Instruments & Gear

Optima is introducing three new strings in 2018: VintageFlex for acoustic guitar, Violin “Tricolore” and the 24K Goldbrokat Premium e” for violin.

Read more: New Strings from Optima

Instruments & Gear

With a new ergonomic hand positioning, the Euphonium Hybrid gives a balanced feel while reducing weight and length.

Read more: System Blue’s Professional Marching Brass Series

Instruments & Gear

The UV1 series is the number one solution for drummers who are tired of flaked, chipped, and worn out coatings.

Read more: The UV1 Series Drumheads from D'Addario Percussion

Instruments & Gear

The Matrix Scarab 3D tuner takes the traditional clip-on tuner to the next level, putting a new modern twist on the traditional “needle” style pitch display with an all-new 3D display that provides the user with better visibility from multiple angles.

Read more: The Matrix Scarab 3D Tuner

Instruments & Gear

Cleartone Strings has released their Cleartone EQs in two brand new gauges: 10-47 & 13-56. Designed to mimic a perfect EQ setting, Cleartone EQs take the guesswork out of 80/20 vs.

Read more: Cleartone EQs from Cleartone Strings

Instruments & Gear

The Reflection Series Marimba presents a revolutionary new design, featuring a central truss system with modular frame design that enables quick and easy setup and agile movement through any door.

Read more: The Reflection Series Marimba by Majestic Percussion

Instruments & Gear

Created in collaboration with BeBop Sensors and Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) musical instrument company, BopPad smart drum pad employs the world’s largest smart fabric sensor to create a uniquely expressive and accurate electronic drum pad for drummers, percussionists, and producers.

Read more: The BopPad from BeBop Sensors

Instruments & Gear

Drumdots mini are made of the same material as the original drumdots, at ½ the size to offer limitless versatility. 

Read more: Drumdots Mini from Drumdots

Instruments & Gear

The reborn Dyna-Sonic snare drum from Rogers Drums is a ten-lug drum based on the design and styling of the rare, original wood shell snare model.

Read more: Reborn Dyna-Sonic Snare Drum from Rogers Drums

Instruments & Gear

These new Hi-tech Onyx Reeds from Fiberreed offer an Easy attack with a warm low register and a powerful second and third octave.

Read more: Hi-tech Onyx Reeds from Fiberreed

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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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