June 2014 Archives

Musical Instruments Fair Association Japan closed space request for 2014 Musical Instruments Fair on April 30, and announced a total of 147 companies and 5 groups have reserved exhibit space for the Fair staged from November 21 through 23 at Tokyo Big Site West Halls.

The Fair Association announced cancellation of 2013 session in favor of the industry requests for an event matched to the changing market, needs of the participating companies and the industry.
After extensive hearings from the industry leaders and experts, the association decided to stage a Fair at a new location this fall increasingly focused on business.

The coming Fair offers the exhibitors and visitors a host of new attractive schemes including an on-site retail mall and an exhibition covering every product line from traditional instruments to electronic gears. The fair regulation for sound control at the fair site restricted exhibit of acoustic drums in the last fairs, but they return this time at a separate venue which invite professionals and expecting drummers for experiencing 20 different acoustic drumsets readily available to play. A comprehensive exhibit of leading grand pianos is also staged for piano players.

On-site Retail Mall is the first experiment of the Fair to support music dealers and their businesses. The organizer is planning to stage an information kiosk where the visitors can get information where they can buy products exhibited at booths during the morning of the first day.

Further information on 2014 Musical Instruments Fair Japan is available from; http://www.musicfair.jp/m14      

K. Yairi Guitar, one of Japan's leading guitar manufacturers, staged a memorial reception at Ala Cultural Centre, Gifu Pref. for Kazuo Yairi who passed away on March 5 at the age of 83. Funeral service was held earlier by family members and company workers.

Kazuo Yairi was a renowned craftsman having raised Yairi guitars to a world-class brand. His instruments are much acclaimed among top guitarists throughout the world for superior tonal quality. He was also known as a warm-hearted man and loved by musicians and industry members for his passionate, admirable characters. K. Yairi guitars are distributed under Alvarez Yairi in U.S. and other foreign markets. K. Yairi was the first guitar maker to sell all instruments with a life-long warranty.

Yairi-guitars.jpgIn addition to 260 family members, industry people and K. Yairi Guitar workers, over 600 friends and customers visited the ceremony hall to give him farewell. His two grand daughters, Kenji Koike, master craftsman at K. Yairi, and members of Okinawa-based unit 'Begin' delivered heart-felt speeches. Yairi co-developed "Ichigo Ichiye", a unique 4-string instrument with Begin. (photo below, the K. Yairi guitars he built were displayed.)

Yoshimitsu Yairi, general manager, expressed that the company would continuously build K. Yairi guitars keeping Kazuo's guitar making policy in mind.

Renner Japan, Piano Disc Japan Launched

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RJPD-reception.jpgLouis Renner, Germany-based leading manufacturer of hammerheads and key actions, launched a Japanese arm last year at Warabi-shi, Saitama-ken, to meet the growing needs of replacement parts in Japan. In the past, importers and individual piano tuners imported and distributed Renner products for customers, however, due to broad diversity of the product lines, they had problem delivering right parts timely to individual customers. (photo left: opening party held at the courtyard.

Renner has been building world distribution network establishing exclusive distributors in the major markets. Renner Japan provides piano technicians with a complete selection of more than 6,000 parts widely distributed in the Japanese market, brochures and information upon request. (photos:right, Gen Yadori flanked with Rick Baldassin, Renner U.S.A. and Cristina Cazzaniga, Renner Germany right, Gen Yadori and Tom Lagomasino, Vice President, PianoDisc.)

U.S.-based PianoDisc opened recently at the same location as Renner Japan. The company offers automatic piano playing systems including iQ Intelligent Player units and Magic Star, a built-in player piano system, distributed under QuietTime brand. (photo left.  photo below,

In Japan, hybrid piano system is widely distributed by several manufacturers, but only Yamaha supplies Disklavier automatic piano playing system built into new pianos. PianoDisc is expected to satisfy the needs of automatic playing system to be installed after piano is purchased. Gen Yadori, president of Renner Japan and PianoDisc Japan commented, "While producing on-line Renner catalog in Japanese, we plan to provide our customers with product information, and organize technical seminars for piano technicians to better serve Japanese market. As to PianoDisc products, we are contemplating to open showrooms in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka to promote iQ Flash Piano Automatic Player System in the market." (photo: reception counter with an extensive selection of Renner parts at the back wall.)

The new companies are located at: Renner Japan-  1-13-20-A1 Nishiki-cho, Warabi-shi, Saitama 335-0005. Tel: 048-434-6750, PianoDisc Japan- 1-13-20-A3 Nishiki-cho, Warabi-shi, Saitama 335-0005. Tel: 048-434-6767.