CBS Musical Instruments

Bob Bull held many positions throughout the music products industry over his long career. However, he is perhaps best known as the president of the Steinway & Sons piano company during the early 1970s. At the time, Steinway was owned by CBS Musical Instruments. Bob, as the president of...
Robert Campbell began his career in the music industry working for Conn Organ in 1947, the year the company gave a unit to President Harry S. Truman. Bob later worked with Don Leslie, the inventor of the famed Leslie organ speaker. Bob played an important role in the Leslie Speaker Company being...
Roger Cox was a pioneering product engineer with Fender Musical Instruments in the 1990s when he brought the Passport system to the market. The project capped a long career with Fender that included working on several landmark projects with many of the icons in the industry. Rodger enjoyed success...
Dave Gupton has had a long career with a number of companies and a rather impressive list of innovators who helped pioneer our industry. Dave worked in retail with Karl Bruhn before joining Fender--before the CBS Musical Instruments buyout in the mid 1960s. As a result he was able to work with Leo...
Bill Hughes is a hero among musical gearheads for his innovative amplifier designs throughout his career.  He was hired into the industry by Jess Oliver (interview class of 2005) at the Ampeg Company.  A year after joining the company in 1964, Bill worked on the SB12 bass amp, which led to a series...
Peter Janis played in school orchestra and rock bands growing up as his mother played piano in the home and encouraged him to pursue music.  His first job in the industry was working at Steve's Music store in Canada and he was hooked.  Peter enjoyed the people in the industry and was fascinated by...
Don DJ Johnston has become a well-respected sales manager for the Fender Musical Instruments Corp.  He was hired just after CBS Musical purchased the famed electric guitar company in May 1965 and stayed with Fender via CBS until the brand was sold to a group of employees, headed by Bill Schultz. ...
Don Leslie, the inventor of the very successful Leslie Speaker, was pleased with the concept of the product that was a simple idea but a tricky design. As a child, Don was fascinated by the large pipe organs and how the sound traveled all around the listener. He had the goal of bringing that...
John McDermott could sure sell pianos! His knowledge of the products and his strong relationship with music retailers made him an ideal and successful sales rep. John worked for the Gulbransen Piano Company during the company’s innovative era of the mid 1960s through the 1970s. After his retirement...
Bill Mendello retired as president of Fender Musical Instrument Corp in the fall of 2010 after a long career in the industry. He was hired in the accounting department of CBS Musical Instrument Division in 1978. Bill soon began working with Bill Schultz who was hired by the president of the...

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