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New Gear: Summer 2012

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckJuly 2012 • July 24, 2012

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P. Mauriat PMXA-67RUL Alto Sax

The new PMXA-67 Alto features rolled tone hole, which offers less resistance so it is easier to play, a feature designed for young horn players looking for a step-up horn on the way to becoming professional.  It features a large bell that produces a big full sound with hand engravings there and on the bow and neck. It features a Super VI neck style, and the pads have seamless dome metal resonators.  Retail price: $4,000.

Ibanez 4- and 5-String Fretless Basses

Ibanez recently introduced new fretless versions of their SR370 and SR375 models. Those models, with maple bodies, fast, thin, necks, and light weight, have proven to be popular.  They also feature an arched-top body and a 5-piece maple and rosewood neck. The new models sport Ibanez’s EXF humbucking pickups matched with their active EQB-IIID electronics. Controls include Master Volume, Pickup Balance, Bass, Mid, and Treble controls. Retail price: SR370F (4 string) $533.32 , SR375F (5 string) $599.99.

Rico Reserve Mouthpieces

The Reserve mouthpiece offers the tone and response of a vintage mouthpiece paired with the intonation and flexibility required of today’s clarinetist. Each is crafted from Rico’s own unqiue formula of proprietary hard rubber material. Milled, not molded, the Reserve mouthpiece bore, baffle, chamber, and facing are 100% precision-crafted using CNC manufacturing, resulting in accuracy and consistency from mouthpiece to mouthpiece.

Three tip openings will be offered: X0 1.00mm (close), X5 1.05mm (medium), and X10 1.10mm (medium open).Retail price: $180.00.

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