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

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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. mxlmics.com