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5 Wind Instrument Christmas Ideas Under $50

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Upgraded Reeds Consider upgrading to higher quality reeds. Premium reeds for clarinet players include the new Vandoren V21 reeds or the D’Addario Reserve reeds. These reeds allow for Immediate response and depth of tone. Consistency is improved in all registers. For saxophone players consider D’addario Reserve or try a Vandoren Jazz Sampler to find that perfect jazz cut reed.   Mutes Brass players add to you sonic options by using different mutes. The Humes and Berg trumpet and trombone mutes have stood the test of time. Consider starting with a straight and or cup mute to begin with.   Maintenance Packs All...

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Alto Saxophone - Jazz Mouthpieces - Comparing 3 Models

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Today we decided to compare 3 very different alto sax jazz mouthpieces. Each has its' place in different styles of jazz playing. From brilliant and loud to dark, and round, we are sure one of these mouthpieces will fit your style of playing. The first mouthpiece in our comparison is the Lebayle Metal Jazz Chamber alto sax mouthpiece in a 7*. This mouthpiece offers a nice full sound reminiscent of a metal Otto Link mouthpiece. With a little extra effort this mouthpiece can be pushed for lead playing, or lay off to blend well in the mix. A versatile mouthpiece...

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New Brick And Mortar Store

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Octave Music is pleased to announce that we have opened a brick and mortar storefront. We will continue to offer all of our music items online and in our new storefront. The new location is located at 59466 County Road 113, Elkhart, IN 46517.  With this new storefront we will offer quality musical instruments, musical instrument accessories, music, lessons, and repairs. We invite you to stop on in and visit us. Hours: Tuesday - Friday:  4:30-7:00PM Saturday  10:00AM-3:00PM

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How To Decide On Wound Guitar String Types

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It is important to have understanding of how different guitar strings are wound. These differences can greatly affect how a guitar string sounds and feels. Wound guitar strings come in three different varieties, round wound, half wound, and flat wound.Round Wound vs. Half Wound vs. Flat WoundIn reality it is not how a string is wrapped, it is the profile of the wrapped wire that makes the difference:Round wound guitar strings: These are good for rock guitar as they are the brightest sounding of the wound strings. They also produce the most sting noise due to the space in between the...

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