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Grand Hybrid
Casio’s GP-400BK is the newest model in the company’s Celviano Grand Hybrid lineup. The GP-400BK comes with the three historically popular grand piano sounds featured in the GP-500BP and GP-300BK, as well as the same reliable key response and supple playing comfort. Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos combine the advantages of digital and acoustic pianos while delivering the performance of a grand piano in tone and keyboard quality.
More info: casiomusicgear.com



At the Vanguard
Sabian has added Vanguard cymbals to its Remastered HH line. HH Vanguard models are fully hand-hammered and employ pinpoint lathing, plus they are thinner and lighter, with smaller bells and extended profiles. HH Vanguard cymbals are available in 16- and 18-inch crashes; 20-, 21- and 22-inch rides; and 14-inch hi-hats.
More info: sabian.com



Synthetic Calfskin
Evans has debuted Calftone drumheads, a synthetic alternative to traditional calfskin. Calftone heads are made using a 12-mil Mylar base blended with unique materials to produce warm, full tones. They are the debut entry in the new Evans ’56 series of vintage-style products.
More info: evansdrumheads.com


Fender In-Ears
Fender has released a line of professional in-ear monitors, available in five models: DXA1, FXA2, FXA5, FXA6 and FXA7. All models except the DXA1 feature 3D-printed digital hybrid technology housings and custom designed drivers. Select models feature a patented Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array. The combination of features offers the comfort and feel of custom-molded monitors plus full frequency response and substantial bass.
More info: fender.com


Analog Modeling
VOX’s AV series modeling amplifiers offer a full palette of sounds via eight all-analog preamp circuits. The AV (analog valve) series features 12AX7 driven preamp and power amp sections with eight types of tube sound ranging from transparent cleans, crunchy chime and modern high-gain. The amps’ Valve Stage section modifies the circuit to add or reduce brightness and bass response and lets users adjust bias and response.
More info: voxamps.com

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