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Books, Products

The Flutist’s Handbook

The Flutist’s Handbook: The Art of Staying in Shape


Part I includes 24 invigorating melodic détaché warm-ups drawn from sequences of Bach, Schubert, Dvořák, and others. Part II is a collection of 15 short melodies designed to open and center the tone, while encouraging full breath support.




high fidelity reusable earplugs

Vibe’s High Fidelity Reusable Earplugs


Priced at under $25, Vibes high fidelity reusable earplugs are designed to provide the sound quality required by professionals. By lowering the volume of all sounds (bass to treble) equally, they avoid distorted sounds heard when using traditional foam earplugs.




DL series digital wireless mixers

Mackie’s DL Series Digital Wireless Mixers


Mackie’s DL series digital wireless mixers—DL16S (16-channel) and DL32S (32-channel)—deliver affordable performance and control in a sturdy stagebox.




odyssey for two guitars

Odyssey for Two Guitars


Odyssey for Two Guitars was first presented by Fredric Hand, of Local 802, when he traveled to the island of Crete to perform at a guitar festival.




resurrection

Minnesota Orchestra, Resurrection Mahler 2


Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection is the third release in Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler recording series, which will eventually record all of Mahler’s symphonies. Aside from Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, members of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN), the recording features soprano Ruby Hughes, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and the Minnesota Chorale.




the green album

Peter Kogan, The Green Album


This third album by percussionist Peter Kogan (Local 30-73, St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN) offers mainstream jazz that is challenging yet accessible, comprising seven of his originals and four classics.




PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 Portable Keyboards

Casio’s Privia PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 Portable Keyboards


Casio’s latest Privia PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 portable keyboards introduce a new, sleek, slim, modern design, 42.7% smaller than previous models.




D25 25-watt electronic drum amplifier

Simmons D25 25-watt Electronic Drum Amplifier


Simmons D25 25-watt electronic drum amplifier provides an ultra-portable drum sound system. Eight-inch woofer and two-inch tweeter deliver clean, undistorted sound across the 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range.




gigboard guitar fx processor

Gigboard Guitar FX Processor from HeadRush


The Gigboard guitar FX processor from HeadRush delivers versatile, realistic, and responsive amplifier, cabinet, microphone, and FX models, from a warm vintage amp tone with natural tube drive to the heaviest djent sound.




GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool

GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool


The GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool provides 14 tools in one unit. Conveniently folded into the case are professional quality drum key, four and five-inch metric wrenches, slotted and Phillips screwdrivers, and a stainless steel ruler.










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