January 20th 2018

St. Louis Music announced today it has acquired the accessory business of DEG Music Products, Inc., of Lake Geneva, WI. DEG is a leading manufacturer and distributor of band accessories, including the famous Flutist’s Friend lyre and an extensive range other brass and woodwind accessories.

Mark Ragin, President and CEO of St. Louis Music, commented: “Mark Schafer of DEG and I have been friends for decades. His accessory products are unmatched for their quality and design, and fit right into SLM’s profile as a leading distributor in the band market. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand the DEG product line and continuing to supply these USA-made products to dealers and distributors around the world.”

“St. Louis Music was the perfect fit for me as I looked for a partner to take my accessory business forward,” said Mark Schafer, President of DEG. “I know they will continue to build on the legacy of DEG and I look forward to focusing my efforts on my Dynasty and Bergerault percussion business.”

Founded in 1922, St. Louis Music is a leading distributor of musical instruments and accessories, representing more than 265 brands. They are the manufacturer or exclusive distributor of Alvarez and Austin guitars, Blessing and P. Mauriat wind instruments, Knilling string instruments, Hamilton stands and Dixon drums and percussion accessories.

St. Louis Music/U.S. Band & Orchestra is one of the largest general distributors of musical instruments and accessories in North America. SLM is the owner of Alvarez Guitars, Austin Guitars, Knilling String Instruments, E.K. Blessing, & Sigma Guitars. The company is also the exclusive USA distributor of Dixon Drums & Hardware, Antigua, and P. Mauriat Brass and Woodwinds.  SLM also distributes over 250 brands of accessories to music stores across the USA.