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2020 Holiday Buyer’s Guide

Victoria Wasylak • RetailSeptember 2020 • September 8, 2020

It’s been an unpredictable year for small businesses, to say the least, but if one thing is for certain, it’s that holiday-fueled sales are still right around the corner. MMR has compiled a stocking guide for you to peruse before you pick which items to line your shelves with this fall and winter. Because, after all, shopping isn’t just for your customers!

Under $25

Bourns Professional Audio & Lighting Rotary Encoder

For professional audio and lighting designs, the Bourns Model PEC11H rotary encoder is engineered with an innovative ball/spring design, which gives applications that require a rugged menu-select encoder a strong, positive detent feel. This high force detent feature satisfies increasing end-user demands for more noticeable and smooth tactile control feedback. Bourns’ new rotary encoder also features quadrature output with a 100,000 rotational cycle rating and a –25 °C to +70 °C operating temperature range. Delivering design flexibility, the Model PEC11H is offered in various resolutions and knurled and flatted shaft lengths as well as with a momentary push switch option. $0.90 – $2.49 in certain quantities. Contact a Bourns authorized distributor for pricing.

 www.bourns.com

 

Chedeville Teeth & Mouthpiece Protector Cushions

The Chedeville Teeth and Mouthpiece protector cushions are smaller than many other cushions because too large a patch can deaden vibrations from the mouthpiece, which takes away some of the richness in the sound. This is the best clear mouthpiece cushion to protect your mouthpiece and the enamel on your teeth. Pack includes four mouthpiece cushions. MSRP: $5.95

www.chedeville.com

 

D’Angelico’s Electrozinc Strings 

Combining modern innovation with John D’Addario’s original designs, D’Angelico’s Electrozinc strings are the truest tribute to Bethanized™ Steel since the original. Designed to produce exceptional fullness and volume, Electrozinc strings provide modern players timeless vintage tone, and D’Addario’s EXP technology coats every string to maintain that sound even longer. $9.99

www.dangelicostrings.com

 

Excelcia Music Publishing’s Adaptable Quartets

Excelcia Music Publishing’s Adaptable Quartets is a timely expansion of its flexible instrumentation series, Adaptable Ensemble Series. Specifically designed for music classrooms where the number of students and instrumental make-up are unknown and changing by the day, Adaptable Quartets exponentially broadens options for music educators by providing genuine flexibility with quartets that can be used with any combination of wind and percussion instruments. Adaptable Quartets contains 21 new compositions or arrangements that are scored in four-line quartets and can be played with a small chamber group or expanded up to full ensemble. Books are available for Flute, Oboe, B♭ Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/B♭ Trumpet/Baritone T.C., Alto Saxophone/Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Horn in F, Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon, Tuba, and Percussion instruments. $14.99

www.excelciamusic.com

 

Hercules Stands Accessory Hook

Hercules Stands have introduced the HA-700 accessory hook to provide musicians, engineers, DJs, and podcasters a “helping hand” while keeping their gear safe. Working musicians and podcasters need solutions when it comes to where to put many of their prized possessions, including headphones, which this hook holds with style. $14.99

www.herculesstands.com

 

SIT Strings’ American Roots Monel Strings

With the release of American Roots Monel, SIT Strings brings back a sound that hasn’t been heard in decades. The vintage nickel and copper alloy create a warmer tone that takes you back in time sonically, when instruments first made the move to metal strings. American Roots Monel acoustic strings bring the rich tone and played-in feel from the past combined with the quality and consistency of SIT Strings state-of-the-art winding techniques and core material. $14.99

www.sitstrings.com

 

The Black Mountain Thumb Pick

The Black Mountain Thumb Pick offers an innovative design that combines the feel and familiarity of a traditional flatpick with a patented, spring-loaded thumb ring, providing an easy, comfortable fit from the moment it’s put on. The Black Mountain Thumb Pick’s flat pick component is a modified 1.5 millimeter nylon pick with a beveled edge, providing excellent speed, string-feel, durability, and tone on guitar, banjo, steel, autoharp, ukulele, and other stringed instruments. The patented spring-mounted thumb ring is ergonomically sculpted to provide a universal fit while enabling the flat pick to flex along with the picking motion, extending pick life and enhancing tonal control and dynamics. Three picks for $19.99

www.blackmountainpicks.com

 

Hosa Technology’s USB-306CC Cables

The USB-306CC USB 3.1 Gen 2 Cable features USB-C connectors on both ends and adds a protective weave around the cable jacket for added durability. The addition of USB 3.1 grants manufacturers the ability to transfer data and power at rates faster than ever before. SuperSpeed USB can be found in computers, televisions, tablets, smart phones, and many other devices. MSRP: $24.50

www.hosatech.com

 

Under $50

Levy’s Leathers Classics Series Padded Black Leather Guitar Strap

The M26PD leather guitar strap from Levy’s represents the next generation of classic Levy’s styling. It’s made from top-grain leather with a generously padded garment leather backing for comfort that lasts all night long. $29.99

www.levysleathers.com

 

The Meredith Signature Quick-Change Acoustic Guitar Capo

This limited-edition signature quick-change acoustic guitar capo features a thoroughly modern, chromed-out Candy Teal finish, Kyser’s low-tension spring, and a handwritten signature stamp, along with Kyser’s classic Quick-Change shape. These capos are available in a limited quantity of 2,020 units and wrapped in a special-edition premium package. MSRP: $29.99

www.kysermusical.com

 

Ukulele Explorer from Alfred Music

Ukulele Explorer, 10 Ukulele Lessons with Strum-Along Songs, from Alfred Music is a must-have interactive software resource for any music classroom equipped with ukuleles. Each of the 10 units includes tuning instruction, chord drill, strum pattern practice, and a skill-building exercise, culminating with an engaging performance piece followed by an interactive assessment activity. The software comes embedded with fret diagrams, hand position photos, rhythmic chants for every new pattern, helpful “getting started” screens, plus appealing demo and play-along tracks. $34.99

www.alfred.com

 

Flying Fingers from Hal Leonard

Flying Fingers from Hal Leonard covers an expansive variety of styles and techniques – including recent innovations like percussive gestures, right-hand string-stopping, two hands on the fingerboard, and partial capos – through its 50 accurate transcriptions with historical and performance notes for each. Over 50 artists are featured, each represented by a single, characteristic piece. Recordings of the specific versions included in the book can be located easily and are specified at the beginning of each tune. All transcriptions are shown in standard notation and tab. $40.

www.HalLeonard.com

 

DSA3200 Multi-Surface Cleanser Refill from On-Stage

Ideal for B&O rental dealers and studio and venue owners, the DSA3200 32-oz Multi-Surface Cleanser from On-Stage is a bulk refill option for smaller fine mist spray bottles. This cleanser safely reduces the spread of common bacteria and germs on virtually any surface. The DSA3200’s alcohol- and fragrance-free formula leaves no scent and no sticky residue. $40.99

www.on-stage.com

 

König & Meyer’s Hand Sanitizer Holder

This stable, compact holder for hand sanitizer is fashioned to securely hold sanitizing solution and can be placed on a table or mounted to the wall. The plastic drip cup attached to the bracket can be mounted at two different heights to accommodate various bottle sizes and removes easily for cleaning. Included rubber pads ensure a secure stand and protect the table surface from scratching. Screws for wall mounting are also included. $49.99

www.k-m.de/en

 

Under $100

Sonny Terry Heritage Edition Harmonica from Hohner

The Sonny Terry Heritage Edition Harmonica from Hohner posthumously commemorates one of the most influential artists in the blues harmonica scene. The harmonica, a Marine Band 1896 with custom engraved cover plate and an orange/black lacquered pear wood comb, is specially a specially made 10-hole diatonic in the key of C, paying homage to the original instruments upon which he created his unique style. The Sonny Terry Heritage Edition Harmonica is packaged in a beautiful vintage cardboard box. For fans, collectors and players alike, the box also contains a signature stamp, which is a replica of the stamp that blind musician Sonny Terry used to sign autographs. The instrument is handcrafted in Trossingen, Germany, where the original Marine Band 1896 that Sonny Terry played, was made. MAP: $69.99

www.hohner.de

 

JodyJazz POWER RING Ligatures

The JodyJazz POWER RING Ligatures allow the most freedom and vibration of the reed of any ligatures currently on the market. The POWER RING’s self-locking CNC machined taper and concave inner design reduces the touch points on the reed thereby maximizing reed freedom and vibration. This increases the amount of harmonics which enables the fullest saxophone sound containing high, mid, and low frequencies. The POWER RING will make the mouthpiece feel easier to blow and provides more power. Available for all JodyJazz mouthpieces and select other models. Constructed from virgin brass, the POWER RING Ligatures are available in 24kt Gold-Plated finish (MSRP: $95) or Sterling Silver-Plated finish (MSRP: $75).

www.jodyjazz.com

 

THU from Overloud

TH-U is the world’s largest collection of models in a single software, boasting over 239 models of amps, cabinets, fx, and mics including officially authorized models of highly-prized manufacturers. The culmination of breakthrough DSP technology allows users to swap pre-amp tubes, power amp tubes, and even change the variac of the included amps. In addition, the included Rig Player captures the authentic personalities of real rig setups and reproduces their tones with accuracy. With its simple user interface, fast preset preview, true amp-morphing, and other features, TH-U is way ahead of the guitar amp-simulation curve. Starting at $89.

www.overloud.com

 

The Morley Hum Eliminator

The Morley Hum Eliminator is a two-channel isolation transformer device that breaks ground loop between two offending pieces of gear. Simply place on cable connects to get rid of hum. It also converts between unbalanced/balanced connections and converts between ¼” and XLR connector types. The ¼” “smart jacks” accept any combination on TS (Tip/Sleeve) or TRS (Tip/Ring/Sleeve). Equipped with Morley’s own custom 1:1 isolation transformers. $93

www.morleyproducts.com

 

Under $250

Whirlwind’s DIRECT2 Direct Box

The DIRECT2 from Whirlwind combines features found on two of its DIRECTOR direct boxes in one unit. It’s perfect for converting unbalanced signals from stereo keyboards, acoustic guitar preamps, CD and tape players, and computer sound cards. Each section features: 1/4″ parallel wired in/out jacks; Ground Lift switch to help eliminate hum and buzz; -20dB pad switch for connection to “hot” input signals; and Uses Whirlwind’s TRHL-M transformer with metal shield. The input and output grounds of each section are isolated from each other. This allows the DIRECT2 to be used as if it were two completely separate DIs without fear of creating ground loop interaction. MAP: $135.

www.whirlwindusa.com

 

Loog’s Electric Guitars with Built-in Amps

Loog’s new line of electric guitars with built-in amps and speakers includes the Loog Mini Electric (Ages 3+), the Loog Pro Electric (Ages 8+), and the Loog Pro VI Electric (Ages 12+), the company’s first six-string guitar. These models also come with access to the revamped Loog app. Structured as a game, the app stimulates kids to learn music to earn points, and has a new and revolutionary augmented reality feature that allows kids to learn chords using the selfie camera on their phone or tablet. Starting at $149.

www.loogguitars.com

 

Foxy Tone Box from Warm Audio

The new Foxy Tone Box from Warm Audio is a hyper-accurate recreation of one of the most sought-after and beloved fuzz pedals of all time, used in the early seventies by tone masters Billy Gibbons and Peter Frampton, and in the present day by folks like Adrian Belew, Nine Inch Nails, and Beck. Covered in thick velvet just like the vintage pedal, the Warm Audio Foxy Tone Box faithfully recreates the vintage circuit and brings you the huge tone, octave-up sounds, and look of the original. MAP: $149

www.warmaudio.com

 

Rovner’s Platinum Gold Ligature

The Rovner Platinum Gold ligature features offers superb facility and response, a rich, distinctive presence, and a darker aspect that helps synthetic reeds sound more like cane. Features 24-Karat gold-plated platinum. $174.50

 www.rovnerproducts.com

 

 

Infinity 2 Double Looper from Pigtronix

The Pigtronix Infinity 2 is a stereo looping pedal with two independent loops and a streamlined user interface that has been designed to provide an intuitive musical workflow, right out of the box. $199

www.pigtronix.com

 

 

Luna’s Uke Tapa Spruce 

Luna’s Uke Tapa Spruce is complete with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Aquila strings, and a Luna preamp to dial in your sound on and off the stage. Designed by Alex Morgan, this model features triangle pearloid inlays. Gig bag included. MAP: $199

www.lunaguitars.com

 

Backline Gear Transport Pack from D’Addario

The Backline Gear Transport Pack from D’Addario is the ultimate solution for players on the move. The pack features more than eight specialized storage and transport compartments, as well as water-resistant zippers, and comfort-padded contact points. Compartments include a modular cable filing system, small and large accessory compartments, microphone and mic stand storage, and discrete laptop/tablet storage. $199.99

www.daddario.com

 

Allen & Heath ZEDi Series Mixers

Perfect for streaming, podcasting and going deep with the mix, ZEDi goes beyond the simple I/O of a straightforward audio interface. ZEDi offers pro studio preamps, sound-shaping EQ and the hands-on control of a real analog mixer, paired with a USB interface that has super-flexible options to match the creative process. Creators can select how the USB audio interface works from a variety of options – send individual channels to recording software for mixing inside a DAW, or mix on ZEDi and send a stereo mix direct to a USB feed. ZEDi also provides flexible options for monitoring the performance and listening to the output in software, via headphones or through monitor speakers. These mixers aren’t just built for the studio desk or bedroom studio, ZEDi mixers are designed and built to Allen & Heath’s touring grade standards to ensure a long life. Starting at an MSRP of $239.

www.allen-heath.com

Under $500

W.I.E.M.S. In-Ear Monitor by ProCo

W.I.E.M.S. by ProCo is the most compact wireless in-ear monitor system on the market. The WIEMS system has crystal clear 24 bit/48KHz digital transmission and operates at 5.8Ghz. It uses an internal rechargeable battery and offers low latency and a range of up to 30 meters line of sight. It accepts line level signals and has four selectable channels giving you the ability to use up to four systems simultaneously. Comes complete in a hardshell case small enough to throw in your gig bag or guitar case. MAP: $349.99

www.procosound.com

 

Fender’s Malibu Player Guitar in Natural

Fender’s Malibu Player guitar in Natural is a small-body, short scale acoustic-electric with a comfortable feel. Featuring a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and 6-in-line headstock, the bold style and balanced, articulate sound make the Malibu Player a natural partner on stage and in the studio. Suitable for any playing style, the mahogany neck features a comfortable, slim-taper “C”-shaped profile, inspired by Fender’s electric legacy. It features optimized bracing for superior resonance, a GraphTech NuBone nut and saddle, and a Fishman preamp system that allows you to reproduce the guitar’s natural sound when plugged into an amplifier. $429.99

www.fender.com

 

Omnisphere 2.6 from Spectrasonics

Omnisphere 2.6 is Spectrasonics’ flagship synthesizer and is known throughout the world as the most elegant, flexible, and comprehensive virtual instrument ever. The magic of Omnisphere lies in its ease of use, despite its incredible depth and capabilities. You can simply browse its 14,000-plus included sounds, create unique variations of these sounds with one click, control it with a hardware synthesizer using Hardware Synth Integration, or dig deep into Omnisphere’s broad synthesis techniques using intuitive graphics and controls. $499

www.spectrasonics.net

 

Under $1,000 

Lanikai’s Bass Ukuleles

Lanikai Bass Ukuleles utilize many player-friendly features, such as a truss rod for easy action adjustments, a comfortable wide neck profile, select wood options and smooth action Black open back tuners. Lanikai premium quality components are standard, including Graph Tech NuBone XB nut/saddle, a Fishman pickup/tuner, and D’Addario Phosphor Bronze/Nyltech synthetic core strings for better intonation, tuning, and a round full tone. These satin finish basses are available in four wood options: Mahogany, Oak, Figured Bocote, or Solid Spruce Top, with Morado back and sides with a thickly padded gig bag. Starting at $589.

www.Lanikaiukuleles.com

 

TASCAM’s Model 12

The TASCAM Model 12 is a great-sounding, easy-to-use multitrack recording solution. The Model 12 boasts a classic analog mixer-style design that’s both intuitive and immediate. Achieve precise control with 60mm faders, while tweaking your tracks with familiar EQ and Aux controls. High-grade preamps ensure top-notch sound that’s easily captured on an internal SD card at 24-bit/48kHz resolution. DAW integration is simple, thanks to the Model 12’s built-in 12-in/10-out audio interface. The Model 12 is lightweight yet rugged, and can be transported from studio to stage with confidence. $599.99

www.Tascam.com

 

Luna’s Fauna Phoenix Guitar

Luna’s Fauna Phoenix acoustic/electric guitar features a soaring bird in abalone is stunning against the black lacquer-look finish of this cutaway folk body style instrument. The Fauna Phoenix is complete with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, equipped with a Fishman preamp and onboard built-in tuner, and D’Addario strings. Abalone is also used for this model’s crescent moon, moon phase inlays, and headstock logo. MAP: $699

www.lunaguitars.com

 

 

Dean NashVegas Select

The Dean NashVegas Select makes an old favorite into a stylish new contender. This model is available in Classic Black or a stunning Metallic Red finish, and is available with a Floyd Rose 1000 series tremolo system. The Dean NashVegas Select comes with a basswood body and 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard on a sleek 3-piece maple neck. Plugged in, the exclusive Seymour Duncan SH-5 & APH1N pickups deliver all the tones from metal, blues, and sparkling cleans, while Grover tuners keep your tuning right on point. MAP: $749

www.deanguitars.com

 

Casio’s CDP-S150 Digital Piano
The CDP-S150 is a portable, lightweight, affordable digital piano that delivers a realistic piano experience for players of any level. It features 88 scaled hammer action keys with simulated ivory and ebony key surfaces to prevent slippage. It has a great-sounding stereo grand piano tone, nine other essential tones, a metronome, duet mode, and a built-in MIDI recorder. You can use the included power supply or go mobile with 6 AA batteries. Stereo speakers are complemented by a headphone output for quiet practice. Connect via USB-MIDI to the free Chordana Play for Piano app for iOS/Android to control your piano, learn MIDI songs, view PDF scores, play audio files with pitch/tempo control, and more. For more piano authenticity, add the optional CS-46 wooden stand, and replace the included sustain pedal with the optional SP-34 portable three-pedal unit. MSRP: $779.99

www.casio.com

 

Little Roomer 5pc Shell Pack from Dixon

When full-size drums are just too big and loud, the Dixon Little Roomer delivers great sound and options in an inspiring acoustic drum system. Compact for small spaces, volume control and easy transport, Little Roomer can be reconfigured down to its versatile 7”x20” bass drum to meet most performance requirements with little compromise. Available in two hand applied satin finishes: Natural and Coal Black. MSRP: $819.99

www.playdixon.com

 

Under $1,500

VHT’s D-Fifty Amplifier Head

The D-50H is the newest addition to VHT’s line of affordable handwired guitar amps. The head is VHT’s take on a rare and iconic boutique amplifier. Handwired on eyelet boards, like VHT’s Special series amplifiers, the D-50H has three 12AX7 preamps and two Ruby Tubes 6L6GC output tubes. The D-50H has a single input, a three-way Bright switch, a Mid Boost switch, a Jazz/Rock voicing switch, and its unique Treble, Middle, and Bass controls provide a wide range of tone shaping options – and a distinctive classic boutique tone. The footswitchable Overdrive section has Drive and Level controls, and the Power Amp section has a Master Volume control and a Presence control. The D-50H comes with a two-button footswitch to engage the Preamp Boost and Overdrive functions. The D-50H also has a rear-panel international line voltage selector to accommodate 100V, 120V, and 230V AC lines. $1,133.99

www.vhtamp.com

 

Dean Exile Select 6-String Burled Poplar

Dean’s Dean Exile Select 6-String Burled Poplar is available in a 6 or 7 string model with either a Floyd Rose 1000 series tremolo system or string thru body, as well as a Burled Poplar or Quilt Maple top. This model comes standard with brushed nickel hardware and Mini Grover tuners. Combined with exclusive brushed chrome EMG 57tw/66tw pickups which can be split into single coil mode with the push/pull volume and tone pots. 5-ply body and headstock binding ties it all together with class and ferocity. MAP: $1,199

www.deanguitars.com

 

Masterworks Elite 77 Grand Auditorium Guitar from Alvarez

The Masterworks Elite 77 Grand Auditorium in Shadowburst/Gloss from Alvarez offers clarity and power from the all Black Walnut construction and MST1 Bracing System. The Pauna abalone purfling with ebony binding and thin bevel armrest round out the details of this stunning guitar. $1,359

www.alvarezguitars.com

 

 

Under $2,000

Supro’s Black Magic Reverb

Developed in conjunction with Lenny Kravitz, the Black Magick Reverb is a high-gain version of the award-winning Black Magick amplifier with the addition of Reverb and Master Volume. $1,599

www.suprousa.com

 

 

Eastman’s Romeo Guitar

Created by master luthier Otto D’Ambrosio, Eastman’s Romeo features an entirely unique cutaway body style with a solid spruce top and mahogany laminate on the back and sides. The choice of woods speaks directly to Otto’s vision of a lightweight, versatile, ergonomically constructed guitar that delivers maximum comfort. The addition of two Lollar custom wound Imperial Humbuckers provides an extreme flexibility of sound, making it one of the most versatile guitars in our lineup. The Romeo’s voice combines the best plug-in signal, colored by its sweet semi-hollow body construction. The controls are simple yet provide a player with a full range of useful tones. $1,869

www.eastmanguitars.com

 

D’Angelico’s Excel Style B Throwback Guitar

Back by popular demand and reimagined for the first time since its debut, the Excel Style B Throwback is a slimmed down non-cutaway archtop and time machine to the Jazz Age. A slim-C neck profile, shallow upper bout depth, and 25-inch scale length make the Style B Throwback a notably comfortable archtop while still maintaining robust acoustic tone. Old-school details and Throwback Collection appointments – including the scroll-style headstock designed by John D’Angelico in the 30s – make the Style B a visual stunner. Available in Vintage Natural and Viola. $1,999.99

www.dangelicoguitars.com

Over $2,000

Furniture Set Road Case from Gator

The G-TOURLOUNGE ATA Furniture Set Road Case from Gator is a set of road cases that transform into furniture. With this innovative set, users get two chairs, two ottomans, and a table that all convert into cases for transporting gear. Made from sturdy laminated plywood, these furniture-cases give you classic Gator craftsmanship that so many touring artists rely on. Each cushioned case also features internal storage areas as well as sturdy casters for easy transport. $2,749.99

www.gatorcases.com

 

Gibson ES-335 Figured Guitar

The Gibson ES-335 Figured is the perfect blend of form and function. Crafted with a thermally engineered maple centerblock, and thermally engineered quarter-sawn Adirondack spruce bracing, players will be impressed by the lightweight feel and expanded range of tonal capabilities. Equipped with high-end appointments like Gibson’s hand-wired control assembly with orange drop capacitors, Gibson’s new Calibrated T-Type humbucking pickups, Vintage Deluxe style tuners, and lightweight Aluminum ABR-1 bridge and stop bar tailpiece anchored with steel thumb-wheels and studs. The AAA figured maple is set off by staggering gloss finishes, including Sixties Cherry, Antique Natural, and Iced Tea. $3,699

www.gibson.com

 

Furch Red Deluxe LC Guitar

The Furch Red Deluxe LC with a Grand Auditorium body represents the very best of Furch’s Color portfolio. The guitar is made from premium tonewoods, such as Alpine spruce on the top and Cocobolo on the back and sides. Bridge, fingerboard, and headstock overlay feature figured ziricote. The superb acoustic and visual properties of these woods are enhanced by a combination of unique manufacturing and construction technologies, such as Furch’s proprietary top and back voicing process, precise robotic polishing, the revolutionary Furch CNR System, and the unique Full-Pore High-Gloss Finish, that significantly improves the guitar’s resonance. Maximum playing comfort is provided by Furch’s latest ergonomic feature, Bevel Duo. $5,756

www.furchguitars.com

 

DG-30 Digital Grand Piano from Kawai

Kawai’s new DG-30 Digital Grand Piano offers modern elegance, smooth responsive touch, and stunning sounds. True to Kawai’s award-winning legacy, the DG30 digital grand piano expresses authenticity, inspiration, and beauty. With Kawai’s class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action combined with the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano sound, the DG30 delivers a genuine grand piano playing experience. $7,499

www.Kawaius.com

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