|Holiday Buying Guide 2019|
Yamaha’s new PSR-SX700 and PSR-SX900 61-key Arranger Workstation keyboards, which replace the PSR-S775 and PSR-S975, respectively, inherit inspiring content and powerful features from Yamaha’s flagship Genos. They offer ultra-realistic and expressive Super Articulation Voices, with “greater real-time control over a performance than other similarly-priced keyboards.” Both feature a brilliant 7" TFT touchscreen with six new assignable controller buttons, a new joystick controller with modulation hold, and built-in content from the Yamaha Voice & Style Expansion library that has been greatly increased to 400MB in the PSR-SX700 and 1GB in the PSR-SX900. Arrangements made with the 16-track recorder/player can be output as studio-quality WAV audio files to play back on smart devices or computers. The PSR-SX900 incorporates a newly-designed, bi-amped speaker system with a wide stereo audio field.
New from Levy’s Leathers, Butter Double-Stitch 2-1/2" guitar straps feature white double stitching around the body and tail. Adjustable from 46" to 60" in length, they also have a dark brown pull up leather top complemented by soft, dark brown garment leather backing that ages well with wear.
Spectrasonics’ new Keyscape, from Ilio, is a virtual keyboard suite with more than 500 sounds spanning acoustic pianos, electric pianos, digital keyboards, clavinet, vintage electro-mechanical, novelty, and more. Sounds are deeply multi-sampled with up to 32 velocity layers. MSRP $399, street/MAP $379.
The Hercules DJStarter Kit from American Music & Sound includes everything needed to learn to mix and become a DJ. Included in the box are the DJControl Starlight digital DJ Controller; active monitor speakers; over-ear headphones; Serato DJ Lite software; and a 60-day subscription to BPM Supreme record pool. A great controller for learning how to mix, the Starlight has a built-in audio interface, touch-sensitive jog wheels, and eight performance pads. Bright and powerful RGB backlights sync to the music and provide visual feedback. The 15-watt RMS DJMonitor 32 speakers offer excellent sound reproduction, and the M40.2 headsets allow the user to pre-listen and sync the next track before sending to the speakers. MAP $199.99.
Fender’s new Malibu Player guitar looks as stunning as it sounds, with a gloss metallic solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, as well as a matching painted six-in-line headstock and crème binding, giving it a shot of electrifying attitude. The bold style and balanced, articulate sound make the Malibu Player a natural partner on stage and in the studio. $399.99.
With an expandable main compartment that can hold a Numark PT01 Scratch portable turntable or Pioneer DJM-S9 mixer, UDG Gear’s Ultimate Backpack Slim also features a padded 17" laptop compartment with added Neoprene iPad/tablet pocket, plus secure compartments for microphones, USB sticks, SD cards, wires, cables and faders, AC power adapters, and other accessories. Constructed from high-quality water-resistant nylon 420D, it also features an outside USB charger connector, quick-access headphone pocket, comfortable, moisture-absorbent shoulder straps, padded carry handle, ergonomic back padding, and trolley sling for easy transport.
Buffet Crampon’s new Tradition professional B-flat and A clarinets (BC1116LN-2-0) represent the next evolution in the Tradition bore family. Significant changes from the original Tradition clarinet, introduced in 2016, include premium unstained African blackwood, plated posts (in either nickel or silver), and a low F correction key. Each also features a new Art Deco logo medallion inspired by the Légende clarinet, plated in either nickel or silver, and a rounded bottom bell ring. Tradition clarinets come with two barrels, a left-hand alternate A-flat/Eb key, a pochette-style case, and key-plating options. An HB France premium ligature and cap complete the package.
Gator’s Retro Rack Series combines reliable protection with a classic appearance to give modern gear a vintage vibe for the stage or studio. This wooden rack case pays homage to the ’50s and ’60s era with three tolex options: Seafoam Green, Tweed, and Black. Fit favorite amp modelers and recording equipment into 2U, 3U, or 4U rack-size options with up to 12.5" in rackable depth. Other features include a kickstand to angle the rack upward for improved control visibility and accessibility, a removable dust cover lined with grill cloth to safely mask the equipment, spring-loaded side handles for easy lifting and loading, metal corners for stability, and rubber feet for mounting on guitar amps and cabinets, desks, and other surfaces.
Featuring all 52 songs from the albums Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland, and Band of Gypsys, Hal Leonard’s Jimi Hendrix — The Complete Scores is the ultimate gift for any fan of Hendrix or iconic rock ’n’ roll. The publication features parts for vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, with guitar and bass parts written in both standard notation and tab. Each instrument is transcribed faithfully to the original recordings, allowing players to take a deep dive into the compositions, lyrics, solos, and sounds as Hendrix and his band did so many years ago.
The classic design of ZOOM’s H4n Pro recorder is now available in an all-black finish. Designed specifically for musicians, this outstanding portable four-track recorder features advanced X/Y microphones, two combo input jacks, overdubbing, and built-in effects. Capable of recording the loudest performances, the H4n Pro can handle up to 140 dB SPL without distortion. Pro-grade, exceptionally natural-sounding preamps enable the H4n Pro to record at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. An improved noise floor of -129 dBU EIN captures audio at lower volumes with less noise and fewer artifacts. Take a line-level stereo feed from the mixing console and capture room ambience with the built-in X/Y microphones. MAP $249.99.
The PRS SE A50E acoustic-electric guitar pairs maple back and sides with a solid spruce top for stunning warmth and depth. PRS hybrid “X”/Classical bracing allows the top to freely vibrate and project for uncommon three-dimensional character for a maple back and side guitar. The Angelus Cutaway body shape affords comfort and playability suited for picking and fingerstyle playing. The Fishman GT1 pickup system, which features an undersaddle pickup and soundhole-mounted preamp with easy-to-access volume and tone controls, delivers dynamic, organic tone. Other features include an ebony fretboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, PRS trademark bird inlays and headstock design, and a high-quality hardshell case.
New from Electro-Harmonix, the Dirt Road Special is a reissue of the company’s venerable 1970s amp with modern enhancements for improved durability, plus four reverbs from the Holy Grail Max reverb pedal. Pumping out 40 watts through a single 12" speaker, it delivers raw, natural overdrive with interactive Volume and Bite knobs to control crunch and overdrive. A choice of spring, plate, hall, and reverse reverbs are controlled with the included footswitch. EHX founder Mike Matthews said, “The Dirt Road Special has a great clean tone and can also deliver a raunchy crunch and overdrive with beautiful grit and grind. And, of course, we made sure it works really well with effects pedals!”
JodyJazz’s DV Alto model is the company’s best-selling metal mouthpiece and one of the most popular alto sax mouthpieces in the world. The choice of world-leading sax players including Tom Scott and Andy Snitzer, the DV Alto is handcrafted to exacting standards in the JodyJazz factory in Savannah, Georgia. Company founder Jody Espina applied the concept of the Golden Section Proportions to create the patented secondary window design that eliminates the shrillness associated with other metal alto mouthpieces. Made from 24kt gold-plated bell brass, the DV Alto is “extraordinarily free-blowing, delivering effortless power and projection with an unusually full tone.”
Popular Rover A-model mandolins make it easier than ever for the progressing mandolin player to play an instrument that’s worthy of any professional while still being reasonably priced. Its hand-selected solid spruce top is meticulously graduated to ensure maximum top vibration for tone and volume. And its hand-shaped maple neck plays easy and is comfortable to fit in any size hand. Suited for all styles of music, the new Rover RM-70S has a powerful woody “chop” for solid rhythm and an inspiring ease of playability.
The Rebel by Mapex is designed to make the first experience playing drums one to remember. The set comes equipped with stands, cymbals, throne, pedals, and sticks. The shells are popular for plenty of tone, and the bass drums delivers solid low end punch while keeping the toms at a comfortable height for the average 8-12 year old. MSRP $654, MAP $399.
Fishman’s new TriplePlay Connect is a MIDI controller that installs easily and non-invasively on most electric and acoustic guitars and allows users to plug into their iPad and create new sounds and instruments, write and record songs, and much more. Users simply download the free TriplePlay Connect iOS app from the App Store to discover and interact in a universe of exciting new musical possibilities. They can then play and control virtual instruments, perform songs and share them online, create, share, and play loops and audio files, or turn their guitar into a whole band. The TriplePlay Connect includes a controller, an easily mounted hexaphonic pickup, lightning and USB cable for connection to iPad, magnetic mounting brackets, and hardware.
Korg’s B2SP Digital Piano is equipped with expressive all-new piano samples in both mono and stereo, plus EP, organ, strings, and more. Like its predecessor, the B1, the B2SP features Korg’s Natural Hammer weighted piano action, perfect for players who prefer a lighter touch and better portability. Connectivity options include USB MIDI and Audio to connect to any smartphone, tablet, or computer. The B2SP comes with a stand, three-pedal system, and a matching music rest.
Just out from Roland, the Roland GO:PIANO with Alexa Built-in is the company’s first Alexa Built-in digital piano. In addition, Roland is now offering its first Alexa Skill for select musical instruments. By combining this new Alexa-equipped digital piano with Roland’s powerful Alexa Skill, aspiring musicians can enjoy simple voice operation of their instrument while their hands play music. Additionally, Alexa Built-in and Roland’s Alexa skill open up a world full of cloud-based creative possibilities, from accessing multi-genre libraries of play-along music to sharing recorded personal performances with family and friends around the world.
Designed in collaboration with Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, the invective.MH mini head (street price $699.99) features two EL84 power amp tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes to authentically reproduce the versatile tones of the new 120-watt, all-tube invective.120 head (street price $1,999.99). Features include: clean channel with low and high EQ; lead channel with three-band EQ; footswitchable tight, gate, and boost on lead channel; footswitchable buffered effects loop; tube status indication circuit; impedance switch for 16 or 8 ohm cabinets; MSDI output with XLR and ground lift switch; USB output; speaker defeat switch for silent recording; attenuator switch for 20-, 5-, or 1-watt output; master resonance and presence; and headphone output.
G7th’s new Performance 3 Capo features revolutionary Adaptive Radius Technology (ART). The ART active string pad adapts perfectly to match the radius over the strings on any guitar, delivering outstanding tuning stability by applying even pressure across all the strings. Coupled with its unique tension control system, the Performance capo provides a near-perfect experience without any of the problems associated with capos in the past. Available in a choice of Silver, Satin Black, or 18kt Gold Plate finishes.
The new Vienna Symphonic Library SYNCHRON-ized Special Edition Vol. 1 from Ilio features more than 30 of the most common orchestral instruments and ensembles with basic articulations (strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and keyboards) for a production-ready sound right out of the box. MSRP $330.
Mooer Audio’s new flagship GE300 amp modeling, synth, and multi-effects pedal sports 108 digital amp models based on Mooer’s non-linear amp modeling technology, augmented by its sophisticated three-mode Tone Capture feature. The GE300 provides a diverse range of exceptionally accurate tones and 164 high-quality effects that cover all the bases from favorite stompboxes, plugins, and studio rack units. 43 optional factory cab sims come pre-loaded, but the GE300 also has a full-featured IR loader capable of hosting favorite impulse responses, each with up to 2,048 sampling points. The GE300’s tri-voice polyphonic synthesis module can transform the guitar into an electronic synthesizer without the need for special pickups or instrument modifications.
In the Lunchbox Junior, ZT Amplifiers offers a no-nonsense 35-watt 5" combo amp with classic tone and impressive output for its size. Perfect for desktop/recording, it’s also portable thanks to a 12V battery power option, and a favorite of buskers and ukulele players. Also included is a 9V output for pedal power, a headphone output, speaker mute for silent practice, and an 1/8" aux input. Street price $199. Padded carry bag sold separately ($39.99).
Designed with the DJ in mind, Odyssey’s Battle Pack Hard Shell Backpack comes with multiple compartments, pockets, and pouches to easily store equipment and other DJ essentials such as a 12" format DJ mixer, portable turntable, laptop, compact DJ controller, microphones, cables, hard drives, headphones, and much more. With its hard outer shell made from EVA plastic and inner foam padding, the Battle Pack facilitates moving gear to and from the gig in style. It’s available in a choice of black or charcoal gray. MSRP $139.99, MAP/street $99.99.
For more than 35 years, TKL has been building top-quality cases that manufacturers and musicians the world over have relied upon to protect their guitars from the rigors of touring and day-to-day transport. The company’s TKL-Labs division has raised the bar yet again with its new SmartCase technology, which comprises a suite of next-level protections: With TKL’s Safe & Sound instrument monitoring and protection sensor installed and linked, via Bluetooth, to the free Safe & Sound mobile app, and equipped with Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control system, TKL’s SmartCase will help protect an instrument against the detrimental effects of exposure to unfriendly humidity and temperature levels.
Good quality cables are an essential part of a sound production. There are countless ways that cables can be damaged, causing sound to be disrupted or completely lost. Getting stepped on, stacked on, and spilled on are just a few. With tapered bracing at the base of the plug and a tight seal at the base of the body, Jack Caps are engineered to provide ultimate protection in the toughest environments, while an attached leash keeps them strapped and organized. Jack Caps says, “Strap it and cap it!” MSRP $11.99.
With superb audio specifications and connectivity, and featuring an outstanding microphone preamp, the Tascam Series 8p Dyna is a great choice for both studio and stage. Housed in a rugged 1U rack-mount casing, the 8p Dyna’s dual S/MUX optical ports make it a perfect expansion unit for a Tascam Series 102i or Series 208i or other S/MUX-equipped audio interfaces including ADAT—or use it as a stand-alone front end. Each Series 8p Dyna channel also features individually switched +48V phantom power for use with condenser mics, and an easy-to-use, single-control analog compressor with true bypass.
Promote a germ-free environment in your band room with Steri-Spray, by Superslick. This hospital-grade formula is safe for use on all surfaces, including synthetic reeds, and it contains no alcohol. Simply mist and allow to dry; no rinsing is necessary. It’s available in 2-, 8-, and 32-oz refill sizes from American Way Marketing LLC.
The Ibanez Nu Tubescreamer features natural tube compression, excellent sensitivity, and a warm, amp-like overdrive. These characteristics are thanks to the incorporation of Korg Nutube technology. A “mix” control allows for balancing the clean and overdriven signals, and the pedal can also be run at 9V or at 18V for increased headroom and gain.
A great companion to the Audix i5 dynamic instrument mic, the Audix CabGrabber tension-fit mic holder clamps to the top or sides of amps and cabinets, ensuring secure and precise positioning. Lightweight and compact, it fits cabinets 8" to 14" in depth, while the CabGrabber XL fits 14" to 20" cabinets. Strong enough to hold microphones up to 1 lb., the CabGrabber is compatible with every standard mic clip and works equally as well on cabinets with a flat surface or a recessed edge. Its tubular arm can rotate 180 degrees, so the mic can be positioned directly over the sweet spot.
Amahi Ukuleles now stocks a concert size in its extremely popular 130 mahogany series. Previously available only in soprano, the UK130 has been a proven best-seller in the entry-level mahogany series. Made with select mahogany top, back, and sides with laser-etched elephant design sound hole, the UK130 comes standard with a 10mm padded gig bag, Aquila strings, and chrome die-cast tuners. Street price is $88.
New from Schilke, the i32 Bb Trumpet features the classic Schilke reverse leadpipe design, a .460" medium-large bore with an efficient #2i taper and yellow brass bell, and a beautiful silver plate finish. Versatile and responsive, the i32 is flexible enough to work in any style or genre and ideal for every level of player. Old-world craftsmanship and 21st century technology combine to offer a competitive price for a hand-built professional level instrument that’s 100% built by Schilke craftsmen in Melrose Park, Illinois, USA.
New from Henry Heller, Classic Wides Series 3.5" wide guitar straps feature stunning yet simple designs that let the natural beauty of their Capri leather be the star. This soft and supple leather is already a best seller for Henry Heller in 2" and 2.5" widths. Now those preferring a wider strap can enjoy the buttery smooth comfort that Henry Heller Capri leather straps are known for. Backed with a beige Capri suede, they are extendable to 53" in length. Henry Heller Classic Wides are available in multiple colors and ship for less than $30 net.
VocoPro’s new KaraokeDual-Tablet wireless karaoke system combines two wireless mics with a convenient MS-UT mobile tablet stand. The new package allows users to turn any mobile tablet into a karaoke machine/jukebox. Using the KaraokeDual-Tablet, any mobile tablet can access thousands of karaoke songs through apps that stream high-quality music via Bluetooth to the KaraokeDual. The KaraokeDual’s compact but powerful 100-watt 2.1 speaker cabinet enables users to hear every note from the two included wireless microphones. The controls for Echo level, Mic Vol, Music Vol, Multiplex (MPX), and even Vocal Eliminator are built into each handheld mic. MAP $259, MSRP $339.
Lee Oskar Harmonicas has introduced four new lower key Major Diatonics in the keys of Low C, Low D, Low E, and Low F#. These instruments play a full octave lower than the company’s other harps but feature the same exceptional quality and superior design. They are also uniformly priced with all Lee Oskar Harmonicas, which now include a total of 47 different harmonicas in four different models (the standard model and three other models with altered harmonica tunings), available in multiple keys. MSRP $64.99, MAP $43.99. Lee Oskar harmonicas have been manufactured in collaboration with Tombo Mfg. of Japan since 1983.
Légère’s new Eb Clarinet European Cut reeds follow the hugely popular Bb European Cut reed launched in 2016 and revered for the effortless articulation and rich, clean sound it facilitated. Designed with the professional clarinetist in mind, the new Eb European Cut is a revolutionary improvement over the current Classic Cut Eb reed. It’s also the first Légère reed to feature Légère’s new label printing technology. Strength and reed name are printed directly onto the reed, so there will be no more lost strength stickers!
New from MOD Kits DIY, the Tone Attack is an active tone stack effect pedal in a kit form. At the 12 o’clock setting it gives an approximate unity gain with the pedal. Rotate the treble or bass control counterclockwise to cut the corresponding frequencies. Rotate them clockwise to boost the frequency bands. The Master Boost can be used to attenuate the signal or push the tone to screaming loud volumes. The effect pedal operates on a 9V battery; for a longer lasting option, a 9-volt adapter can be purchased separately.
Baker Street is becoming a new trusted name in boutique-quality string instrument cases that meet the budget and demands of any player. The new model BK-4015V for viola features an ergonomically designed triangular exterior covered in black luggage-grade nylon denier. Inside, the generously padded and suspended instrument cavity has a fully adjustable neck rest to fit any size viola and ample storage for accessories. Two ribbon-backed bow holders with locking spinners and a hygrometer for monitoring humidity complete the case’s high-end appointments.
Used on thousands of pedal boards around the world, Lava Cable Tightrope Solder-free kits deliver superior signal transfer with super-easy, reliable assembly at an affordable price. Features include Lava’s 20 gauge Tightrope Copper, high-end Tightrope Ultramafic solid silver plated 20 gauge 32 pF/ft capacitance patch cable, and super-small right angle Tightrope Plugs that are just .355" wide and .430 in diameter.
BOSS’s new 200 series effects pedals deliver advanced sound and versatility in a streamlined footprint. The four models in the 200 series feature premium audio quality with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate, plus support for additional control via external switches, an expression pedal, or MIDI. Grab-and-go controls and multi-function footswitches make operation fast and intuitive, while onboard memory allows users to store multiple setups for instant recall. Models include the DD-200 Digital Delay, the EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer, the MD-200 Modulation, and the OD-200 Hybrid Drive. Equipped with MIDI I/O on mini TRS jacks, 200 series pedals provide support for advanced control while conserving pedalboard space.
Gonzalez Reeds’ Jazz Local 627 saxophone reed line owes its name to the union of musicians from Kansas City Local 627, where the legendary Charlie Parker was a member for 15 years, and honors the pioneers who revolutionized music and left a universal legacy. Conceived as a jazz reed from the crop itself, Jazz Local 627 reeds’ raw material comes from plantations whose crops’ natural attributes combine with specific production techniques to achieve a more elastic and vibrant reed. These features are accentuated by the proprietary cut design, yielding a brighter sound and quick response that musicians will notice immediately.
AIM Gifts has introduced four new Instrument Decal Kits. Each package has two 8", reusable decals that can be placed on any flat surface. Students enjoy their many uses and teachers can use them to decorate their studios. AIM Gifts offers thousands of music gift items.
Hughes & Kettner, distributed by Yorkville Sound, has unveiled the second amplifier to offer its revolutionary Spirit tone generating technology, the Black Spirit 200 Combo. Designed to deliver a true 4x12" wall of sound that players can carry in one hand, its closed-back, front-ported 1x12" Thiele/Small enclosure houses a U.K.-made Celestion G12H-75 Creamback speaker. It features four all-analog channels—Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Ultra—a comprehensive range of built-in reverb, delay, and modulation effects, and a unique Sagging control that lets players adjust the amount of power amp sag regardless of the volume level. The Red Box DI output allows direct connections to mixers and computers/DAWs, and every pot setting can be saved and recalled via MIDI footswitch or with the free app via Bluetooth.
New from Fender, the American Acoustasonic Exotics Series includes limited-edition Telecasters in a choice of rare koa, zircote, and cocobolo woods. Handcrafted in Corona, California at the same factory that makes Fender’s iconic electric instruments, this series’ instruments translate the dynamics and nuances of these rare tone woods into expanded sonic richness. From acoustic shape-shifting to electric rhythm tones, this powerful guitar uses a revolutionary Fender- and Fishman- designed acoustic engine to deliver new sonic expression from the studio to the stage. Prices range from $3,299 to $3,999.
ENKI USA has debuted two new guitar cases. The new model AMG-2XL holds two large-bodied electric guitars such as Gibson 335s, while the AMG-Acoustic fits classical- through jumbo-size acoustic guitars. Like the ENKI AMG-2 electric guitar and bass cases, the new cases are built with an extremely tough, lightweight roto-molded polyethylene shell and luxurious EVA foam inserts that offer excellent impact resistance and touring convenience. Other features include 8mm solid axle smooth glide wheels, removable lid design, a padlock plate, a soft EVA accessories case, and a limited lifetime warranty.
BG Franck has expanded its BG Flex ligature line with the new Flex Red model. Available for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax as well Bb, Eb, and bass clarinet, it’s a great choice for students and pros looking for a round sound, even tone in all registers, plus a daring touch of color.
Also new from BG Franck, the BG Duo Rose Gold Ligature offers a focused, softer and deeper sound with direct sound projection. BG DUO is available for both alto sax and Bb clarinet (LD9), tenor sax (LDT9) and soprano sax (LDS9).
Costuming musical theater since 1959, Costume Holiday House has introduced a new line of fun, quality, and proven-hottest-selling merchandise: Musical Gifts and Treasures. “Loving music and knowing what music lovers want to buy,” the company has “searched far and wide for unique quality music gifts” including jewelry, key chains, bracelets, rings, ties, scarves, bow ties, suspenders, umbrellas, mugs, watches, socks, wallets, ornaments, stationery, awards, cuff links, buttons, totes, hats, and more.
IK Multimedia’s ultra-portable, easily programmable UNO Drum Machine offers a wide sonic palette combining warm analog sounds with digital convenience for producers and DJs. A compact form, battery power, and affordable price also make it ideal for on-the-go music creation and performance. Combining six true analog drum sounds with 54 additional PCM samples, it enables users to freely tweak and swap sounds for unlimited sonic possibilities. Other features include 100 pre-programmed, fully editable drum kit presets, analog Drive and Compressor master effects, 12 touch-sensitive pads, 100 pre-loaded drum patterns, a 64-step sequencer, and USB and 2.5mm MIDI jacks (cables included). U.S. street price $249.99.
Tama’s Dyna-Sync bass drum pedal, a Winter NAMM 2019 Best In Show winner, is built on a design philosophy called the Dynamic Synchronization System, consisting of three distinct elements. The Optimized Transmission Design combines a series of uniquely constructed angles to deliver optimum power, speed, and feel. The Dual Linkage connects the pedalboard with the cam at four points, resulting in nearly zero energy loss. Finally, the Slidable Cam adjusts the linkage closer to or farther away from the drum head, allowing the player to choose between a direct or chain drive feel, or a personally tailored mix of both.
Trophy Music Company’s new Can You Play That Tune is described as a “fun, wacky, wild, and zany musical instrument guessing game.” The object is to play a song from the selected card with one of the included instruments while teammate(s) try to guess the song.
The CC01K is the original String Swing guitar hanger with an updated cradle design. It features a hardwood block and a padded pivoting cradle that gently accommodates many headstock styles. The unique deeply curved design prevents the guitar from being improperly placed in the hanger. Having the guitar in sight and at hand promotes spontaneous practice. Trusted by millions worldwide, this hanger will be a great addition to any collection.
The Noteworthy Music Stands Collection from Manhasset Stands comprises a delightful assortment of 15 desk designs. Crafted of heavy-duty aluminum and laser cut with designs ranging from baritone horns to violins to a music lyre, these stands are of a design used by one of the U.S. Presidential bands. They feature the Manhasset Symphony shaft with Magic Finger Clutch and Symphony base for outstanding stability. The line’s oversized desk provides even more space for reading music.
For players who love to stand out, Recording King is offering its best-selling Series 7 Single 0 in two limited-run finishes: Revolution Green and Monarch Orange. For small-body lovers, these exclusive Series 7 guitars deliver traditional boxy old-time sound. The Single 0 starts with a spruce top supported by RK cross-lap x-style bracing, whose thinner edges optimize top vibration and projection. Other features include a bone nut and saddle, a thin, 1-11/16” width, C-shaped maple neck suited to a traditional small-bodied guitar, a thin finish that allows the guitar to resonate freely, and a teardrop pickguard and Harmonella fretboard stencils for a stylish counterpoint to the vibrant finish colors.
New 200 Series deluxe gig bags from Levy’s Leathers provide case-like protection without sacrificing the portability of a bag. The guitar is guarded by 25mm-thick, foam-padded walls with plush lining throughout to prevent scratches. Brass zippers with leather pulls complement the stylish tan-colored polyester fabric exterior. Padded backpack straps can be adjusted to the desired fit, supplementing a side handle and grab handle for alternative carrying modes. A large exterior zipper pocket and smaller front compartment accommodate a tuner, strings, picks, and other accessories. MAP $129.99.
The 3Dio FS XLR binaural microphone delivers portable, professional-quality binaural audio in the palm of your hand. The FS series microphones come equipped with two prosthetic ears with microphone capsules embedded inside. This device captures sound the same way we hear sound in the real world with our own ears. Listening to a 3Dio microphone recording using headphones, you hear the sound as if you were there at the time of recording, creating an incredibly immersive and visceral listening experience. MAP $649.
New from B&S, which has provided high-quality 100% German-made brass instruments for 250 years, the pro-level Challenger I Bb trumpet (BS3137-2-0W) delivers a familiar and user-friendly ergonomic system. B&S is one of the largest surviving manufacturers of trumpets to feature a one-piece hand-hammered bell made in the traditional way, using hands-on techniques that have been passed down through generations of skilled craftsmen. This allows the trumpet to be full of rich colors and resonate completely with many desired characteristics. The Challenger I trumpet comes fully outfitted with a single wood-shell case with compartment for mutes and accessories.
Mick’s Picks’ UKE-1 pick is primarily used for ukulele and other nylon stringed instruments. UKE-2 is used for all of these plus bass guitar. Mick’s exclusive Flextex composite material feels great in the hand and has a broken-in feel right from the start. Unlike felt picks, Mick’s UKE-1 and UKE-2 will not “dust up” and leave the front of the instrument dirty, and their flexibility is exceptional compared to felt picks, which are often either too hard or too soft and flimsy. Uke players say these picks actually enhance the sound of their instrument.
The Retro-Sonic Flanger provides the distinctive liquidy character and chorusy flanging of the late-’70s 18v Electric Mistress. This “true to original” all-analog modern re-creation uses the same BBD path as the original to produce the classic EM tones. But while the early original pedals were known for being very noisy (even when they were switched off) and produced a nasty volume drop when engaged, the new Retro-Sonic Flanger has been corrected. It’s capable of a wide range of sounds from chorusing to vibrato to classic sweeping flange. The circuit is designed to emulate the wide sweep of the original and runs optimally at 18v, just like the original V2 EM. U.S. street price $199.
New from ART (Applied Research & Technology), the new USB DI takes in digital USB audio, converts it to analog audio, and then isolates the output using custom transformers. Output isolation is key to removing ground loops and other system noise between the digital and analog audio systems. A large knob allows quick, precise control over the output level, while a separate headphone output allows the user to monitor the system. Line level XLR outputs are available for connecting to different types of systems. The Main outputs are always isolated but allow the user to control the ground reference to reduce noise. The USB DI/O is powered by USB, drawing less than 200mA and eliminating the need for external power.
The Rapco V-Cable puts volume control at the player’s fingertips and dramatically improves the performer’s freedom of movement. Built-in off position completely mutes the instrument for “pop-free” unplugging and instrument changes. The V-Cable is ideal for instruments without tone or volume controls, and the 500k ohm version is designed to be compatible with all pickup types.
Gator’s Transit Series ukulele gig bags (GT-UKE) provide rugged, case-like protection without sacrificing the lightweight portability of a bag. The uke is guarded with 20 mm-thick foam padding lined with a soft, red micro-fleece interior. A weather-resistant blended fabric exterior protects against the elements and is available in charcoal black, light gray, or tan. A thick rubber tread on the bottom prevents wear by raising the bag from puddles and abrasive surfaces. Other features include removable straps, a concealable zipper compartment, a side carry handle, AND front exterior pockets for personal belongings and accessories. Transit Series bags come in three styles to fit soprano, concerto, and tenor ukuleles.
PRS Signature Series Strings are nickel-plated steel with a hex-shaped, high-carbon steel core. A proprietary, reformulated alloy delivers louder, brighter tone, and soldered ends extend string life and help the guitar stay in tune. They come in the following gauges: 09-42, 9.5-44, 10-46, 10-52, 11-49, 11-49 with a wound G-string, and 12-52.
PRS’S New Classic Series Cables feature carefully tuned capacitance, designed specifically for excellent signal clarity, and spiral-shielding that provides flexibility and durability for low handling noise. Their cable ends come with wrapped solder joints under the barrel for added strength and durability. Available configurations include 6" (patch), 5', 10', 18', and 25' lengths with a choice of straight-to-straight or straight-to-right-angle connectors.
Available exclusively from JHS, Antoni Stringed Instruments’ Student Series violin outfits are available in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 4/4 sizes. They include a hard foam plush-lined fitted case with shoulder straps, a wood bow fitted with natural white horse hair and decorative mounted hardwood frog, twin bow holder, and rosin. Offering superb playability, sustain, and tone, each sturdily built Antoni Student Series violin has a two-piece basswood back, maple ribs, satin neck, hardwood fingerboard and nut, laminated spruce top, antique brown gloss finish, and double body purfling. Other features include a lightweight alloy tailpiece with integral adjustable fine tuners, smooth-operating hardwood tuning pegs, and a maple bridge. A Dresden-patterned hardwood chinrest (popular with students) guarantees a comfortable relaxed playing position.
The new Trace Elliot ELF is a micro bass head small enough to fit in a back pocket. At just over one-and-a-half pounds with 200 continuous watts RMS at 4 ohms, this is an ideal solution for any bassist who is concerned with size and weight but isn’t willing to compromise on tone or performance. Pair it with a Trace Elliot ELF 1x10 or 2x8 cab for pristine full-range bass reproduction. Street price $299.99.
A new line of Award Magnets from AIM Gifts are a great way to reward students for a job well done. Ten different designs will make students smile. AIM Gifts offers thousands of music gift items.