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.
The Meinl Journey Djembe’s synthetic head and shell make them 20% lighter and easier to carry than wood models. Plus, they hold up against the elements, making them the perfect hand percussion for travel and outdoor gigs. Pitch is easy to adjust through a mechanical tuning system. They are available in brightly colored Kenyan Quilt (pictured) or Pharoah’s Script patterns.
ESP’s Acoustic Resonant Chamber (ARC) thinline electric LTD series guitars have a sharp design and high-end features at an interesting price. The ARC-6 nylon string guitar has a rosewood fingerboard Graph-tech NuBone-XB nuts and saddles. It comes in either black with a maple top or mahogany with natural top with a chambered mahogany body. It includes chrome hardware, Grover tuners, B-band Electronics with three-band EQ and digital tuner. The ARC series is also available in steel string and 12-string models.
It’s no wonder that percussionists the world over are turning to a significantly smaller alternative. The cajon has become a popular addition to many a jam session, acoustic gig, and space-challenged environment. And in the right hands, the beat is as sweet, strong, and soulful as it ever was.
The Paul Reed Smith Core “Floyd” Custom 24 is equipped with the time-tested Floyd Rose “original” tremolo and locking nut system and PRS’s trademark pickups. PRS unveiled this iconic instrument to the public for the first time at Winter NAMM 1985, and this edition is sure to impress. The solid body electric guitar puts the sound, playability, and gorgeous looks of the Custom line into a high-quality yet affordable instrument. The Special Edition comes with the PRS-designed SE gig bag.
The Allora Black Nickel Pocket Trumpet (Bb) is as functional as it is fun to play. Its sharp black nickel plate finish makes it the perfect trumpet for the player who wants a cool look as well as a great sound. Its compact size makes the Allora 5801especially well suited for travel. It features stainless steel valves, a third valve slide ring, and two water keys. It comes with a 7C trumpet mouthpiece and a lightweight nylon case.
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.
Six years ago, when Mike Orr made his first cigar box guitar, he wasn’t thinking about beginning a second career. He came across cigar box guitars while surfing the Internet one day, and decided to make one as a Christmas gift for his son. He studied the design and made it his own. Then, he […]
Young or old, pro or amateur, it doesn’t matter: in a drum circle, no one is better than anyone else. There is no first chair or ranking system, and the performance aspect is centralized within the circle. No wonder drum circles are one of the most popular community groups, a place where beginners and professionals […]