The pBone plastic trombone has been making the rounds in high schools and colleges across the US. Backed by British trombone soloist, bandleader, and educator Jiggs Whigham, it’s available in a wide variety of school colors. These trombones make marching less a chore and more fun, and can inexpensively add new sounds to your next gig.
Xaphoon Pocket Sax is a tiny injection-molded sax with an incredibly big sound. The sound is described as somewhere between that of a saxophone and a clarinet, and two octaves lower than a flute of the same size. It uses standard saxophone reeds.
For brass musicians looking to discover new sounds, mutes may be the way to go. They change the instrument’s sound by reducing airflow, altering the volume, and changing the resonance. Typically made of copper, aluminum, or brass, mutes can be placed either in the interior, or on the exterior of the instrument.
If you want to add something special (and perhaps a bit pricy) to your or your loved one’s holiday gift list, here are some limited edition and collector’s series instruments that are sure to please. Their rarity is their appeal. “This guitar is beautiful and rare—just like you.” “There are only 500 other violins like […]
David Kalt has always loved guitars. As owner of the iconic store Chicago Music Exchange, he’s surrounded by guitars all day. Recently, Kalt combined his two biggest passions, music and technology, and founded Reverb.com, an online marketplace for musicians. The site boasts 9,000 unique visitors every day, and has grown 35% each month since its February launch.
This is probably why Autotune infuriates so many serious musicians: those variations in pitch aren’t mistakes in the performance; they are the performance. If you clean up those “errors” and quantize everything to the “correct” pitches, all you’re left with is dry, robotic music.
Behold: the latest trumpet from Conn-Selmer, showcased at the 2013 NAMM music trade show. This beautiful horn was co-designed by Jose Hernandez, the great mariachi trumpet player. If you’re looking for a bright sound with a clean staccato attack, look no further. For more information, visit the Bach website.