Instruments & Gear

Ca20th Anniversary_Big Bell20th Anniversary_Vintagennonball Musical Instruments is celebrating their 20th year with two limited-time anniversary models: The Big Bell Stone Series Anniversary Edition and the Vintage Reborn Series Anniversary Edition. The first model is specially designed and hand-engraved, featuring a “Celtic Knot”, a laser-engraved “20th anniversary” above the bow to body ring, blue-sodalite semi-precious stones, a blue hand-painted neck octave key logo, an iced black nickel-plated body, and a polished black nickel plated bow, bell, and keys. The second model features red-fire jasper semi-precious stones, a red/chestnut hand-painted neck octave key logo, and is available in a brute or dark-amber lacquer.

Instruments & Gear

DrumdotsDrumdots don’t mute or muffle a drum - deadening it, like other products. Drumdots are engineered to control the ring without sacrificing the drum’s natural tone. Testing shows that one drumdot has 2x the over-ring reduction time compared to the leading competitor, while maintaining more of the natural frequency of the drum.

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Instruments & Gear

JodyJazz Premium AccessoriesThe new JodyJazz Cork Grease is high-grade. The cork grease will lubricate your instrument cork to ensure airtight fit every time. Using it regularly will protect and extend the life of your cork. Also great for clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and recorder.

The JodyJazz Perfect Patch Mouthpiece cushion can be used to protect your mouthpiece and the enamel on your teeth. It’s smaller than many other mouthpiece cushions because too large a patch deadens vibrations from the mouthpiece, which takes away a minute amount of richness in the sound. The JodyJazz Perfect Patch Mouthpiece cushion is a clear cushion and available in a 4-pack.

Instruments & Gear

Breedlove Brazilian Rosewood Series Over 50 years ago a few Brazilian rosewood logs were shipped from NE Brazil to a village just outside of Madrid, Spain, and were stored in an open-air warehouse for two decades then sawn into tonewood sets, labeled, and left to season for decades more. With the half centuries worth of natural aging, this Brazilian collection has given Breedlove the cream of the crop. All legally documented.

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Instruments & Gear

Conn-Selmer King Trombones
This refresh of the King trombones brings back the vintage style of these classic instruments!  These models are available with a variety of bell dimensions, bore sizes, and metal materials.

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Promark has announced two new stick models in their System Blue marching line, the DC17 Light and the DC27 Scooter (both are available now).
The DC17 Light answers market demand for a stick that caters to the growing popularity of the marching activity in the youth category. The “Light” is a scaled down version of the ever-popular DC17 model.

Read more: D’Addario Promark DC17 Light and DC27 Scooter

Instruments & Gear

Guitar Triller is an innovative handheld accessory that re-introduces the art of string striking – a technique which has been around since the Bronze Age, Guitar Triller has now reinvented and optimized this technique for playing guitar and bass. Carefully designed for striking strings in a powerful and expressive way,

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Instruments & Gear

Williams introduced two next-generation, 88-key console digital pianos. The Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 feature exquisite finishes, a new weighted hammer action with incredibly realistic response and feel, high-definition sounds from Williams' all-new custom sound library, and an impressive feature set. Both instruments offer 64-voice polyphony, so you can create deep, layered orchestrations without running out of voices.

Read more: Williams Overture 2/Rhapsody 2

Instruments & Gear

The latest update to PreSonus Notion for iOS takes mobile music creation to the next level with a new in-app purchase that adds handwriting recognition for iPad users. Using a finger or stylus, you can write music in your own handwriting and see it effortlessly convert to digital notation. And with an Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, you can even write with pressure and thickness, which gives you a much more natural feeling and even greater accuracy.

Read more: PreSonus Notion for iOS Adds Handwriting and Apple Pencil Support for iPad

Instruments & Gear

Vintage Reborn Series saxophones feature light key action enabling quick, smooth, and responsive playing. And these horns are designed with vintage-inspired keywork and lightweight guards to ensure that they sound, look, and feel like the classic horns of years past. Each saxophone is hand-engraved by artisans in Salt Lake City, Utah. All include a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist who engraved the horn, and some engraving series also include Limited-number edition designs and certificates.

Read more: Cannonball Vintage Reborn Series Saxophones

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