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Peter Vogel and his schoolmate, Kim Ryrie, created the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument (CMI) in 1975. The innovative computer based synthesizer helped revolutionize the music industry while providing cutting edge technology that allowed musicians to create and perform new sounds. Among the most important elements of the Fairlight products was the idea of sampling saving y

Harvey Vogel was having a difficult time finding and purchasing quality percussion instruments and accessories for his daughter Lauren while she was in high school. He decided to do something about it and Lone Star Percussion – a name that Lauren came up with instead of the "Harvey Vogel Percussion Supply Company" – was formed in the fall of 1978.

Lauren Vogel Weiss was playing in the high school band but struggling to find the accessories she needed.  This program gave her and her father, Harvey, an idea.  Together they formed Lone Star Percussion and worked hard to fill the need of providing instruments and accessories to students and their teachers.  The company soon gained respect within the industry, in large part a

Jürgen Voigt comes from a long tradition of musical instrument makers in the region of Markneukirchen starting as early as 1756. His grandfather and great-grandfather were bow makers and because of demand and to diversify, the family also started to make brass instruments.

Herbert Volkmann like so many of his generation saw the horrors of war while growing up in Germany before and during World War II. Herbert and other musical instrument makers moved to Bubenreuth after the war and focused on the craftsmanship that for Herbert was a family tradition.

Clemens Von Arnim is the CEO of Louis Renner & Co., producer of the Renner Action and Hammerheads for pianos, the company his great-grandfather was involved with from the very beginning.  Over the generations, Clemens family was always a part of the company and worked hard to expand the company.  The company is family owned and Clemens is very proud of the role his family h

Cordelia von Gymnich was born in Frankfurt, which is ironic considering that for so many members of the music product industry, she is Frankfurt!  Her love of music began at an early age, where her love of singing was born.  After college, Cordelia was hired by the Messe Frankfurt group and in 2000 was promoted as Vice President of Musikmesse annual trade show in Frankfurt. Soo

Mathias von Heydekampf enjoys  the pro audio side of the music industry. He was working part time in his father’s car hifi company when he discovered his passion for the pro Audio business.He worked for Bose were he felt he received a great education in Marketing.

Harry Voshell started playing the saxophone in the fourth grade and fell in love!  His interest in music grew over the years as he served in the United States Navy, where he played in several bands during his three years in the service.  During college he studied music with an idea of becoming a high school band director but an opportunity to work in a music store sidelined tha

Himie Voxman was a band director nearly all his life. He studied chemistry in college but fell into music because jobs were hard for chemists to find in the days of the Great Depression. Since he had studied clarinet beginning when he was eight, he felt he could teach.

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