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Gearcheck: April/May 2018

Cases & Stands

On-Stage’s Collapsible A-Frame Guitar Stand

The GS7364 Collapsible A-Frame guitar stand from On-Stage is collapsible and flat-folding for easy storage and transport. The all-aluminum, black powder-coated GS7364 features a three-position locking stem and stepped yoke design to accommodate electric and acoustic guitars alike, while EVA rubber at all contact points protects instrument finish. The stand’s 10-degree tilt back angle and non-slip rubber feet ensure optimum placement stability and ease of access.

Max Protect from Sabian

The Max Protect from Sabian is a tour-grade ABS plastic case that takes cymbals from gig to gig quickly, easily, and safely. From the smallest splash, up to a 22” ride, nearly any cymbal fits safely inside the Max Protect. In addition to the rock-hard ABS plastic, the Max Protect has a wide wheelbase to ensure stability when rolling and a telescoping handle for easy transport and storage.        

Print & Digital

New Releases from Alfred Music

Big Phat Jazz Piano Solos contains piano solo adaptations of jazz band composer Gordon Goodwin’s most popular Big Phat Band titles. Musically challenging but technically accessible, these 10 Big Phat Band classics capture the essence of the Big Phat Band versions. They reflect Goodwin’s ability to combine jazz excellence with a variety of musical styles—including Latin, rock, and funk. The spirit of each composition can be heard in videos of Gordon Goodwin playing each piece, available online at In each video, Gordon plays through the entire piece, then highlights concepts or skills to practice, providing learning and performance tips specific to that piece. Titles include “Settle Down,” “Everlasting,” “ Samba del Gringo,” “The Jazz Police,” “I Remember,” “Maynard & Waynard,” “Backrow Politics,” “An American Elegy,” “Brother Bones,” and “Hunting Wabbits.” Price: $9.50.

Volume 2 of Piano Studies for Technical Development from Alfred Music is a new comprehensive anthology of études, exercises, scales, arpeggios, and cadences. It is designed for pianists who are moving into late intermediate to early advanced levels of study and features three sections. The first section includes études for the development of specific skills. The second section features selected Hanon exercises. Reference pages for scales, arpeggios, and cadences make up the final section. The book is especially useful for college and university piano students who are not piano performance majors (secondary pianists). Price: $14.99.


BEAM B-01 Clip-On MetroTuner and Tone Generator

The BEAM B-01 MetroTuner and Tone Generator is a multi-featured tuner, audible metronome, and 5 octave tone generator. The tuner is calibrated for guitar, bass, violin, ukulele, and banjo, plus the keys of B♭, C, E♭, and F, and has large color display. The metronome speed can be varied from 30 to 280 beats per minute, has 8 rhythms and a volume control. It includes a USB rechargeable built-in battery with cable and a unique magnetic swivel joint. The swivel mount is held to the tuner head by a very powerful magnetic ball joint. The head can then be mounted by itself onto any ferrous music stand.

New Accessories from D’Addario

D’Addario Woodwinds’ Rico by D’Addario Bulk 50 Boxes each contain 50 individually-sealed and barcoded reeds. This new configuration is offered for B♭ clarinet, as well as alto and tenor saxophones. Rico by D’Addario reeds are naturally grown and digitally milled for unprecedented consistency and quality. In addition to this new offering, Rico is available in configurations of 3, 10, 25, and 250 reeds for all voices of clarinet and saxophone. Reeds are offered in strengths 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3.

The Screeching Halt Humidifier from D’Addario Accessories is a hybrid feedback reducer and humidifier that allows you to humidify your guitar’s body and neck joint, even in the driest conditions – while on display, or during extended periods when your instrument will be outside its case. With a hydrophilic sponge that holds twelve times its weight in water, the humidifier releases moisture slowly and evenly while capturing the vapor inside the body of the instrument to retain the proper humidity level. Maintaining the humidifier is as simple as moistening the sponge when the humidity falls below a safe level (40-60 percent relative humidity). The product also doubles as a feedback reducer when playing live, keeping your guitar properly humidified even during performances. The Screeching Halt (PW-ASHH-01) retails for $17.95.

RS Berkeley’s JORB

RS Berkeley’s JORB is a revolutionary embouchure training tool for brass players. The JORB offers all brass players a new practice tool that will support the development of one’s embouchure and overall chops strength. The JORB and its unique, spring-loaded, cushioned rim will help players to develop a stronger lip vibration and aperture strength, while also serving as a means to help instill a relaxed, steady, air stream.  As a teaching tool, the JORB allows students and teachers to clearly view the aperture size and how one’s embouchure is responding. Now available for trumpet/cornet, JORB models will be available soon for trombone/baritone horn/euphonium, French horn, and tuba/sousaphone.

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