New Products – May 2011
Two New Digital Pianos from Kawai
Kawai recently announced two new digital pianos for 2011 – the CS3 and CN43. These instruments were featured in Kawai’s showroom at the NAMM Show in January.
The CS3 is the first model of the new Classic Series digital piano line. The Classic Series is an offering of instruments with elegant polished ebony finishes and classically styled cabinets. The CS3 is the entry point to the lineup, offering a selection of fine acoustic piano and other sounds, along with Kawai’s new Responsive Hammer (RH) keyboard action. An elegant matching bench comes with this beautiful instrument.
At the top of the CN series lineup is the new CN43. It is a powerful digital piano featuring 323 sounds, 12 drum kits and a 16-track recorder/player. It utilizes Kawai’s acclaimed Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology and the new RH action. New to the CN series is the CN43’s ability to play and record digital audio – both MP3 and WAVE files. This instrument is as beautiful as it is capable, with an elegant leg and toe block cabinet, and comes in Premium Rosewood, Mahogany and Satin Black finishes.
The introduction of these new instruments comes on the heels of the release at the end of 2010 of the new Kawai MP10 and MP6 Professional Stage Pianos. In all, there are 12 new models of Kawai digital pianos that have been released since the beginning of 2010.
The iKnob, by KharmaDesign LLC, a simple yet effective device for adjusting the output volume of any audio output device, such as the iPod.
The iKnob is a passive volume control designed with solo instrumentalists in mind. Since volume levels of play-along tracks can vary widely, the iKnob provides a quick and easy way to make an adjustment, and maintain a consistent volume output level. The iKnob connects with most audio output devices with built-in stereo RCA and 3.5mm input and output jacks, and a ¼ inch switched stereo to mono output jack (to plug into any guitar amp). Also available is a small platform, The Kharma Zone, which clamps onto a microphone stand to hold the iKnob and iPod while in use. The iKnob recently won the NAMM 2011 Best Tools for Schools award for Best Rehearsal Tool category.
The New Flaxwood Hybrid
Crafted in Finland, the new Hybrid series from Flaxwood® introduces a patented flaxwood bolt-on neck combined with a European Alder body – a combination which offers players the same sustain, responsiveness, and stability that are the trademarks all Flaxwood guitars have become known fo, but at a more affordable price.
The Flaxwood Hybrid is available in two pickup configurations – the 3SC ,featuring three Seymour Duncan SSL-2 single coil pickups; and the 2HM, featuring Seymour Duncan SH-14N and SH-2N humbuckers.
Tycoon Percussion Dancing Drum Signature Series
Tycoon Percussion’s Dancing Drum Signature Series instruments are described as, “professional quality drums with an outstanding sound and feel.”
These drums are built to combine sound authenticity with traditional African bowl shapes with environmentally-friendly materials using only sustainably harvested Siam Oak Wood from certified plantations. The lineup includes Djembes, Djun-Djuns, Ngomas, bells, sticks, carrying bags, as well as a wide range of drum stands for both student and adult use. Combining great sounds at great prices, these drums are ideal for use in school music programs, community drum circles, just jamming with friends.
Dancing Drum Djembes are available in 9”, 11”, & 13” models, giving players more options for different sounds. Djun Djuns are available in four sizes which include the Kenkeni (10”), Sangban (12”), Dundunba (15”), and new for 2011, the Dundun Bambata (20”). Collectively, these drums create a full range of high to low bass tones that form the base beats for a drum circle. All Dancing Drum products are individually handmade and tested to ensure superior sound quality and durability.