Yorkville Sound, has announced a new partnership with Gold Tone Music Group for Canadian distribution effective immediately. Gold Tone's offerings include fretted string instruments of all types, including four-string and five-string banjos, six-string banjos (banjitars), mandolin-banjos, ukuleles, Weissenborn Hawaiian steel guitars, metal- and wood-bodied resonator guitars, and mandolins.
“It’s common for guitar manufacturers to have a banjo or mandolin model in their catalogue; however Gold Tone offers greater variety and targeted expertise,” says Jeff Cowling, VP of sales and marketing at Yorkville Sound. “With Gold Tone in the family, Canadians will have greater access to string instruments that would otherwise have to be handmade, found used by chance, or ordered online accompanied by steep shipping fees. Along with Gold Tone’s banjo’s, guitars and mandolins, instruments like mandocellos, lap steels, tenor guitar are just a local call away.”
Gold Tone was founded by Wayne and Robyn Rogers, who were active folk musicians in the 1970s when they decided to open Strings N' Things Music Center in 1978. Today’s Gold Tone Group started life as Gold Tone Banjos, founded in Titusville, FL by Wayne and Robyn in 1993.
“The Gold Tone background is uncannily similar to Yorkville’s founding story, going from passionate musicians, to retailer, then manufacturer,” says Gold Tone’s GM, Justin Grizzle. “Wayne designed and manufactured Gold Tone’s first banjo, the original TB-100 Travel Banjo and began and selling the 'Traveler' via mail order. After a wonderful review by Banjo Newsletter, demand for the TB-100 mushroomed. As the company grew, Wayne’s innovations, combined with proven vintage designs, had dealers and their customers clamoring for Gold Tone’s affordable yet high-quality banjos."
Cowling adds, “At a time when the world has taken interest in picking up and learning new instruments, Gold Tone fills a gap with options to learn and expand the tool box. Our rep force is looking forward to walking our accounts through this new product line.”