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Get hip to the latest equipment for players and listeners alike in our Gearhead and Audio Files columns.

Saga Gitane Guitars

Arguably no other jazz guitarist has been so blatantly imitated as Django Reinhardt, the Belgian Gypsy whose acoustic work from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s has attained virtual cult status. And while he died in 1953, his spirit lives on, witnessed by the presence of Gypsy jazz in feature films like Sweet and Lowdown … Read More “Saga Gitane Guitars”

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Gigbag: July/August 2004

Guyatone TD-X Elaborating on its popular MD-3 Micro Delay unit by adding a 12AX7A vacuum tube and a new filter array, Guyatone has created a tube echo pedal that emulates vintage and modern delay sounds like BBD, tape and digital. The TD-X allows for up to 2,600 milliseconds of delay time and includes a host … Read More “Gigbag: July/August 2004”

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Maryland Drum Company Timepiece Drums

My personal variation on Dexter Gordon’s line in the film ‘Round Midnight extolling “a nice, wet Rico reed” would be “happiness is a ’60s Gretsch 14-inch floor tom.” As evidenced by Maryland (ne Baltimore) Drum Company’s Timepiece Series kit, founder/product specialist Keith Larsen and partner/woodworker John Coale apparently concur. Drummers searching for that esoteric combination … Read More “Maryland Drum Company Timepiece Drums”

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Gigbag: May 2004

Computer Courses in Music: Ear Training If you can read music, and if your computer runs Windows, you can use this CD-ROM to practice recognizing musical elements like intervals, scales, rhythms, chords, cadences and melodies-by ear. Easily used for individual and group learning, the exercises in this course are interactive and adjust automatically to personal … Read More “Gigbag: May 2004”

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Phaeton Trumpets

“The trumpet is the instrument of the gods,” said master musician Marcus Belgrave in a recent interview about his Detroit Jazz Festival trumpet summit (which I took part in this past summer). Now if these gods happened to descend from the heavens in an ornate spaceship, complete with all the trimmings out of a sci-fi … Read More “Phaeton Trumpets”

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