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Gigbag: October 2002

Azola Acoustic Baby Bass

Part of a line that includes acoustic bass guitars as well as viol-type basses, Azola’s Acoustic Baby presents a modern alternative to the double bass. Its maple top and back and rosewood fingerboard deliver the sonic advantages and familiarity of a traditional instrument, while the dual-piezo pickup system allows for amplification. Other features include an adjustable endpin and the accuracy of Grover tuners. www.azola.com

Farley’s PocketTones Tuner

You never know when you’re going to need a tuner. Sometimes those subway station musicians could use a little help. All the more reason to replace that tacky bottle-opener key ring with Farley’s PocketTones tuner for guitar, mandolin/violin, cello/tenor banjo or five-string banjo. Turn it on and tune up by cycling through the electronic tones produced from its small speaker. www.farleyessentials.com

Bam Hightech Baritone Saxophone Case

A baritone sax is heavy enough on its own; lugging one around in a heavy case might put your back out. At about 13 1/2 pounds, Bam’s Hightech case strikes the balance between weight and protection. The case’s three-layer shell and high-density injected foam interior keep your bari safe from shock while its PVC seal keeps it safe from the elements. And even though it’s already one of the most lightweight cases you’ll find, Bam equipped it with wheels and a pulling handle as well. www.bamcases.com

Jupiter Tribune XO Model Trumpets

Jupiter’s 1600 series Tribune XO Model Trumpets can be tailor-made to fit your style. By choosing from myriad options in bell material, bell flare, finger buttons, leadpipe, valve spring tension and vertical slide stop you’ll sound how you want to sound. Standard 1600 series features include a .459-inch bore, silver plating, two sets of finger buttons, two sets of valve springs, two main tuning slides and a deluxe, wood-shell case. Play C trumpet? Jupiter makes one of those in the line as well. www.jupitermusic.com

M-Audio USB Uno

PC or Mac, laptop or desktop, as long as your computer is USB-enabled you can make it MIDI-enabled, too, via the M-Audio Uno. The self-powered unit features connections for MIDI in and out and LED activity indicators for each port. The best part, though, is that the Uno comes with both the USB and MIDI cables already attached. No extras to buy, just plug in your keyboard, drum machine or MIDI-saxophone and play. www.m-audio.com

Korg MA-30 Metronome

Small enough to fit in a pocket or an instrument case compartment and smart enough to keep you in time, Korg’s MA-30 expands upon its growing line of digital metronomes. Tempos ranging from 40 to 208 beats per minute can be dialed or tapped in manually. Included in the unit’s memory are 13 different rhythm patterns for practicing in a bunch of musical styles and it’ll also remember your own settings. Runs on two AAA batteries and has an earphone jack for those private moments with your music. www.korg.com

Audio Technica AT4040 Studio Microphone

Perfect for capturing vocals with a smooth, natural sound, the cardioid condenser AT4040 features Audio-Technica’s latest leap in transducer technology. The newly designed large-diaphragm element handles a wide dynamic range (133dB at max SPL) and comes housed inside an open screen that minimizes internal reflections. Unwanted sounds are further reduced by the mike’s transformerless circuitry. A shock mount and a sturdy carrying case both come standard. www.audio-technica.com

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