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Keilwerth Silverstar Saxes debut PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Murray   
Saturday, 12 April 2008

Keilwerth Silverstar Tenor Sax
Keilwerth, distributed by Sonaré Winds, unveils the Silverstar, an anniversary model that celebrates 20 years of the Keilwerth SX90R series of horns. The SX90R uses tone hole rings that are soldered on to the standard drawn tone holes. It features a black nickel plated brass body; a sterling silver neck; silver plated bell, bow, and keywork; black pads; and black mother of pearl finger inlays. It has custom engraving commemorating this 20th anniversary and comes with a case. There are both alto and tenor models and MSR prices range from $6,950 to $7,750.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2008 )
Peterson has the vibe PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Murray   
Monday, 03 March 2008

One of the coolest new things I saw at the NAMM show in January was the BodyBeat Metronomefrom Peterson Tuners. This metronome features a vibrating clip that you can attach to your body (on your clothing, people! Really...) so that you feel the beat rather than hearing it through a speaker or earphone. Although aimed primarily at drummers so they can look like they have amazing time in a live situation, it's also very useful for wind instrumentalists who play obnoxiously loud and complain they can't hear a regular metronome (like bass trombone.) It's now shipping and has a retail price of $129 US. For more information, click on the picture!

Strobosoft Virtual Strobe Tuner for Windows or MacThe other cool thing from Peterson that I've been playing with in the last few weeks is the StroboSoft virtual strobe tuner for Windows or Mac computers. Peterson has long been known for their great strobe tuners and everyone knows that to tune an instrument properly, strobe tuners are the way to go. The Strobosoft is only $49.95 as a download from Peterson's website, which is a great deal considering you'd have to pay around $200 for their least-expensive strobe tuner. They also sell a Deluxe version for $79.95, but you probably don't need it unless you play guitar. Click on the photo for more information.

If you own or have tried either of these items, why not tell everyone what you think in the Forum under "New and/or Cool" ?

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 April 2008 )
Bliss-ful Clarinets from Leblanc PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Murray   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

TOGETHER WITH YOUNG world-class clarinetist Julian Bliss, Conn-Selmer has
introduced its new Leblanc by Backun Bliss clarinets. Under 20 years old, Bliss has
been a featured soloist for orchestras on three continents and is a favorite of the royal
Acoustically designed by renowned clarinet expert Morrie Backun in collaboration
with Julian Bliss, Bliss clarinets feature a bore that requires less air pressure but
allows for exceptional versatility, control, and playability. Three models have been
created for players who are eager to move more quickly into a higher level of per-
formance. All three include the same highly refined keywork featuring an over-arm
crow’s foot with adjustment screws, low E reinforcement bar, left hand F/C adjust-
ment screw, and adjustable thumb rest. Additionally, all models feature Valentino
pads for reliability and durability, as well as key plating options of nickel plate, silver
plate, and even black chrome.

Model LB320 is a full composite instrument with special acoustically designed bell
and barrel. It is recommended for most students and will be widely available for
rental through music dealers.
Model LB310 features a Backun-designed grenadilla
wood barrel, composite body and bell, and a hard rubber mouthpiece. This model is
protected in a small and stylish backpack-style carrying case.
Model LB210 is a fully grenadilla instrument with Backun-designed barrel and bell. Silver plated keywork
and hard rubber mouthpiece are also standard. Protected by a mid-sized backpack-
style case, this instrument is the perfect step-up for all clarinetists.
“The new Leblanc Bliss line of clarinets brings a professional level of instrument
design to beginning and intermediate students,” said Steve Nelson, director of mar-
keting for clarinets and double reeds. “Clarinet instructors and band directors will
find that their students will progress to higher levels more quickly, and that these new
models will support an advancing student through many years of training and per-

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 March 2008 )