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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

Saxes from Yamaha and Sax Dakota, mouthpieces from D'Addario and JodyJazz and more

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Sax Dakota SDT-XR 52 Tenor
Sax Dakota SDT-XR 52 Tenor
REMO Ambassador Classic Fit Drumheads
REMO Ambassador Classic Fit Drumheads
Yamaha 50th Anniversary Custom Z Alto Saxophone
Yamaha 50th Anniversary Custom Z Alto Saxophone
JodyJazz Super Jet Alto Mouthpiece
JodyJazz Super Jet Alto Mouthpiece
D’Addario Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece
D’Addario Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece
Phaeton PHTF-LV 2900 Custom Flugelhorn
Phaeton PHTF-LV 2900 Custom Flugelhorn

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Custom Z Alto Saxophone
Yamaha celebrates a half-century of superior saxophones with this limited-edition alto—only 50 will be manufactured—which boasts a special vintage-bronze lacquer finish, elaborate neck engraving, a metal thumb hook and thumb button, and Yamaha’s 4CM mouthpiece. Model name: YAS-82ZIIVB50TH. $4,565.99 online. usa.yamaha.com

JodyJazz Super Jet Alto Mouthpiece
Many if not most gigs a working saxophonist will encounter today are not circa-1959 acoustic jazz. Enter JodyJazz’s new Super Jet, a silver-plated brass alto mouthpiece designed for use in smooth-jazz, rock, R&B and funk situations—or any session where you need, as the brand puts it, “more power, more edge and more altissimo.” $350 online. jodyjazz.com

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