Jim D’Addario has worked long and hard within the research and development arm of D'Addario & Co., along with his brother John Jr. Headed by Jim, the engineering department has accumulated many important manufacturing and product patents in the field of music strings and musical accessories. He also helped expand the product line by important acquisitions, such as Evans Drumheads (1995) Planet Waves (1998), HQ Practice Products and Rico Reeds (both in 2004). Jim also has a strong interest in the history of not only his family and the family business but the background of the company and products the family has acquired. As a result of this interest Jim has been a strong supporter of the NAMM Oral History program, the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music and other programs focused on preserving the rich history of the music industry.
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