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Steel Core
D’Addario has released the Kaplan Orchestral Double Bass Set. Scaled to fit 3/4-size basses, these medium-tension strings feature a stranded steel core and are optimized for a majority of players. The G string is titanium-wound, the A and D strings are nickel-wound, and the E and C (extended E) strings are tungsten-wound. The set provides clarity and warmth from low to high registers and allows versatility and control throughout the dynamic spectrum.
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Big Band Sound
RS Berkeley and Drake Mouthpieces have introduced the Benny Carter Legends series alto saxophone mouthpiece. The mouthpiece features a short rollover baffle, lightly undercut side walls and a medium-large chamber. This design offers a broad, full sound with exceptional projection. The material used (Drake’s patented Acoustalin) has been engineered to duplicate the density properties of Carter’s original piece. Available tip openings for the Benny Carter Legends series include 6-star (.080"), 7-star (.084") and Carter’s original 8-star (.089").
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Jingle All the Way
Vater has unveiled its Stickmate Jingle and Shaker models. The Stickmate slides onto a stick, brush or mallet to provide added sound effects while playing. Made of a lightweight polymer, its low profile doesn’t interfere with performing. A cutout in the handle allows for a thumb rest.
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The Voice
The Vocal Performer from Boss is a compact, mobile personal effects processor and looper for singers, rappers, beatboxers and webcasters. It features a simple-to-use tabletop design and can be easily attached to a mic stand for live performance.
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Pedal In Place
Pedal Stop keeps your keyboard’s sustain pedal in place during practice, recording or performance. Made of high-grade steel, the adjustable device attaches directly to the keyboard stand and is not dependent on the surface of the floor.
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