Gear

Drums & Percussion

The SwirlyHook Solo is a single black hook that fits snuggly on a standard mic stand to hold headphones, tambourines, cables and more. Also fits on bird feeders, shelving or any vertical 1/2-inch tubing. Made of resilient spring steel and coated in black PVC for grip and durability. Retail price: $10.99.

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DJ & Lighting

With the GMiX, DJs can play back tracks from a single USB drive or from a laptop as a versatile software controller for Virtual DJ or another host application. The device includes eight large performance pads on each deck and newly designed touch-sensitive mechanical jog wheels. The high-resolution USB/MIDI data-stream contains 14-bits of continual control information. Direct playback from a USB memory device of MP3, WAV, AAC, and AIFF files allows the GMX to be unchained from the laptop.

Read more: Gemini GMiX Media Controller System

Fretted

The new Bakithi Kumalo signature model solid body U-Bass™ is being manufactured by Kala in the U.S. Kumalo, the revered bassist for Paul Simon, has designed this U-Bass as a 21” scale solid body electric 4-string fretless bass strung with Kala’s proprietary polyurethane strings. Other features include a select ash body with strong grain Espresso Brown finish, a black single-ply pickguard and Bakithi Kumalo’s signature on the headstock.

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Print & Digital

Meredith Music's Music for Concert Band: A Selective Guide to Band LiteratureMusic for Concert Band,  by Joseph Kreines and Robert Hansbrough, is a comprehensive anthology of meticulously selected and graded literature for wind band. It contains hundreds of works appropriate for elementary through professional–level ensembles and will acquaint directors with a wide spectrum of quality literature both standard and new. Each recommended work contains pedagogical, stylistic and form indicators. In addition, the text contains a section on recommended marches and optional concert material.

Read more: Meredith Music's Music for Concert Band: A Selective Guide to Band Literature

Fretted

The Wahtz Wah Pedal Kit produces a classic "wah" tone with a hint of extra bite and growl. True bypass switching insures no loss of signal when the effect is disengaged and a long life potentiometer manufactured specifically for use in Wah pedals is also. Point to point construction allows advanced kit builders to easily experiment with modifications to further tailor the tone to more individual tastes.

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Band & Orchestra

The PHT FX-1100 was designed to achieve excellent balance, brilliance, articulation, tonal focus, and control. Phaeton’s patented multiple bracing system adds a dynamic dimension for personal fine tuning. The trumpet offers an exclusive innovation which includes three sets of interchangeable vertical braces machined from solid Bronze, Stainless Steel and Brass. Rifle-drilled ports in both horizontal Phaeton style braces reduce weight while adding essential response in all registers.

Read more: Phaeton PHT FX-1100 Trumpet

Print & Digital

Author Dave Hunter explores the complexities of the booming pedal market here, starting with the earliest guitar effects – tube amp overdrive, spring reverb, manual vibrato, and tremolo – and taking the reader through to the latest Mastortions, Tremvelopes, Giggities, and Euphorias.

Hunter asks searching questions: What were Jimi Hendrix’s pedal secrets? Is “true bypass” a good thing or not? Can your choice of battery make a difference to your sound? Are vintage components really better? The book explores the history of different effects pedals, what each type of effect does and how it does it, and the best ways in which to use and combine effects. Included are exclusive author interviews with a dozen leading pedal makers and designers, plus a cover-mounted CD with nearly 100 recorded sound samples of effects pedals.

Read more: Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook from BackBeat Books

Fretted

Built in Los Angeles, Calif., these Limited Edition guitars will feature precision sculpted bodies in AAAAA woods and hand-shaped satin necks. The Legator Ninja 400 features a five-piece maple/walnut neck, ebony fretboard, 24 medium jumbo nickel frets, Graph Tech Tune-O-Matic bridge, Hipshot closed gear locking tuners, Seymour Duncan Custom Black-Out pickups, black nickel hardware and more.

Read more: Legator 400 Series

Fretted

Fret-King’s new Exige, which will be revealed for the very first time at the NAMM Show 2014, features a double cutaway body, two double coil Fret-King pickups (with the Fret-King Vari-coil, which allows them all to be rolled progressively down to single coils), and Wilkinson hardware.

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Fretted

The Premier series offers an auditorium, concert, dreadnought, and jumbo body shape with both a solid East Indian rosewood and solid Honduran mahogany back and side option. It also offers a 12-string variety. The tops are all a solid Sitka spruce, and the guitars also feature ebony fretboards, ivoroid or tortoise binding, AVLS abalone ring rosette, gloss finish, Breedlove nickel tuners, a deluxe hard-shell case, and more.

Read more: Breedlove Guitars Premier Series

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