprehensive range of products such as the Barcus-Berry, C.F. Martin and Dunlop. It indicates that dealers can enjoy KMCMusicorp's 24/7 state-of-the art online environment, more access to brands and streamlined shipping.
  4. ^ "KMC & Musicorp form KMCMusicorp". Musical Merchandise Review 171 (2): 6. Feb 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
    Abstract: The article reports that the sales and catalog divisions of KMC Music and Musicorp, sister companies under the Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) umbrella, have joined forces as KMCMusicorp.
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