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September 2010

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckSeptember 2010 • September 24, 2010

Phil Barone Saxophones

Well known saxophone mouthpiece maker, Phil Barone, has recently introduced a line of professional level saxophones in a variety of styles and finishes. They are offered in straight soprano, curved soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and saxello. Some of the specialized finishes include gold plated, silver plated, black nickel, bare brass, antique bronze, gold lacquer, vintage gold lacquer, satin lacquer, copper plated, and many others. Each instrument includes a hand finished Barone mouthpiece, a custom high-performance neck, and a professional case. Necks are also available separately and are crafted in brass or solid copper, then engraved and finished in a choice of gold plate, silver plate, or clear lacquer.

The Softone Mute

The Softone Mute for trumpet and trombone is made of soft neoprene rubber and is light-weight. The non-toxic neoprene design will not stain or scratch the bell of the instrument. The Softone Mute can be used for bucket mute, hat, plunger, or stopped French horn sounds and can be rolled up or crumbled to fit into small spaces without any getting damaged.

Valentino Directors Fix Kits

Valentino’s Directors Series Fix Kits offer quick and easy service of instruments from piccolo to tuba and features an illustrated instruction manual. The top section of the case contains an assortment of tools necessary for maintenance of woodwinds and brasswinds. The lower section houses the Directors woodwind and brasswind supply assortments. Individual replacement assortments of supply items are available for each instrument.

RB Continental Alto Sax Case

Reunion Blues is expanding their RB Continental line with the introduction of a new alto saxophone case that “combines contemporary design with instrument protection.” On the outside, a one inch thick shock-absorbing Flexoskeleton exterior is lined with reinforced impact panels, and a knurled abrasion grid cradles the bottom to help resist scuffing. A large zippered “quick-stash” accessory pocket is provided, along with an adjustable shoulder strap.

A Ballistic Quadraweave exterior features high-strength corded edges and all seams are double-stitched with high tensile thread and reinforced at tested stress points. This new case also includes a Zero-G palm-contoured handle with weight distributing foam core to help reduce hand fatigue when the instrument is carried for a long period of time.

The inside features a bell area suspension system and a rubberized protector pad crafted with a plush, quilted double helix velvet lining. Like all Reunion Blues products, this new RB Continental also sax case comes with a limited lifetime warranty and retails for $179.95.

Gibraltar’s iPod/MP3 Stand Mount

Gibraltar’s iPod/MP3 Stand Mount secures an iPod or MP3 player to stands. The mount’s heavy-duty nylon clamp fits stand tube diameters from 5/8″ to 1-5/8″, ideal for placement on cymbal and hi hat stands, thrones, and even some L-rods. The Stand Mount can also be used as an accessory for singers and guitarists to secure to their mic, music, or accessory stand. The mount also features a nine inch gooseneck and is fully padded with adjustable clamping arms that accommodate most sizes and styles of iPods or MP3 players. Simply adjust the mount to any position and lock into place. Protection is guaranteed by a security tether.

Peterson StroboClip Tuner

Peterson Strobe Tuners has added a clip-on style strobe tuner to their Virtual Strobe series line-up. The StroboClip is designed for acoustic instruments and contains many new features not found in traditional clip-on tuners. The large strobe display maximizes the StroboClip’s screen area by moving the strobe bands horizontally, rather than vertically as in previous strobe tuner models.

Exclusive Sweetened Tuning presets for banjo, mandolin, and ukulele offer dedicated settings for players of these instruments to facilitate tuning. A variety of other presets including Dobro, lap steel, and settings for the violin family come standard in the StroboClip. Settings for eclectic instruments such as lute, bagpipes, and oud are also covered along with additional eastern temperament settings for instruments of the like.

The StroboClip also features an exclusive Sustain mode. In Sustain mode, the StroboClip can be set to hold the tuning pattern for a short time after the note has decayed so that instruments with short voices, such as banjo and mandolin, can be tuned quickly. For regular tuning, the Sustain mode feature can be turned off.

The StroboClip is encased in a brushed aluminum shell and comes with a metal carrying case. Soft, rubber pads in the jaws of the StroboClip protect the instrument’s finish while providing a firm grip for maximum signal conductivity. The retail price is $89.99.

Slide Hampton Compositions Available

Sierra Music Publications, Inc. has announced the publication of five previously unreleased, original compositions written by Slide Hampton, for Maynard Ferguson. These songs include “Newport,” “Go East, Young Man,” “Foxy,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” and “Frame For The Blues.”

Sierra Music has also added 23 new charts to their existing library of over 560 pieces. These charts feature the music of Pat Metheny, Benny Carter, Doc Severinsen, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Bob Curnow, Oliver Nelson, and many others.

Keith Hall’s Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1

Performer and educator, Keith Hall, has released his book Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1.

Keith Hall has compiled a complete jazz drum method that teaches the developing drummer simple patterns, musical phrases, and playing with a rhythm section. The book also includes the Total Play-Along System, which gives the student the experience of playing with a pro rhythm section. Tempos range from 80-340 bpm and each exercise has play-along tracks that can be customized based on the student’s ability and comfort level.

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