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Gearcheck – March 2015

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMarch 2015 • April 9, 2015

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JodyJazz JET Series Tenor Model

The new JodyJazz JET Tenor offers many of the same performance characteristics that popularized the JET Alto. The new JET Tenor is available in 6, 7, 7*, 8 & 9 tip openings. Like the Alto model, the new JET Tenor is made at the JodyJazz factory in Savannah, GA using their five-axis CNC mill. It has been developed to offer a USA-made contemporary tenor mouthpiece design. The JET models are constructed from a proprietary polycarbonate alloy with a synthetic rubber mix. The new JET Tenor features a new chamber shape delivering a noticeably more powerful sound. The shorter facing curve delivers effortless altissimo. The company intends to develop baritone and soprano models next to add to the alto and new tenor models. Manufactured entirely in the USA, each mouthpiece is individually handcrafted, fully gauged, and play tested by experienced professionals before it leaves the factory. They have an MSRP of $189 and ship with Rico H Ligature, cap, and pouch.


Yamaha Xeno C Trumpet 

Yamaha introduced a redesigned lineup of Xeno C trumpets. The series includes the YTR-8445S, the YTR8445GS, the YTR-8445G, and the YTR-8445. The new bell design provides optimal resistance for a powerful tonal core and more accurate slotting in the upper register. A lighter valve casing and pistons result in an improved response and greater tone control. The new models come with a backpack-style case.

The Yamaha Xeno C trumpet series has an MSRP that ranges from $3,378 to $3,578.



Korg Cortosia Interactive Tuner App for Flute, Clarinet, and Trumpet

Korg introduces Cortosia, a tuner app. The initial release will support the flute, clarinet, and trumpet with future upgrades expected to increase the variety of instruments supported.

Korg identified the five elements for evaluating good sound: pitch stability, dynamic stability, timbre stability, timbre richness, and attack clarity. Cortosia allows users to immediately achieve, record, and communicate “good sounds” by analyzing these five elements in real time and scores them on a 100-point scale. At a glance users can see what aspects of tone they are lacking. Scores can also be posted on Twitter, Facebook, or uploaded to a server to track daily progress, acting as a live diary.

In addition, the sounds and work can be communicated via On the site, musicians can compete against the rest of the world for a good sound ranking, receive objective evaluations of their performances, and engage in discussions with fellow players. Cortosia is highly recommended for beginners who have just started an instrument as well as for the intermediate players who want to advance to the next level.



Gon Bops Commuter Cajon

Gon Bops introduces the Commuter, a great-sounding, fully-collapsible cajon that fits smartly into a backpack for transport to gigs, rehearsals, and sessions. Ideal for urban musicians who commute by bike, public transportation, or small vehicle, the Commuter also fits easily into overhead luggage compartments for frequent flyers. Diagonally-placed internal guitar strings provide authentic tones, while deep resonant chamber offers loud, tight bass.



Electro-Harmonix Bad Stone Phase Shifter Pedal

The newly-minted Bad Stone is faithful to the original circuit design and three-knob control layout, but now comes in a compact nano-sized package.

The Bad Stone was the first phase shifter to employ variable feedback and features six stages of phase shifting plus a manual mode that lets the player freeze the phase. Its rate knob controls the phase shifting speed, which goes from a very slow swoosh to a rapid, oscillating warble. Feedback determines the depth of the phase effect and a toggle switch lets the user select auto or manual modes. In manual mode, the manual shift knob tunes the frozen phase shift sound.

Other amenities were added, including the die-cast package, a true bypass for maximum signal path integrity when the effect is not engaged, an LED to indicate the effect status, and an AC jack that accepts a standard EHX9.6DC power supply. The pedal will ship with a nine-volt battery and carries a U.S. list price of $94.79.


Washburn Guitars Woodline Series Acoustic Guitars

Washburn Guitars’ new line features six models in Grand Auditorium body styles with solid cedar tops; all are available as standard acoustic or acoustic/electric with cutaway versions. Cedar generally produces a darker tone and a more compressed volume range than spruce making it great for fingerpickers and those with a lighter touch. It also offers a tonal alternative when recording alone or together with a spruce-topped guitar.

The 16 models feature mahogany back and sides, the 26 models feature rosewood back and sides, the 66 models feature spalted maple back and sides, and all feature mahogany/maple bound body and headstock. A maple/mahogany/maple strip splits the book-matched rosewood back. The rosewood-capped headstock features a pearl inlaid Washburn logo and stylized “W” as well as Washburn-branded die cast tuners with ebonite buttons. The rosette is made of alternating maple and mahogany.
In addition, the WLG16SCE, WLG26SCE and WLG66SCE have a Venetian cutaway for upper fret access and the addition of Fishman electronics. The Fishman Presys+ is an integrated tuner/preamp system for versatile amplified tonal shaping. All Woodline Series guitars are strung with D’Addario strings.



Casio’s Celviano and Privia Models

Casio’s Celviano AP-260 and AP-460, as well as the Privia PX-760 and PX-860 offer new features including a Hall Simulator and Concert Play. In addition, new stereo string ensemble tones were developed for this line of Celviano and Privia digital pianos. These string sounds can be played individually or layered with Casio’s Concert Grand Piano sounds. There are also new electric piano sounds derived from the Privia PX-5S Stage Piano. The Hall Simulator digital effects system is based on acoustic measurements of real locations around the world, giving users the ability to select simulated environments. Presets include the Dutch Reformed Church, Berlin Hall Philharmonic, the French Cathedral in Berlin, and more.

The new models also come equipped with Casio’s proprietary AiR technology, which provides damper resonance, enhancing the sounds of the dampers lifting off the strings when pushing on the sustain petal. Casio’s AiR technology also compensates for the speed at which hammers strike strings at different velocities and key ranges. The AP-260 will be available in black or brown for an MSRP of $1,500; the AP-460 will be available in black or brown for an MSRP of $1,900; the PX-760 will be available in black or brown for an MSRP of $1,100; and the PX-860 will be available in black or brown for an MSRP of $1,500

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