Gear

Fretted

Levy’s new two-tone leather guitar straps are constructed with two pieces of carving leather in complementary colors, contrasting cable stitching, foam padding, and garment leather backing. Pictured is model MV17TT, available in black with burgundy, russet with cranberry, and dark brown with tan.

Accessories

Mick’s Picks’ UKE-1 and UKE-2 products use a proprietary Flex-Tex material, which is a strong, composite felt-like material that is flexible and far more comfortable playing than traditional hard felt picks. All of the company’s picks are offered in a standard shape as well as the new larger-sized pick series known as the TRIAD series. TRIAD picks feature three different tip shapes on a single pick — standard, sharp, and a modified lazy radius.

Mick’s is a division of Concept-Logic, LLC and offers composite material picks featuring two different surfaces (smooth or textured) on one pick. Composite styles include Dimpled Schmiddy, Blue Screamin’ Jean, and Orin. In addition to the UKE products, the company also offers a thick, green, flexible bass pick known as the SPINK. Retail price: $3.40 per pack (standard picks come three to a pack and TRIAD’s come 2 per pack). 

Fretted

The solidbody piezo-equipped P22 Trem is essentially two guitars in one, providing the same tones as the P22 now with the added versatility of PRS’ prized tremolo bridge. The P22 Trem’s voicing, EQ, layout, and feel as well as the redesigned PRS/LR Baggs piezo board are all maintained in this trem-equipped model, and the materials and design of the bridge have also been upheld. There are two output jacks on the P22 Trem, allowing guitarists to plug into their favorite electric or acoustic guitar amp or DI into a soundboard. By utilizing the separate blend control, the tone of the P22 Trem’s 57/08 pickups can also be combined with acoustic sounds through a single output. MAP: $3,116.

Drums & Percussion

Crescent’s new Haptic Series offers the modern hand percussionist a rainbow of tonal color. Developed by world musician Jamey Haddad, this series features a thin alloy of ultra responsive hand hammered cast bronze formed to a visual work of art. Available as a Hand China or Hand Crash in 16” or 18”. The Haptic Resonator provides true tactile response and a wave of resonating sound.

Retail price: $380 - $490.

Pro Audio

The AT5040Cardioid Condenser Microphone employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. The AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone. Four carefully matched diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as a single high-performance element – effectively the largest element Audio-Technica has ever created. An advanced internal shock mounting effectively decouples the capsule from the microphone body. For additional isolation, each AT5040 is also provided with Audio-Technica’s new AT8480 shock mount. It also features a unique locking mechanism that holds the microphone securely in place. Each microphone comes in a custom-designed hard-shell carrying case, padded with die-cut foam compartments for the microphone and shock mount. Retail price: $2,999.

Fretted

This new Catala student classical guitar is designed to allow any student to afford a Spanish-inspired nylon-string guitar with a properly proportioned neck and low, easy action. The body is of select birch and the slim, fast neck is of solid mahogany. The bridge and fingerboard are of stained-hardwood and the top is delicately braced with a true Spanish fan-bracing pattern that ensures the optimum tone and volume. The neck is perfectly shaped to promote good technique and practice habits. Retail price: $79.95.

Drums & Percussion

Mike has expanded the tonal color palette for Orchestra Bells, Glockenspiels, and Xylophones. The Glock/Bell/Xylo Series enables the player to be an artist creating new sounds that produce a full, rich tone that will resonate throughout the concert hall. Each mallet in this series features select rattan handles, shorter in length for greater dexterity and control.

Fretted

The new Epitome delivers three of the most popular effects from three of Electro Harmonix’s best-selling products, in one compact pedal. Though designed to work together, the effects in the Epitome can also be used independently with individual footswitches for each. Dedicated, straight forward controls for all parameters mean there is no need to scroll through setting menus.

Read more: Electro Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects Pedal

Fretted

Built by Paul Schwartz in New York City, the Peekamoose Model 3 blends classic design cues with modern features. The Peekamoose 3’s Jazzmaster-like offset body is one obvious nod to the past. Other tried-and-true details include a three-layer tortoise or “vintmint” pickguard and back plate, Tusq bridge saddles and nut, Sperzel locking tuners, Dunlop strap locks, ivoroid knobs, and a Strat-style tremolo bridge.

Read more: Peekamoose Model 3 Guitar

Band & Orchestra

St. Louis Music is now offering two new Franz Sander master violins. The Symphony Model features select, even grain European spruce tops and beautifully flamed European maple back and ribs, with hand-rubbed spirit varnish. Choice trim includes a polished ebony tailpiece with gold diamond inlay with matching pegs and ebony Hill-style Guarneri chinrest.

The Concerto model displays a sonorous, even response and also features even grain European spruce tops and flamed European maple back and ribs with hand-rubbed spirit varnish. The trim on this violin includes polished ebony tailpiece with Parisian eye inlay with matching pegs, ebony Hill-style Guarneri chinrest. Both feature Dominant strings with black and gold Hill-style E-string adjuster. Retail price: $1,895 (Symphony model), $1,595 (Concerto model).

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