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Hello from the US!

Just wanted to update everyone on my affiliations. As of 1June 2018 I am the Nashville,TN USA rep for Tech 21 as well as the sales and operations for Clover and Esh basses (NBE Corp) in the Americas. 


So if you have questions about these products, feel free to reach out and I'll be as helpful as I can. 


Thanks, and hope you all have a great day!


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