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Gearcheck: December 2020

By Christian Wissmuller

Accessories

CFIP RR Patch Cables from CORDIAL

CFIP RR patch cables help save space on your pedalboard without any significant signal loss or diminished sound quality. These cables feature two right angle pancake plugs. When they are plugged in, these plugs do not protrude more than 1 cm from a 6.3 mm jack socket. Musicians will also save board space due to the utilized bulk cable diameter of 6mm without relinquishing solid and appropriate technical properties. A 0.22 mm² conductor cross section (AWG 24) and a twisted copper wires shielding (spiral wound screen) guarantee a clean and undistorted signal transmission between the units.

www.cordial-cables.com


The Silver Snark Tuner

The Silver Snark Tuner features new “Hyper-Snark” tuning software technology, with a stable, sensitive range that responds way down to the lower regions of baritone or multi-strung bass guitars, where low notes and overtones can often confuse less responsive tuners. Now with an even longer extended battery life, the clip-on tuner boasts a colorful, easy-read pin-sharp LCD screen and is made of hard vulcanised rubber collar joints.

www.silversnark.com

Railhammer Pickups in Gold

Railhammer Pickups are now available in gold, as well as several models of the replacement pickups. Rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows and poles under the plain strings for fatter highs. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile. Railhammer Humcutters deliver that venerated P90 tone without any of the hum.

www.railhammer.com

RockBoard Flat XLR Cables

The RockBoard Flat XLR Cables – available in several lengths – are designed to optimize pedalboard real estate. These cables combine super flat XLR plugs and a space-saving rectangular cable profile. The Flat XLR Cables can also be used on stage, as microphone cable, and as XLR patch cable. The super flat XLR plugs fit through the slot grid on top of the RockBoard pedalboards and can be used on compact mixers, patchbays, or anything else to save space and to keep the setup tidy.

www.rockboard.de

Music Nomad’s Precision String Action Gauge

Music Nomad’s precision String Action Gauge offers accurate measurements that are easy to read with the black finish contrasted with deep etched white markings. The high quality stainless steel design combined with numbers and lines that don’t rub off ensures years of use. They include measurements in inches, metric, and 64ths to customize to your preference. Their convenient chart on proper height by instrument type takes out the guesswork. The pickup ruler helps you dial in your sound even more. Designed with four different side lengths, you can find the side that lays across three frets and use as a fret rocker to check if you have any uneven fret heights.

www.musicnomadcare.com

JodyJazz’s Band Director Trial Kit

The JodyJazz Band Director Trial Kits are designed specifically for school music dealers to facilitate the testing and selection of JodyJazz’s most popular mouthpieces by band directors and their students. Each kit consists of a velvet lined hard-sided case containing five mouthpieces with HLigature. The kits include two alto mouthpieces, two tenor mouthpieces, and one baritone mouthpiece, and may be configured from any models from JodyJazz’s HR* hard rubber or JET series, or any combination thereof.

www.jodyjazz.com

Lava Cable Tightrope Solder-Free Kit by ProCo

The Lava Cable Tightrope Solder-Free kit allows players to free up valuable real estate being taken by bulky cable on their pedalboards. The Tightrope wire is a 20 gauge solid copper conductor but with a tiny .430 inch diameter. It’s incredibly flexible and mates specifically to ProCo’s tightrope right angle plug. Comes with a wire stripper. MAP: $59.95

www.procosound.com

Tasty Clean Disinfectant for Instruments

Tasty Clean is a flavored, powerful, safe, all-natural disinfectant for musical instruments. It uses only natural ingredients and is formulated specifically for the musical products market. The highly-effective antiviral, antibacterial, ecofriendly disinfectant is ideal for the school music environment where both high performance and maximum safety are desired. Tasty Clean for Players is available in sour apple and cherry flavors and is bottled in 2 oz. and 5 oz. sizes.

www.playersmusic.com

Malletech’s Scholastic Packs

Malletech’s two Scholastic Packs provide students with the exact same tools used by the pros. Each pack includes a high-quality bag and an assortment of world-class implements. These are not disposable “entry-level products,” but the start of a collection of professional mallets.The SP2 Scholastic Pack includes: General Snare Drum Stick, Orchestral Series Xylo Mallet, Mtech Medium Marimba Mallet, eMotion Medium Timpani Mallet, and a high-durability two-slot mallet bag. The SP3 Scholastic Pack includes: General Snare Drum Stick, Orchestral Series Rattan Xylo Mallet, Orchestral Series Xylo/Glock Mallet, Concerto Series Medium Marimba Mallet, Jazz Classic Series Hard Vibe Mallet, Medium Bamboo Timpani Mallet, and a high-durability four-pocket mallet bag.

www.malletech.com

Barney Beats RealFeel Practice Pads from Evans Drumheads

Evans Drumheads’ Barney Beats limited-edition RealFeel Practice Pads come in red and feature the Evans Drumheads Barney Beats logo, not printed on any other product. The gummed rubber is slightly thicker than the standard pads, providing a unique sound and feel that is more responsive and makes practicing more fun. MAP: $34.99

www.daddario.com

Sheptone’s Premium Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

Sheptone’s Premium Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings are available in four nickel-plated sets of vary gauges. Each Sheptone string is made by hand with nickel-plated steel that’s carefully wrapped around a treated hex steel core. Sheptone’s process ensures the tone, feel, and durability required for the absolute best string, every single time, right out the package. $10.99 and $11.99 per set.

www.sheptone.com

Double-layered Face Masks from Gator

Originally, Gator’s multi-use double-layered masks were designed for musicians to allow them to play their instruments while wearing a mask that helps reduce the spread of aerosols. The patent-pending design adheres to recommendations from the NFHS study on aerosols. The masks, however, quickly became the perfect mask for lifestyle and leisure activities for anyone because its front-flap opening allows for eating and drinking while still wearing the mask. The masks are available in youth and adult sizes and have adjustable straps for comfort. The masks are also reusable and hand-washable.

www.gatorcases.com

Print & Digital

Flexcel Jazz Combo Series and Solo Styles for Christmas from Excelcia

Excelcia Music Publishing now offers four new flexible holiday works for jazz combo, arranged by Blair Bielawski. These newly engraved, flexible grade 3 combos are scored in three parts by key (not by instrument) with lines in C, B, Eb, and Bass Clef. With the Flexcel Jazz Combo series charts, jazz educators can mix and match any of the three lines. For further options and flexibility, lines for horn in F, tuba, and octave-adjusted tenor saxophone are included. New titles in the series, arranged by Blair Bielawski, are Go Tell It on the Mountain, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Joy to the World. $45 each.

Excelcia Music Publishing is also expanding its string offerings to include viola, cello, and bass books, along with its violin book in this popular holiday series, edited by Diana Traietta. Written for genuine flexible solo use, each Solo Styles for Christmas contains 15 favorite Christmas carols newly arranged in over 25 popular music styles. Each carol is arranged in three distinct popular musical style arrangements, which go along with free downloadable play-along tracks in each style. Every solo offers an opportunity to improvise and learn the basics of improvisation including written improvisation examples that are fun to play. Popular musical styles such as jazz, Latin, pop and country are included in Solo Styles for Christmas. Books in the Solo Styles for Christmas series are ready for use in digital E-book versions and physical copy versions. They are available for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, Bb clarinet, alto saxophone or baritone saxophone, Bb trumpet and euphonium, or trombone, or bassoon. $12.99.

www.excelciamusic.com

Hal Leonard’s Taylor Swift’s folklore Books

Hal Leonard now offers piano/vocal/guitar and easy piano editions of Taylor Swift’s new album folklore. The Hal Leonard songbooks feature all 17 songs, including the first single “Cardigan,” along with “August,” “Epiphany,” “Exile (featuring Bon Iver),” “Illicit Affairs,” “The Last Great American Dynasty,” “Mad Woman,” “Mirrorball,” “The 1,” “Peace,” “This Is Me Trying,” and more. $19.99

www.halleonard.com

Music FUNdations Activity Book

Music FUNdations is a new book that reimagines how young musicians are taught. Written by Scott Lang and Robert Sheldon, this music activity book is infused with social-emotional learning (SEL) lessons to help not just make better musicians, but better people. Music FUNdations is meant to be used alongside your favorite method book to provide a well-rounded education with next level concepts to make learning fun. This 108-page book uses eight diverse characters to teach about music and also their challenges. Through these lessons, the characters help deal with real world problems and gives students the tools they need to help make better decisions both in the classroom and in life.

www.musicfundations.com

Playing Guitar in a Jazz Ensemble by Kendor Music

When recruiting guitar students for a jazz ensemble, it is often the case that the guitarist does not read music notation well, or at all. The goal of this book is to simplify things for the jazz guitarist. By focusing on Freddie Green style, the inexperienced jazz ensemble guitarist has a window into the jazz style that will help them become a solid contributing member of a swinging rhythm section. Starting with Freddie Green chords and voicings, the book tracks these voicings across different styles from blues and swing to bossa nova. From there, the book explores voicings on higher strings that can be used for accompanying soloists (comping). Finally, the book explores jazz scales for the guitar that can be used for soloing. Chord shapes and voicings are shown in tab, standard notation, and chord charts to appeal to all guitar levels and backgrounds, and the video examples will help with understanding the major concepts.

www.kendor.com

Brass & Woodwind

Yamaha’s YDS-150 Digital Saxophone

Yamaha’s YDS-150 Digital Saxophone effectively emulates an authentic saxophone experience digitally – from the sound and key layout to feedback from the instrument – while maintaining the sense of unity between the saxophone and musician. Unlike MIDI Wind Controllers, the YDS-150 incorporates a key structure that replicates that of a traditional saxophone, offering players the natural feel to which they are accustomed. A genuine brass bell enhances the acoustic presence of the instrument thanks to the company’s new proprietary Integrated Bell Acoustic System technology. The instrument is Bluetooth equipped, enabling it to be paired with mobile devices through the “YDS Controller” app. Using the app, players can edit voices, customize saxophone fingerings, and adjust instrument settings such as resistance and response, as well as tuning. Comes with a neck strap, mouthpiece, synthetic reed, and case.

www.yamaha.com

Drums & Percussion

New HHX Complex Cymbals from Sabian

The 17” and 19” HHX Complex O-Zones from Sabian are the first odd sized O-Zones Sabian has introduced, and fit nicely into the HHX Complex family. They deliver a dark, explosive attack and are some of the most aggressive effects cymbals Sabian has produced to date. The 21” and 23” HHX Complex Medium Rides are a perfect blend of old and new world craftsmanship. All four models are topped off with a heavily hand-hammered bell for a distinct Complex cut.

www.sabian.com

Amplifiers

Spirit Nano Micro Amps from Hughes & Kettner

Hughes & Kettner has released its first family of micro amps with the new Spirit Nano series. These three models deliver the rich sound and response of traditional tube amps. With up to 50 watts output power, a built-in Red Box cabinet simulator, and the Sagging control, the new Spirit Nano heads each echo an entire chapter in the history of legendary guitar sounds. The Spirit of Vintage model serves up the full spectrum of shimmering clean sounds and Rockin’ rebel crunch tones typical of the ‘50s and ‘60s; The Spirit of Rock head takes players on a journey through time to the era of iconic power riffs to pump out signature brown sound and lubed-up lead tone that lets slick lines fly from fingertips; and The Spirit of Metal (pictured) delivers everything from beefy ‘80s metal sounds to the bloodcurdling bombast of modern metal tone.

www.yorkville.com

Fretted

Deluxe Guitar Models from D’Angelico

D’Angelico’s Deluxe Mini DC LE is a 14” wide double cutaway semi-hollow model offering the perfect balance between semi-hollow construction and ergonomic comfort. It’s undersized body, sleek headstock and slim C-shape neck profile combine to create a lightweight design. Strapped with Seymour Duncan Seth Lover A4 humbuckers and coil-splitting push/pull tone knobs, it offers a wide palette of lush, colorful tones.

Emerging as a fan favorite in the solid-body collection, the Deluxe Brighton Limited Edition is a curvy double-cutaway offering warm vintage tone. Featuring deep cutaways that provide easy access to the entire fingerboard and a lightweight body design, the Brighton prioritizes playability in every sense.

www.dangelicoguitars.com

Recording King’s Parlor Metal Body Resonator

The new Recording King Parlor Metal Body Resonator puts traditional reso style in a small but powerful design. True resonator tone begins with a classic nickel-plated bell brass body and Recording King’s own full-size hand-spun 9.5” cone, the same one used in Recording King’s Swamp Dog resonators. Thanks to the smaller body size and 24-¼” scale, the Parlor Resonator has a different voice from other metal body instruments, offering all the swampiness and midrange of classic biscuit-style metal bodies. The unique design adds more treble shimmer, giving it extra top-end clarity.

www.recordingking.com


Fauna Phoenix Acoustic-Electric Black

Luna Guitars’ Fauna Phoenix Acoustic-Electric Black depicts a soaring bird in abalone against the black lacquer-look finish of this cutaway folk-style instrument. Equipped with a Fishman preamp and onboard built-in tuner, it offers superb playability with a classic 25 1/2’’ scale length and an elegant 20-fret pau ferro fretboard with 12’’ radius. The select spruce top and mahogany back and sides combine for a full-range sound that resonates fully. The set-neck construction allows resonance to transfer more freely between the mahogany C-shaped neck, supported by dual-action truss rod, and the grand concert cutaway body reinforced with 3-ply binding.

www.lunaguitars.com

Cases & Stands

Gator Lightweight Gig Bag for Radically-Shaped Guitars

The Gator Lightweight Gig Bag for Radically-Shaped Guitars offers the rudimentary protection of a softshell bag as well as the heavy-duty durability of a Gator case. The rugged nylon exterior is resistant to rips, tears, and moisture while a top-to-bottom heavy-duty side zipper enclosure allows for easy loading and unloading. Inside, 10 mm of foam core padding provide extra protection. $39.99

www.gatorcases.com

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