Canadian Music Trade - April/May 2017 - Page 33

5 4 6 4 PRS 57/08 Pickups PRS’s vintage-inspired 57/08 pickups are now available as standalone items. Until now, the pickups could only be acquired as part of a PRS guitar. Inspired by 1957 humbuckers and introduced in 2008 on PRS guitars, these proprietary pickups were designed by Paul Reed Smith and are made with vintage-style wire and wound in-house in PRS’s electronics department. They were designed to capture the iconic tones of 1950s era guitars and feature a warm, even, and responsive tone. The 57/08 pickups were designed after PRS got exclu- sive rights to the wire made by the same machine that made all the wire in 1950s pickups. For more information, contact Paul Reed Smith Guitars: 410-643-9970, FAX 410-643-9980, custserv@prsguitars.com, www.prsguitars.com. 5 Roland Go:Piano Keyboard Roland has released the Go:Piano, which is designed for beginner piano players with limited budgets and space. The Go:Piano is a portable solution meant to make learning piano easy and fun. It features authentic sound and feel derived from Roland’s premium home pianos and supports Bluetooth for working with music education apps on mobile devices. The 61-note keyboard also features built-in speakers and metronome, transpose, and recording features for convenient practicing. The lightweight and travel-ready Go:Piano runs on batteries, and plugging in headphones automatically mutes the speakers. For more information, contact Roland Canada: 604-270-6626, FAX 877-270-6552, www.roland.ca. 6 Ahead Switch Kick Cowbell & Tambourine Beater Ahead has released the Switch Kick two-way cowbell and tambourine kick beater. The high-density black Delrin beater has reversible sides with distinctive sound qualities and volume differences. With the hard rubber side for cowbell, the player is able to get a louder sound with less effort. With the soft silicone rubber side, they get a softer touch for the tambourine. There are nine different heights to quickly change the speed and volume and the Switch Kick is available with and without a stainless steel adapter shaft. For more information, contact Big Bang Distribution: 818-727-1127, email@bigbangdist.com, www.bigbangdist.com. CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE 33