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Gearcheck: January 2019

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckJanuary 2019 • January 4, 2019

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New Release from Sher Music

The Guitarist’s Introduction to Jazz by Randy Vincent is designed for people who already play guitar, but want to learn how to play jazz, too. It is a thorough approach that will serve the guitarist as a reference book for many years on many topics relevant to becoming a jazz player, such as different categories of chord voicings, scale and chord construction, charts for classic jazz tunes, ways to approach practicing jazz, right hand-picking techniques, and overall jazz theory. The list price is $28 for the printed version and $22 for the digital version.

Meredith Music’s Marketing Your Music Program

Marketing Your Music Program by Sean Dennison Smith will easily guide you through today’s world of marketing—both traditional and modern forms of social media and websites. With quality content, a strong brand and a clear strategy, you can greatly increase the presence of your choir, orchestra and band. Marketing Your Music Program will also help you discover effective and efficient ways to fundraise while building important connections with a wide-reaching community. Topics include: branding your choir, orchestra and band; the website; the “power four” platforms; additional marketing platforms; marketing your program in 30 minutes a week; the road to success; social media best practices; helpful resources and websites; equipment needs; press release templates; and 50 content marketing ideas to enrich your music program. $19.95.


New Guitars from Hamer

The new Hamer Sunburst (Model SFTF-CS-D) is based on the original flat top Sunburst models from late 1970s 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.

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. The blending of the materials with Hamer’s brand essence make this model a must have for every Hamer enthusiast.

Cases & Stands

Manhasset Stands’ New Grande Music Stand

Manhasset Stands’ #5450 Grande music stand was designed with an all-purpose shelf, rather than a storage area in the back of the stand (as featured on the Regal model). The new Grande music stand also features a wide base with dual shafts to provide outstanding support for larger music scores, a durable powder coat finish, and two Manhasset Symphony shafts with Magic Finger Clutch.

The ‘Hug’ Tuba Stand

The Hug Tuba Stand fits all tubas and adjusts to all players. It is made of steel and weighs only 23 pounds. It is mobile and equipped with three four-inch wheels, one of which can lock. It folds up for transport.

RBX Oxford Series Gig Bags

The RBX Oxford Series gig bags for guitar, bass, and banjo feature slim and sophisticated designs and a framework of lightweight multi-layer foam. Strategically placed impact panels, a dense foam neck cradle, and an end-pin rest to keep guitars safe and secure. Plush soft blue velvet lining makes sure instruments enjoy a safe and comfortable ride, while padded backpack straps, an integrated subway handle and the Reunion Blues Signature Zero-G handle make every journey a breeze. On the outside, RBX Oxford gig bags sport a rugged but refined dark grey exterior, with quilted chevron stitching, water-resistant materials, and premium zippers rounding out the look. A slim-fit front pocket offers easy storage for all the essential small items, while maintaining a low profile.

Drums & Percussion

Stagg 52 Series Pro Drum Hardware

Stagg 52 Series Pro Drum Hardware is comprised of both single and double pedals, Hi-Hat, Snare, Cymbal (Straight & Boom) and a throne. The 52 series is laden with features not normally seen at this midrange price point, like heavy-duty pedals with double chain and maximum adjustability, combined with cymbal stands featuring omni-directional tilters.

Piano & Keyboard

KORG’s C1 Air Digital Piano in White Ash

KORG’s esteemed C1 Air digital piano series has just added a new color variation to the growing line – the C1 Air in a White Ash finish. The C1 Air was released in 2017 and has become a leading model as part of the Japanese-Made Heritage series for KORG digital pianos. The C1 Air can be connected to any BlueTooth device to wirelessly transfer audio data, directly connecting to the piano’s speakers. In addition to the new White Ash, the C1 Air is also available in black, white and rosewood.


Roto-Drip from Grover

Grover Musical Products’ Roto-Grip (505F Series) allows you to upgrade your vintage Fender tuners to a more modern style locking tuner without making any modifications to your guitar. The overlapping ear design allows you to utilize the existing screw holes and the use of push in bushings, rather than screw in, so no modifications have to be made to the post holes. Available finishes include nickel, chrome, and gold.

D’Addario’s New Accessories

The new Professional Tour-Grade Power Base from D’Addario is designed for the touring musician in constant transition between the stage and the road. The Power Base offers five standard spaced outlets and three transformer spaced outlets. Unlike most power strips that easily tip over, the Power Base features a low, wide footprint in a sturdy metal housing that remains anchored in place no matter how many devices are plugged in. The Power Base also features an integrated cable management system that allows you to wrap the cord around the base for convenience while traveling. $59 MSRP.

New Accessories from CruzTOOLS

CruzTOOLS’ new GrooveTech Kit for acoustic guitars includes a locking bit driver that allows quick interchange of tool bits, and two bits designed for sound hole truss rod adjustment. It includes other staples such as screwdriver bits; a thickness gauge, ruler and capo to measure neck relief, string winder, GrooveTech String Cutters, and a telescopic mirror for inspection of remote body cavities. Everything is neatly organized into a pouch, and an Easy Setup Guide takes the mystery out of truss rod adjustment.

The second generation of the GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool is also available. The GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool provides fourteen tools in a compact fold-up unit. Included are metric hex wrenches, slotted and Phillips screwdrivers, a stainless ruler, and a drum key. All tool components professional-quality using a heat treated S2 alloy and manufactured to precision tolerances.


New Drumsticks from Promark

Promark Drumsticks has expanded its Shira Kashi Oak drumstick line to include their popular Select Balance acorn tip models. Forward models feature a short, 2 ¼” taper, which shifts the weight and momentum of the drumstick towards the front for improved power and speed. Rebound models feature a longer, 3” taper, giving the stick great bounce for optimized finesse and agility. Available in 5A, 5B, and 7A in both Forward and Rebound models.

Henry Heller’s New Leather Straps

Henry Heller’s four new 2” wide black leather guitar straps feature bold and modern inlays of stars, circles and diamonds. All straps extend to 58” in length and have a smooth Capri leather underside.

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