St. Louis Music Acquires Hamilton Stands

[![St. Louis Music Pres. & CEO Mark Ragin](/content/images/2015/12/Mark-Ragin-300x168.jpg)](/content/images/2015/12/Mark-Ragin.jpg)St. Louis Music Pres. & CEO Mark Ragin
Saint Louis Music has recently announced the acquisition of Hamilton Stands.

Hamilton is the oldest stand company in the world and one of the oldest MI brands in the U.S., having been founded in Hamilton, OH in 1883. The company’s KB400N is one of the longest continually-made products in the industry, having sold more than 10 million units.

Mark Ragin, the President and CEO of St Louis Music, says “I have known and sold Hamilton stands since I first started working in the music business. The Hamilton brand is synonymous with quality and has a long history of design innovation.”

Hamilton Stands’ inventions include the first folding music stand and the first neck suspending guitar stand. Recent designs include the System X wind instrument stands and the System X keyboard stand.

“For sometime I have sought a strategic buyer who would recognize the value of the Hamilton brand and be positioned to leverage our products into their deserved place in the industry,” says Bill Carpenter, the owner of Hamilton Stands since 2006. “I look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with St Louis Music and Mark Ragin.”

Ragin adds, “We are proud to be the new owners of Hamilton. Our growing presence in the market and the strength of the Hamilton brand will work together to achieve greater global reach and growth for our Company.”

Bill Carpenter will continue with Hamilton, leading strategic sourcing and product design initiatives.

For more information, contact St Louis Music: 800-727-4512,

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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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