Instruments & Gear

Aquila Carbonblack Ukulele Strings sets are designed to give the user a strong, consistent sound.

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Instruments & Gear

Vandoren has expanded the V21 clarinet and saxophone families to include Eb clarinet and soprano saxophone. Since its original release for clarinet in 2015, V21 reeds are designd to impress students and professionals alike with their smooth, warm sound, flexibility, and dynamic response.

Read more: Vandoren Expands V21 Line

Instruments & Gear

Vandoren now offers V16 reeds for baritone saxophone.

Read more: Vandoren Releases V16 Reeds for Bari Sax

Instruments & Gear

Spitfire Audio announced the availability of Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds — a collection for Native Instruments’  KONTAKT PLAYER platform, featuring woodwind performers recorded and ‘deep sampled’ with no expense spared via the signal path at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s Air Studios.

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Instruments & Gear

VocoPro’s new Digital-1 is an entirely digital wireless microphone system that utilizes mic-on-chip technology to package the audio for transmission, which is designed to produce clear sound while delivering value.

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Instruments & Gear

SoundSynergies BRITETone for Brass and Wind Instruments is a dry lubricant for brass and woodwinds.

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Instruments & Gear

The PreSonus® FaderPort™ 8 Mix Production Controller connects via USB 2.0 to provide precise tactile control over a DAW’s mix and automation functions, including complete transport control.

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Instruments & Gear

Zylia is a portable recording studio consisting of the ZM-Microphone, a studio application, and a cloud platform—designed to allow multi track recording and seperation of instrument tracks.

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Instruments & Gear

Yamaha Corporation of America announced the launch of the YX-230 xylophone, a step-up mallet percussion instrument that is ideal for beginning percussionists.

Read more: Yamaha YX-230 Rental Xylophone

Instruments & Gear

Ortega Student Series Ukes are made with a Spruce top, Catalpa back and sides, black ABS binding, Sonokelin fretboard & bridge, and Mahogany neck. The RST5 model is also available with 3/4 and 1/2 body size in four different finishes.

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SBO Web Poll

This year, our primary major band travel is for:

Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
Some of All of the Above - 20%

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