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.

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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.

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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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Manhasset Music Stand WeightMANHASSET® Music Stand 2.5 Pound Weight is made of cast iron and is easily attached to the Manhasset Symphony base for dependable performance. Suggested List price for the model #6810 MANHASSET® Music Stand 2.5 Pound Weight is $16.50 (music stand, shaft, and base are sold separately).

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Loog GuitarsLoog Guitars is an award-winning line of small, 3-string guitars designed to make it fun and easy for children to play music. They come unassembled for kids and parents to build together and in that way bond with the instrument (and with each other) in a deeper level. The innovative guitars pair with an app that gets kids playing songs on day one.

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Prentice Practice PadsSeparating each pad into two pieces and adding Velcro, so they can easily come apart, allows quick and easy adjustment of the playing surface angle to suit both traditional and matched grip players. Another benefit has to do with the rubber-playing surface. It is actually embedded into the wooden surface of the pad as opposed to simply being glued on top, which provides superior sound quality and a more realistic drum-like bounce. The rubber surface is also available in two thicknesses, which results in two different pitches when played. This makes these pads perfect for use by a student and teacher or two students playing a duet, as you can easily tell who is playing what simply based on pitch. (MSRP: $59.99)

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SonorEach series features an extremely limited run of uniquely designed snare drums with spectacular natural grown veneers and new shell designs. For each edition, a specific tree has been selected with the goal in mind to only use the most figured parts of the grain, and set them to meticulously to produce the most stunning vertical grain patterns.

Read more: SONOR “One of a Kind” Model Snare Drums

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CharactuneIMS Technologies is proud to introduce the latest additions to the Charactune family: our new bulldog and cat clip-on instrument tuners. They both have presets for chromatic (virtually any instrument), guitar, bass, violin, and ukulele, and work great with fretted, string, woodwind, and brass instruments. The bulldogs come in blue, brown, red, and yellow. The cats come in blue, green, red, and yellow. Both have a suggested retail of $19.99, and along with all IMS products, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to a fund to directly help cancer patients and their families.

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