Hercules Plus Series

July 9, 2019

Hercules Stands’ new Plus Series stands provide players with an increased level of security, dependability and versatility. The upgraded AGS yoke is designed to fit a wider range of instrument necks, including from wider neck instruments like classical guitars to narrow neck instruments like ukuleles, mandolins and banjos. The Plus series stands come with specially designed “N.I.N.A.” (Narrow Neck Instrument Adjustment) cuffs to ensure all instrument types are safely locked.
In addition, the re-imagined footpad of Hercules PLUS Series Guitar Stands maximize friction to better prevent sliding, and the new “Instant Height Adjustment Clutch” allows for super quick, easy, and secure positioning.
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Sunburst and Monaco ‘Special K’ Models from Hamer

The new Hamer Sunburst (Model SFTF-CS-D) is based on the original flat top Sunburst models from late 1970’s that are widely recognized as Hamer’s signature body design. The new Sunburst features a flamed maple veneer over a solid mahogany body and a period authentic sunburst finish. The fast playing set neck is fitted with an ebony fretboard with jumbo frets, and the dual hot-rodded zebra Hamer humbuckers and fixed bridge deliver the amazing classic tone Hamer has long been known for. MSRP: $874.
The new Hamer Monaco “Special K” (Model MONKJ-NT-D) features a solid Korina single-cut body and Korina neck with ebony fret board and jumbo frets. This cool and lightweight guitar is based on a very limited edition, and much sought after, custom shop model from 2005. The two soapbar P90 pickups and wrap-around Wilkinson bridge deliver a warm and versatile tone and all the sustain of much heavier Mahogany solid body guitars. MSRP: $874.
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Excelcia Music Publishing’s First Band Music Release

Excelcia Music Publishing’s first band music release comprises 50 new and inspiring concert band pieces. The release includes pieces by well-known favorites, including Sean O’Loughlin, Carol Brittin Chambers, Larry Clark, and Carl Strommen.
 These new releases offer educators high-quality choices ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Each score and its accompanying parts are set for ease of reading and include unique features to facilitate rehearsals, like oversized time signatures in the scores and measure numbers at every measure on each part. Published in a color-coded series, the concert band music is meticulously edited and follows the strict and standardized six-part grading system developed by Clark and Arcari.
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The 1634 Tenor Trombone from XO Brass

June 27, 2019

The 1634 Tenor Trombone is designed for serious trombone players seeking a .508” bore straight trombone. The 1634 features include lightweight construction, a .508″ bore, specially annealed hand-crafted eight-inch bell with small bead bell wire, custom-tapered leadpipe, ergonomically-positioned hand brace, nickel outer slide tubes with rounded nickel silver crook, chromed inner slides, 24K gold-plated balance and XO ultralight case.
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S.I.T Strings Guitars “CRT” Electric Guitar Strings

S.I.T Strings has released an electric version of their CRT coated guitar strings. These strings offer four standard gauge options (.09-.042, .09-.046, .010-.046, .011-.050) and are made with eight percent NPS (Nickel Plated Steel wrap wire) with hard tempered plain steel strings. CRT coating extends the life of the string while maintaining a balanced tone and the organic feel of an un-coated string. Street price: $11.99
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CS7201 Cello/Bass Stand from On-Stage

On-Stage’s new CS7201 Cello/Bass Stand is designed to hold most cellos and double basses. The new stand features a fully independently adjustable lower yoke and offers sturdy and secure access to instruments up to 60 lbs. The CS7201 boasts EVA padding at all contact points to protect the instrument as well as non-slip feet for secure placement. A rear hook/attachment makes for handy bow access. The stand is height adjustable – from lower to upper yoke – 28 inches to 52.5 inches. The base spread is 22.5 inches. The CS7201 features a black powder coat finish.www. on-stage.com

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New Tuners from KORG

June 11, 2019

KORG has also released eight bright, new colors to the Pitchclip family and introduced a limited-edition KDM-3 metronome complete with elegant wood panels and a white-maple finish.
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Yamaha’s FG Red Label Acoustic Guitars

Yamaha’s FG Red Label series of acoustic guitars is inspired by the original FG Red Label acoustic guitars of the 1960s, the company’s very first steel-string guitars.
All models in the FG Red Label line are crafted with solid Sitka spruce tops, mahogany back and sides, and ebony fingerboards. The top is reinforced with scalloped bracing, a specialized latticework to enhance tone and projection. The overall design evokes the look and feel of the original FG Red Label models launched in 1966 under the Nippon Gakki name that preceded the present-day Yamaha brand.
Selected models in this guitar line are equipped with the Yamaha Atmosfeel pickup and preamp system, a hardware innovation endowing the guitar with a uniquely natural plugged-in sound, and the FG Red Label’s top is treated with the company’s proprietary Acoustic Resonance Enhancement. Benefits include increased resonance, longer bass sustain, and greater midrange and high-frequency responsiveness.
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First String Orchestra Music Release by Excelcia Music Publishing

Twenty-seven new and inspiring string orchestra pieces from favorite veteran composers such as Alan Lee Silva, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Yukiko Nishimura, make up Excelcia Music Publishing’s first string orchestra music release.
Each score and its accompanying parts, are set for ease of reading and include unique features to help facilitate efficient rehearsals, like oversized time signatures in the conductor’s scores and measure numbers at every measure on each part. Free, high-level, professional recordings of each piece, which provide unparalleled, pedagogical examples of good tone and musicianship, as well as preview scores, are available on Excelcia Music Publishing’s website.
Published in a color-coded series, the string orchestra music is meticulously edited and follows the strict and consistent six-part grading system developed by Clark and Arcari: Prelude (grade .5), Da Capo (grade 1), Harmony (grade 1.5), Intermezzo (grade 2 to 2.5), Rhapsody (grade 3 to 3.5) and Maestro (grade 4 and up).
www.excelciamusic.com

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New Drum Accessories from Remo

May 29, 2019

Remo’s Suede Max Marching Snare drumhead provides softer a feel and warmer tone featuring a black matte suede finish for a warm attack. Suede Max is constructed with a state-of-the-art high-tension fabric weave for maximum durability combined with Remo’s proprietary suede texturing process. Suede Max marching snare heads provide higher clarity at lower dynamic levels and are ideal for all marching applications.
Available in sizes 13″ – 14″
www.remo.com

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