Instruments & Gear

KMC Music announced that it is now shipping the new line of Paiste Formula 602, Giant Beat, and 2002 Sound Edge cymbals. 

Read more: New Paiste Formula 602, Giant Beat, and 2002 Sound Edge Cymbals Available from KMC Music

Instruments & Gear

Gretsch Renown Series The Gretsch Renown Series has been updated for 2016 to include Gretsch’s player-friendly, “302” hoops. Borrowed from the Brooklyn and Broadkaster series drums, these hoops are lighter in weight and less rigid than die cast hoops -- allowing the drum to better “breathe” and achieve maximum resonance.

Read more: Gretsch Renown Series

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Vater Tacky SackA grip enhancing rosin powder that absorbs moisture and provides added control of your drumsticks while performing in humid and sweaty conditions. Gently “clap” your hands on the Tacky Sack to apply rosin powder to your palms. Cord included to hang Tacky Sack from your snare drum, stick bag, hardware, etc.  

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Ibanez SR300 Series Available in 4, 5, and 6-string versions, the SR300E, 305E and 306E are designed for experienced players. New pickups and EQ electronics give the SR300 series a new level of sound quality and control. New Ibanez “PowerSpan” dual coil pickups feature stainless steel poles for greater output, clarity, and fullness than any other pickup in its class. Accessed by a 3-way “Power Tap” switch, these proprietary pickups offer three tonal options: a rich humbucker sound, a pure single coil sound, or an enhanced single coil sound— all fattened by supporting low-end, provided by the humbucking portion of each pickup. Precise tone preferences are dialed in with the Ibanez Custom 3-band EQ.

At the core of the SR300E is a mahogany body that creates full, warm tone. Other features include a sturdy 5-piece maple/rosewood SR neck, a rosewood fretboard, and the Ibanez Accu-cast bridge for superior string vibration transfer and precise intonation.

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Instruments & Gear

Audix Performance SeriesAudix announced the release of its Performance Series, a professional wireless system designed for vocalists, musicians, performers, and presenters. The central component of the system is the easy two-step process of Scan and Sync. Pressing a hot key on the receiver instantaneously Scans for open frequencies. Within 5-20 seconds, depending on the intensity of other wireless frequencies in the area, the system will select an available frequency from a grid of pre-coordinated internal frequencies.  Once the frequency is selected, the user holds the transmitter next to the Sync light on the receiver, and within 1-2 seconds, the transmitter will lock to the receiver. If more than one system is required, the user simply repeats the one-touch Scan and Sync process.

Read more: Audix Launches New Performance Series Wireless

Instruments & Gear

Merida Guitars Parlor Series The new “Parlor Series instruments feature a solid sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a newly designed and modified scalloped bracing and slightly smaller frets than previously found on a Mérida Guitar. This series will also include a model outfitted with Fishman® Electronics.

These instruments start at $399.00 (est. street price).

All Mérida Guitars, are meticulously setup and quality controlled in the company’s Norwalk, Connecticut

headquarters, before they are shipped out to dealers.

http://www.meridaguitars.com/

Instruments & Gear

Zoom Q4n Handy Video Recorder Equipped with a bright-apertured 160˚ wide-angle lens, the new Q4n captures sharp, brilliant video — in bright daylight, vivid sunset, or low-lit club — with resolutions up to 2.3k (2304 x 1296 pixels) 3M HD, bitrates of up to 24 Mbps, and frame rates of 30 and 60 fps. It comes with nine "Scene" presets for various environments, as well as four levels of digital zoom. SD cards up to 128 gigabytes can be used for extended recording times, great for capturing performances and podcasting.

Read more: Zoom Q4n Handy Video Recorder

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Manhasset Chorale Microphone Stands The MANHASSET® Chorale Microphone Stands uses the MANHASSET® Symphony shaft with Magic Finger Clutch and the Symphony base for great stability and support. The mic adaptor (included) has 5/8” threads to easily attach to almost any 5/8” mic clip can be attached to hold the microphone in place. 

Suggested List price for the model #3016 MANHASSET® Chorale Microphone Stands is only $49.50 (microphone and mic clip sold separately).

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AmahiThe Amahi UK210S features improved intonation, Aquila Nylgut strings, sealed guitar style tuners, a deluxe padded embroidered bag, as well as a dressed fretboard and frets. (The list price is actually $94.95)

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Yamaha CSSThe new models provide a significant upgrade from the original CSS series, most notably in their highly durable 1.2mm chrome-plated steel shells, making them the only drums of this kind offered by a major percussion manufacturer specifically for the concert percussion market. Other improvements include a 3-piece zinc/steel tubular lug tuning system to optimize the shell vibration, and a Q-Type strainer which enables the snares to be tightened and released quickly and easily. Coiled snares make it effortless to play even-sounding rolls, perfect for both the beginning and intermediate percussionist, while the 30/45 bearing edge ensures fast transfer of vibration throughout the shell for increased sensitivity and warmth.

Designed with aspiring drummers in mind, the CSS-1450A (9.2 lbs.; 14” X 5”) and CSS-1465A (10.5 lbs.; 14” X 6.5”) are built to be concert snare drums as the first priority, but ideal for all types of situations, including with a drum set.

Yamaha CSS-A series chrome and steel concert snare drums are currently shipping and have an MSRP of $546.00 for the CSS-1405A and $598.00 for CSS-1465A. Both models offer a one-year warranty.

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