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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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JodyJazz POWER RING Ligatures

September 8, 2020

The JodyJazz POWER RING Ligatures allow the most freedom and vibration of the reed of any ligatures currently on the market. The POWER RING’s self-locking CNC machined taper and concave inner design reduces the touch points on the reed thereby maximizing reed freedom and vibration. This increases the amount of harmonics which enables the fullest saxophone sound containing high, mid, and low frequencies. The POWER RING will make the mouthpiece feel easier to blow and provides more power. Available for all JodyJazz mouthpieces and select other models. Constructed from virgin brass, the POWER RING Ligatures are available in 24kt Gold-Plated finish (MSRP: $95) or Sterling Silver-Plated finish (MSRP: $75).

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Rovner’s Platinum Gold Ligature

The Rovner Platinum Gold ligature features superb facility and response, a rich, distinctive presence, and a darker aspect that helps synthetic reeds sound more like cane. Features 24-Karat gold-plated platinum. $174.50

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The Meredith Signature Quick-Change Acoustic Guitar Capo

This limited-edition signature quick-change acoustic guitar capo features a thoroughly modern, chromed-out Candy Teal finish, Kyser’s low-tension spring, and a handwritten signature stamp, along with Kyser’s classic Quick-Change shape. These capos are available in a limited quantity of 2,020 units and wrapped in a special-edition premium package.

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Levy’s Leathers Classics Series Padded Black Leather Guitar Strap

August 24, 2020

The M26PD leather guitar strap from Levy’s represents the next generation of classic Levy’s styling. It’s made from top-grain leather with a generously padded garment leather backing for comfort that lasts all night long. $29.99

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Excelcia Music Publishing’s ‘Adaptable Quartets’

Excelcia Music Publishing’s Adaptable Quartets is a timely expansion of its flexible instrumentation series, Adaptable Ensemble Series. Specifically designed for music classrooms where the number of students and instrumental make-up are unknown and changing by the day, Adaptable Quartets exponentially broadens options for music educators by providing genuine flexibility with quartets that can be used with any combination of wind and percussion instruments.

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Chedeville Teeth & Mouthpiece Protector Cushions

The Chedeville Teeth and Mouthpiece protector cushions are smaller than many other cushions because too large a patch can deaden vibrations from the mouthpiece, which takes away some of the richness in the sound. This is the best clear mouthpiece cushion to protect your mouthpiece and the enamel on your teeth. Pack includes four mouthpiece cushions. MSRP: $5.95

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Gear Check – August 2020

August 19, 2020

The latest and greatest gear for jazz educators and musicians – August 2020.

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