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Introducing Learning Mode

Hi Everyone!

First off, on behalf of the Magic Instruments family, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, may it be filled with music and joy with your loved ones. We’re thankful for our backers who have supported us through this journey and we’re super excited to show you what we’ve been up to in the last month!

Introducing Learning Mode - Video

Manufacturing Update

We just got word from our plastics manufacturer that we are Designed for Manufacturing (DFM) is complete. While we’re not out of the woods yet, we are one step closer to starting manufacturing. Here is the latest prototype we received this week to reflect the final form:

MI Guitar (Black)

Ain’t she a beaut?

Wefunder - Equity Crowdfunding

Thank you for all the backers who have supported us on our Wefunder campaign. We just flew past our goal of $50K and we’re about to cross $100K. If you’re unfamiliar with equity crowdfunding, Brian our CEO wrote a blog post. If you’d like invest in our company check out our Wefunder page.

That's it for now, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Be an Investor in Magic Instruments

Over the past year, we’ve received a number of questions on how people can invest in our company. Until recently, securities laws prevented anyone other than accredited investors (very wealthy people) to invest in startups.

In May 2016, this changed when the SEC finalized the rules around “regulation crowdfunding” which enables unaccredited investors, for the first time ever, to be able to invest in startups.

We have been working with a company called Wefunder to put together a regulation crowdfunding campaign. Unlike Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaigns, which are ways for people to back specific products or projects, regulation crowdfunding enables backers to obtain equity in the company. Put another way, our Wefunder campaign enables you to own a share of our company. We have completed a number of SEC filings, CPA-reviewed financial statements, and legal paperwork to ensure that investors are informed before making an investment.

If you’re interested in learning more, please take a look at our Wefunder page with this link:  www.wefunder.com/magicinstruments. We’re excited to share this opportunity with you and to have you own a part of our company! The minimum amount you can invest is $100, so just about anyone can participate. Our campaign launched recently and we are excited to have almost hit our Tier 1 goal of $50,000. Please back us and send us over the top!

Thanks and regards,

Brian Fan

CEO, Magic Instruments

 

 

To The Future Music Makers

Just about everyone wishes they could play music.

I’m one of the lucky ones. Like most musicians, I started learning when I was a kid, 5 or 6. My parents thought it was important that we learn to play music. After a few years of piano lessons, my brother, sister and I all got accepted to Juilliard, the famous music school in New York City. I still remember the day we moved from the woods and creeks of Staten Island to concrete of Manhattan, just so we could attend Juilliard. If you visited our small apartment on the Upper East Side on Manhattan, you would have heard the din of three pianos - one in each bedroom! - playing simultaneously.

I spent 9 years at Juilliard - all those music lessons and hours of practice mean that today, I can instinctively channel my feelings through my fingers, into black and white keys, through hammers and strings, and make music that conveys those feelings. I don’t have time to play much these days, but when I do I love to play David Bowie, Radiohead, Brahms, Debussy, and bit of jazz.

But I always wished I could play the guitar. The moment the I first heard David Gilmour’s soaring guitar solo in the Pink Floyd song Comfortably Numb, the guitar became my favorite instrument. Nothing I could play on the piano could sound like THAT! But by then, I didn’t time to learn a new instrument. Like most people, my life got busy and full and stayed that way.

Fast forward many years - to the birth of my daughter. She was a great baby, but sometimes had a hard time falling asleep. I discovered that if I played her music, it would help her sleep. There was no space for a piano in her bedroom, so I took this opportunity to finally learn guitar, so I could play her songs while standing by her crib.

I struggled like never before. Fingering guitar chords on steel strings was painful and tedious. I practiced endless finger drills for hours. I think I practiced in all around 700 hours - long enough to play a couple of songs, but not anywhere near enough to play well. I gave up in frustration, knowing that I would never have the thousands of free hours required to devote to practicing to get good at the guitar.

But, in my mind, I could hear every chord and note I wanted to play. That’s when I got the idea that we could use technology to make it easier to play and learn instruments. What if we made a digital guitar that had a “magic mode” that could get anyone to enjoy playing their favorite songs right away?

After all, technology has made our lives easier in so many other areas - driving, flying, shopping, taking photos, taking video. Why not playing and learning music?

And thus Magic Instruments was born.

Follow along with our journey! You can support us by pre-ordering a guitar here or by investing in our company here through the equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder.

Brian Fan

CEO, Magic Instruments
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