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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

New from XO Brass, Meinl Cymbals, Radial Engineering and Sire

XO Professional Brass 1632RGL-LT lead trombone
Meinl Byzance Dark Big Apple Ride Cymbal
Radial Engineering Bassbone OD Preamp
Marcus Miller by Sire Bass

XO Professional Brass 1632RGL-LT Lead Trombone

New York-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader John Fedchock is enjoying something of a banner year in 2015: In March he released Fluidity, a stellar live quartet record, and more recently his big band returned with Like It Is, which is reviewed (very positively) in this issue. This year has also seen the release of XO’s Fedchock-designed lead trombone, a pro-level instrument that prides itself on its light weight, tonal and stylistic versatility, top-notch craftsmanship and special features like a handcrafted 7.5-inch custom-annealed bell, a custom mouthpiece and unique bracing. Rose brass bell, MSRP: $2,625; yellow brass bell, MSRP: $2,795. xobrass.com

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