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Gearhead: LP Percussion, Heritage Trumpet, Ernie Ball Bass & More

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LP “Santana Lion” Percussion

LP Percussion “Santana Lion”
Jazz-inspired Latin-rocker Carlos Santana has never lacked for epic album-cover art. One of his band’s best images, the lion drawing that adorns 1969’s self-titled debut, now graces a special selection of percussion instruments in LP’s Aspire line. The series includes a pair of 10- and 11-inch congas ($649.99 online), a 12-inch tumba ($299.99), bongos ($159.99) and a timbale bell ($49.99). 

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LP “Santana Lion” Percussion

B&S MBX3 Heritage Trumpet
This adaptable, full-toned B-flat trumpet features a hand-hammered gold-brass bell with a French bead at the rim, plus a redesigned bore, a reconfigured leadpipe for improved accuracy and playability, a new approach to the third-valve slide stop, and top caps whose “fast thread” allows for rapid unscrewing of the valve. Available in clear-lacquer, silver-plated, vintage and brushed-gold-lacquer finishes, $2,850-$2,900 online.

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