Instruments & Gear

Manufacturers discuss the latest keyboard tools for the music classroom

The integration of powerful new software has changed the way many sectors of the music industry have done business, from recording software to live sound and lighting and even at-home guitar rig design. But one segment that’s been poised to take advantage of this shift for years is electric keyboards, specifically those designed in tandem with educational programs.

For both educators and students, it’s all about options, according to Roland key accounts manager Ellen Gonzales. “We, as a consumer nation, have changed the way that we consume things,” she says. “We’re not just looking for things that we can buy to use today. We want something that can grow with us. Just think of iPads – people buy them and then constantly upgrade and add to them. I do think that’s a trend that won’t go away and it’s wise to play into that mentality.”

Read more: Exploring New Electronic Keyboards

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The Rolled-Heel’s technology, recently awarded patent protection, is designed to help student marching foot technique become automatic. The Rolled-Heel’s design is built to “groove” students’ step into proper technique. That benefit is indispensable to the consistent success of a marching program, while also offering flexibility and light weight for unrestricted movement and foot articulation.      

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Kaces’ newly redesigned University Series bags for Cello and Upright Bass feature 12mm high density foam padding, a bow pocket, accessory compartments, and multiple double-stitched handles. All University Cello bags additionally include padded backpack straps. Symphony Series Cello and Bass bags are constructed using extra-thick 20mm high density foam, a velour lining, and a rigid reinforced bridge panel for added stability.

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The u-mount line is designed to mount tablet computers onto stands. The full-size Snap-On™ back covers are a tough combination of high-strength velvet-textured plastic and aluminum, available in purple, black, gunmetal, or mauve. The mini models feature the same textured high-strength plastic throughout. Precision cutouts provide access to all the tablet’s buttons and data/charging ports. They are available with an elliptical u-mount clamp for gripping mic stands and other round surfaces, or a flat u-mount clamp for hold flat surfaces such as table edges.                      

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The Reserve cut for clarinet is built on a standard thickness blank and features a shorter vamp, rounded tip corners, and a traditional tip thickness. Reserve Bb Clarinet reeds are offered in boxes of 10 and packs of two reeds in strengths from 2.0 to 4.5 with a special 3.0+ strength. The Reserve Classic cut for clarinet is built on a thicker blank and offers a longer vamp, squared tip corners, and a thicker tip. Reserve Classic Bb Clarinet reeds will be available in half strengths, from 2.0 to 4.5, with special 3.5+ and 4.0+ strengths, and offered in boxes of 10 and packs of two reeds. Alto Saxophone Reserve reeds feature a traditional blank option, a heavy spine, a narrow rail slope, and a traditional tip thickness.

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The 1100 Series saxophones combine classic hand-crafted design and modern technology. Featured is the new Sona-Pure™ neck, which undergoes a special annealing process, giving the instrument a full, rich sound with a solid attack. In addition, a G key adjusting screw and adjustable rocker key octave mechanism facilitate quick adjustments by the performer/educator.

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Vandoren’s Masters clarinet mouthpiece line has been expanded with the addition of the ‘13’ series which is pitched at A=440. Previously available in two distinct models, Vandoren has also added the CL6 model to the ‘13’ series as well as the standard A=442 series. The Masters line features a unique exterior shape and chamber design, allowing for a resonance and tone color unlike any other Vandoren mouthpiece. The CL6 is designed for clarinetists preferring a slightly more open mouthpiece.                            

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The new DV CHI Tenor 9* provides a larger facing and now offers the widest tip opening (.125) in the range. The DV CHI series is designed to produce a darker, less bright tone than the contemporary sound of the JodyJazz DV, but a considerably brighter more modern tone than the JodyJazz DV NY. The baffle/chamber design of the DV CHI allows the player to push more air through the mouthpiece without experiencing any harshness. The DV CHI range is silver-plated.

Read more: JodyJazz 9* Model Tenor Mouthpiece

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Cremona now offers their SV-130 Premier Student Violin Outfit in a choice of six colored finishes, in addition to the standard warm brown finish that is familiar to all. Students can now choose from the available five sparkling colored finishes: Black, Blue, Green, Purple and Rose. The violins utilize material fit for not only beginning students, but more advanced players as well.  As with every Cremona instrument, each SV-130 is hand-crafted from fine tonewoods with both the tops and backs hand-carved and graduated.

Read more: Cremona SV-130 Student Violin

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Yamaha’s new V Series Violin and Cello outfits are designed for beginning student string players and feature three violins and three cellos in one-half, three-quarter and full sizes, respectively. Components featured in the V Series outfits include ebony pegs, D’Addario Prelude strings, a composite tailpiece with four fine tuners, wood bow with ebony frog, and sturdy shaped ABS plastic case.

Read more: Yamaha VC3 Cello

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