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Key Leaves’ Spit Sponge Pad Dryers

December 4, 2019

The new Spit Sponge pad dryers from Key Leaves remove the moisture left on pads and tone holes that swabs miss – extending pad life and keeping instruments clean. The Spit Sponge is a unique dual-texture pad dryer with an ultra-absorbent top to clean delicate pads, while the bottom has micro-texture grooves to trap and remove gunk that grows on tone holes. These pad dryers have a laser-fused edge that never frays, and are washable for years of use and re-use.
The Woodwind size is priced similar to single pad dryers but includes two pieces for a double value. The universal woodwind size Spit Sponge can clean your flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, or whatever woodwind you play. The Saxophone Size Spit Sponge has an easy-fit shape to care for large sax pads and those hard-to-reach places like G# or between key guards.

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Gear Check: November 2019

November 22, 2019

The latest and greatest gear for jazzed educators and musicians, December 2019.

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SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple Limited from PRS Guitars

November 12, 2019

The SE Custom 24 Roasted Maple offers a roasted (or torrefied) maple neck and fretboard, mahogany back, and dual 85/15 “S” pickups with a 3-way blade switch and push/pull tone control for coil tapping. The maple neck and fretboard have been roasted, which not only looks striking (the maple turns a beautiful golden color), but it further stabilizes the already strong maple for a neck that helps the guitar ring out.

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Silverline Digital Amp Series from Blackstar

Blackstar’s boutique-styled Silverline Series of digital amps offer valve-like tone and response, effortless control, and the Company’s most potent DSP to date.
The high-performance SHARC® DSP platform runs algorithms that recreate analogue circuit parameters with supreme accuracy right down to component level.
Pick from Blackstar’s lauded set of six amplifier voices; dial it in with volume, EQ, and Blackstar’s patented ISF control; pair your tone with one of six emulated power amp (Response) sections – Including KT88, 6L6, KT66, EL34, 6V6, or EL84; then adjust a few controls to add studio-grade, boutique effects.
The Silverline’s Celestion V-type speakers deliver the volume and clarity necessary to handle any gig and thanks to 12 easily customisable preset locations – 128 locations if using the FS-10 footswitch or the MD-1 MIDI Controller.

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The RockBoard Power Ace 25

The RockBoard Power Ace 25 is a high-powered DC power adapter for feeding your power-hungry effects pedals the current they need. Equipped with multi-regional plug adapters and a switching design, it can be used virtually all around the globe. Its angled flat 2.1 x 5.5 mm barrel plug is mounted to a 3-meter long cable for extra reach. The Power Ace 25 provides you with a whopping 2.500 mA of hum- and high frequency noise-free at 9V DC, center negative power.

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Yamaha’s Alto Venova Wind Instrument

October 31, 2019

Yamaha’s Alto Venova blends the simplicity of a recorder with the rich tone of a saxophone in an ABS resin body that is smaller, lighter and more durable than conventional wind instruments. Like the original Venova introduced in 2017, the new Alto Venova features a unique branched-pipe structure that gives rich timbre with plenty of volume. Easy, recorder-style fingering makes it ideal for inexperienced musicians experimenting with a reed instrument, as compared to traditional wind instruments. Designed with a larger body, the new model is given a lower sound range with darker, richer tones than the original Venova. When the session ends, the instrument is easily cleaned with water. The Alto Venova comes with a mouthpiece, ligature, synthetic reed, mouthpiece cap, and a durable carrying case with a strap.

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Vandoren’s Profile Mouthpieces

Vandoren’s new Profile mouthpiece for classical saxophone is currently available in a single facing for soprano (SP3) and alto saxophone (AP3). The Profile features an elegant exterior design and tapered beak that allows for increased comfort and enhanced flexibility. These attributes combine to create a mouthpiece that boasts dynamic response, powerful projection, and an expansive color spectrum that enables classical saxophonists to shape their sound to fit the music of any era.

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TP614 Professional Silver Plated Trumpet from RS Berkeley

The TP614 Professional Silver Plated Trumpet from RS Berkeley is a B♭ trumpet with double bracing, two water keys, and Monel valves. Bore .443” and bell 4.25”. The trumpet comes with a mouthpiece, valve oil, and a deluxe fabric covered backpack style case.

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Gearcheck: October 2019

October 21, 2019

The latest and greatest gear for Jazz educators and musicians – October 2019

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Kaspar CB1 Clarinet Barrels from Chedeville

October 16, 2019

Chedeville’s new Kaspar CB1 Clarinet Barrels are designed to add power and projection to the clarinet sound while decreasing resistance. The unique hourglass shape of the outside of the barrel was inspired by the interior shape which is the design element most influential in the sound projection of the barrel. The outside hourglass shape increases resonance by reducing the thickness of the material at the center of the barrel. A third design element is the material itself from which the barrel is made which is Hard Anodized Aluminum. This gives the Kaspar CB1 Clarinet Barrels their powerful sound. This hardness of material also adds to the barrel’s greater projection, and because it’s aluminum, it is also lighter than traditional barrels. Available in 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67mm lengths. MSRP: $159

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