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Updates from Carlsbro. The Cobra 90 Twin improves on the original Lead by adding another channel and supplying electronic switching for setting up clean and overdriven sounds. Reverb and effects loop also on board. Price £274.50. Five (not three) channels on the new 150W keyboard combo called the Keyboard 150 (love to have been at the christening of that one). Features include a six band graphic, reverb, one 15in speaker and two bullet tweeters. One Z FET input is contoured for electric pianos. And more of a surprise, the D9000 digital echo unit. £481.28 and £282.52 for the last two, respectively.
If you're stepping up your stage monitoring consider Allen and Heath Brenell's new SRM 186 desk. The 18 channel, six sub-group mixer makes extensive use of patch and insert points and has an internal microphone splitter that saves on more expensive external systems. Outside EQ can be patched into any of the sub groups and the signal monitored through the Pre-Fade Listen system as the player hears it. AHB stress that layout and colour have been chosen for ease of use under low light conditions — something other mixer makers could consider. It should sell for £1220 ex vat.
When ideas collide... Fender have combined the techniques of those lockable nuts that stop tremolo drift and fine tune tailpieces to produce the FTNL. Yes the Fine Tune Nut Lock. It fits just above the normal nut and is attached by three self tapping screws. Six knurled knobs depress or lift the strings to change the tuning. To you £28 including screws, keys and fixing instructions.
The AX-80 is an eight voice poly with two oscillators and one sub oscillator per voice, 64 programmable memories plus 32 presets. It's analogue, it's MIDI-ed and it looks very cool with its elaborate LCD bar graphs for showing parameter values. The MS-08 music processor stores 10,000 notes (expandable by cassette or floppy disc), has a built in 32 note keyboard, and will presumably drive the AX-80. There's a 16 sound drum machine in rack form which appears to have preset rhythms, plus possibly the most fascinating slice of gear launched at Frankfurt — the MG-1212. This self contained, 12 channel, 12 track mixer/recorder uses purpose built Akai cassettes carrying ½in audio tape. Computer channel/track routing, memory and program auto search are all included. The tape can also take two additional tracks for control and sync. No prices as yet, but we'll keep you posted.
For those rumbling moments Frazer Wyatt Industries of Basingstoke have produced two extended bass cabs both promising 200W of boomless, unwoollied sound. The dxBass with its single 12in cone runs from 30Hz to 5kHz (£320), and the full range, keyboard cab handles the nine octaves lurking between 30Hz and 20kHz with the aid of one 12in and a bullet horn (£365). (Contact Details) if you're interested.
Why are the people in these photographs smiling? (a) they are drunk; (b) they are being shown a copy of Dr Spliff's Hippycratic oath; (c) they are prizewinners. Yes, that's right, it's c. Pictured sitting underneath a Yamaha DX9 we have Jonathan Coles of Henley-on-Thames while behind him, Jerry Uwins from Yamaha rests following the gruelling presentation ceremony. The chap with the jacket is John Hill from CBS/Fender supporting a Fender Squier for the chap without the jacket. Spike Fahey, who lays his head to rest in sunny Ealing. Snapped atmospherically on his jack with a second Squier is Johnny McAndrew who missed the original presentation because he was rushed into hospital suffering from what we doctors call not-being-well. He was soon back at home in Watford, which, of course, would explain it all. The prizes were superb, the competitions mammoth successes and both Yamaha and CBS/Fender will be remembered in our wills as the thoroughly fine bunch of human beings that they are.
Finally, due to general buffoonery on our part, some of the instructions for last month's Mark King Jaydee Bass competition went missing. Generous to a fault we're giving everyone a second chance to enter, in case they didn't understand the contest first time round. The grid contains the surnames of six bass players. The letters are jumbled and need to be rearranged (you can only use each letter once). Write them down then estimate how many parts go into making a Jaydee bass (every wire, screw, button, fret, length of wood etc). Send the entries to us at: One Two Testing — Jaydee Competition, (Contact Details), and write the estimate on the back of the envelope. You've got three weeks. Go for it.
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