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Gigbag: January/February 2002

Ross R715G Pro Artist Vibraphone

With a quiet, variable-speed motor and anodized aluminum bars that produce warm, mellow tones this new vibraphone lives up to Ross’ standards (and vibist Joe Locke’s too, who gives Ross a big mallet up). A height-adjustable frame makes playing comfortable for vibists of all heights and four, heavy-duty locking casters ensure the instrument doesn’t go anywhere when you’re pounding out tunes. The R715G covers three octaves, from F3 to F6, and is tuned A=442, however, nonstandard tuning is available by special order.

Guyatone PT-21 Chromatic Tuner

It’s the world’s smallest chromatic tuner, yet it’s loaded with functionality. The lightweight gizmo mounts directly to any instrument via a reusable adhesive pad and works without the use of cables or wires by sensing the instrument’s vibration. There’s also an onboard microphone if that’s how you like your tuning done, or it’ll produce a constant tone for you to tune to, if your ear’s that good. Options, options, options. It’s even smart enough to shut itself off after three minutes of inactivity.

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