Though it has not been announced and no store closings have actually happened, there is a possibility that the current electronic drum producer Simmons may be closing its doors. It has come to our attention at Hellfiredrums.com that many Simmons electronic drum products are becoming harder to buy. Popular products such as the Simmons SDMP-1 (Multi-Pad Drum Machine) and DA200s (Electronic drum Amplifier) for example, are much harder to find new. It looks like we now know why.
Hellfiredrums.com (and DMdrummer.com) have gotten several reports about the difficultly finding certain Simmons products since October. Admittedly (until now) we brushed these reports aside thinking it was merely a supply issue of some kind (do to past incidents), but after being tipped off by a Vdrums.com topic (Guitar Center on the Ropes) it finally made sense.
You may be asking yourself what the electronic drum producer Simmons has to do with Guitar Center. Well, back in 2005 Guitar Center acquired (rightly or wrongly) the trademark of Simmons and started producing budget line electronic drum products. Most of the new Simmons offerings were rebranded Medeli edrum devices.
It would appear that as Guitar Center starts pulling back (because of financial trouble) their Simmons line of electronic drums will undoubtedly have issues as well.
Here are a few articles pertaining to the Guitar Center financial issues:
The loss of Guitar Center/Simmons will most likely open doors for newer edrum companies such as KAT Percussion, to fill the void of the more budget minded side of electronic drum products. This would also have the side benefit of helping these companies to grow and produce outside of the budget area.
There is one other positive that could come from this. Many fans of the original Simmons have not been happy with the Guitar Center’s acquisition of the Simmons name. Dave Simmons (the founder of the original Simmons electronic drum company) has been trying to get back his name/trademark from Guitar Center for some time. It may now be somewhat of a simpler task (if Guitar Center folds) for Dave Simmons to reacquire his iconic trademark. Only time will tell.