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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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ReedGeekThe ReedGeek “ Universal “ Tools are designed to help all woodwind players (both students and professionals), achieve better reed performance – with a compact, portable design and proprietary true-edge retention technology.

The ReedGeek  “G4 ” & “DoubleGeek” are the newest members of the ReedGeek “Universal” family. The DoubleGeek focuses on the specific needs of the double reed player, but is useful for all reed players.  In addition to the ReedGeek Universal tool’s features, both the “G4” & “DoubleGeek”  implement  two new, elongated and curved rail bevels, which are designed to profile rails and re-contour the spine of both single and double reeds. Both tools include ReedGeek’s proprietary black diamond wear finish, which provides ultimate refinement of the cut on natural cane as well as synthetic reeds. The ReedGeek “DoubleGeek”  is the only Universal tool that offers a threaded, removable handle for added leverage and familiarity in the hand.

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Rocket HarmonicaThe Rocket harmonica was released in 2014 and is known for its rounded comfortable form as well as its fantastic action due to the innovative design of the chamber openings. The Rocket Low expands the key selection of the original to include low tunings. Low harmonicas are tuned an octave below standard pitch (C3 vs. C4). The expanded key assortment includes Low C, D, Eb, E, and F.

M2016BX Rocket Low Harmonica MSRP $105.00 MAP $79.99

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Vandoren Introduces Clarinet Reed Mix CardJanuary 2016, Chicago, IL – Vandoren already offers clarinetists a wide variety of reeds to choose from beyond the widely known Traditional reed – the V12, 56 rue Lepic and the fastest growing reed in popularity, the new V21.  To help players find their favorite reed, Vandoren is pleased to introduce the Clarinet Reed Mix Card which is available in strengths 3, 3.5 and 3.5+.

Read more: Vandoren Introduces Clarinet Reed Mix Card

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Theowanne MouthpieceTheowanne MouthpieceFor the Slant Sig Tenor, Theo utilized the best design principles from the first ‘Slant Signature’ Otto Link models of the early 1950s, through the ‘Early Babbitt’ models of the 1970s.

The NY Bros Alto was designed by incorporating the best features of every Meyer vintage, from the 1940s to present. It plays with an incredibly full tone and plenty of projection.

Both mouthpieces are made from a proprietary formula of Harry Hartmann’s Fiberrod, which sounds as good as vintage hard rubber but will not warp or discolor. This material, combined with Theo Wanne’s manufacturing and quality control, makes for mouthpieces that are consistent from one to the next, true to design, and great quality.

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While retaining design elements intended to accommodate the playability and durability requirements of beginning band, these instruments feature the professional look of lacquered body and keys.

This updated look, combined with an inherently rich timbre and the inclusion of the Jupiter patented adjustable palm key system result in a very sophisticated instrument that is designed to maximize the enjoyment of the beginning player.

Stackable ABS cases and a complete array of high-quality accessories complete the outfit to ensure the best-possible student experience from the very first lesson.

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MS9210-MS9212The MS9210 and MS9212 are the first round-base models added to the company’s expanding Professional Series. Both new models feature a low profile base, yet maintain no-compromise, heavy duty components suitable for professional theater, concert, and broadcast applications. With a 10”, 6-pound low profile base, the MS9210 is an excellent choice for any handheld microphone. Its steel shafts measure 7/8” and 5/8” in diameter like most common portable stands, but its heavy-duty mid-point clutch is extraordinarily robust. The clutch is designed to act as a brake on the upper shaft, even when loosened, preventing the shaft from crashing down while adjusting height. To aid with precise mic positioning, the upper shaft features an oversized knurled locking washer that keeps any attached mic clip exactly where desired. Connection of the lower shaft to the base is via a solid steal machined lug with M20 threading and locking washer. This course threading provides an excellent combination of fast assembly and secure connection, while extending thread wear far beyond fine-thread designs. Finally, superior stability is achieved thanks to a sleek, embossed base with shock-absorbing rubber pads.

The MS9212 shares the pro-level features found in the MS9210, but its 10-pound 12” base provides unmatched stability to handle the heaviest microphones and longest boom arms. The other major upgrade is its oversized shafts. With a lower shaft diameter of 1-3/8” and an upper shaft diameter of 7/8”, the MS9212 displays a sturdy and professional presence on stage and in the studio. A reducer at the top of the upper shaft makes the MS9212 compatible with all standard 5/8”-27 threaded mic clips and boom arms. Both models feature all-metal construction with no external plastic parts.



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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.

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