Archive for October, 2006

Andy’s Music Receives Readers Choice Award

October 29, 2006 – Andy’s Music has once again been selected as the best music store in the Mobile Register’s 5th Annual Readers Choice Awards. This award has been presented each year since 2002, and Andy’s Music has won first place for five consecutive years.

“We’re extremely honored to be selected as Mobile’s favorite musical instrument dealer”, says Jim Andrews, store manager. “Having been selected once is quite an honor, but to be selected five years in a row is very special”.

The Mobile music scene includes several specialty music dealers, and a national guitar chain. Andrews says, “We appreciate the confidence shown in us by readers of the Mobile Register, and we’ll continue to strive for excellence in customer service. In today’s competitive marketplace, you can’t take anything for granted, especially your customers!”

Andy’s Music, established in 1977, is a full-line musical instrument dealer in Mobile, Alabama. Andy’s sells and services most major brands of musical instruments and products include guitars, drums, keyboards, pianos, pro audio, band and orchestra instruments, and sheet music.

Andy’s Music is one of the few music dealers in the U.S. to represent all three divisions of the Yamaha Corporation: Yamaha Pianos and Clavinovas, Yamaha Band and Orchestra Instruments, and Yamaha Combo products (Yamaha portable keyboards, pro audio, guitars and drums). Their website address is: http://www.andysmusiconline.com.

In the Readers Choice Awards, readers are asked to nominate their “favorites” in 137 categories. These categories are in the major areas of Shopping & Services, Entertainment, Sports, etc. Readers nominated businesses by completing a ballot published in the Mobile Register. The newspaper announces a winner and two finalists.

The Mobile Register’s primary area of circulation is the Mobile MSA. The MSA is comprised of Mobile and Baldwin Counties and is home to 397,945 adults 18+. The Mobile MSA is Alabama’s second largest metro area and consistently ranks among the top 100 out of 320 metro areas in the United States.

Daily, the Mobile Register is read by over 219,000 or 55% of all adults in the Mobile MSA. On Sunday, the readership increases to 69% or 273,000 adults. During an average week the Mobile Register reaches 324,000 or 81% of all adults in the Mobile MSA.

Casio Keyboards – Digital Keyboards and Pianos

Casio keyboards are not new to the music industry; they’ve been around since the early 80’s when they introduced the CZ101 synthesizer. Today Casio offers a complete line of electronic keyboards, including a series of digital pianos, the Privia. Let’s take a look at the Casio keyboard line, and see what they have to offer.

If you’re on a tight budget, or looking for a musical keyboard for a young beginner, consider the Casio CTK800. It has 61 touch-sensitive keys (i.e. it responds like a piano to your touch), 32 note polyphony, USB interface for easy computer connection, and even has a built-in microphone so you can sing along with what you’re playing. The CTK800 also has an advanced lesson system to help you learn to play. To make it short and sweet, the CTK800 has a lot of bang for the buck.

The Casio LK94TV is a musical keyboard that has lighted keys. Just follow the lights to play along with the song. It can also be connected to your television for great Karaoke fun, and the song lyrics appear on the screen for everyone to follow along. It has 264 tones, 120 rhythm patterns, USB interface and much more. But its strong points are the lighted key and Karaoke features.

Stepping up in price and features, we come to the Casio WK series of digital keyboards. They feature 76 touch-sensitive keys and loads of features. The WK3300 was just recently introduced and features an SD card slot for memory storage. This is a step-up from the Smart Media cards used in the past. In addition to the 76 touch-sensitive keys, the Casio WK3300 features: 670 tones (sounds), 166 rhythm patterns, 32 not polyphony (how many notes it plays simultaneously), split and layer function, 242 digital effects, and much, more.

The Casio WK3800 has all of the features of the WK3300, but also includes a floppy disk drive. The floppy drive is great for those musicians who have dozens of floppy’s loaded with Standard MIDI Files (SMF) that they’ve made over the years. With the WK3800, all that time and effort saving to the floppy disk won’t go to waste. The WK3800 keyboard is ideal for home or project studio use, open-mic performance, education and classroom applications, or simply for pure musical enjoyment.

The Casio Privia electronic piano series has been a great success for two key reasons: weighted keys and affordable price.

The Casio PX110 is the base model, and it enables almost anyone to experience the joy of playing piano. Stylish, compact, and priced for affordability, it provides authentic piano sound and feel. The PX110 has a Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard for authentic grand piano feel, where lower notes play relatively heavier than higher notes, just like the keys on a grand piano. Selectable touch sensitivity even lets you configure the keyboard for a light touch if desired.

The new Casio PX310 digital piano is a step-up from the PX110, and has 202 tones, 120 rhythms and MIDI in/out/through. In addition to grand piano tones, the PX310 also includes strings, pipe organ, and other tones. A Layer feature allows simultaneous play of two tones, and a Split feature lets you split the keyboard between two different tones.

The PX310 includes seperate waveforms for strong key pressure, medium key pressure and light key pressure, which accentuates the differences between the sounds produced by each. Multiple stereo-samples are also taken of tones produced by an acoustic grand, from the low range to the high range. This allows the notes to remain natural sounding and realistic from the moment a key is pressed until the note decays, providing you with sound quality that is virtually identical to that of an acoustic grand piano.

For more information on Casio keyboards and musical instruments, please visit www.AndysMusicOnline.com.

Guitar Pack – Best Deals Ever

New guitars are cheaper today than they have ever been in the past! That’s a bold statement, but it’s true. Back in the early 1970’s, cheap guitars were just that – cheap guitars. If you wanted an instrument that played without difficulty and stayed in tune, you had to spend several hundred dollars. Today things are much better for the guitar consumer.

Ibanez IJV50 Guitar PackageIf you’re a beginner, and you don’t want to spend more than $100 on a guitar, you can do it! The Ibanez IJV50 acoustic guitar pack is a good example. This guitar package includes the Ibanez acoustic guitar, gig bag, tuner, strap, and accessory pouch to hold the goodies. Granted, it’s not the best guitar in the world, but it’s more than adequate for the beginning guitarist; i.e. it plays well and stays in tune.

If you want something a little better, check out the Yamaha GigMaker Deluxe guitar package. ThisYamaha GigMaker Deluxe Guitar Package guitar package is better because the Yamaha guitar has a solid spruce top instead of plywood. A solid top guitar will improve in sound with age if it’s played. The key words here are “if it’s played”. If you keep it in a closet or under your bed and never play it, ten years from now it’ll sound the same as it did when you purchased it. This Yamaha GigMaker Deluxe package sells on our site for $179.99, and includes the solid top Yamaha guitar, gig bag, electronic tuner, instructional DVD, strap, extra set of strings and picks.

These are just two of the many guitar packages we sell on wwwAndysMusicOnline.com. If you would like to see more, check out this link: Guitar Packs. Your dollars go much farther today than ever, so jump in and get started today. There’s no time like the present.

Yamaha YHR567 French Horn

French Horn Yamaha YHR567The popular Yamaha YHR567 french horn is a full double horn with a design very similar to the innovative 667V. Though the YHR567 is priced as an intermediate model, it is used by some professional players in top orchestras. Its easy response and sure note centering make it ideal for students, while the colorful tone and precise intonation make it attractive to pros. The Yamaha YHR567 is an outstanding horn and great value for its price.

The combination of the secure high register, strong projection, and quick attack of the Bb horn with the rich, warm timbre of the F horn make the double horn ideal for most playing situations. The 4th rotor thumb lever can be adjusted to fit any hand size from small student hands to large adult hands. The use of nickel silver inner and outer slides ensures better fit and less chance of corrosion because nickel-silver is harder and more durable than brass.

Audio Recorders – Digital Multitrack Recorders

Making good music is a succession of great moments, made even better when your musician friends are with you. Hours seem like minutes. Today’s audio recorders let you capture your precious moments to share with friends and family, and maybe even the world. It’s never been easier to record your music. Let’s take a look at some of the latest digital micro recorders from Edirol, Zoom, and BOSS.

Edirol R09 Digital RecorderThe Edirol R09 is ultra small and looks like a gadget, but make no mistake, it performs. You can even record and play back MP3 files. The R09 is perfect for capturing live music events, recitals, and rehearsals. It’s also handy as a songwriter’s sketchpad, ensuring that no moment of inspiration is lost. But the R09 has many valuable uses outside of the music world as well. Students can use it to record lectures. Broadcasters and journalists can throw away their antiquated cassette recorders and use the R09 for in-the-field interviews. Wherever, whenever there’s a need to capture audio, the R09 can do it hassle-free thanks to its built-in microphone and long battery operation.

The Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder is another “digital wonder” you can hold in your hand. The Zoom H4 features two studio-quality electret condenser microphones configured in an X/Y pattern for true stereo recording. It also includes 2 combination XLR-1/4-inch input jacks with phantom power for use with any external microphones of your choice. And the H4 is loaded with onboard studio effects like compression, limiting and mic modeling. An 1/8-inch headphone jack is also provided for monitoring.

ZOOM H4 DIGITAL RECORDERThe H4 records data to Secure Digital (SD) media, and a 128MB SD card is included with the unit. With a 2GB SD memory card, the H4 provides up to 380 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode (CD Quality), and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode. To move your recordings to a PC or Mac, the H4 includes a USB mass-storage interface.

Third on our list (for no particular reason), is the new BOSS Micro BR Recording Studio. The Micro BR is so small you can put it in your pocket! It measures just 136.0 mm x 81.0 mm x 21.4 mm (5-3/8″ x 3-3/16″ x 7/8″). But even though it’s tiny, the Micro BR packs an entire studio’s worth of features into its tiny case. There are a dozen buttons on its front panel, nine knobs, and even a built-in microphone for quick capture.

BOSS MICRO BR RECORDERAt its core, the Micro BR is a four-track studio with four simultaneous playback tracks and two simultaneous record / input tracks. However, there’s more to this recorder than meets the eye. Each of the four main playback tracks also has eight companion V-Tracks (for a total of 32), so you can record take after take after take, then pick your best material for final mixdown.

And last but not least, is the new BOSS BR600 Recording Studio. The BR600 provides eight simultaneous playback tracks, but there’s more than meets the eye. Each of the eight tracks also contains eight V-Tracks (virtual tracks), which gives musicians quick access to 64 tracks of recorded material. They can record dozens of takes, and choose their favorites for mixdown.

Tracks can be manipulated with the powerful effects built into the BR 600. Derived from BOSS high-end recorders, these quality algorithms can give even the dullest tracks maximum impact — mistakes can be fixed, mixes can be mastered. Included in the effects suite: COSM guitar and bass amp models plus chorus, delay, reverb, and EQ for every channel. Pitch correction is provided as well.

BOSS BR600 MULTITRACK RECORDERWherever musicians go, the ultra-portable BR-600 is ready to record. It can operate on six AA batteries (or AC). Quality stereo microphones are built in for point-and-capture recording on the spot. Whether for recording band rehearsals, gigs, or capturing ambient sounds, the BR-600 is all musicians need to get the job done with no hassle. It records its CD-quality digital audio direct to the included Compact Flash card, the international standard for reliable, portable storage, and even comes with a custom carrying bag and XLR-to-1/4” mic adapter.

October Is Yamaha Music Month

For all you musicians looking for a deal, and who isn’t, Yamaha is offering cash back and freebies on some of their keyboard products.

Purchase a Yamaha YDP323 or P140 digital piano, and receive $100 via mail-in rebate, and a free Piano Home Companion Pack worth $150. Details here: P140 YDP323. As an added bonus, we’re offering 12 Months Same As Cash (with approved credit), on any Yamaha product priced at $199 or higher. Click here for more information.