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Cool Tools, Products

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Fender American Ultra Series Guitars and Basses

Fender has launched its new lineup of electric guitars and basses, the American Ultra Series, which boasts all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship, and nuanced design.

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SonoTone Vintage Series Guitar and Bass Strings

SonoTone has debuted its Vintage series of electric guitar and bass strings, made to reproduce the lush harmonic resonance and raw, responsive feel reminiscent of the guitar strings manufactured in the US during the 1950s and ’60s.

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Eargasm Slide Earplugs

The Eargasm Slide earplugs offer adjustable volume control, three sizes and two different colors of eartips, and attenuation filters that use passive technology to provide sound reduction without any electronic components needed.

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Protec Micro ZIP Case

Designed to fit most Bb and A clarinet makes and models, the Micro ZIP Case features a micro-sized profile that allows you to sling it on or slip into a bag, a lightweight ABS scratch resistant shell that protects against shock and impact, retractable carrying handle, and a thickly padded shoulder strap.

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Vandoren Profile Mouthpiece for Saxophone

Vandoren’s new Profile mouthpiece for classical saxophone features an elegant exterior design and tapered beak that allows for increased comfort and enhanced flexibility.

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Steinberg Padshop 2

The Steinberg Padshop 2 is an updated, redesigned version of the original Padshop granular synthesizer.

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Bass Ratio Machine Heads

The new Bass Ratio machine heads from Graph Tech Guitar Labs are each calibrated to a gear ratio, so each string feels and reacts the same to any tuning adjustment.


Gigpad Music’s Groovpad

Gigpad Music offers a new innovation in drum practice pads: the Groovpad. Whisper-quiet with an incredible feel, the great bounce response is the result of feedback from real-world drummers.

MeeBlip Cubit Go

Eliminate hardware lag in your MIDI chain with this compact and ARM-powered MIDI

Humistat Model #1

The Humistat case humidifier model #1 helps protect your woodwind or stringed instrument against warping,