Archive for December, 2006

Happy New Year!

As the year comes to a close, all of us here at Andy’s Music want to thank our customers for their continued support, and to wish you and your family a very holy, happy, and prosperous new year.

With the beginning of a new year, musical instrument manufacturers announce new products that will be introduced at this years NAMM (National Assoc. Of Music Merchants) Show in Anaheim, California. Here are a few new products from Yamaha.

The new Yamaha Motif XS synthesizer series includes the Motif XS8, XS7, and XS6 synthesizers. The Motif XS series features Xpanded Articulation sounds, Performance Recording with 4 intelligent arpeggiators, and a new large color LCD. They will be available in April 2007.

Yamaha also announced a new addition to the Motif series, the MM6 “Mini Mo”. It features sounds from the Motif, but it also has the quick edit knobs and arpeggios to control them. The MM6 lets you jam over the top of the street-smart grooves with layered or split sounds in Performance mode. It also has an onboard sequencer, USB connectivity, and comes bundled with Cubase software. Plug in, turn on, and jam all night! Available soon.

Continuing with keyboard announcements, there is a new arranger workstation keyboard called PSR-S500. The Yamaha PSRS500 has category buttons for Voices and Styles, USB storage and gives you more control over the Styles, including four sections with fills, and three intros/endings. Available January 2007.

The Yamaha Pro Audio Division announced a new portable PA system, the STAGEPAS 500. The Yamaha STAGEPAS 500 portable pa systems offers performance well beyond its size and complexity. The powered mixer can accept up to ten inputs including microphones, keyboards, CD players, and even PC audio can easily be accommodated. Other features include phantom power for condenser microphones, switchable compressor/limiters, and two 250-watt digital power amplifiers. Available soon.

Yamaha also announced three new electronic drums, the DTXPRESSIV Special, DTXPRESSIV, and the new DD65. The Yamaha DTXPRESSIV Special digital drum set features an all-new voice bank with samples of Yamaha’s most popular drums including the Oak Custom and Maple Custom. It is equally at home in the studio or on the stage, and features 50 preset and 20 user kits, 427 drum and 22 keyboard voices, 3-zone snare pad with controller knob, and programmable click with Groove Check and Rhythm Gate. Available January 2007.

The Yamaha DTXPRESSIV Standard digital drum set is essentially the same as the Special, but has a different snare pad, hi hat pedal, and one less cymbal pad. The Yamaha DD65 digital drum is and updated version of the DD55, and features touch sensitive pads, an AUX IN for playing along with an MP3 player, built-in ported speakers, and a USB computer connection. Available July 2007.

A trio of very affordable electronic keyboards was also introduced: PSRE213, PSRE313, and EZ200. All feature 61-keys, while only the Yamaha PSR-E313 and EZ200 have touch sensitive keys. The EZ200 is a lighted key keyboard, similar to the EZ150 and EZ250i.

Silent Violin

The SV120SK Yamaha Silent Violin kit includes the Silent violin, case, wood bow, and rosin. It provides violinists of all levels with the experience of playing in the sonically rich, virtual environment of a concert hall – while the silent characteristics also offer the advantage of being able to play or practice anytime, or anywhere!

If you don’t need the Yamaha Silent Violin Kit, just order the Yamaha Silent Violin.

Yamaha CP300 – A Digital Keyboard For The Pros

The Yamaha CP300 digital piano lets you step out front and make your presence known. The CP300 has a special Mono Piano sound, complete with a compression effect, designed specifically for live performance. It has the punch and power to stand out, even in full band situations.

The CP300 has a panel lock button that keeps your keyboard settings fixed and secure. It makes certain an errant hand (yours or someone else’s) doesn’t touch the panel controls and change your special settings, giving you a rude surprise in the middle of your performance.

The Yamaha CP300 digital keyboard features professional quality balanced XLR output connectors. They give you the cleanest, clearest noise-free signal—both for serious recording in the studio, and playing onstage where long unbalanced cables may compromise your sound.

A built-in stereo speaker system on the CP300 electronic keyboard lets you hear the sound of the keyboard without the need for setting up a separate monitor. Just bring the CP300 onstage and you’re ready to perform! A convenient Speaker On/Off panel button lets you disable it and leave the monitoring levels to your soundman.

For the serious pianist the CP300 gives you the same pedal control as an actual grand piano. Sustain, Soft and Sostenuto jacks are available on the CP300. On certain piano sounds, Sustain can be partially applied—reproducing the “half-damper” effect of slightly muting the resonating strings on a real piano. The CP300 also has an fourth pedal input that can be used for controlling a variety of sound settings, such as Reverb or Chorus level, or the brightness of the sound.

For more information on the Yamaha CP300, please visit our website at:, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

Yamaha Guitars – Part I

Here at Andy’s Music, we have one of the most complete selections of Yamaha guitars available on the web. We’ve been selling and servicing Yamaha guitars since 1977, and they are one of our best selling – and sounding – guitars. Let’s talk about some of our best selling guitars, and find out why they’re popular with customers.

The new Yamaha FG700S acoustic guitar is an excellent choice for a guitarist who’s just starting, or someone wanting to move up from a lesser quality guitar. It sounds very good because it has a solid spruce top. A solid top instrument will sound better – most often – than a guitar with a plywood top, and it will also improve in sound quality and volume over time, if it’s played.

In addition to the solid spruce top, the FG700S features Nato (part of the mahogany family) back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, black and white body binding, diecast tuning machines and a natural finish. The FG700S is a lot of guitar for $199 and it has a Limited Lifetime Warranty! Click the link above and check it out.

Now let’s jump to the other end of the price scale and take a brief look at the Yamaha Handcrafted Guitars. When most people think of Yamaha guitars, they think of guitars in the $200 – $400 price range, but Yamaha makes guitars costing thousands of dollars. The Yamaha LL16 handcrafted acoustic is a good example. It features all solid wood construction, comes with hard case, and sells for $899.99! It has to be the bargain of the century.

The Yamaha LL16 Handcrafted acoustic guitar has a solid Engelmann Spruce top and solid Rosewood back and sides. It also features a new non-scalloped bracing design that delivers a beautiful and well balanced tone. Choice materials and Yamaha’s unique ability to blend traditional skills with advanced manufacturing make the Yamaha LL16 an exceptional guitar at a price that’s hard to beat.

If you would like more information on Yamaha guitars, visit our website, or give us a call at 251-633-8944.

Yamaha YDP223

For a limited time, Andy’s Music is offering a $150 Yamaha Home Companion Kit free with purchase of the Yamaha YDP223 digital piano. This kit is a great add-on to the piano, and should benefit both beginners and advanced pianist.

This kit includes: 3-Year Yamaha Warranty, headphones, music book, audio CD’s, manuscript paper, software, lessons, and key cover. This offer is valid while supplies last.