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Gigbag: September 2004

Vater Vintage Bomber

Save a poor little lamb this year with a Vater Vintage Bomber bass drum beater. Joe Lovano’s drummer, Oscar Brown III, collaborated with Vater to design this nod to yesteryear’s lamb’s wool beaters, and opted to wrap its cork center with a puffy synthetic instead of wool. The Vintage Bomber brings a soft-and-boomy bass tone to your total kit’s sound and retails for under $30.

Peter Cincotti Songbook

If the Maker didn’t bless you with the pipes to replicate the tone of Peter Cincotti’s baritone croon, you might still find copping Lil’ Petey’s piano licks possible, especially with the help of this transcription book, which includes every tune on his self-titled Concord Records debut like “I Changed the Rules,” “Lovers Secrets, Lies” and Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

Ludwig 95th Anniversary Snare

Long-in-the-tooth Ludwig celebrates its 95th this year with a lovely Special Edition Snare, the cherry stained L2004, which features a solid maple shell with reinforcement rings. The brass hoops and tube lugs are straight outta 1920-something, but the brass-plated Millennium P86 strainer and P33 butt plate are more modern features added for exceptional response and sound. Comes with a fancy-pants wood-and-brass-trim carrying case.

Samson CL7 Microphone

For the home-studio hermit, the CL7 microphone seems a wise choice. In addition to an overall faithful and smooth sound, the inexpensive cardioid condenser has a switchable hi-pass filter and a 10 dB pad-the 1.1-inch diaphragm can withstand SPLs of up to 147 dB. The casing is a sturdy die-cast construct that features an internal shock mount, and the mike comes with an additional, external spider shock mount for increased isolation.

PG Music PowerTracks 9

The latest version of PG’s PowerTracks Pro Audio sequencing software for Windows looks brand new and includes an automated harmony function among its many new features. Using TC-Helicon technology, PowerTracks can generate four harmony parts from any one audio track in your composition, and audio tracks can be rendered from existing MIDI files. The redesigned interface includes floating, dockable toolbars and a new Tracks window featuring audio wave overview or MIDI piano roll display for each track in a macro view, for easier editing.

SMF Compact Amp

With a cabinet that’s roughly 22 by 19 by 11-inches in size, Sonic Machine Factory’s Compact guitar amp isn’t quite as small as its name suggests. But this is an all-tube, class-A amp sporting two reverb-equipped channels-how much smaller could it be? Available in 15- and 30-watt versions, the Compact cabinet houses a 12-inch Celestion speaker and a host of new circuitry innovations that aid in delivering excellent boutique-amp tone.

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