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Gearcheck: February 2015

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckJanuary 2015 • February 5, 2015

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XO Professional Brass 1632RGL-LT Lead Trombone

This free-blowing lead bore trombone is the result of years of development with the assistance of artist, composer, and arranger John Fedchock. The new XO 1632 features a handcrafted 7.5” custom-annealed bell — which is available in yellow or rose brass — with a soldered bell flare wire, a custom mouthpiece, a lightweight nickel outer slide and nickel-silver crook with hand lapped chromed-inner slides, and an XO series custom case. The XO 1632RGL-LT in rose brass bell has an MSRP of $2,625 and the model with the yellow brass bell has an MSRP of $2,795.


JodyJazz GIANT Tenor George Garzone Signature Models

JodyJazz has announced the addition of two new models to their recently launched GIANT Tenor range of mouthpieces. Working with tenor saxophonist George Garzone, the company has developed the GIANT Tenor 9* and 10* models, both of which will be launched as George Garzone “Signature” models.  Launched with 6*, 7* and 8* tip openings, the new GIANT George Garzone Signature models expand this selection to include 9* and 10*. MSRP: $395.


Henri Selmer Paris Axos Alto Saxophone

The Axos has leather pads with metal resonators, a backpack case, and a Henri Selmer Paris S-80 C mouthpiece. MSRP: $6,499.



Boulder Creek Guitars Model ECGC-7VB 

Boulder Creek Guitars’ patented suspended bracing system allows the soundboard to vibrate freely, gives the guitar a dynamic range, and a balanced tone. The guitars come in three distinct body styles (Dreadnought, Grand Concert, Classical) and feature a dual sound port design and no center sound hole, which means little to no feedback characteristics when performing. Boulder Creek Guitars also have solid wood tops, laminate back and sides, in addition to 18:1 die cast tuning pegs. MAP: $489.


Hohner A+ Guitar Series 

The A+ series offers nylon and steel string instruments that encompass a wide range of sizes:

Nylon – AC02 half-size, AC03 three quarter-size/ AC03T three quarter-size w/ on-board tuner, AC06 full-size/ AC06E full-size w/pickup.

Steel – AS03 three quarter-size, AS200 seven eighths-size, AS220 full-size dreadnought.

The A+ series incorporates over 35 attributes of strict production requirements such as seasoned wood, pressurized gluing procedures, specially designed neck blocks, and a strong multi-pin body/neck joint. Additional A+ by Hohner student guitar features include a unique bracing design, specified fret size and installation techniques, proper neck angles, and standardized matched top tints by a special hue matching technique. All A+ guitars are packaged in a full color box with multiple languages.


Metalin Guitars AOC Standard Line

Metalin has released two new standard models, which will act as their base for all AOC customs to come. Both guitars feature a full solid billet aluminum bodied, closed chambered system. Two standard milled finish options adorn the instruments. Specialty 24-fret Moses graphite necks and Seymour Duncan Phat Cat pickups make playing smooth. Customizable finishes and anodizing are available, and the solid aluminum bodies are lightweight. Street: $2,899.

MTD Kingston Saratoga Deluxe 

Kingston’s Saratoga Deluxe can operate in either an active or passive mode and has all the features that MTD Kingstons are known for – including an ergonomically carved body. The neck is asymmetrically shaped for faster playing and, of course, it has the famous MTD tone. The basses come in three different finishes – the limited edition satin honey burst, the satin dark cherry burst, and the gloss transparent black. It comes with stock pickups, and a Bartolini upgrade option is also available. MSRP: $999.


Beard Guitars Blackbeard Guitar

The Jerry Douglas Signature Blackbeard features an all-mahogany construction, a red bubinga fretboard and a translucent black finish. Classic Dot and Jerry Douglas’ signature inlays are featured as a tribute to Jerry’s contribution to the instrument. Some additional features include a Beard Original #14 spider and a Legend Cone configured with a Beard Bass Reflex baffle. The Fishman Nashville pickup, Beard Chrome sound ring, tailpiece, and Spinning Palm coverplate are also included. Each guitar is handcrafted in the U.S. and delivered in a hardshell case. This guitar is priced at $3,900.



Facet Series Signature Series Mute

This Signature Series mute was created for, and is endorsed by, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. It features a combination of Padauk and Walnut hardwoods.


iCA Soft Cover for Brass & Woodwind Instruments 

These soft covers are made from a quilted fabric, much like a jacket, and are portable. The cover has a ring sewn into the bottom allowing the cover to keep its shape (oval or cylindrical). The cover also has an exterior sleeve that houses a removable pole on the side of the cover to keep the cover in an upright position. When finished using the cover, you remove the pole, roll up the cover, and pack it in your case.


NOMAD NIS-C049 Flute Peg 

NOMAD Stands introduces a new collapsible flute peg. Just like the NOMAD collapsible trumpet and clarinet stands, the new NIS-C049 Flute peg uses NOMAD’s patented fully collapsible design. Just like all NOMAD stands, the NIS-C049 also has a limited 5-year warranty to the original purchaser.



Gretsch Drums Renown Walnut

Each Renown Walnut drum features 6-ply North American walnut shells (walnut/maple/walnut), with 30-degree bearing edges, and is available in Gloss Natural and Walnut/Black Fade with natural interior shell. Drums are finished with chrome hardware including die-cast tom and snare hoops.

The kit includes two tom clamps, non-drilled bass drum, hinged brackets, and ultra-low profile tom suspension system. Toms come with Remo clear Emperors, batter side, and Gretsch by Remo clear Ambassadors resonant side. Bass drum batter-side, is shipped with Remo clear Powerstroke 3 and Gretsch coated white heads with muffle ring resonant side.

Renown Walnut is available in two configurations: 18”x 22” bass drum, 7”x 10” mounted tom, 8”x 12” mounted tom, 14”x 16” floor tom, and 16”x 20” bass drum, 7”x 10” mounted tom, 8”x 12” mounted tom, 14”x 14” floor tom.

Sound Percussion Labs Kicker Pro

SPL’s new Kicker Pro is a student-size 5-piece drum kit that includes tunable drumheads, a full-size chain drive bass drum pedal, and multi-ply, real poplar wood shells. With an 18”x14” bass drum, 12”x5” snare, 8”x5” tom, 10”x5” tom, and a 12”x10” floor tom, as well as hi-hat and crash/ride cymbals, the Kicker Pro comes with everything you need to play right away. It also includes a drum throne, stands, hardware, tuning key, and set-up guide – even the sticks. The Kicker Pro features a silver metallic glitter finish with black powder coat hardware. Street: $279.99.


Toca Percussion Entry-Level Colorsound Cajons

The cajon is an entry-level instrument for all aspiring drummers at any age. Toca Percussion presents a new cajon for every budget. Toca’s Colorsound Cajons are available in five vibrant colors – blue, green, pink, red and white – and are 17” H x 11” W x 11” D. MSRP: $149.

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