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For those who like industy gossip...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BbbyBld, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. BbbyBld


    Oct 13, 2005
    Meridian, MS
    Industry...my bad.

    Yamaha bought Line 6. The deal closed today. Effective January 2014.
  2. Alex1984


    Jan 16, 2010
    Sweet. I like Yamaha instruments and I like Line6 effects.
  3. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    wow, that's a surprise to me. i wonder whether yamaha is going to let line 6 keep doing what they're doing. i like yamaha instruments, but i like line 6 just the way they are.
  4. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Unlike Genz Benz being bought by Fender, which to some is blasphemous, this kinda makes sense. I forsee strict quality control + innovative designs... Might work.

  5. Neener

    Neener Grumpy Old Dog

    Feb 25, 2007
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I agree. From motorcycles to baby grand piano's, if it says Yamaha on it it's generally not junk.
  6. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Line 6 makes some pretty nice amps.. and I have never used any of their effects but I hear they are very nice.
  7. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    Yamaha is a really innovative company that makes some incredible products. Sounds like a good thing!
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Not going to change my life in any way but Yamaha is a big company. Likely be a good thing for folks that use Line 6 products.
  9. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Are we going to get a variax BB model now?
  10. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    From a news story:

    This could be good news. With a cash influx from Yamaha, they will be able to expand and have better marketing at their disposal.
  11. great combo. In other unrelated news I hear GC is going under
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    GC has been "going under" for years.

    Bleeding cash like crazy but they have very rich parents. I do think they will be completely gone within a few years along with most brick and mortar music chains, but I may be wrong.
  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    I expect Yamaha wil do well with Line 6. They will get some technology they lack and the lines don't really compete except in the PA area .. Those will probably merge to a 'hi end' and 'mid range' approach. Intersting to see who get's top billing there.

    Certainly good news for the Line 6 investors! At least looking in from outside, Line 6 management has had their head screwed on straight. Kudo's to them. Hope they fair well in the big leagues.
  14. Surely you mean
    Since we all know big companies only buy others to shut them down. :p :bag:
  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Oh no, the world is coming to an end! A bigger company swallowed up a smaller company, and it's all going to get ruined! That does it...I'll never buy another musical product ever again!
  16. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Seriously Mal? Yamaha builds mixing boards that cost well upwards of 100K, and also owns Nexo. ;)
  17. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Variax TRB 5-string bass !
  18. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    "Under the terms of the agreement, Yamaha will operate Line 6 as a wholly owned subsidiary to fully realize the compelling opportunities for the two brands with Line 6’s operations continuing as before and its management team remaining in place." Etc.

    Heck, maybe things like the POD will become easier to use.

    It could just be that the business culture of Yamaha will allow Line 6 to grow, and make Yamaha better. Someplace in the article their is mention of improving Yamahas recording capabilities.
  19. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Seems like a smart deal for both parties.
  20. javadog


    Mar 13, 2010
    From what I understood Line6 was not making any more bass
    products. Do you expect this to change? I hope so.