Citron CB5 Chambered Bass
The Citron CB5 is an offset, double cutaway, 2-inch-thick chambered electric five-string bass, with an ash body capped in curly or quilted maple, and a three-piece laminated hard-rock maple neck. The CB5 features two custom-blended Citron humbucking pickups, and an Aguilar preamp. The combination of custom pickups and construction creates a sound that is mega deep. For more information, contact www.citron-guitars.com.
Protect your neck. Kiwi’s two versions of NeckPak allow saxophonists to protect their mouthpieces and necks when they are being stored. The Original NeckPak features two separate Velcro-locked compartments. The soft pouch fits conveniently in the sax bell and comes in three sizes: alto, tenor and baritone. The New York Model NeckPak is for saxophonists who store the mouthpiece on the neck. Like the Original, the single-compartment pouch also features soft padding and Velcro, but it is not available for bari players. For more information, contact 651-739-4510.
Julius Keilwerth’s SX90R Alto and Tenor Saxophones
To celebrate 75 years of saxophone production, Julius Keilwerth’s Saxophone has unvieled the limited-edition SX90R alto and tenor models with silver-plated keys, bell, bow and neck on a black nickel-plated body. Each anniversary edition includes special engraving and a new Rico Olegature saxophone ligature. Those interested must act fast though, as the instruments are available only until June 30, 2001, from Boosey & Hawkes. For more information, contact 847-816-2500 or www.boosey.com.
SD Systems LCM 94 Microphone/ Gooseneck Clamp
When you play to the crowd, you must make sure you get heard, and your instrument microphone can make all the difference. From SD Systems comes the LCM 94, one of the best saxophone microphones on the market, with a gooseneck clamp that fits any bell. This affordably priced microphone offers a warm sound for saxophonists with a loud attack or high sound level. The gooseneck clamp follows the shape of the rim and can also hold other SD mikes. For more information, contact www.sdsytems.com.
Neotech Woodwind Straps
Neotech has expanded its line of woodwind straps made of neoprene to include various sizes, shapes and hooks. The sleek C.E.O. Comfort Strap (pictured, top) is designed especially for the clarinet, English horn and oboe. The popular Soft Sax Strap utilizes a stretch backing that evenly distributes instrument weight over a larger area of the neck and shoulders; it’s available in six colors. Of course, the Classic Strap (pictured, bottom) still fits a wide range of instruments; it’s fully adjustable and available with different hooks, but only in classic black. For more information, contact 800-251-7815 or wwww.optechusa.com.
Band-in-a-Box 10 for Windows is here, with over 50 new features making the award-winning Band-in-a-Box easier, more powerful and more fun. The program (also available for Macintosh, in an earlier version) lets you type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7 or C13b9), choose a style, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest-automatically generating a complete five-instrument arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar and strings. New features for version 10 include live harmony enhancements, chord builder and the ability to burn a CD or stream audio on the Web. For more information, contact 1-800-268-6272 or www.pgmusic.com.