All the fit that's print to news (re-arrange this well known phrase)
Happen to own a Gibson (or custom made) Flying V and feel like buying a top quality fitted case for it? In that case (ho, ho!) you'll be interested to learn that ace-professional quality case manufacturers Care-4 Cases have just launched one of their superlative fibreglass guitar cases specially to fit this legendary guitar.
Like all of Care-4's cases, this will be available in a quite phenomenal range of colours (would you believe the choice ranges across in excess of 100 shades?!) and each carries that hallmark of Care-4's quality of manufacture from fibreglass with beautifully designed interiors. The current Care-4 Cases range covers just about every type of musical instrument known to man, ranging from cello through sax to bagpipe (really!) and electric guitar and bass.
We had the chance for a quick look at some of their samples at the last London Trade Fair and the sight was enough to send Mr. Editor Cooper (he of the moth-infested wallet) into sufficient of a frenzy to actually consider buying one (gasp!) for his beloved Fender Jaguar! Need we say more?
The new Flying V case is just one of the superb Care-4 range which should be available from your local retailer. If not, you can always contact Care-4 direct. They are at (Contact Details).
The first prize winner of our competition No. 8 was William Scott of Glasgow who bought his mag at Charles Markes in Pollackshaw Road, Glasgow. The presentation of the 60 watt V-amp was made at the shop.
The 2nd prize, the 30 watt (Music U.K. Star Buy) went to Steven Prior, who bought his copy of the mag from Percy Prior in High Wycombe.
Based on the first floor of their existing Shaftesbury Ave. London shop, Rose-Morris have thrown their weight behind the growth of keyboard expansion by opening what they have decided to call the Capital Keyboard Centre.
Stocked with an average of around 100 keyboards at any one time, the centre was opened by Rose-Morris' M.D. Peter Clarke, assisted by Neil Carter (keyboard player with metal-merchants UFO) and Rio Takahashi, from Korg, Japan.
Needless to say, along with the keyboards on offer, the new Capital Keyboards Centre is yet another shop where musicians can buy their copies of Music U.K.!
Mark Griffiths (bassist with the Cliff Richard band) has recently scored himself a pair of luverly Yamaha BB400S basses, specially customised for him by ace guitar repairers/customisers, Martyn Booth and Neville Marten of Don't Fret Guitar Repairs.
To get the bass the way he wanted it, Mark had the neck sections worked to conform to Fender Jazz Bass specs, which also entailed replacing the side dots and cutting a new nut. The bodies were also routed to house a BB2000 Yamaha back pickup, and the circuitry tweaked to give two volume pots, a master tone and a side-entry jack. One of Mark's two basses was also 'scalped' into a fretless, with white plastic position markers being used to replace the frets.
Anyone interested in similar conversions (or repairs and customising generally) can contact Don't Fret Guitar Repairs at (Contact Details).
Drummers determined to be heard above the high-powered PA will be pleased to hear about the Tubby Drum mics. The Tubby Drum comprises a pickup, pre-amp and power supply and is claimed to offer drummers a 'studio quality' amplification system for their kits.
The system works by inserting a small cylindrical pickup into the breather hole of a drum and allowing it to be suspended in mid-air. The pickup is then connected to the pre-amp and, via that, to the PA mixing desk.
The claimed advantages of this system are that it offers excellent separation between drums, high immunity to feedback, an ambient sound and total convenience compared with suspending conventional drum mikes all around the kit.
Various hints for use are included in a leaflet describing this intriguing system, including ways of using two pickups for greater tonal control in snares and kick drums. Interested readers should write to the U.K. distributors who are (Contact Details). As a guide, suggested retail prices are £303 for a 6 input XLR connected system with 6 volume controls and 1 jack output socket, LED power on indicator and flat battery indicator. Those who prefer a jack plug system will find it selling for £249.50 r.r.p.
Our picture shows David Cammish with the WAL bass he won in our competition No. 7. He's surrounded by the team at the Electric Wood factory, which David visited for the presentation of the bass.
2nd prize of the JHS C50 combo went to Robert Green of Newport, I.O.W., a student at Reading University.
Launching just one new mike is a big deal — but what do you say when one of the World's biggest mike makers launches a whole new range — and each product is aimed at the working musician?
That's the story this month as American manufacturers Shure release a whole new series of mikes, called the PE range.
The idea behind Shure's new launching is obviously to enable the musician in the street to know precisely which mike is suited for which application and, very importantly, for him to be able to find that mike in his local dealers. This latest Shure package is aimed (amongst other things) at putting a stop to that. Cleverly (and not before time from one of the major mike makers!) Shure have provided a slide-rule which enables you to ask for a mike suited to your precise needs. O.K., you want a mike for bright sound through your PA when miking an amp? No problem, just slide the cardboard rule to show that and read-off on the opposite page which model will suit. In this case it's the new PE45, PE65 or PE47. Want a mike for mellow sax sounds? That's shown as being the PE47. Thus this excellent and tremendously useful slide-rule works.
The mikes which make up this PE (Professional Entertainer) Series come in many variations, ranging from a basic PE9 model up to the top of the line PE85 — a top professional-class vocal mike. As yet we haven't had the opportunity to sample this new Shure range but a complete set is, hopefully, on its way to us as this issue of MUSIC U.K. reaches the shops and we'll be testing and reporting on these new mikes as soon as we've had the time it takes to really get a thorough crack at them.
The new range covers just about every conceivable application in P.A. and should prove to be one of the most useful introductions for the working musician.
Until we get the chance to review our samples, readers are strongly recommended to get full details from Shure Electronics Ltd. (Contact Details).
New from Melanie drums is a development of their highly regarded Fantom system, to be known as the Tri-Fantom. Comprising three of their Fantoms (in effect 6", 8" and 10" Fantoms in a single tray) the Tri-Fantom needs only one stand to support it, which can easily be set beside the conventional hi-hat stand. This means that drummers have a system of easily transportable Fantoms requiring the minimum of space and stands to set around their kit, and all at an easily affordable price as the RRP of the new Tri-Fantom is only around £100 — and that even includes the stand!
The Tri-Fantom set is made to the same high engineering standards as the conventional Fantom (ie a spun steel rim) and seems to be offering an unusual combination of excellent acoustics, engineering and portability factors at a relatively low retail cost.
Stocks of the new Tri-Fantoms should be in the better drum shops now but further details can be had from Melanie Drums Ltd. who are at (Contact Details).
Watch this space for a MUSIC U.K. review of the new Tri-Fantom system which will be appearing in the very near future.
The first prize in our competition No. 6 (Carlsbro Cobra lead combo) went to Chris Hodges, who plays both bass and guitar. He's seen receiving his prize from Ed Jones of the London Rock Shop. The 2nd prize - Aria Cardinal bass was won by Jim Walker of Hereford, who bought his mag at Head, Hands & Feet.
Thought you'd seen everything eh? Well, so had we until we were invited along to EMI's Abbey Rd. Studios recently, to witness the introduction into this country of a new synthesiser system from American manufacturers Syntauri.
Preaching the gospel according to St. Silicon the Blessed this new keyboard links itself for programming to an Apple computer (yes, that one, the beast which is on sale in so many high street computer shops these days.) Basically, the Alpha Syntauri is a 'modular all digital polyphonic synth' (it says here) using the Apple II computer. To quote the rest of the details issued by this U.S. maker would be to descend into hyperbole (b******t to you!) but the system does seem to have some new and interesting ideas going for it. Currently, as far as we can tell from the mass of confusing data thrown at us with the Press-pack, the Syntauri product range includes a five octave keyboard for performance use, an all digital sound on sound recording system, a lower cost four octave synthesiser system, a computer-based program for basic music instruction and software for expanding the synthesiser's capabilities.
The trouble with Alpha Syntauri's U.K. launch was that the demo was appalling. We could all see that the system had promise but, from what we could actually hear the results were nothing that couldn't be got from a decently amplified mini-synth! However we were lucky enough to have both keyboard ace Adrian Lee and our own computer expert/Music U.K. Frankenstein machine operator Jeremy with us. According to these two boffins there's something in this idea of using a computer to run a digital synthesiser but both confirmed that it appeared as if the current set-up lacked much in the way of software. Maybe this will come with the currently awaited new Apple computer?
For the determined amongst you we quote yet more details of the top of the line 'Studio Pro' alpha syntauri keyboard. Hope you can make more of it than we did! With this machine you get a 5 octave velocity sensing keyboard (C to C) two footpedals, interface hardware for an Apple II, low noise 6' shielded cable. 'Metatrack' operating system with 16 track digital recording. 100 pre-set sounds.
Until someone gets this company's act together for them over here (and boy do they need it!) interested readers can contact them direct at Syntauri Corporation — on, (Contact Details). Frankly, in our opinion, this sort of half-arsed launch just make synthesisers an unnecessary mystery. We hope that Syntauri will take note of this when they try again to introduce themselves into the U.K. market.
Competition No. 5 results. Martyn Ellis of Bexleyheath won the Custom Sound 723 100W combo, Martyn is a guitarist, and is seen receiving his prize from Guy Chapman at Pat Chapmans music shop in Lewes.
The C-tape B 1/8 C-Ducer was won by Peter Quinsee of Brighton.
Talk about off the wall! Our photo shows the latest extravaganza manufactured by ace-guitar craftsmen Manson Guitars. Made for customer Pat Roberts (a guitar teacher who spotted the three necked guitar previously made for John Paul Jones by the Manson team), this four necked instrument must, surely, count as one of the best U.K. produced examples of the guitar maker's art this year?
The four necks provided are for 6 string acoustic, tiple (a South American 12 string grouped in four 3's), mandolin and conventional 12 string. The body of the guitar is of Brazilian rosewood, the front is of Swiss pine. The necks are all mahogany, faced with ebony fingerboards, each inlaid with silver, abalone, mother of pearl and ivory.
Overall the guitar took the Mansun team almost two years to make (working on and off, they report) and they are now working on adding a set of sympathetic strings to the 6 string bridge to offer a sitar like effect. Readers who fancy something similar (or even one of the more conventional Manson electrics, acoustics or basses) can contact them on (Contact Details). Now all you need is four arms!
Japanese ace guitar makers, Tokai are about to enter the amplification field with a totally new product. Available now from many retailers, the little Tokai 30 watt combo is covered in a tweed-look material (!) but runs 100% solid state circuitry to deliver its sound. Facilities include two inputs, reverb spring system, full tone controls (bass, mid and treble) plus two volume controls with a 'pull for boost' system on the 'master volume' pot which enables the gain to to be brought up to high sensitivity/boost levels for a low-powered overdriven sound.
A brief sampling of the amp that we had before going to press on this issue showed it to be remarkably good. Worth checking out if the guitars are anything to go on! Any further enquiries to the importers: Blue Suede Music Limited, at (Contact Details).
Yet another major company to leave London in recent times is Pearl Music Ltd. who have re-located themselves in much larger premises in the rapidly expanding Milton Keynes. Congratulations to Pearl, who are obviously growing in size and stature. Readers wishing to contact Pearl at their new address can reach them at (Contact Details).
Currently our art Editor is hanging upside down by his thumbs for getting guitar maker Roger Giffin's name wrong in the headline to our story on him last month (issue 11). Roger's surname is, of course GIFFIN, not Griffin (which is some sort of mythical heraldic creature — not looking much like Roger at all!)
In Max Kay's article on Phil Manzanera he stated that Ted Lee (ace guitar repairman) could be contacted through one dealer solely. This is wrong. Ted Lee should be contacted direct at (Contact Details). Sorry Ted!
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