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Little Roomer 5pc Shell Pack from Dixon

October 21, 2020

When full-size drums are just too big and loud, the Dixon Little Roomer delivers great sound and options in an inspiring acoustic drum system. Compact for small spaces, volume control and easy transport, Little Roomer can be reconfigured down to its versatile 7”x20” bass drum to meet most performance requirements with little compromise. Available in two hand applied satin finishes: Natural and Coal Black.

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Yamaha’s YDS-150 Digital Saxophone

Yamaha’s YDS-150 Digital Saxophone effectively emulates an authentic saxophone experience digitally—from the sound and key layout to feedback from the instrument—while maintaining the sense of unity between the saxophone and musician. Unlike MIDI Wind Controllers, the YDS-150 incorporates a key structure that replicates that of a traditional saxophone, offering players the natural feel to which they are accustomed. A genuine brass bell enhances the acoustic presence of the instrument thanks to the company’s new proprietary Integrated Bell Acoustic System technology. The instrument is Bluetooth equipped, enabling it to be paired with mobile devices through the “YDS Controller” app. Using the app, players can edit voices, customize saxophone fingerings, and adjust instrument settings such as resistance and response, as well as tuning. Comes with a neck strap, mouthpiece, synthetic reed, and case.

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‘Introduction to Jazz Piano: A Deep Dive’ by Jeb Patton

Designed for the musician familiar with the piano but not necessarily jazz, Introduction to Jazz Piano: A Deep Dive starts from the beginning and guides players through all the skills necessary to become a functional jazz pianist. It covers a wide range of subjects: the blues, comping skills, chord voicings from basic to more intriguing ones, strategies for building solid solos, and much more. Accompanying audio files are available for free download.

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Gear Check: October 2020

October 19, 2020

The latest gear for Jazz Educators and Musicians…October 2020.

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Music Nomad’s Piano Care Kit

October 5, 2020

Music Nomad’s three-piece Premium Piano Care Kit comes with everything you need to care for your piano. Music Nomad’s Piano ONE is organically formulated to clean, polish, wax and protect gloss pianos. The formula is infused with white Brazilian carnauba wax to deliver a transparent, protective shield on your finish. Music Nomad’s All-Purpose Key ONE features a formula that’s safe on all piano keys. A single spritz cleans fingerprints, dust, and smudges. Music Nomad’s Dusting and Polishing Cloth features a plush higher pile side, designed to lift and trap dust away from the surface. After removing the dust, flip the cloth over to the lower pile cloth side and use with Music Nomad cleaners and polishes to clean and restore the surface’s original finish.

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JodyJazz’s DV Alto Mouthpiece

The DV Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece is JodyJazz’s best-selling metal mouthpiece model and one of the most popular Alto sax mouthpieces in the world. Company founder Jody Espina applied the concept of the “Golden Section Proportions” to create the patented secondary window design that eliminates the shrillness associated with other metal alto mouthpieces. Made from 24kt gold-plated bell-brass, the DV Alto is extraordinarily free-blowing, delivering effortless power and projection with an unusually full tone.

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On-Stage’s Mouthpiece Cleanser & Case Freshener

Packed in a 2-oz fine-mist spray bottle, DSA2000 offers users a safe and easy way to clean mouthpieces, cases and other B&O gear. This alcohol- and fragrance-free spray is effective at reducing the spread of bacteria and germs, leaving behind no smell or sticky residue. The light mist nozzle makes it perfectly safe for use on children’s mouthpieces.

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Adoro’s Silent Sticks

September 22, 2020

Silent Sticks are an inexpensive means with which to cut acoustic drum and cymbal volume +/-50%, even when playing at normal velocity. Dual-Twist Reflex Tips consisting of two twisted strands of firm, yet flexible monofilament nylon rounded tightly like small hoops, are permanently embedded with epoxy into the stick shafts. Instead of bouncing like the bead of a typical stick, these tips rebound by flexing, making it possible to practice quietly or play gigs at lower volumes without adjusting the velocity of the playing. The air-filled shafts (16”/406mm long; 0.47”/12mm dia.) are made of lightweight but shock resistant polycarbonate that absorbs the impact of the hardest strokes. They will not wear out or warp. For a relaxed no-slip grip of the sticks and great finger control, there are textured rubber X-Grips.

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Légère’s American Cut Reeds

Légère’s American Cut reeds are the culmination of a six-year research project to advance the popular Signature Series technology and create a reed that answers the needs of the world’s most demanding jazz artists. The reed features a reinvented profile and heart, and a shorter and wider vamp. By drawing material from the edges toward the center spine, the reed strikes a harmonious balance of responsiveness and control. Ultra-fine edges allow unrestrained vibration, rewarding the player with a clear low-register and vibrant altissimo. Comes with a reusable reed case.

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Rovner’s SpaceShield

The SpaceShield, made by Rovner, helps create a barrier against large droplets, and is a component that can be added as part of a safety strategy that also includes appropriate social distancing and good hygiene. Flexible, with excellent visual clarity, cleanable with soap and water and reusable, the SpaceShield features an aperture with dual flaps through which a sax or clarinet mouthpiece can be smoothly inserted. Thicker, vented comfort foam pads position the shield farther from the face, helping to reduce heat and fogging. The foam is removable and repositionable. An adjustable, non-elastic head strap offers a personalized fit with less sustained pressure around the head. Includes a storage bag.

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