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Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckJanuary 2007 • January 24, 2007

Superscope CD Recorder
The PSD330 features one-touch recording and a built-in microphone that, “makes recording speech or music to CDs easy, and with professional results.”

Superscope’s PSD330 records directly on common CD-R or CD-RW discs. “Record-Review” allows you to immediately listen to the last recorded track, with one touch of a button. “Minute Track” automatically marks one track per minute for easy recall of lectures, meetings and sermons.

A variety of inputs and outputs attach to microphones, musical instruments, headphones, external powered speakers, sound systems, and auxiliary sources. Additionally, the unit can power external microphones with built-in 48V Phantom Power.

A full-function, wireless infrared remote control is included. An optional foot pedal is also available to toggle hands-free between record/pause, play/pause or to control rewind functions.

GearCheckLaVoix Curved Soprano Sax from Selmer
Conn-Selmer, Inc. introduces the Selmer LaVoix model CS220 soprano saxophone. “This new curved model carries the legacy of a long line of saxophone greats and is designed as a mid-priced instrument worthy of the name Selmer,” notes the company.

The Selmer LaVoix model CS220 features a yellow brass neck, body, bell, and bow with clear lacquered keys.A similar model (CS220B) is available with a black nickel-plated body.The neck opening is aerodynamically tapered to reduce resistance.Keys include a high F#, teardrop shaped front F key spatula for easy reach, and individually mounted left hand palm keys.

Other features include: an adjustable thumb rest; sculptured key guards with adjustable bumpers; metal pad retainers/boosters on the lower stack and bell keys; tilting Bb, and low Eb and C key spatulas; and articulated low C# adjusting screw.

The outfit includes a professional hard rubber mouthpiece with premium Gonzalez reed, Trek-style case and accessories.Suggested retail is $3,000.

eMedia Essential DVD Line
eMedia Music Corp. has announced the release of the new eMedia Essential DVD line. This new and interactive line of instructional DVDs includes eMedia Essential Acoustic Guitar, eMedia Essential Rock Guitar, and eMedia Essential Bass Guitar.

The Essential DVD titles include dozens of fully interactive lessons per title. Features include: an animated fretboard with right and left-handed views; eMedia’s exclusive Tri-View video with close ups; a song-based curriculum; English or Spanish instruction; tuner; interactive chord charts; music tracking; and live performance audio. Online bonus features include: metronome; personal digital recorder; chord dictionary; and digital automatic tuner.

This line of eMedia Essential DVDs are available for $19.95 each.

New Snare Finishes from Craviotto
Johnny Craviotto, master drum-builder and president of the Craviotto Drum Co., has announced the addition of cherry and lime glitter, vintage white marine and black diamond wrapped finishes to his Unlimited line of custom-crafted, one-piece maple snare drums. The finishes are created using thin plies of premium-quality laminates so as not to affect the acoustic integrity of the drums.

Handcrafted in USA, Craviotto Unlimited snare drums feature the Craviotto solid shell made from a single piece of hand-selected, steam-bent maple with matching top and bottom reinforcing hoops. The drums also include Craviotto’s distinctive “Diamond” lugs, soft-drum case and tuning key along with heavy-duty, triple-flanged counterhoops, Remo Ambassador#174; drumheads and a Dunnett R-Class snare strainer. In addition to the new finish choices, the Unlimited Series continue to be available in classic natural, black, red and blue hand-rubbed oil finishes.

Craviotto wrapped Unlimited snare drums carry a suggested retail price of $1,195.

Pearl Releases Special Edition Tiger Eye EXR
Newly introduced for the holiday season is the Special Edition Tiger Eye EXR kit from Pearl.

The Special Tiger Eye Delmar wrapped finish captures, “the vintage spirit that every drummer loves while offering Pearl’s quality, durability and Exclusive SST Super Shell Technology manufacturing process that every drummer deserves.” This special kit includes two boom stands and a double bass drum pedal making it the ideal complete drummer’s package. Only 200 of these Special Edition Kits are being offered in this vintage rock configuration.

The kit includes: 22″x18″ bass drum; 12″x9″ tom; 14″x14″ floor tom; 16″x16″ floor tom; 14″x5.5″ matching snare drum; TH88I tom arm; BC800W (2) boom stand; S800W snare stand; H820W hi hat; P122TW double bass pedal.

The Tiger Eye EXR lists for $1,599.

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