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NAMM 2016: SEAGULL S8 MANDOLIN

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - January 25, 2016

‪‬ Richard Bunze from Godin shows us the Seagull S8 Mandolin. Godin and Seagull distributed in Australia by www.dynamicmusic.com.au

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NAMM 2016: IAN MOSS ‘GEORGIA’ DEMO OF VIRTUAL JEFF

Posted in Blog, Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - January 24, 2016

We catch up with Mossy and Peter Walker from FOMOfx at NAMM 2016

Cold Chisel legend Ian Moss has got together with Sydney based tech company FOMOfx at NAMM to promote Virtual Jeff.
What is Virtual Jeff? It is the next- generation successor to the traditional whammy – it eliminates all mechanical hassles. As a result, you can use it on electrics and acoustics… without affecting the guitar or tuning.

It’s much more though: the pitch data from the whammy is massaged by the Virtual Jeff processor. You can select exactly what pitch you reach at the end of a bend, up or down. Now, bends are predictable and can be used musically – as part of a unique lick or riff. Don’t try that with a mechanical whammy unless you’ve got 20 years to practice first. Virtual Jeff has pitch-perfect bends every time.

It’s also versatile: there’s two modes, selectable with a footswitch. Each mode is customized by the player to bend to different pitches. For example: Mode A can be set like a Bigsby™ – 2 semitones down, one semitone up; Mode B, like a Floyd Rose™ on steroids – two octaves down, one octave up.

Hit the footswitch at any time to instantly swap modes. The technologies in Virtual Jeff are unique and affordable – and they don’t affect your tone. All mechanics and sensing are durable and high resolution by design. They’ll work all night in a club, stadium, studio or bedroom.
No fuss. Just fun.

News: Since filming the demo yesterday, we just got news that FOMOfx has won the Best in Show Award in the accessories category. A very prestigious win. Congratulations.

Here’s an edit of an amateur video shot by http://www.pianomanchuck.com/ from the side screen of Sam Ash giving the Virtual Jeff the nod


http://www.fomofx.com/

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NAMM 2016: DEERING GOODTIME TENOR BANJO UKULELE

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - January 22, 2016

Deering’s Goodtime Banjo Ukuleles are available in concert scale and tenor scale. Barry from Deering Banjo Co demonstrates the tenor model here for Dylan Stewart, a representative of Australian distributor Zenith music. www.zenithmusic.com

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NAMM 2016: DEERING ARTISAN GOODTIME BANJO

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - January 22, 2016

The stunning new Artisan Goodtime banjos epitomise Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company– to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking and best value American-made banjo that he possibly could. With improved tooling and a higher than normal dose of creativity, Deering bid farewell to the…

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MATON TENOR UKULELE

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - December 6, 2015

MATON Tenor Uke The Maton ukulele is the result of combining the best of traditional ukulele design with 21st century production techniques. This instrument draws on Maton’s extensive background in the use and fine tuning of Australian tonewoods to produce a tone which is rich, full and intriguing, and which…

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The GOODTIME Banjo Ukulele

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - December 6, 2015

The GOODTIME Banjo Ukulele Simply strum a few chords and you will be taken to a land without the stress and distractions of the daily routine. The nylon strings make playing easy on your fingers and the small size and light weight allows you to take this instrument with you…

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BARNES & MULLINS BANJOS NOW IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - March 20, 2015

Founded in the 1890s, the UK based Barnes and Mullins company is still producing quality instruments including banjos, guitars, saxophones and accessories. Australian company Musical Merchandisers are proud to be distributing the company’s fine range of products, especially their impeccable line of folk instruments. Included in the range offered in…

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DEERING BANJOS

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - March 2, 2015

Musn’t forget our banjo friends. Mark from Barratts Music Tasmania catches up with Deering’s Mark Hunn to chat about their Goodtime series

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NAMM 2015: KALA BRAND USA MADE UKULELES

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - January 25, 2015

Distributed in Australia by South Australian based wholesaler Jacaranda Music, the Kala brand have unveiled their USA made range of ukuleles at this year’s NAMM show. Named The Elite series, these ukes are hand built in Kala’s custom shop in California. To begin with, the series will feature three models;…

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ARIA MANDOLINS

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - November 22, 2014

With the prevalence of folk rock at the moment, the humble mandolin has well and truly come back into favour. The ARIA company out of the UK (instruments distributed here by Pro Music Australia),  offer a quality range of affordable mandolins. The Aria mandolin collection features great sounding instruments, with…

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