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The Moog One and Miscellany

Our latest Gearhead roundup of musical equipment that's caught our eyes (and ears)

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Moog One Polyphonic Synthesizer
Moog One polyphonic synthesizer

Moog One Polyphonic Synthesizer

You may have already experienced the Moog One’s online publicity campaign, centered around a deliciously retro promo film in which ’70s-style titles and transitions are interspersed with grainy footage of Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Dick Hyman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and others testing out the new machine. Based on the heavenly sounds those players coax from it, the first polyphonic analog instrument to emerge from the Moog factory in 35 years has got to be a synth junkie’s dream. Each of its three timbres is an independently addressable poly synth, with its own sequencer, arpeggiator, and onboard effects library, including a full suite of Eventide reverbs. And perhaps most importantly, the Moog One’s ash cabinet and aluminum enclosure house 73 knobs and 144 buttons.


ZT Custom Shop Jazz Club Amplifier

ZT Jazz Club amplifier
ZT Custom Shop Jazz Club amplifier

This 12” combo amp provides guitarists with 220 watts of power, abundant headroom, and a natural, uncolored tone. Its weight—just over 20 pounds—should be especially appreciated by gigging players, and its midnight-blue finish ought to be appreciated by everyone else. (If you’re not partial to that color, custom shades are also available.) As always with ZT, every Jazz Club amp is hand-built in California, and every major part is made in the U.S.A.


Sabian HH “The Soul Side” Ride Cymbal

Sabian HH "The Soul Side" Ride Cymbal
Sabian 21” HH “The Soul Side” Ride 12112DGLE

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of California funk paragons Tower of Power’s formation—and the release of the band’s 16th studio album, The Soul Side of Town Vol. 1. In honor of these two events, Sabian has released a limited-edition 21” HH ride cymbal developed with ToP drummer David Garibaldi and called “The Soul Side.” Double-hammered with a buffed raw top and fully lathed bottom, it has a brittle high end and a transparent wash, but never loses tip articulation. Only 250 of these cymbals will be produced. What is hip? Look no further. | Check the price on Amazon!


Meinl Weston 25 BBb Rotary Tuba


Meinl Weston 25 BBb Rotary Tuba
Meinl Weston 25 BBb rotary tuba

Marcus Rojas said it in our October issue: “Nothing is hotter than the tuba right now.” And if the regular tuba’s hot, can the BBb (or contra) tuba—the lowest-pitched member of the family—be much cooler? Meinl Weston’s Model 25 is designed for both school bands and professional BBb players. Its 4/4 size allows it to function as a supportive horn in large ensembles, while retaining the ability to perform more sensitive material. And its 3B linkage system makes for smooth operation.


Sterling Audio SP150SMK Condenser Microphone

Sterling Audio SP150SMK Condenser Microphone
Sterling Audio SP150SMK condenser microphone

A condenser microphone is a great addition to any home or small project studio, and Sterling’s SP150SMK—a combination package containing the SP150 mic and two mounting options—has the advantage of price on its side. Designed for use on guitars, amplifiers, drums, and vocals, the SP150 is a side-address, cardioid, large-diaphragm mic with a low-noise, Class A FET capsule design, capable of handling up to 136 dB SPL.

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.