John Packer Musical Instruments acquires Michael Rath Trombones as UK-based business continues to expand

John Packer Musical Instruments, the UK-based musical instrument retailer and manufacturer, has announced the acquisition of renowned UK manufacturer, Michael Rath Trombones.

The agreement will see JP Musical Instruments look after marketing, distribution and logistics for the Yorkshire business, while retaining Rath’s focus as a maker of outstanding, bespoke trombones, the choice of leading symphonic, commercial and studio trombonists all over the world.

Michael Rath will remain with the business, based at its Yorkshire site, where he will continue to share his decades of experience in manufacturing brass instruments of the highest quality at Rath’s facility in Huddersfield.

The acquisition of Michael Rath Trombones comes as John Packer Musical Instruments celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024 and marks a new chapter in the continued relationship between the two brands.

Rob Hanson, director of John Packer Musical Instruments, commented: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Michael Rath Trombones to the stable at John Packer Musical Instruments. The two companies’ collaboration began in 2009 with the introduction of the JP Rath project and it was always a natural progression that the relationship would evolve.

“With an outstanding reputation for craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail, Michael Rath Trombones are the only choice for many of the world’s leading trombone players, equally comfortable in a symphony orchestra, band, commercial or solo setting. 

“We’re delighted Michael Rath and his full team are to remain with the business, and that he will continue to build and manufacture trombones of the highest standard at Rath’s factory in Huddersfield, ensuring customers all over the world will benefit from the unrivalled sense of craftsmanship and skill that goes into building every Rath trombone.

“We look forward to the time he can now devote to new models and innovations, as well as his unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards.” 

Michael Rath, of Michael Rath Trombones, commented: “Dedication, determination to producing the highest quality instruments and providing the best service possible, have been our aims for over 30 years at Michael Rath Trombones and will remain the company’s narrative.

“John Packer Musical Instruments’ acquisition creates a new, exciting chapter for Rath Trombones, enabling both expansion into new markets, and significant growth in existing marketplaces. I’m very proud of everything we have achieved so far and look forward to working with Rob Hanson on new projects to help further expand the business.”

Rob Hanson added: “John Packer Musical Instruments are exported to 45 countries all over the world including the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. By bringing the supply of Michael Rath Trombones into our global network of dealers, more musicians will have access to the world’s finest trombones.

“In recent months, we have exhibited our instruments at Music China and Midwest Band Clinic, and we’re returning to NAMM in California as JP Musical Instruments continues to forge a path in the brass and woodwind instrument market across the globe.”

JP Musical Instruments has established itself as a preeminent supplier of student and intermediate brass and woodwind instruments to the education service, bands and professional players from Taunton to Tonga, the Midwest to Melbourne, and Ireland to Iceland, with the support of its global dealer network.

In 2018, the company was given the Queen’s award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

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