PRODUCT NEWS 2 3 1 1 Sabian XSR Fast Stax Cymbal Stack Sabian has released the XSR Fast Stax cymbal stack, which is comprised of a thin weight 13-in. X-Celerator top over a high-profile, wide-lipped 16-in. Chinese bottom. With a vintage style, the XSR Fast Stax is designed for a bright sound with plenty of pop and attack. The Air Wave edge eliminates airlock for increased volume and the extra-wide lip of the 16-in. Chinese accommodates the 13-in. top snugly for clarity and attack. Without airlock, the XSR Fast Stax retains its “sizzle” and volume and never gets too tight; however, sizzle and volume are meant to be easily controlled by tightening down the cymbal felt. For more information, contact Sabian: 506-272-2019, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sabian.com. 32 CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE 2 Paul Baron’s Trumpet Voluntarily Book Bugles Media has published a new book by Canadian lead and commercial trumpet player Paul Baron called Trumpet Voluntarily. This book is written to accompany the many routine and etude books to teach what, when, and how to practice using those materials. Readers can learn how to listen to their body and chops to practice most efficiently and get the quickest and best results. In developing his lessons, Baron’s motto is: “practice smarter, not longer.” There are a number of exercises for increasing range, power, and endurance, as well as methodologies to break down difficult passages to practice more efficiently in order to tackle the hardest materials with success. Other topics discussed are lead and section playing and what those different roles require, gig etiquette to become the most employable player and stay that way, pacing, air compression, and more. For more information, contact Bugles Media: email@example.com, www.buglesmedia.com. 3 Godin Montreal Premiere LTD Desert Blue Godin has launched the Custom Shop Montreal Premiere LTD Desert Blue guitar. This semi-hollow body guitar features a lightly-sparkled, high-gloss finish on its top, back, and sides. The Montreal Premiere LTD Desert Blue features two TV Jones Classic pickups and a wild cherry archtop, back, and sides. There is a Richlite fingerboard with a radius of 16 in. and the mahogany neck and white binding add to the aesthetics. There is also a three-way toggle switch with tone and volume knobs and a double-action truss rod. The Montreal Premiere LTD’s scale is 24.84 in. and the nut width is 1.72 in. For more information, contact Godin Guitars: 514-457-7977, FAX 514-457-5774, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.godinguitars.com.