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Snare Rings a Bell
Gretsch Drums has introduced the Bell Brass 6 1/2- by 14-inch 10-lug snare drum. The brushed-finish solid Bell Brass snare provides a distinct, cutting tone and is suitable for a variety of studio and live applications. Rimshots crack crisply and the side-stick timbre is clean and distinct. It comes fitted with 20-strand snare wire and die-cast hoops.
More info: gretschdrums.com


Loop Jammin’
DigiTech’s JamMan Solo XT looper offers true stereo looping and an array of new features, dial-in BPMs, micro SD interface and selectable stop modes in a single stompbox. The JamMan Solo XT features a pedal-linking capability called JamSync, which allows loopers to layer as many phrases as they want by connecting multiple units together.
More info: digitech.com


Sax Weightlessness
The Vandoren harness is a universal saxophone strap with rear support bars that take the weight of any sax and distribute it evenly over different parts of the player’s back and shoulders. The harness reduces fatigue and increases freedom of movement without putting any pressure on the player’s diaphragm or chest. It can be used for alto, tenor or baritone saxophone and is suitable for students and professionals of all heights and weights. The harness comes with its own soft pouch that stores in the saxophone’s bell for easy transport.
More info: dansr.com


Jazz Guitar Lessons
Alfred Music Publishing has released new editions of Complete Jazz Guitar methods packed with essential information in standard notation and without tablature. Titles include Beginning Jazz Guitar, Intermediate Jazz Guitar and Mastering Jazz Guitar and cover everything from basic chords and scale fingerings to improvised solo lines and chord enhancements.
More info: alfred.com


Saxophonic Storm
Bari Woodwinds Supplies’ Cyclone is a metal mouthpiece featuring Bari’s Vortex Technology, a spiral-grooved chamber that enhances airflow and increases projection. The Cyclone’s baffle design offers quick responsiveness. The mouthpiece has two adjustable dual ligatures, so players can change reed-contact points and alter positioning for optimal sound and timbre.
More info: bariwoodwind.com


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