Eastman Music Company Purchases Portion of Backun Musical Services

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Eastman Music Company, a manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories, announced that it has made a significant investment in Backun Musical Services, a Canadian manufacturer of clarinets and woodwind accessories. This investment builds on the existing Eastman distribution of Backun products to dealers in North America. The deal sees Backun President Morrie Backun and Eastman CEO Qian Ni sharing co-ownership of Backun Musical Services.

The Eastman family of products, which includes Eastman, Wm. S. Haynes and S.E. Shires, now includes Backun clarinets and accessories. The agreement brings Backun’s woodwind instrument designs and manufacturing technologies into the Eastman portfolio, while leveraging Eastman’s brand and dealer relationships.

Qian Ni, CEO of Eastman, comments, “We are so happy to welcome Backun Musical Services to the Eastman family. The level of quality of their products compliments the Eastman line of instruments and accessories, while providing an exceptional foundation on which to grow our woodwind offerings. Having followed the impressive growth of Backun over the years, we know great things are ahead for this partnership.”

On the recent investment, Backun President, Morrie Backun says, “I have known Qian for several years, as we enjoy a similar history of being woodwind players who have developed our own businesses. The impressive organization he has built, including the exceptional team at Eastman, will help us grow the recognition and availability of Backun products, while bolstering Eastman’s line of woodwinds. Our mutual goal is to continue offering exceptional products and outstanding customer service to musicians and dealers around the world.”

Backun and its team of dedicated leadership and staff will continue operations and manufacturing in Burnaby, BC, while providing sales, marketing and manufacturing support and expertise to the Eastman group of companies.

For more information, contact Backun Musical Services: 604-205-5770,

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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