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Gearcheck – March 2018

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMarch 2018 • March 21, 2018

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Cases & Stands

#1090 Trente LED Lamp from Manhasset Stands

The #1090 Trente LED Lamp includes 30 LED bulbs, which are built into the lamp’s housing, offering glare-free lighting and excellent coverage of the full-width of the music stand surface. Its two settings of illumination allow more flexibility for the individual needs of musicians.

Print & Digital

New Releases from Alfred Music

Jazzin’ Americana for Two, Books 1–2, from Alfred Music is a series that takes students on a journey through the jazz genre, honoring the history, the diverse styles, and the fabulous musicians who made this music great.In Jazzin’ Americana for Two, Book 1, students will become familiar with the names of famous musicians such as Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington while learning different jazz styles, from blues and bebop, to boogie and rock. Each of the five late-elementary to early-intermediate duets (for one piano, four hands) is enhanced with interesting facts that will awaken curiosity and enhance the musical experience. In Book 2, intermediate students will continue their journey and be introduced to famous musicians such as Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, and Sarah Vaughan. Price: $7.99 each.


New Omnibooks from Hal Leonard


The Trumpet Omnibook features transcriptions of solos as played by some of the world’s leading jazz artists, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderly, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Songs include: “Birdland” as played by Maynard Ferguson, “Rise” by Herb Albert, “Riverboat Shuffle” by Roy Hargrove, “There Will Never Be Another You” by Chet Baker, “West End Blues” as played by Louis Armstrong, and many more. Price: $19.95

The Sonny Rollins Omnibook celebrates the bebop legend that worked with Miles, Monk, MJQ, and many others. His solo work has earned him many accolades, including Grammy Awards, election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Edward MacDowell Medal, and the Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. This collection features 50 of his most famous tunes, including “Airegin,” “Blue Seven,” “But Not for Me,” “I Know That You Know,”  “Just in Time,” “Oleo,” “On a Slow Boat to China,” “St. Thomas,” “Sonnymoon for Two,” “Strode Rode,” “Tenor Madness,” and more. Price: $24.99


JodyJazz’s Super Jet Tenor Mouthpiece

JodyJazz’s new saxophone mouthpiece model, the new Super Jet Tenor, offers many of the same performance characteristics that made the Super Jet Alto so popular. The new Super Jet Tenor is available in 6, 7, 7*, 8*, 9* and 10* tip openings. With a silver-plated brass mouthpiece, each Super Jet Tenor is individually hand-crafted, and every mouthpiece is fully gauged and play – tested by experienced professionals before it leaves the factory. Comes with a Rico H-Ligature, cap and pouch. Price: $395

New Accessories from D’Addario

The new Reserve mouthpieces for alto saxophone capture the desired sound and provide the needed response for the most demanding, modern classical saxophonists. The mouthpieces are milled, not molded, from solid rod rubber. With a medium chamber and facing length, the alto saxophone mouthpieces are available in two tip openings: D145, which features a tip opening of 1.45mm, and D150, with a tip opening of 1.50mm.

D’Addario Accessories’ new Cradle Capos are quick and easy to position with a stainless steel, self-centering design. This cradle-style capo centers behind the neck of your instrument automatically, assuring horizontal string-pull for perfect tuning and intonation. Its adjustable micrometer lets you dial in the perfect pressure, allowing the freedom for quick transitions while conveniently storing behind the nut when not in use.

On-Stage’s GTP7000 Mini Pedal Tuner

The GTP7000 Mini Pedal Tuner from On-Stage is powered by a 9V DC adapter and boasts 430-450Hz pitch range and +/-0.5 cent tuning tolerance. Compact but rugged, the GTP7000’s oversized, high visibility, four color, strobe or half strobe display provides super-clear note name indication, while true bypass circuitry ensures absolute signal integrity.

Matrix Scarab 3D Tuner

The Matrix Scarab 3D tuner takes the traditional clip-on tuner to the next level, putting a new modern twist on the traditional “needle” style pitch display with an all-new 3D display that provides the user with better visibility from multiple angles. Not only is the Scarab 3D tuner a great-looking tuner, its clip design, accuracy and chromatic tuning functionality makes it perfect for almost any instrument, including guitar, bass, ukuleles, bowed instruments, and wood and brass wind instruments.

Railhammer Reeves Gabrels Pickups

Each Railhammer Reeves Gabrels pickup features an alnico 5 magnet that gives it a warm and lightly compressed sound. The bridge pickup has an overwound coil for extra sustain, massive tone, and a slight “cocked wah pedal” feel. The neck pickup has a broad tonal palette that complements the bridge pickup, with a warm and open tone like an intensified vintage PAF.

New Strings from Optima

Optima is introducing three new strings in 2018: VintageFlex for acoustic guitar, Violin “Tricolore,” and the 24K Goldbrokat Premium e” for violin. All strings are made in Germany. 24K Gold strings bring a wider spectrum of overtones, don’t rust, and are not affected by any natural form of acid.


AVN11 from Ibanez Guitars

The AVN11 guitar from Ibanez features a Thermo Aged Solid Caucasian Spruce Top, which also delivers a dry vintage sound. A semi-gloss antique finish offers an even more classic appearance. Combined with a mahogany back and Thermo Aged Spruce X bracing, the AVN11 provides a wide open resonant sound with a vivid tonal projection. The soft-V shape neck provides increased playing comfort. A bone nut and saddle were chosen for their ability to naturally transfer string vibration.

New CLF Research L-2000 Bass

The new CLF Research L-2000 bass is a fully modern “2k” that pays homage to its roots with classic details including the early CLF/G&L headstock and neck profile, reproduced CLF knobs and ‘81 control plate, and color-coded mini toggle switch tips. Thin urethane finish choices are Candy Apple Red or Jet Black over basswood, Natural Ash, and faded 3-Tone Sunburst over okoume.

Brass & Woodwind

System Blue’s Professional Marching Brass Series

With a new ergonomic hand positioning, the Euphonium Hybrid gives a balanced feel while reducing weight and length. The graduated tuning slide marks will keep you a quick step away from fine tuning at any venue, in any weather condition. Available in silver or lacquer finish with contrasting finger buttons.

Raw Bronze Straight Soprano Saxophone from Sax Dakota

The Raw Bronze Straight Soprano saxophone offers reduced turbulence that guarantees a sound and timbre focused like no other soprano sax. This model does not feature lacquer, but does boast engraving throughout the entire instrument, and key inlays made from black mother of pearl.

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