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Gearcheck – September 2016

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckSeptember 2016 • September 6, 2016

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Brass & Woodwind


Phaeton PHT-2060 Trumpet

The Phaeton PHT-2060 comes with an adjustable weighted mouthpiece receiver which replaces all existing mouthpiece add-on weights. This feature includes three screw-in inserts of select alloys: stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze; each of a different weight. The PHT-2060 comes standard in black/copper antique finish. Specs are: .462” bore, 128mm one-piece rose brass bell with fast taper lead pipe. Advertised selling price: $2,785


Cool Wind ABS Horns

Cool Wind horns are the next generation of plastic wind instruments. These instruments offer all-metal high-precision valves, surprising tonal fidelity and excellent reliability. Cool Wind wind instruments are available in five different models, including a trombone with F attachment (F trigger), trumpet, euphonium, tuba and piccolo trumpet. Each model is available in five different colors.

Piano & Keyboard


Hammond XK-5 ORGAN 

Hammond’s new version of its flagship portable organ is designed on the original blueprints of the classic Hammond B-3. It includes a new sound engine that combines modeling and sampling to reproduce the electro-mechanical tone wheel generator plus a keyboard action that duplicates the heft, bounce, key travel, and multi-contact behavior of classic Hammond console organs. Further features include four full sets of drawbars plus pedal drawbars, a controls layout identical to a B-3, a Digital Leslie effect, and the ability to duplicate individual organs down to the model, year, condition, and serial number, with downloadable tone wheel profiles from famous Hammond organists. Price:$3,695


Kawai CS11 Hybrid Digital Piano 

The CS11’s cabinet is the very one used by the Kawai Professional Upright Pianos. Classic lines, traditional leg and toe block design, plus an authentic fallboard create a traditional appearance. The CS11 employs the Soundboard Speaker System which uses a real wooden soundboard to create the organic sound of an acoustic instrument. The CS11 employs Grand Feel II action, an action that features extra-long wooden keys and a mechanical design closely emulating that of Kawai’s grand piano actions. Additionally, the front key pivot length of the GF II action is precisely the same length as that of Kawai’s acclaimed RX grand piano’s keys, providing a greater amount of control and nuance to the player. For tone, the CS11 relies upon Kawai’s signature Harmonic Imaging XL with 88-note piano sampling. Plus, the CS11 now features samples of the Shigeru Kawai EX concert grand and the SK5 chamber grand pianos.



Breedlove Concert Moon Light 

This concert guitar is handcrafted in Bend, Oregon and designed as the lightest guitar body by Breedlove to-date. The Moon Light features an Alaska Sitka spruce top, made from wood salvaged from downed trees in the Tongass National Forest. The Honduran mahogany used for the back, sides and neck are harvested in the Custosel Concession in the Mayan Biosphere of Guatemala.
The guitar is designed with thinner tops, thicker backs, and a smaller sound hole to create a textured big sound. Coming in at just 3.5 pounds, the Breedlove USA Concert is almost 25 percent lighter than the Breedlove Premier Concert Mahogany, which is crafted with the same wood pairings. Available for $1,999 MSRP or $2,132 MSRP with electronics.

Drums & Percussion


D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads UV1 Drumhead Series 

D’Addario’s Evans Drumheads have a newly patented UV-cured coating. The UV1 Series is designed for durability, warmer tonal characteristics, and resistance to stretching and denting. The drumheads include Evans Level 360 Technology™, and a new logo.

Designed with an increased surface texture to be responsive to brush playing.

The UV1 series ranges from sizes 10 inches to 16 inches. The 14 inch heads will be available in stores August and September. The rest of the sizes will ship in October.


Promark ActiveGrip 

ActiveGrip is a heat activated grip coating that is formulated to become tackier as a player’s hands sweat and their body temperature rises without restricting range of movement or technique. Forward Balance models feature a front-weighted feel designed to optimize power and speed. Rebound Balance models feature a rear-weighted feel designed to optimize finesse and agility. Available on Forward and Rebound 7A, 5A, and 5B Acorn models.


On-Stage Cajon 

You can sit comfortably on this drum while you play and take it anywhere in the included gig bag. Two fixed snare systems and the 41⁄2” hole produce crisp snare and deep bass tones. Comes with wrench to adjust snare wire. Birch wood with nonslip rubber feet. Price:$89.99

Print & Digital

HalLeonardPlayLikeJacoHal Leonard Jazz Guitar Fake Book: Volume 1, Real Book: Volume 6, Play like Jaco Pastorius, and Jaco Pastorius Bass Play-Along 

Jazz Guitar Fake Book: Volume 1 is collection of lead sheets for 200 jazz standards, including melodies, chord symbols and professionally arranged chord diagrams. Some songs include: “At Last,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Come Sunday,” “The Girl from Ipanema (Garôta De Ipanema),” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Witchcraft,” and many more. Price: $29.99

Real Book: Volume 6 includes a collection of 400 jazz tunes and jazzy arrangements of pop and show standards with no duplication of titles in earlier volumes. Volume 6 highlights major jazz and pop composers of the last 60 years with special attention given to the 1960s and 1970s and features works of Chick Corea, Tadd Dameron, Nat Adderly, Miles Davis, Vince Guaraldi, as well as a variety of newer artists. Price: $39.99

Play like Jaco Pastorius is written by Jon Liebman, and includes the trademark songs, lines, and tones of Jaco. It provides detailed analysis of his gear, techniques, styles, songs, riffs, and more. The book features music spanning his entire career, including five full songs: “Birdland,” “The Chicken,” “Donna Lee,” “Portrait of Tracy,” and “Teen Town.” Excerpts from many other signature tunes are also included. Price: $19.99

Jaco Pastorius Bass Play-Along includes eight songs with sound-alike audio tracks so players can follow the tab in the book, listen to the audio to hear how the bass should sound, then play along using the separate backing tracks. The charts feature transcriptions based on the original recordings. The melody and lyrics are included in the book in case players also want to sing or to simply help them follow along. Songs included are: “Birdland,” “Bright Size Life,” “Come On, Come Over,” “Continuum,” “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines,” “4 A.M.,” ‘Harlequin,” and “Teen Town.” Price: Price: $17.99

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