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Gear, Products

Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo

Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo Guitar Pedal

Zeppelin Design Labs’ Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo guitar pedal is a great sounding, versatile, and practical tremolo pedal at an attractive price.

life after dark

Guthrie Trapp, Life After Dark

Life After Dark is Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Guthrie Trapp’s second album. The album was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium, and pays tribute to Trapp’s musical influences throughout his career, from childhood to the present day.

ghs strings fingerboard care kit

GHS Strings Fingerboard Care Kit

GHS Strings Fingerboard Care Kit makes it easy to maintain your instrument’s frets and fingerboard. Guitar maintenance is just as critical to an instrument’s sound and playability as a new set of strings.

lu'au concert ukulele

Breedlove Lu’au Concert Ukulele

For many years, Kim Breedlove left his workshop in the late afternoon, only to go home to his garage workshop and build ukuleles. Now retired, Breedlove has launched the Lu’au Concert ukuleles based on his custom shape and bracing.

jason mraz

Jason Mraz, Know

Jason Mraz of Local 325 (San Diego, CA) has just released his first full-length studio recording, Know, since his 2014 release of Yes!.

sabian center hammered triangle

Sabian Center Hammered Triangles

Sabian Center Hammered Triangles are designed to boost projection and shimmer. Made from heavy gauge phosphor bronze, they allow for more clarity in any performance venue.

Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

The Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer vocal harmony/multi-effects pedal provides automatic harmony/pitch correction, plus effects that range from subtle sweetening to over-the-top, even robot voice sounds.

wouldn't it be great

Loretta Lynn, Wouldn’t It Be Great

One of the most personal albums of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Loretta Lynn’s career, Wouldn’t It Be Great communicates the universality of the human experience—love and heartbreak, as well as the transformative and connecting power of music.

Yolanda Kondonassis

The Yolanda Kondonassis Collection

This collection of more than 30 harp solos features popular transcriptions and compositions from Yolanda Kondonassis.

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San Francisco Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

This digital-only release from San Francisco Symphony, members of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), a member of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 9-535 (Boston, MA), was recorded during live performances at Davies Symphony Hall in March 2017.