Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Gearhead: A Remo Kick-Drum Collab with Dave Weckl

Reviews of new musical instruments and equipment from D'Addario, Hal Leonard, D'Angelico, and MXL

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

MXL Blaze990

MXL Blaze 990 Microphone

Most musicians consider themselves pretty sophisticated, but deep down they’re suckers for stuff with cool lights, just like everybody else. The MXL Blaze 990 cardioid condenser microphone certainly feeds that jones; the red LED glow inside its grille makes it an immediate standout wherever it’s used. But there’s more to the Blaze than just visual appeal—with its wide frequency response, it’s good for everything from vocals and piano to amp speakers. $99.95 online.