|Ibanez Debuts New RG Premium Line|
Celebrating more than 20 years of its flagship RG guitar line, Ibanez has introduced its new RG Premium line, which offers premium specs at a reduced price. The inaugural RG920QM model (MSRP $1,199.99) features a richly quilted maple top and American basswood body, sleek Wizard Premium five-piece maple/walnut neck, bound rosewood fretboard, offset pearl dot inlays, and Premium edged Jumbo frets. It also features a newly designed Edge-Zero II bridge with Zero Point system for better tuning stability and longer sustain and specially designed DiMarzio IBZ pickups. The new RG870 (MSRP $999.99) features the same high standard of materials and craftsmanship but with new high-output Ibanez CAP VM pickups and a sexy high-gloss solid black finish.
|Mustaine Brings Iconic Tone To Zoom Pedal|
Dave Mustaine, guitarist and lead vocalist for Megadeth, has collaborated with Zoom on a signature effects pedal, the G2.1DM. Based on Zoom's popular G2.1Nu, and equipped with the same ZFX-3 sound engine, the G2.1DM comes loaded with 40 patches ranging from "crushing distortions" to "wicked lead tones." With silkscreen graphics designed by Mustaine himself, the pedal is made to capture not just the metal legend's tone but his personal style. The G2.1DM launched at the winter NAMM show.
|New Custom Shop Collection Showcases Fender Craftsmanship|
The Fender Custom Shop's Time Machine 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster features a lightweight ash body with a Nocaster Blonde lacquer finish given a heavily worn "Heavy Relic" treatment; tinted one-piece maple neck with mid-'50s soft V shape, maple fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 6105 frets; vintage-design 1950s Telecaster pickups; three-way pickup switch with modern wiring; single-ply black Bakelite pickguard; vintage-style hardware; and center pocket tweed case. The Time Machine 1958 Relic Stratocaster features an alder body with a Relic lacquer finish in distinctive Chocolate Three-Color Sunburst; tinted one-piece maple neck with mid-'50s (10/'56) large V shape; maple fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 6105 frets; Master Design pickups with five-way switching; single-ply parchment pickguard; vintage-style hardware; and blonde case. The Time Machine 1960 Relic Stratocaster has a matching headstock in period-correct Fiesta Red, Shoreline Gold, or Surf Green. Features include an alder body with a Relic lacquer finish; lightly tinted maple neck with large C shape and matching headstock; rosewood fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 6105 frets; 1960 Stratocaster pickups with five-way switching; three-ply mint green pickguard; vintage-style hardware; wing string tree; and brown hard-shell case.
|Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synthesizer|
With the new Slim Phatty analog synthesizer, Moog fits its signature sound into its most compact package yet. With its 100% analog signal path, intuitive user interface, rugged construction, and rich MIDI, USB and control voltage functionality, the Slim Fatty is equipped for producers, touring musicians, and DJs. At just 17" wide, it houses "earth-shaking basses," "scorching leads," and more in a high-quality instrument ideal for laptop artists and space conscious musical road warriors.
|Blueridge Re-creates '30s Era Jumbo Classic|
The new Blueridge BG-2500 is a contemporary interpretation of the classic "golden era" jumbo flat top. Features include a spruce top with close, even grains; deeply flamed AAAA-grade maple neck and body with a clear, natural high-gloss finish; premium rosewood fingerboard and black peghead overlay, both with stunning Art Deco inlays in white mother of pearl; and a specially-designed tortoise-plastic pickguard bound with white plastic and black and white lines. The neck is made in two pieces, with an ebony center strip and an adjustable truss rod for perfect adjustment at all times. The neck is the slightly larger profile of the original 1930s classic-but is perfectly shaped and easy to play.
|Audio-Technica Offers AT2022 Condenser Mic|
Audio-Technica's new AT2022 X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone is a dual-element condenser mic designed for stereo recording. This microphone features two unidirectional condenser capsules in an X/Y configuration pivot to allow for 90-degree (narrow) or 120-degree (wide) stereo operation for extremely versatile pickup. The capsules also fold flat for storage and transportation. The AT2022 X/Y is designed for general stereo recording, as well as field sound capture.
|Rozanna's Violins Unveils Delightful New Series|
Rozanna's Violins instruments feature tasteful artwork rendered by top artists. New Butterfly Delight and Sunflower Dream violin outfits are available in traditional wood or colored models. Children light up with delight and wonder when they see these beautiful, imaginative, and playful instruments, and retailers are welcoming this response as a strong driver of family purchase decisions. Ideal for store rental programs, Rozanna's shop-adjusted violins exceed MENC quality standards and are made from wood aged for six years. Features include solid spruce top; flamed maple back, sides, and scroll; ebony fingerboard, chinrest, pegs, and tailpiece; inlaid purfling; and a precisely cut bridge. The Brazilwood bow is made with real horsehair, leather, silver wrapping, a pearl eye, and an ebony frog with an octagonal stick for extra power. Violin kits include a lightweight, durable case with blanket, interior accessory pocket, exterior music pocket, and backpack straps, as well fine quality strings and rosin. Butterfly Delight and Sunflower Dream violin outfits MSRP: $399.
|Antoine Courtois AC430TL Xtreme Trumpet|
Complementing the popular "Legend" series of Bb trumpets, the new AC334 Xtreme adds the element of enhanced bracing: straight post-to-post bracing on the leadpipe side of the valve block and removable bracing on the bell side of the valve block. Two different tuning slides give the performer the utmost flexibility in sound, feel, and vibration. A new reverse leadpipe, specifically chosen by acclaimed jazz trumpet artist Marcus Printup, maximizes the playability of the instrument. Features include one-piece 5" bell, silver plating over yellow brass, and .460 and .462 bore sizes. Accessories and deluxe case are included.
|Roland Introduces GR-55 Guitar Synth|
Roland's new GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer combines PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling from the VG-99 V-Guitar System, delivering lightning-fast tracking performance and previously impossible sound-making capabilities. Two independent synthesizer sound engines come loaded with more than 900 of Roland's latest sounds. A third sound engine is driven by Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM), the technology behind the VG-99. Players can combine all three sound engines, plus their guitar's normal input, to create virtually any sound. A USB song player lets users trigger WAV files on a USB flash drive using the onboard pedals. The GR-55 also functions as an audio and MIDI interface for computers, with a rear-panel USB 2.0 port. Users can easily integrate with their favorite digital audio workstation software.
|Chesbro Marks 100 Years With 100 Deals|
The Chesbro Music Company is observing its 100th anniversary in 2011. To share the celebration with its dealers, the century-old distributor of musical instruments, accessories, and printed music is sponsoring 100 days of sales. Each day for 100 days starting April 4, Chesbro will unveil an "incredible sale of the day." To participate, dealers are invited to sign up at ChesbroCatalog.com.
|Audix Ramps Up Video Content On Website|
Audix's "Mic it Up" series of online videos--"How to Mic Up Your Guitar," "How to Mic Up Your Drums," "How to Choose a Vocal Mic," and "On Stage with Audix Microphones"--has generated more than 100,000 hits. Audix is now sharing weekly tips and inside information about microphone selection and placement from the pros, who are on the front line, working with them on the road and in the studio. The latest videos from "On Stage with Audix Microphones" feature sound engineers Rich Hipp & Marcel Cacdac for the Decemeberists, Dan Hallis for Grammy Award-winning Esperanza Spalding, and Tim Craven, front-of-house engineer for John Ritter. The engineers give a backstage look into what mics they are using, where they are using them, and why.
|Levy's Introduces New Acoustic Strap Design|
Levy's Leathers' newest acoustic guitar straps feature a 3/8" cotton webbing loop specifically designed for guitars with only one strap pin. The loop-end attaches securely to the base of the headstock under the strings, while the pin-hole-end attaches to the lower bout pin as usual.
|Remo Powerstroke Pro Bass Drumhead|
Remo's new Powerstroke Pro bass drumhead, constructed with 10-mil film, features a new Pressure Dampening Profile and permanently mounted acoustic foam that provides maximum volume and projection while producing controlled high, accentuated mid, and maximum low range frequencies. The ultrasonically welded profile alleviates separation and unwanted noise, making it ideal for live and studio use. This subsonic bass drumhead delivers outstanding sound, feel, and performance. It's available in Clear, Coated, and Ebony, in 18", 20", 22", and 24" sizes.
|Asterope Introduces Complete Cable Line|
A new complete line of cables from Asterope offers premium products for the music, professional audio, and high-end audio markets. Their unique design is engineered for greater clarity, a broader frequency response, and more dynamic harmonics across the board. One-fourth-inch cables for guitar, bass, keyboards, and other instruments are available in lengths of 10', 15', and 20'-priced at $180, $200, and $220, respectively. Asterope has also introduced a line of RCA Component Interconnect Cables designed for engineers and audio enthusiasts looking for outstanding sound quality at accessible prices.
|Blue Microphones Reactor Condenser Mic|
Blue Microphones' new Reactor mic features a premium large-diaphragm condenser capsule and proprietary pre-amp circuit and allows for noiseless live switching between the three distinct patterns--cardioid, omni, and bi-directional. The innovative swiveling design allows the capsule head to rotate fluidly across a 90-degree range. Facilitating ease-of-use in multiple mic setups such as Mid/Side or X-Y recording, Reactor's swivel head allows for accuracy and fine-tuning of setup geometry and microphone tone. The pattern selection has LED backlit pattern indicators and a unique magnifying optic that complements its contemporary design. Reactor comes with a coordinated carrying case for protection and storage, along with a custom-tailored shockmount and custom pop filter. MSRP $499, available spring 2011.
|Featured At The Oscars, Updated Harpejji Now More Affordable|
Combining elements of the guitar and keyboard families, Marcodi Musical Products' Harpejji was featured in the acclaimed film 127 Hours and at the Academy Awards, where the film's song, "If I Rise," was nominated for an Oscar. Marcodi's website activity spiked after the awards ceremony was broadcast into roughly 37 million homes. Fitted with guitar and bass strings, fully adjustable saddles, custom tuners and bridge, and piezo pickups for each string, the Harpejji is suited to both strumming and "tapping" with all ten fingers, facilitating interesting textures and daring interval jumps. Piano-like black and white markings make the Harpejji a quick study for keyboardists. Refined construction methods have reduced its price to $2,999 for the 16-string G16 model and $3,999 for the 24-string K24.
|Free Cymbags With TRX Cymbal-Cymbag Promo|
A joint promotion by TRX Cymbal Co. and Cymbag International includes a free matching Cymbag (at participating U.S. dealers while supplies last) with each TRX cymbal sold. The special features all sizes, models, and series of TRX's professional-quality, Turkish-made cymbals and Cymbag's deluxe, easy-to-use cymbal protection sleeves. Cymbags are made from an advanced microfiber material and designed to help keep cymbals clean by protecting them from fingerprints, dirt, and scratches.
|Washburn Debuts New Vintage Jazz Box|
Washburn Guitars' new J600 arch-top hollow body Vintage Jazz box, though part of the Jazz Series, has features that make it great for jazz, blues, and even rock. Designed to deliver full-bodied sound with powerful mids, the J600 also looks great with a vintage finish, stunning spruce top, flame maple back and sides, bound f-holes, and Venetian cutaway. It's further enhanced by a maple neck; rosewood fingerboard; and ebony tailpiece, pickguard, and bridge, all offset by gold hardware including Grover tuners.
Complete with a premium hardshell case, the J600 will retail for $1,247.90 and will be available in mid-2011.
|On-Stage Stands Intros ATA-Style Flight Cases|
On-Stage Stand's new ATA-style flight-ready cases, the FC5000CDJ Player Case and the FC7000 series rack cases, are a rugged yet affordable solution for working DJs, audio engineers, and musicians. Designed for professional users, On-Stage Stands Flight Cases are constructed of 3/8" (9mm) plywood shells with durable PVC exteriors, aluminum skeletal structures, and stackable impact-resistant ball corners. The FC5000CDJ CDJ Player Flight Case houses popular front-loading players from brands like Pioneer, Gemini, and Denon. Compact and rock-solid, FC7000 series rack cases hold amplifiers, processing equipment, wireless systems, and other standard 19" rackmount gear.
|New Giannini Acoustic-Electric|
The new cutaway acoustic-electric dreadnought with dark sapele top, dark sapele back and sides, nato neck with bi-directional truss rod, 3+3 chrome tuning keys with black buttons and five-band preamp with tuner and outlets P10 - mono and XLR-balanced outputs.
|New XF Takes Yamaha Motif Workstation To New Heights|
Yamaha's new Motif XF delivers 741 MB of internal WAV ROM, the largest internal sound library ever created for a keyboard, a new four-part arpeggiator with 7,881 arpeggio types, and a 16-track integrated sampling sequencer with 128 MB of onboard sample RAM. Most notably, though, the XF replaces previous versions' volatile DIMM memory modules with optional 512MB and 1GB flash memory boards, which can be used to permanently store user-generated and downloaded sounds. The XF can also wirelessly interface with an iPad.
|VHT Amps Now Accept EL84 Tubes|
VHT continues to advance handwired amplification technology with the introduction of the innovative EL84 adapter. The Special 6 EL84 adapter reconfigures the Special 6's 6V6 output tube socket to accept an EL84 output tube. Now Special 6 players can enjoy the earlier breakup, distinctive midrange complexity, and legendary top-end chime that only an EL84 can provide. Now available a MAP of $19.49, the Special 6 EL84 adapter works in other 6V6 amps as well.
|SKB Injection-Molded Watertight Bass Cases|
SKB is now offering two injection-molded watertight electric bass cases: the 3i-5014-44, with an interior silhouette for P/J style bodies, and the 3i-5014-OP, with an open cavity design accommodating a variety of body shapes. Both cases are constructed of ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin. The case shells are designed and manufactured to U.S. Military specification standards for tactical applications. The molded unibodies feature a waterproof, airtight, and submersible design (IP67) that is resistant to corrosion and impact damage. The interiors feature plush lined EPS foam and include a large accessory compartment. Each case includes four SKB patented trigger latches, two with built-in TSA locks. Each weighs only 22 lbs. when empty.
|Top Drummers Endorse New Armor Drum Bags By AHEAD|
Artists now endorsing AHEAD Armor Drum Bags, distributed by Big Bang Distribution, include Alex Acuña, Danny Seraphine, Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue), Alex McKenzie (The Aggrolites), Thomas Pridgen (independent), and Street Drum Corps. Licensed by Revolution, AHEAD Armor drum bags feature the patented "TruForm" teardrop design and "DynaZip" 3-D zipping system along with AHEAD's exclusive "DX-Core" dual-layer foam interior with premium-grade Sherpa Fleece lining and a virtually indestructible, weather-resistant, water-proof, double-stitched, 600-denier, polyester fabric exterior.
|Zildjian Inspiration Cast Cymbal Pack|
The Avedis Zildjian Company's new Inspiration Pack was designed especially for the gospel and praise and worship markets and developed in conjunction with members of the Rhythm Alliance (www.therythmalliance.com). The pack's new A Zildjian Pocket 13" unlathed HiHats have a thin top, heavy bottom, and large hammer marks. They deliver a solid chick and a bright, defined stick sound, and their brilliant finish gives them a quick, bright, and explosive sound that decays quickly. The pack also includes a 12" A Zildjian Splash for quick, short sounds for punctuating and special effects; the classic 16" A Custom Fast Crash that explodes with color; and the medium heavy 20" K Custom Ride that provides a bright, articulate stick definition with dark overtones. For a limited time, the Inspiration Pack will include a free 18" A Custom Fast Crash.
|Boucher Guitars Partners with Musiquip|
Musiquip Inc. is now the exclusive U.S. distributor for Canadian-based Boucher Guitars. Founded in 2005, Boucher Guitars is the extension of a 40-plus year Boucher family tradition of guitar making. The company is headed by Robin Boucher, the nephew of Quebec luthier Norman Boucher, who was a founder of one of Canada's first acoustic guitar manufacturing companies, Norman Guitars. Boucher Guitars are entirely hand-crafted in Canada using Adirondack Red Spruce, harvested from the forest that surrounds the company's workshop on the St. Lawrence River. Retail prices range from $2,699 to $9,999.
|Dean Markley ProMag Grand XM Pickup|
The new ProMag Grand XM pickup from Dean Markley offers the same basic features as the ProMag Grand, but with a low-noise 24" cable terminating in a female 1/4" jack that connects to a guitar strap button. It installs in seconds and works with any 1/4" cable or wireless unit to amplify any acoustic guitar into any amp, p.a. system, or recording device. No drilling or modifications to the guitar are required.
|Morgan Monroe Distressed Mandolin|
Morgan Monroe is introducing a new MDM-2 distressed mandolin that features a solid, hand carved body, a complex radius fingerboard, ebony fretboard and bridge, at an surprisingly affordable price. Other features include cast antique brass tailpiece, antique brass Grover tuning keys, and a 31mm nut width.
The new mandolin includes Morgan Monroe's proprietary tone bar and sound hole configurations which increase volume, and "bark". Designed with an aged, road-worn look, the distressed-look mandolin offers a vintage feel and look for just $839 street price, including a hardshell case.
|TightScrews Help Every Drummer Tune Like A Pro|
Premium-quality TightScrews--machined tension rods with a built-in, patented nylon insert--allow snug, precise tuning and freedom from de-tuning in any playing situation, plus the ability to maintain a consistent, professional sound on any drum. Standard, chrome TightScrew models are available in 1-5/8" (42mm), 2" (52mm), 2-1/2" (65mm), and 4-5/16" (110mm) sizes and feature 12/24 threads that are compatible with most major manufacturers' drums, counterhoops, and lugs. True-Pitch (DW) 10/32 thread rods, as well as black and custom-colored finishes, are available by special order. Packaged in convenient four-packs with a handy drum tuning guide.
|Pioneer Introduces DJM-900nexus Mixer|
Pioneer Electronics' new DJM-900nexus offers a wealth of new features including a variety of onboard effects, increased sound quality, and direct PC/Mac connection. Three new Sound Color FX--Space, Dub Echo, and Gate/Comp--have been included, in addition to Filter, Crush and Noise. Newly added Beat Effect offers a total of 13 effects, including new Spiral and Melodic, to be added by the user at any time. X-Pad Control provides a touch-screen control bar enabling quick access, control, and manipulation of the 13 built-in beat effects. The DJM-900nexus has the same audio input and output circuits as Pioneer's flagship DJM-2000. The 32-bit digital-to-analog converter supports all outputs of the mixer, including the master audio outputs, booth outputs, and headphones. A built-in 24bit/96kHz USB soundcard can simultaneously handle input and output audio signals from up to four stereo sources through a single USB port. High-performance channel faders, integrated input selector, USB connection indicators, MIDI signal output, assignable MIDI functionality, switchable three-band EQ/Isolator, P-LOCK Fader Cap (to prevent fader channel and crossfader knobs from slipping during heavy use), and Auto Standby.
|New Proline Instrument Bags From Sara-Trans|
The New 2011 range of Proline instrument bags combine top-drawer protection and convenience with an aesthetic appeal borne of the major fashion centers of the world. This inspired new collection covers no-nonsense features such as shock-absorbing contour padding, tensile support, and thoughtfully designed accessory pockets with vibrant, statement-making exteriors. Every bag is subjected to strict quality-control protocols.
|Celestion Creates George Lynch Speaker|
Celestion has collaborated with George Lynch to create the signature G12-50GL "Lynchback" 12-inch speaker. It delivers Vintage Celestion tone with a higher-power, 50-watt punch. Lynch wanted a new style of speaker, blending world-renowned Celestion vintage tonality with the capability of providing a harder-edged and more modern sound. The Lynchback produces a warm, throaty vintage-style lead and solo sound, reminiscent of a 1960s style Celestion speaker such as a G12M. Added to this is a higher power-handling capability that provides far more headroom than a traditional vintage speaker, enabling the Lynchback to deliver a cleaner, punchier rhythm tone capable of cutting through the mix.
|Alfred Presents Beethoven's Wig Book|
In Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies, a new songbook from Alfred Publishing, author Richard Perlmutter sets original and zany lyrics to some of the greatest masterpieces of classical music. This 11-song collection is arranged in easy piano/vocal notatio. As an album-matching songbook to the irreverent recording of the same title, it features humorous songs filled with facts and fun trivia about the world's most notable composers and their masterpieces. Featured songs include "Just for Elise" ("Für Elise," Beethoven) and "Tchaikovsky's Cannonball" ("1812 Overture," Tchaikovsky).
|Anniversary Kit From Hart Dynamics|
Hart Dynamics' U.S.-handcrafted Custom Limited Edition Professional 20th Anniversary drum set features Hart Professional electronic drums with patented TE3.2 "mesh" head state-of-the-art trigger system. All drums are dual-trigger (head and rim) except the bass drum and feature ten-ply maple shells with Hart's custom Platinum Crush glass glitter finish. The kit features a 13" dual trigger snare with full positional sensing, two dual-trigger 10" mounted toms, two dual-trigger 12" mounted floor toms, and Hart's super-solid heavy-duty 14" bass drum. Removable heavy-duty rubber Rim Trim on all drums (except kick) keep the acoustic volume very low. A custom all-chrome, super heavy-duty Hartware/Gibraltar Road Rack keeps the drums and cymbals where they're set. The kit also features Ecymbal II patented electronic cymbals. Also included are a snare drum stand, a 12" dual zone (bow and edge) Hi-Hat and a heavy-duty Epedal II electronic Hi-Hat stand, which features a rotating base for use with double bass drum pedals.
|GCI FirstMix Delivers Everything A DJ With iTunes Needs|
Gemini, a division of GCI Technologies and a leading innovator of modern DJ technology, is excited to unveil the FirstMix USB DJ Controller for aspiring DJs. This easy to use, yet feature rich controller with two touch sensitive jog wheels that allow anyone to scratch like a pro. Other key features include the ability to seamlessly mix songs together, spice up tracks with effects, play music in reverse, adjust bass and treble output and record your set. Priced at $79.95, the FirstMix is the newest addition to Gemini's Digital DJ Controller line and will be available through musical instrument, electronics, and DJ retailers in May, 2011.
|SLM Distributes Ultra-Pure Oils|
St. Louis Music is now distributing Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil and Ultra-Pure Trombone Slide Lube in the U.S. Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil is synthetic, non-toxic, odorless, and long-lasting, with a fast, light, and smooth feel. The trombone slide lube is a single-bottle, easy-to-apply formula that strikes the ideal balance of speed and smoothness. Ultra-Pure Oils are used and endorsed by brass players including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Chris Botti, Ingrid Jensen, Alison Balsom, Mike Vax, Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, and Joe Alessi.
|Cherub Debuts New Universal Tuner|
Cherub Technology's new top-of-the-line WST-910 Universal Orchestra Tuner features similar functions as its predecessor, the WST-920, in a more traditional desktop style. A large LCD displays a non-linear analog meter as well as the pitch, string number, battery strength meter, and tuning modes: Chromatic, F, Bb, Eb, Guitar, Bass, Violin, C Ukulele, D Ukulele, Erhu, and Pipa [Chinese Lute]). Sound Cue emits a standard tone (between A0 ~ C8) after it detects any tone that is close to the standard tone. To make tuning fast and accurate, the WST-910 features an analog needle meter; Sharp and Flat LED indicators, Slow, Mid and Fast tuning speeds, and detection accuracy of ±0.5 cents. The WST-910 has 6.3mm (1/4") input and output jacks.
|Harris Musical Distributes Timber Tones Picks|
Harris Musical Products is now distributing Timber Tones Exotic Wood Picks within North America and Canada. Timber Tones hand-finished picks are crafted from 18 different exotic woods utilizing unused end cuts from guitar manufacturers. Every pick is the same size and thickness, but each wood's grain and density produces its own sonic characteristics and variations in tone. All are manufactured to strict tolerances and sealed with wax, ensuring a firm, non-slip grip. They are sold to dealers in trays of 108 picks (six each of 18 woods) or Players Packs of four picks of the same wood as refills. Timber Tones also sells a full line of pendants, keychains, and other gift items using Timber Tones Exotic Wood Picks.
|EMG SRO Series Drop-In Pickguards|
Coming off the successful release of its SRO Series open coil pickups, EMG's new prewired drop-in pickguards feature both the SRO OC1 humbuckers and SC1 single-coils loaded in black or white Strat-style pickguards. Two models are available: The ST-11 features a traditional three single-coil setup (SC1s), while the ST-12 has a dual OC1 humbucker setup. With the pickups preloaded and wiring complete, the only time-consuming part of the installation will be getting the stock pickups out of the guitar. MSRP: $229.99
|Blueridge Gospel Dreadnought Body Style|
The award-winning style of the Blueridge Gospel 000 guitar is now available in a popular dreadnought size. With its distinctive Gospel-themed pearl inlays on the peghead and fingerboard, the new Blueridge BR-340 combines tasteful ornamentation and full tone and projection of a dreadnought. A dark sunburst finish highlights the selected solid spruce top and the choice mahogany back, sides, and neck.
|Evans Sound Shaping Marching Drum Heads|
The new Evans Hybrid-S Marching Snare Batter and System Blue Marching Tenor Heads feature proprietary "Sound Shaping Technology" that reduces unwanted overtones while enhancing projection and note definition. Thenew Hybrid-S (Hybrid-Soft) Marching Snare Batter features two unique fibers that, when blended together, deliver a soft and sensitive feel with a warm, full, and tonally rich sound. Without any loss of durability, the Hybrid-S achieves a softer feel perfect for younger hands and wider response that makes smaller lines sound big, all at a much lower price than the original hybrid. Designed in cooperation with the Blue Devils percussion staff, the System Blue tenor head is a two-ply design with 7mil top-ply and 7.5mil bottom. This combination delivers tonal clarity and projection while also increasing durability and pitch stability, reducing the need for frequent tuning.
|New Hal Leonard Mallet Method|
Hal Leonard Corporation's new Modern School for Mallet-Keyboard Instruments is designed to develop musical artistry on marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, bells, and chimes. Compiled by performer/educators Jim Sewrey, Ben Hans, and Tom Schneller, this pedagogically sound book features many time-tested etudes by the legendary Morris Goldenberg. It also includes additional etudes, solo pieces, and excerpts from the symphonic repertoire that are appropriate for recitals, juries, and auditions at the high school, college, and professional levels, and that address musical literacy, musicianship, performance, and technique as applied to two-mallet and four-mallet performances.
Modern School for Mallet-Keyboard Instruments retails for $12.99.
|Buffet Crampon Adds Tosca E-Flat Clarinet|
The Tosca E-flat clarinet (BC1550L-2-0) is the newest addition to the Buffet Crampon professional clarinet line. This model shares many of the features of the Tosca B-flat and A clarinets, including a new bore design, better intonation throughout all registers, smoother transitions between registers, and an alternate E-flat/A-flat key for the left-hand pinky cluster. The Tosca E-flat also comes in an exclusive new carbon fiber case designed by BAM that provides maximum protection in a lightweight, modern design. Completing the outfit is a Vandoren B44 E-flat mouthpiece and Tosca accessories.
|Rotosound Extends Classical String Range|
Rotosound has added new Superia Pro CL3, CL4, and CL5 classical guitar strings to its Superia Classical CL1 and CL2 sets. All Rotosound classical guitar strings are engineered to a high tension characteristic specifically designed for finger style playing. Superia Classical string sets, which include both silver wound basses and nylon trebles, deliver a crisp, bright tone and are available in ball end (CL1) or tie-ons (CL2). New Superia Pro strings are a series of grade one professional strings. CL3 Superia Pro wound strings are silver-plated copper on a nylon core, with the plain strings being high quality rectified nylon. CL4 Black n' Silver strings offer the same features as the CL3, but with plain strings in high quality black rectified nylon. CL5 wound strings are silver-plated copper on a nylon and steel core, with plain stings of high quality plated steel.
|Tama Launches Silverstar Drum Series|
Tama's new Silverstar mid-level drum line features real 100% birch shells for distinctive, focused tone, triple-flanged rolled hoops, and low-mass short lugs. Standout features include a new improved, tighter positioning Star Cast mounting system, upgraded single ply-drum heads, and Tama's acclaimed Starclassic Performer-grade slide positioning tom holder. Available in multiple kit configurations, Silverstar offers a variety of colors in both wrap and transparent and opaque wood finishes. Transparent finishes include Transparent Red Burst, Transparent Blue Burst, Dark Mocha Fade, Satin Cherry Burst. An opaque Custom Titanium Fade finish is also available. Wrap finishes include Chameleon Sparkle, Sky Blue Sparkle, and Vintage Burgundy Sparkle.
|Small-Bodied Loar Offers Big Value|
The Loar continues to re-interpret classic guitar designs at affordable prices. The new LO-16 is based on the traditional L-00 shaped small body style and features a hand-selected solid spruce top. The mahogany back and sides give it the warmth that players have come to know and love in small body instruments. Mother-of-pearl headstock inlay and Grover tuning machines add tons of value to these great-sounding guitars. The guitar is offered in a traditional natural finish, and also in classic black finish with ivory-colored body binding and a vintage-style white pickguard. The guitar has a MAP price of $329.99 and offers the authentic front porch blues-box sound.
|Top Drummers Beef Up Bass Drum With KickPort|
Tino Arteaga (Of Mice & Men), Tom Brechtlein (Kenny Loggins), Ismael Cancel (Calle 13), Rex Hardy (American Idol), Trevor Lawrence, Jr. (Eminem, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keyes), Billy Mason (Tim McGraw), Johnny Rabb (independent), and Chad Szeliga (Breaking Benjamin) are among the latest A-List drummers using and endorsing the KickPort bass drum sound enhancer. KickPort helps bass drums produce a fatter, warmer sound with more low end and punch.
|K&M Introduces iPad Holder|
König & Meyer's new iPad holder is guaranteed to support an iPad quickly and securely onstage, in the studio, and elsewhere. The iPad holder can be conveniently secured to any diameter from 7 to 30 mm (.27 to 1.18 inches), thanks to an ultra-strong clamp with ergonomic screw. The iPad is clipped effortlessly into and out of the frame. The clamp's wide swing range enables each user to adjust it to the desired position. The swing movement can be adjusted to swing easily, to be held firmly in place, or anywhere in between. The iPad can be turned between portrait and landscape format. K&M products are distributed by Connolly Music Company.
|Teton Acoustics Folk-Style Guitars|
Now exclusively available from Chesbro Music Co. are Teton Acoustics, a guitar line developed with folk and bluegrass players in mind, yet suited to every musical style. With solid wood tops and an innovative bracing system, these mountain guitars "sing" with remarkable tone and projection. With a line including pure acoustic guitars, acoustic electrics, and classical guitars, the guitar maker can supply dealers with an attractive variety of acoustic instruments.
|AKG Introduces Drumset Groove Pack|
AKG's Drumset Groove Pack offers drummers and percussionists comes in an all-metal carrying case with six microphones for kick, snare/tom, and overhead positioning. Two P 17 cardioid condenser 1/2" microphones, with all-metal construction and a switchable 20 dB attenuation pad, are suited for overhead positioning. From AKG's Perception Live series, the P2 is a dynamic mic designed to provide low-frequency instruments with a powerful sound and a wide, dynamic range, while the P4 is designed to handle the highest sound pressure levels with a response specifically tailored for neutral reproduction of instrument sounds. Both mics come with a rugged, all-metal body to withstand tough stage use, an intergraded stand adapter and external bracket, and a hum compensation coil that rejects EMC noises. Also included are three H440 mounting clamps and two SA60 stand adapters.
|TuneTech Introduces Orb Clip-On Tuner|
The new Orb tuner, named for its simple, ergonomic shape and sleek feel, is the newest addition to TuneTech's line of convenient and affordable clip-on vibration-style tuners. The Orb offers In Tune color changing, simple one-button configuration, 360-degree viewing, and scratch-resistant rubberized finish. The Orb is now shipping worldwide with an MSRP of $14.99.
|Fender Adds Mustang III, IV, And V Amps|
Fender has completed the first generation of its Mustang amplifier line with the high-powered Mustang III, IV, and V models. Like the smaller Mustang I and II models, Mustang III, IV, and V provide versatility and muscle with highly authentic amp models, a huge bank of built-in effects, easy USB connectivity, and Fender FUSE software. A striking visual design features sleek and modern Fender black "carbon tweed" covering and silver grille cloth. Mustang III is a 100-watt open-back combo with a 12" Celestion speaker, ideal for rehearsing and smaller gigs. Mustang IV is a 150-watt open-back combo with dual 12" Celestion speakers suited either rehearsing or larger gigs. The Mustang V Head is for the big gigs-a 150-watt amp head that pairs with the rugged Mustang V 412 cabinet.
|Reunion Blues First-Class Heavyweight Violin Case|
Reunion Blues' RB Continental violin case has shock-absorbing Flexoskeleton walls lined with reinforced impact panels. A multilayer foam suspension system cradles the violin, while an adjustable locking strap helps prevent its movement. Everything, including a deluxe removable hygrometer and two patent-pending slip-lock bow holders, is nestled under a quilted "double helix" velvet blanket. The case is covered with a Ballistic Quadraweave fabric and reinforced with tough corded edges. All seams are double-stitched with high-tensile thread and reinforced at tested stress points. Accessory storage is accommodated by a zippered, reinforced exterior multi-pocket; a handy cell phone compartment; a large exterior "quick-stash" accessory pocket; and a small interior storage compartment for keys, pens, rosin, and spare change. Limited lifetime warranty.
|CAD DH100 Headphones Great With CAD Drum Mics|
Post-NAMM Show results in the field and customer feedback indicate that CAD Audio's Stage 4, Stage7 and Touring7 drum mic packs are an ideal fit with its new DH100 drummer isolation headphones. A high-output stereo isolation headphone for drummers, the DH100s offer an extended bass response with superior clarity, making them perfect for listening to program material or a click track while attenuating ambient noise by 19dB, both on stage and in the studio. They're recommended for use with high-performance yet cost-effective CAD drum mic packs such as the Stage7.
VocoPro PA-PRO 900 Professional P.A. Mixer
Vocopro's new PA-PRO 900 is an excellent all-in-one wireless p.a. for gigs, school assemblies, corporate events, churches, and rentals. With six input channels, a 900-watt power amplifier, and four channels of UHF wireless expandability, this versatile powerhouse can handle a multitude of applications. A handy, optional digital SD recorder module can be easily installed to the front panel expansion port, making this a perfect tool for bands, singers, and orators who want to record and play back jam sessions, bed tracks, and oral presentations. The PA-PRO 900 features VocoPro's respected DSP reverb and echo effect package, designed specifically for vocalists. An easy-to-use single-knob compressor for the four mic channels provides complete control over vocal output. Available in three models: PA-PRO 900 basic model with no recorder or wireless units; PA-PRO 900-1 with SD recorder and one wireless mic; and PA-PRO 900-2 with SD recorder and four wireless mics.