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John Sabine

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Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« on: June 04, 2014, 02:03:58 pm »

Got a call yesterday to let me know that the S16 I had ordered wouldn't be shipping because Musicians Friend is dropping Behringer. No details were offered except to say that they were blowing out all in stock Behringer units.
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 02:15:03 pm »

Guitar Center just dropped Behringer. Behringer recently lowered Guitar Center's credit rating, and Guitar Center didn't like it so they dropped the line. Guitar Center owns Musician's Friend, so them dropping Behringer wasn't unexpected.

Maybe Guitar Center should pay their bills and things like this wouldn't happen.
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 02:25:45 pm »

Got a call yesterday to let me know that the S16 I had ordered wouldn't be shipping because Musicians Friend is dropping Behringer. No details were offered except to say that they were blowing out all in stock Behringer units.

http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php?topic=149832.0

https://soundforums.net/threads/10210-Behringer-leaving-Guitar-Center

MF is part of Guitar Center.  GC didn't pay their bills and Behringer put them on credit hold, meaning all new orders were pre-paid or COD.  When that didn't work, they put GC on "business hold" which means in effect that Music Group revoked GC's dealer agreement.  For non-payment.

Note that any product purchased from MF/GC after the revocation is "gray market" and will not likely be covered by warranty.  I'd suggest prospective purchasers contact Music Group's CARE facility in Las Vegas for a "horse's  mouth" answer.
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 10:58:42 pm »

http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php?topic=149832.0

https://soundforums.net/threads/10210-Behringer-leaving-Guitar-Center

MF is part of Guitar Center.  GC didn't pay their bills and Behringer put them on credit hold, meaning all new orders were pre-paid or COD.  When that didn't work, they put GC on "business hold" which means in effect that Music Group revoked GC's dealer agreement.  For non-payment.

Note that any product purchased from MF/GC after the revocation is "gray market" and will not likely be covered by warranty.  I'd suggest prospective purchasers contact Music Group's CARE facility in Las Vegas for a "horse's  mouth" answer.

this is scary stuff. The two biggest musical equipment retailers drop one of the biggest selling lines they have? This isn't the end of the story, can't be.
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 11:57:29 pm »

this is scary stuff. The two biggest musical equipment retailers drop one of the biggest selling lines they have? This isn't the end of the story, can't be.


they would dump me too, if we did not pay...just add a lot of zeros to a number for GC and MF and we are talking about significant amount of money being in limbo...would make any mfr. and distributor not sleep well and since it all goes through a single master distributors warehouse, that also may be where-in the problem lies as well. if they can't pay their bills , they should be put on hold or dumped just like the rest of us would be dumped...too many legit customers out there that do pay , like us !
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 12:57:18 am »

this is scary stuff. The two biggest musical equipment retailers drop one of the biggest selling lines they have? This isn't the end of the story, can't be.

You've got it backwards because of the GC/MF spin, spin, spin.  They didn't drop Behringer, Behringer cut them off because GC was seriously in arrears, with no certainty of forthcoming payment.
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 08:25:39 am »

You've got it backwards because of the GC/MF spin, spin, spin.  They didn't drop Behringer, Behringer cut them off because GC was seriously in arrears, with no certainty of forthcoming payment.

yes, I understand that. My point is the whole meltdown. The irony of the largest retailers dropping the largest brand, the one they sell the most of. Is this just one of the first meltdowns, others to come in other areas of the economy?
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 08:40:48 am »

What makes you think Behringer was their largest selling brand? Low cost?
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 12:48:12 pm »

yes, I understand that. My point is the whole meltdown. The irony of the largest retailers dropping the largest brand, the one they sell the most of. Is this just one of the first meltdowns, others to come in other areas of the economy?

I think the meltdown happened years ago. They have just been on life support from various debt holders. Unfortunately in the meantime they have lowballed many responsible independent dealers out of business.
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Re: Musicians Friend dropping Behringer.
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 12:51:33 pm »

I've heard rumors for a couple of years that GC isn't financially healthy. Keeping a closer eye on their used gear site to see if prices plummet.
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