Instruments & Gear

This free blowing lead bore trombone is the result of years of development with the assistance of artist, composer, and arranger John Fedchock. The new XO 1632 features a handcrafted 7.5” custom-annealed bell — which is available in yellow or rose brass — with a soldered bell flare wire, a custom mouthpiece, a lightweight nickel outer slide and nickel-silver crook with hand lapped chromed-inner slides, and an XO series custom case. The XO 1632RGL-LT in rose brass bell has an MSRP of $2,625.00 and the model with the yellow brass bell has an MSRP of $2,795.
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Instruments & Gear

NOMAD Stands introduces a new collapsible flute peg. Just like the NOMAD collapsible trumpet and clarinet stands, the new NIS-C049 Flute peg uses NOMAD’s patented fully collapsible design.

Just like all NOMAD stands, the NIS-C049 also has a limited 5-year warranty to the original purchaser.
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Instruments & Gear

Meisel Accessories has recently announced the introduction of a new stand for most stringed instruments: all guitars, electric bass, violin, viola, ukulele, etc. Made of 25mm tubular aluminum, the model GS76 is lightweight (15oz) and when collapsed will fit into many cases and gig bags. The cushioned silicone rubber slip resistant pads assure no finish damage. The height and depth are adjustable allowing for almost any sized instrument. The stands are available in black, silver, and metallic red. MAP: $29.95.
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Instruments & Gear

The Volume 34 String Orchestra music features 18 new pieces at the grade 1-4 level, many of which are available on SmartMusic. The Volume 34 Jazz Ensemble music features 16 new charts from Kendor Music and 15 new charts from Doug Beach Music, many of which are also available on SmartMusic. Free full-length recordings, sample full scores, and descriptions, as well as SoloMate recordings are all available at Kendor’s website.         

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Instruments & Gear

The full rib design of the 400 Series makes for a deep, rich tone and provides a bit of resistance to help the student develop proper embouchure and breath-support. The double-bracing on the lower keys helps protect the keys from getting bent and helps ensure a proper seal from the pad. The 400 Series saxophones feature a rose brass neck and angled key-stack for the left hand pinky. Both models are available exclusively from local Conn-Selmer retailers and are not available on the web.

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Instruments & Gear

Vandoren’s new V-Neck Straps are available in two varieties: the V-Neck and the V-Neck Deluxe. They are designed to distribute the weight of the instrument with no pressure points, no tension, and no strain on the neck, reducing pressure on the spine and the front of the neck, reducing pain, tension, and fatigue.

The “V” height adjuster allows for easy, but stable adjustment and the plastic-coated steel hook holds the instrument securely, protecting the hook ring, but still allowing for easy switching between saxes. Both styles are available in three sizes (S, M/L, and XL) to accommodate players of all heights.

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Instruments & Gear

Hal Leonard has announced the release of two first-of-their-kind software packages (a three-year and a five-year subscription) that will be available exclusively via music retailers. The two new software packages offer the full range of Noteflight music notation features, as well as the unlimited score storage program on Noteflight’s Cloud. Noteflight’s music notation programs are completely cloud-based and device-independent, making it possible for users to create and access their musical scores from anywhere. The software includes a full-featured notation editor with orchestral sound library, MusicXML support, and more.

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Instruments & Gear

Cloud-based music software company MusicFirst recently announced the release of the Online Music Classroom system. The MusicFirst secure online classroom includes built-in testing and assessment tools, access to hundreds of online standards-based lesson plans and accompanying multi-media materials, classroom management tools, and more. The program includes software and resources for elementary, middle, and high school students and is accessible using any Internet-enabled device, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. MusicFirst has also partnered with several software companies to integrate their music learning tools into the online classroom.

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Instruments & Gear

Beginner and step-up saxophone accessories for the education market

With a nearly constant stream of new products coming to market, it can be nearly impossible to stay up-to-date on the latest musical equipment innovations and designs. This can also present challenges in terms of figuring out what equipment to recommend to your beginning and advancing saxophone students. With this in mind, these following reviews of woodwind mouthpieces, ligatures, reeds, and neck-straps for the beginning and advancing students should help provide a starting point as woodwind students consider upgrading their gear.

Read more: Gear: Sax Accessories

Instruments & Gear

The Jupiter 509S and 510ES flutes solve the problem of with the ergonomic concerns many instructors experience while teaching beginning flute students to play. The “Wave-Line” design and shortened length is more ergonomic, and keeps the headjoint in line with the body, promoting correct playing posture.  The 509S model is designed for children from 5 to 8 years of age and features assisted fingering key cups with a specially designed low D body without trill keys.

Read more: Jupiter Wave-Line Flutes

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