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The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit www.afm.org/join.

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Cool Tools, Products

Ergonomic Contrabass


The Upton Bass Ergo Double Bass by AES features an asymmetric design that sits close to the player’s body allowing for a better reach with the bowing arm and remarkable fingerboard access. The Ergo also features unbroken cornerless lower bouts and sound ports on the player’s side for acoustic response. This first 2020 Upton-built version […]




GALA Clarinet


Buffet Crampon’s newest clarinet model, the GALA, takes advantage of the latest research and is characterized by rich harmonics and an overall balance of range. This new professional clarinet is equipped with grenadilla wooden chimneys, leather pads, adjustable thumb rest, silver plated keywork, and pochette-style case. Available in Bb and A; with an optional Eb […]




American Cut Jazz Reeds


The Légère American Cut jazz saxophone reeds—for alto and tenor saxes—are free-blowing, colorful, and loaded with personality. The distinct profile is what gives players a full, clear low register and vibrant altissimo. By taking material from the outside of the reed and pushing it towards the heart, the reed maintains its stiffness while allowing the […]




Blackhole Reverb Pedal


Go Beyond the Horizon Create haunting echoes, ethereal landscapes, and otherworldly ambience with Eventide’s new Blackhole, a reverb pedal “as big and as mysterious as the cosmos.” The pedal includes onboard tone controls, modulation, and infinite reverb settings with mono or stereo operation, MIDI, preset storing, and a new compact, easy-to-use interface.www.eventideaudio.com




Symphonic Snare Sticks


The weight of laminated birch paired with the much larger shaft diameter make Greg Zuber’s new Nothung concert snare stick a truly unique offering to the Vic Firth Symphonic Collection. As the principal percussionist of the MET Orchestra, Zuber, of Local 802 (New York City), needed a stick that could cover a wide array of […]




FretWraps


Wrap It Up GruvGear’s FretWraps string muter is a professional string dampener / muting accessory that cuts overtones and sympathetic resonance during recording, live performance, two-hand tapping, or any creative situation where you need that extra muting hand for cleaner takes. The adjustable strap lets you fine-tune the pressure and dampening of the strings. Quickly […]




Aston Stealth


Stealthy Sound The Aston Stealth is a broadcast quality microphone for studio and stage. It offers four switchable voices, active and passive modes, a built-in Class A mic preamp with autodetect 48V Phantom power, and a unique Sorbothane internal shock mount system. Stealth was developed in partnership with 92 top engineers, producers, and artists who […]




MPK MINI MK3


Musical Swiss Army Knife The Akai Professional MPK Mini III 25-key Keyboard Controller offers everything the modern producer demands: universal compatibility, compact size, and an arsenal of pads and assignable controls. Features include a new Gen 2 enhanced dynamic keybed, a four-way joystick for pitch and modulation control, a built-in arpeggiator, and a sustain pedal […]




Aloha by Elk


Virtual Music Creation Putting the “together” back into music, the new Aloha by Elk service offers real-time remote music creation and performance. It creates a virtual shared studio, rehearsal room, stage, and/or classroom with options to stream performances to audiences over social platforms. It allows musicians, producers, and educators from different locations to create, rehearse, […]




Cordoba Flamed Mahogany Ukulele


The Cordoba 15CFM ukulele adds exotic flamed mahogany and striking color options to Cordoba’s best-selling ukulele, the 15CM. The all-flamed mahogany construction provides a full, rich sound and appointments like an abalone rosette and black body binding. Additional features include silver tuners with pearl buttons, premium Aquila strings, and a sleek satin finish available in […]










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