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November 2010

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckNovember 2010 • November 19, 2010

Forestone Reeds

Forestone’s synthetic reeds are made of a proprietary resin that contains wood cellulose fibre, more than fifty percent of which is bamboo. In addition, Forestone reeds are injection molded as opposed to machined using knives and other shaping and cutting tools.

This fabrication produces a reed with a smooth vamp and a flat underside that is similar in color to a cane reed. It even has the “U-shaped” gradation in the vamp that can be seen when the reed is held up to the light. Forestone reeds will not warp, become water logged, or change due to temperature or altitude and require no adjusting or conditioning.

Kendor Music Distributing Sammy Nestico Music

Kendor Music is now distributing jazz ensemble charts from Sammy Nestico Music. Best known for his classic arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra, Sammy Nestico has been an icon in the music industry for over 50 years and is credited with over 600 educational publications. The Sammy Nestico Music catalog features 60 charts for middle school through professional groups written for Basie, as well as those from his own recording projects, including nine from his 2009 Grammy-nominated recording with the SWR Big Band, Fun Time.

Sopranoplanet’s New Mouthpieces

Sopranoplanet offers rare, vintage, and custom soprano sax mouthpieces. In addition to custom work, Sopranoplanet has introduced special mouthpieces: the modern Via Coro, the dark and subtle Metropolitan, and the edgy Axieme.

Theodore Presser’s Stepping Out

Theodore Presser’s Stepping Out is a solo work for contrabass and piano by American composer Peter Schickele. Commissioned by bassist Gary Karr and his accompanist Harmon Lewis, Stepping Out features two highly stylized dances (polka and tango) followed by a driven, jazz-tinged finale with virtuosic passages. It is best suited for advanced players.

New Hal Leonard Instructional Book for Drummers

Hal Leonard’s Drum Aerobics book/two-CD pack by Andy Ziker is a 52-week, one-exercise-per-day workout program for developing, improving, and maintaining drum technique. Players of all levels, beginner to advanced, can increase their speed, coordination, dexterity, accuracy, and lick vocabulary. The two accompanying CDs contain all 365 workout licks, plus play-along grooves in styles including rock, blues, jazz, heavy metal, reggae, funk, calypso, bossa nova, march, and mambo.

Free video content to supplement Drum Aerobics will be available using the Closer Look feature on Hal Leonard’ Web site. Ziker and Dan Tomlinson, long-time touring drummer for Lyle Lovett and Acoustic Alchemy, will add drums to the 25 (drumless) play-along tracks that comprise CD two. Viewing these clips will give book purchasers a point of reference, seeing and hearing how two professional drummers approach playing along with the tracks.

PureSound Percussion’s Custom Pro Snare Wires

PureSound Percussion’s Custom Pro series of snare wires are designed with Anti-choke end plates that are said to reduce snare buzz and also allow the player to crank up their snare tension for a tight response without choking the drum. The Anti-choke end plates lift the coils away from the edge to reduce sympathetic buzz and increase the wire tension range.

The Speed Release straps allow the player to disengage the snare wires without releasing the straps from the strainer or butt clamps, enabling quick head or wire changes. In addition, the numbered alignment marks on the straps ensure straight and repeatable positioning in the clamp.

The Custom Pro series is available with either steel coil for a quick response, or brass coil for a bright and resonant response. Both alloys are available in either 20 or 24 strand configurations and in 13″ and 14″ lengths. All models retail for $34.99.

Cactus Picks from St. Louis Music

Cactus Picks are made in the U.S. and feature a cat tongue grip that makes them hard to drop. The picks come in three gauges — light, medium, and heavy. They are available to retailers in bags of 10, 25, 50, and 100. Depending on the count, they can retail for 30 cents each down as low as 15 cents each. St. Louis Music is the exclusive distributor of Cactus Picks.

Yamaha’s Tyros4

Yamaha’s Tyros4 Arranger Workstation keyboard features the new Vocal Harmony 2 engine and exclusive built-in vocal Style and Voice content, created with advanced sampling techniques. Additionally, the Super Articulation 2 Voice library has been upgraded for non-keyboard instruments like strings, guitars, brass, and woodwinds.

The expanded Super Articulation 2 Voices automatically switches to various attacks (note-on), main-bodies (sustain), and note releases (decay), based on how the player hits the keys.

Playing a Saxophone Voice with legato technique makes the passage sound like it is being delivered all in one breath by a horn player, for example, but playing staccato notes creates a sound where the notes seem like they are blown individually. Placing notes together or spaced far apart automatically determines how a note might bend up or down to arrive at the next note in a passage.

Tyros4’s new Flash Expansion Board stores custom sample data (instrument recordings) either purchased online or sampled by the end user, which stays in the keyboard even after the power is turned off. It also includes hard-disk recording that captures anything played or sung through a new XLR balanced microphone combo-jack. MP3 audio files can be stored as part of the registration set up for instant recall and playback.

Tyros4can reproduce instruments and arrangements from over 500 different styles of music from around the world with the press of a button. Studio-style DSP effects like reverb, chorus and EQ add an extra element of pro-level sound quality to the 2,153 dynamic instrument Voices, 30 organ flutes, and 44 drum sets. Multi-pads allow for special phrases, and even trigger selected samples in sync with a particular style in real time.

Tascam’s Solar Tuner

The Tascam TC-1S tuner charges its battery from a bank of solar cells on the front panel, and a USB input is also available for quick-charging when completely in the dark. It’s wrapped in a shock-proof silicon cover and available in six colors. A strap and clip can keep it charging all day long on a gig bag.

The TC-1S has a built-in microphone as well as a 1/4″ input for guitar and bass tuning. Its pitch detection is shown on a wide bar graph display for instant feedback. Four display modes are available, including fine pitch display, and the tuner can be calibrated to an external source.

Vic Firth Stick Caddy

Vic Firth’s stick caddy features a rubber insert at the bottom of a metal tube that protects the stick tips when being thrown into the tube and prevents any noise when the sticks hit the bottom of the tube. The screw clamp design locks the stick caddy firmly in place and fits all standard hi-hat stands, cymbal stands, and can be securely fastened on a tom leg as well. Lock washers firmly hold the stick caddy at the perfect angle for the drummers’ preferred location. Both adjustments are quickly made with wing nuts. The stick caddy will hold three pairs of 5A sticks.

Alfred’s Beginning Drumset Method

Alfred’s Beginning Drumset Method reached its milestone 20th anniversary in 2010. Written by renowned authors and educators Dave Black and Sandy Feldstein, this classic method has been used by students and teachers at all levels. Originally released in 1990, the publication has expanded from its original book format to include a DVD and play-along CD. Lessons in the book are written with a practical approach, and start by immediately teaching students to play their first beat. Students will learn the hi-hat, ride cymbal, snare, and bass drum in the styles of rock and jazz.

Sabian Redesigns B8 Pro Cymbal

The artisans of the Sabian Vault are marking 20 years of the B8 Pro cymbal with the design of a new B8 Pro. The redesigned B8 Pro features a new, larger hammering pattern as well as subtle design changes to the bell that are said to significantly improve its sound.

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