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Audio Brand boAt Cancels Sale To Save Inventory Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Cofounder Aman Gupta said it plans to manufacture more products in India
At the moment, most of its headphones are made by contract manufacturers in China
The brand claims to have sold 8K to 10K headphones daily in 2019

Not just Apple and Tesla, popular Indian consumer electronics brand boAt is also suffering from the impact of the manufacturing shutdown in China due to coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. The startup's cofounder Aman Gupta said production of new and existing products and availability is likely to be hampered. Gupta added that boAt was planning a sale but had to cancel it in order to hold on its inventory for the next month.

In an interview , Gupta highlighted that almost 99% of the headphones sold in India, including the ones priced above INR 500, are made outside the country. China is one of the biggest markets for the manufacturing and production of boAt headphones. He noted that if the coronavirus outbreak continues longer, it will lead to a production and product development lag. The company procures its products through contract manufacturers based in India and China.

"We have got products in buffer till 15 March. If the situation doesn't improve, we will consider getting them by air," Gupta added.

The company is planning to start manufacturing its product line in India, especially due to the difficulties faced in the ongoing US-China trade war and now the coronavirus outbreak. The company produces its chargers and cables in India already.

boAt Targets INR 500 Cr In 2021
Founded in 2016 by Gupta and Sameer Mehta, boAt is a consumer technology brand that manufactures electronics products such as earphones, headphones, speakers, soundbars, travel chargers, and premium rugged cables.

The company followed an omnichannel distribution with its products listed on ecommerce websites such as Amazon, Flipkart and more, as well as through offline retail chains like Croma Retail, Vijay Sales, Poorvika Mobiles, etc.

The company claims to have sold over 8K to 10K units every day in 2019 and hopes to sell over 10K units daily this year. Gupta added that boAt registered gross sales worth INR 100 Cr in the financial year 2018 and plans to achieve INR 500 Cr in 2021. He noted that the company has got a 30% repeat rate.

"Earlier we used to get headphones free with the mobile. Today's generation owns many pairs of headphones for communication, travel, movies and audio playback. With the screen getting more personal, there is a huge demand for personal devices. The related accessory market including that of headphones is also growing."

He added that the average selling price (ASP) of boAt products in 2018 was INR 700, whereas this year it has risen to INR 1,100. "We are somewhere between cheap and premium," the cofounder added.

In July 2019, boAt raised INR 16 Cr (about $2 Mn) in debt funding from venture lending firm InnoVen Capital and $2.9 Mn in venture debt from Sachin Bansal's BAC Acquisitions. Prior to that, the company had raised $872K (INR 6 Cr) from Fireside Ventures in May 2018.

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Orange Amplification Launches First Online Rock Guitar Courses

Orange Amplification is proud to launch its Rock Guitar Courses which enables students to take the first accredited online guitar exams in the world to grade 8.
The courses are split into three stages, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced which are equivalent to grades 1 to 8. Lessons are fun to learn with downloadable course materials, offering new and returning guitarists the skills and knowledge necessary to pass a qualification. Start the FREE 30 DAY TRIAL today here
Students can choose the way of studying that suits them best; on their own, with a teacher or via the website with guided video instructions. The easy to follow lessons can be accessed by either a monthly subscription to all 3 courses or a one-off payment which gives entry to the preferred course. YouTuber Mary Spender explains more in this video.
The downloadable course materials and online lessons have been developed by a team of qualified guitarists and teachers. Included are a plethora of resources including audio backing tracks and tests specifically selected to reflect different music tastes and support varying skill levels.
All of the Orange Learn courses link into their respective online guitar exam provided by OnlineMusicExams and recognised by OFQUAL. Students will only need to take 3 exams to reach grade 8 giving them a huge saving in costs and time. Courses and exams can be taken anytime and from anywhere, further reducing costs and increasing their educational prospects. OnlineMusicExams put students and teachers totally in control of their own timetable for learning. Orange recognises the need to reduce the costs of learning for all musicians to improve their chances of gaining qualifications for a future career and are proud to have pioneered this project.
Orange has spent over five decades encouraging people to take up the guitar and to show the benefits derived from playing an instrument. The new accredited Online Rock Guitar Courses give an added incentive to would-be guitarists to receive qualifications on the instrument they love. To find out more go to orangeamps.com/learn/

Paul McCartney Makes Orange Amplification's Cliff Cooper

Orange Amplification Founder and CEO, Cliff Cooper has been made an Honoured Friend of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). He was presented with the award by Sir Paul McCartney at a ceremony held on the 26th July 2019 at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

When making the award, Mark Featherstone-Witty of LIPA said, ‘Cliff is our Honoured Friend. This rather special award is given to people who have been generous ……. without a hint of expecting anything in return. So, Cliff for this award you are an exemplar!.......Putting something back is part of your psyche……. You are a hero and it is good to know there are people like you in the world and even better, associated with us!’

Founded in 1968, Orange Amplification was born from Cliff’s love of music and skill as an electronics designer. The company is famous for its British made AD and Rocker verb series and the introduction of the groundbreaking Terror, Crush and Crush Pro series. Many of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists love and use Orange’s iconic amps including Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Foals, Oasis, Mastodon, Madonna, Jim Root, Billy Gibbons, Geddy Lee, Glenn Hughes, Orianthi and Marcus King to name but a few.

LIPA was co-founded by Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty in 1996. Today, LIPA is a university-level provider of world class teaching for performers of all genres. Earlier this year, five LIPA graduates made it into Stage’s list of the 100 Most Influential People Working in UK Theatre.

Cliff and Orange started working with LIPA more than fifteen years ago when he purchased the Beatles Museum from Wembley PLC. When he sold the museum to Liverpool Council it had more than doubled in size. ‘I am extremely proud to receive this award, especially as it came as a complete surprise and from such a distinguished Institution’ said Cliff commenting on his award.

Cliff joins a list of people honoured by LIPA that includes The Late Sir George Martin, Sir Ian McKellen, Ozzy & Sharon Osborne, Bill Nighy, Ben Elton, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson, The Late Amy Winehouse and many, many more.

To find out more about Orange Amplification please go to https://orangeamps.com/. To find out more about LIPA, please go to https://www.lipasixthformcollege.org/

Amazon Launches $15-Per-Month Hi-Def Music Streaming Service, Amazon Music Hd

MBW told you five months ago that Amazon was readying a new hi-definition music streaming subscription service, for launch before the end of the year. (September 17), that news got official. Amazon has just launched Amazon Music HD in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. It offers 50 million lossless HD songs, with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of 44.1kHz (described by Amazon as “CD quality”).

In addition, Amazon Music HD subscribers can stream “millions more” songs in ‘Ultra HD’ (described by Amazon as “better than CD quality”), with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz. It will cost existing Amazon Prime members $12.99 (US) / £12.99 (UK) a month and non-Prime members $14.99 / $14.99 a month.

Existing Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can upgrade for an additional $5 / £5 a month. Recent launch brings a new tier of quality – and pricing – to Amazon’s service. Speaking of which, it’s worth quickly scanning over Amazon’s five-pronged pricing strategy in music streaming, which offers varying tiers – from cost free to $14.99-per-month for individuals.

Users of Alexa-enabled devices can access an ad-supported music service, offering radio ‘stations’ or Amazon Music playlists for free; Those who are already Prime members ($119 per year in the US) can also access a limited on-demand catalog of over 2 million songs via Prime Music;

Those who own an Echo speaker can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited (50m-plus songs, all on-demand) for just $3.99 per month via an ‘Echo Plan’, but their account will be locked to their speaker; A full Amazon Music Unlimited subscription – available on multiple devices, and a direct rival to Apple Music or Spotify Premium – costs $9.99 per month, or $7.99 for existing Prime members. A Family Plan for up to six users costs $14.99 per month;

And a subscription to Amazon Music HD now costs $14.99 a month, or $12.99 a month for Prime members. An HD Family Plan costs $19.99 per month. Amazon is getting busy with the up-sell, too: new subscribers to Amazon Music can now opt for a 90-day free trial to Amazon Music HD, while current paying subscribers can try Amazon Music HD at no additional cost for 90 days.

“We spoke with many artists while developing Amazon Music HD, who were excited about the potential for fans to be able to stream their favourite music, and hear it as it was originally recorded,” said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “From rock to hip-hop to classical and pop, we believe listening to music at this level of sound will make customers fall in love again with their favourite music and artists. As we usher in a new listening experience for our customers and the industry, we’re combining the convenience of streaming with all of the emotion, power, clarity and nuance of the original recordings.”

“EARTH WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER WHEN AMAZON INTRODUCES HIGH QUALITY STREAMING TO THE MASSES.”-NEIL YOUNG

Amazon says that Amazon Music HD will play “the highest quality audio the customer’s device and network conditions will support”, and is compatible with a wide variety of devices, including desktop, mobile (iOS & Android), select Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets. One individual who’s convinced is rock icon Neil Young – an audiophile who launched his own ill-fated HD music streaming service and device, Pono, in 2015. Young said: “Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high quality streaming to the masses. “This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”

“Earth will be changed forever…”! A bold turn of phrase, veering towards the hyperbolic. But, y’know, he wrote Old Man and you didn’t, so hush. The best known existing hi-def music streaming offering comes from TIDAL, whose TIDAL Hi-FI subscription tier costs $19.99 per month and offers CD-quality lossless streams at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.

In addition, TIDAL also offers a ‘Masters’ quality offering for pickier audiophiles, which presents thousands of albums at 96 kHz / 24 bit. TIDAL’s ‘Masters’ range is made possible by its partnership with digital hi-def music company MQA.

It’s understood that Amazon has not partnered with MQA for its own HD tier. Meanwhile, Deezer offers a HiFi tier at a standard price of $19.99 per month, which, like TIDAL’s equivalent, streams music at 44.1 kHz / 16-bit via FLAC files. The world’s two biggest music subscription streaming platforms – Spotify and Apple Music – are yet to venture into the world of high-fidelity audio.

-Courtesy MBW

Steve Ferrone Receives an award..

Gretsch Drums endorsee, Steve Ferrone, was inducted into the Brighton Music Walk of Fame in his hometown of Brighton, England on 10th July 2019. He joins an esteemed company of musicians that includes Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Dave Gilmour and The Who. The ceremony was attended by Gretsch President Fred Gretsch, 4th generation of the founding Gretsch family.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer, Steve Ferrone is a former member of the Average White Band and has recorded with numerous other including Duran, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Michael Jackson, Chaka Kahn, Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash. He has recently been touring the UK with Trevor Horn as part of his Sarm Orchestra and is on tour with The Dire Straits Legacy, also with Trevor Horn. He is known for his classy musicality, seamless funk rhythms, massive sound and formidable groove.

Commenting on the induction Steve said “What a wonderful feeling to be honoured by your home town for doing something you love as I do, making music. Brighton has always been close to my heart. Now, I’m close to Brighton’s.

The Brighton Music Walk of Fame pays homage to the stars associated with the city and Sussex over the past fifty years. It is a permanent, free to view feature of the iconic Brighton Palace Pier, the first digitally interactive Pier in the UK, where all of the inductee plaques come to life when scanned using the Brighton Music Walk Of Fame App. Teenage Cancer Trust is the official, affiliated charity of the Brighton Music Walk of Fame.

Other new inductees to the Brighton Music Walk Of Fame include Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Alison Moyet, Dusty Springfield and Chris Difford (Squeeze).

Tuned For India, HARMAN Introduces Infinity

HARMAN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today launched an all new lifestyle audio brand in the Indian market - Infinity by HARMAN. As part of the brand launch, the company unveiled 11 new and exciting audio products including six Infinity headphones, four portable Bluetooth speakers and a multimedia 2.1 bluetooth system.

Trendy and zesty, Infinity is an exciting new addition to hugely popular consumer audio brand line up including JBL®, AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Revel® and Mark Levinson® from the house of HARMAN in India. Starting today, consumers can grab the hottest set of Infinity headphones and bassy portable speakers through the online brand store - www.HarmanAudio.in, and from select online and retail stores across the country.  

Inspired by India’s Gen-Now, who are looking for customized, vibrant and wider choices; the all new Infinity offers deep, immersive sound that can be relished through every moment of the day. The Infinity line-up comes packed with a stylish form, smart design and an enhanced bass mode. With one click, consumers can tune-in to enjoy bass-filled beats of the song, and with another click, seamlessly return to the original sound. With its ‘Made for Indian listener’ detailing, consumers can lose themselves in the sound from now till Infinity.

“No-one understands the consumer audio market like we do. HARMAN has been the category leader with our immensely popular and admired audio brands like JBL, AKG and Harman Kardon for years now.” said Pradeep Chaudhry, Country Manager, HARMAN India. “Today, we are thrilled to introduce our legacy Infinity consumer audio brand in India. For more than 50 years, Infinity has been a choice for discerning listeners around the world. With its bass heavy sound, and stylish and contemporary form, Infinity will be hit with India’s new generation and youth.”
The new Infinity line up includes:

  1. Headphones- Zip, Glide, Wynd, Tranz Series, starting at INR 699
  2. Bluetooth speakers- Fuze and Clubz Series, starting at INR 1999
  3. Multimedia Speaker- HardRock and OctaBass, starting at INR 6999

Infinity brand is being launched with a 360 degree marketing campaign starting today. Provoking the consumers to lose themselves in the sound, the campaign, aptly named ‘Immersive Infinity’ or ‘Im.In’ will be seen across digital and traditional media platforms across India.

The Orange Amplifiers History Now Online

 Explore the company’s rich and colourful fifty year history with an interactive timeline that takes readers through Oranges successes, achievements and milestone events. The vibrant, candid and engaging articles combine with archive images to bring the whole company history to life. Did you know that in the beginning Orange started a successful record label, opened a shop, built Orange  recording studios, Orange publishing, Orange Hire and an Orange Booking Agency? They even made Beach Buggies, one of which they kept and used for promotional purposes. Fascinating facts about all these activities and more are detailed in the Orange History alongside vintage pictures which really give a feel of the exciting times in which Orange was born.

For sound aficionados the Orange History offers loads of interesting information about how the distinctive Orange sound was shaped and developed in 1969, including how a Harley Street hearing specialist solved a mystery! During the early years many famous musicians would visit and hang out in the Orange Shop, and many used Orange amps and speakers. The Orange History is packed with charming snippets and rarely seen images of the who’s who of rock and roll including rare pictures of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zapper, Paul Kosoff and loads more.

Over the decades the brand has seen the launch of many new, innovative and revolutionary products and has grown exponentially into a global amplification company, receiving many awards and accolades, including a record three Queens Awards for Export and Innovation. The company’s many achievements are listed chronologically on the Orange History page giving an insight into its continuing success.

The new page makes for intriguing reading, not least because it clearly illustrates the company’s forward looking perspective and the use of ‘future’ technology. CEO and Founder, Cliff Cooper’s favorite mantra has always been  ‘what’s new and what’s next?’. The Orange brand will always be about the sound of the sound, high quality products with durability and its successes continuing to point the way ahead.
To find out more about Orange Amplification please go to https://orangeamps.com/history

DW Honors Drumming Icon Jim Keltner

DW has announced the release of a Jim Keltner Collector’s Series® ICON snare drum honoring the legendary drummer’s contribution to the music world. Only 250 of the California Custom Shop collectables will ever be produced and each is numbered and signed by DW’s own John Good.

“Everyone at Drum Workshop is honored to present this very special ICON snare drum in honor of our good friend and drumming legend, Jim Keltner,” said Good. “His contributions to the drum community and music industry at large are well documented.” 

Crafted from 11 plies of hand-selected North American Hard Rock Maple with patented VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) grain orientation technology, it’s a collector’s piece that is also a highly-playable, studio-quality instrument

The unique drum is then finished with a veneer of, laser-cut, hand-applied exotic and dyed-wood inlays inspired by Jim’s vintage Collector’s Series kit, and his signature aviator sunglasses and custom California license plate. The 6.5”x14” drum is outfitted with Jim’s favorite “mini turret” lugs in weathered-looking Antique Brass and comes standard with matching True-Hoops™, MAG throw-off system.  True-Pitch Tuning™, True-Tone™ snare wires, and DW Heads by Remo® completed the Limited Edition offering.   A Jim Keltner Fan Club button, set of wrist bands, and certificate of authenticity are also included within the deluxe DW carrying bag.

To find out more about the limited edition Jim Keltner ICON snare drum please go to http://www.dwdrums.com/limited/#Jim-Keltner-Icon

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Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW® and PDP® banners. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands including Gretsch® Drums, Latin Percussion®, and Ovation® Guitars. DW’s wide range of products is endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Chad Smith, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Richie Sambora, Mick Fleetwood, Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit www.dwdrums.com  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Rammstein Drummer Christoph Schneider Uses DW Jazz Series On Tour

Christoph Schneider’s DW Jazz Series kit is the centre piece of Rammstein’s towering, multi-level, industrial stage for their sold out 2019 European stadium tour. He heralds the start of the show with a resounding drum strike sparking a massive blast that releases smoke across the stage. Schneider received his DW Jazz Series back in 2018 in time to record Rammstein’s long awaited seventh, eponymous studio album on, which debuted at No.1 in fourteen different countries (Rammstein are the best-selling German rock band of all time). 
 
Christoph Schneider’s tour kit set up consists of DW Collector's Series "Jazz" Kit with Maple/Gum shells finished in matte black. It is completed with a DW Collectors Edge Snare (14”x6”), a DW Collectors Maple Snare (12”x5”) and the Design Series Concert Toms (6”x5” / 10”x5”). He complemented his kit with classic DW 9000 Series pedals and chrome hardware.
 
Twice nominated for Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance, Rammstein are renowned for their amazing live shows. With the 2019 stadium tour sold out, Rammstein have just announced a massive European tour for 2020.

Dates so far are: 
Date    Venue    Country
May 25th    Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion    Austria
May 29/30th    Leipzig Red Bull Arena    Germany
June 2/3rd    Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena    Germany
June 6/7th     Zurich Letzigrund    Switzerland
June 10th    Ostend Event Site    Belgium
June 17th    Belfast Boucher Road Playing Field    Northern Ireland
June 20th    Ricoh Stadium Coventry    England
June 24th    Nijmegen Goffertpark    Holland
June 27/28th    Düsseldorf Merkur Spiel-Arena    Germany
July 1/2nd    Hamburg Volksparkstadion    Germany
July 4/5th    Berlin Olympiastadion    Germany
July 9/10th    Lyon Groupama Stadium    France
July 13th    Turin Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino    Italy
July 17th    Warsaw PGE Narodowy    Poland
July 21st    Tallinn Song Festival Grounds    Estonia
July 26th    Trondheim Granåsen    Norway
July 31st/1st Aug    Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium    Sweden
August 4th    Aarhus Ceres Park    Denmark

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Discover Orange Amplifications Acoustic Pre Amp

When Orange Amplification launched their Acoustic Pre in 2017 it was the world’s first stereo valve acoustic preamp/active DI and it set the standard for hi-fidelity tone and refined live acoustic sound. Engineered for both stage and studio use, the Acoustic Pre is exceptional and uncompromising in its performance, full of natural warmth and rich harmonics. Since it was launched, singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and multi Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder has been touring with an Acoustic Pre as well as the highly respected jazz guitarist, Dr Martin Taylor MBE, who said ‘This preamp inspires me to create music’. Check out Martin talking about the Acoustic Pre here.
 
El Amir, multi-instrumentalist with Hans Zimmer, has also been using the Acoustic Pre on tour. He says ‘It makes my flamenco guitar sound huge!! The Acoustic Pre combines quality, depth and beauty of sound. I will be using it on the World of Hans Zimmer autumn tour 2019.’ Check out his video here.
 
Grammy Award winner, Clean Bandit’s guitarist Jack Patterson commented 'With the Acoustic Pre I can turn up for radio sessions knowing I have easy control over my guitars without a ton of gear. It's a really versatile tool in the Clean Bandit studio.' The band are appearing at festivals across the UK this summer.
 
The unique valve Channel A is for active and passive instruments which gives it a wide frequency range enabling it to capture every subtle nuance of an acoustic guitar. The solid state Channel B has a different, slightly softer character with outstanding clarity.

To find out more about the Acoustic Preamp please go to https://orangeamps.com/

Tune into R.D Burman station

On June 27th 2019 R.D Burman would celeberate his 80th birthday, on this day there would be  celeberations by fans with shows, tributes,etc...Saregama has launced an R.D.Burman station on it's 
Caravan range of products and relive the Pancham era.. “Do lafzon ki hai, dil ki kahaani, ya hai  mohabbat, ya hai jawani”, one can surely hum that song while even reading the sentence. That’s the effect of Pancham. Known for various hits over the years, R D Burman is one of the most loved artist  who combined his love for Indian music with that of International one.

The acclaimed music composer has spilled the magic of his music with various hits like ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’ to ‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’. You can enjoy the magic of Pancham with Saregama Carvaan on a station specially dedicated to the legend with over 300 songs. Here are few more of his creations that you will adore: Pyar Deewana Hota Hai: Composed twice, this song was not only sung in Hindi but also Bengali. In 1965, Asha Bhosle recreated the song for the Bengali film Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko: With the magic of R D Burman’s music, Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko became one of the most remembered song of ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’.Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin: ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin’ is one of the most popular tracks from the movie which rings among favourites even today. Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge: Celebrating the essence of friendship, the iconic songs remains to be undoubtedly one of the best friendship tracks produced till date. Kya Hua Tera Wada: While ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’ was well known for its music – it was known for 2 of the most popular songs - Kya Hua Tera Wada & Bachna Ae Hasinon A few other iconic songs by R D Burman were: Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai,Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se, Ek 
Ladki Ko Dekha, Dum Maro Dum. Listen to above and other songs by Pancham Da on Saregama Carvaan. Saregama Carvaan is a one stop destination for all music lovers who swear by the evergreen era of  music.  It offers pre-loaded collection of 5000 evergreen songs divided into 130+ stations based on Artistes, Specials and Ameen Syaani’s Geetmala along with other utility features like FM/ AM/ USB & Aux.
Saregama Carvaan is available on www.saregama.com for an economical price range starting at Rs 5990.

Take care of your Vinyls Package

The much awaited Nagaoka product range is now in India. The most important part of having a record collection is maintaining it so that your records keep pumping out through the grooves for a looooong time!Check out our Nagaoka care package that includes the following:

Record Spray for that quick spray and wipe cleaning. Use with Nagaoka micro fiber record brush
Anti Static Spray for keeping your record static free. Get rid of those annoying pops!
Record Brush cleans away the deep rooted dirt with fibers thinner than the vinyl groove width. 
Perfect cleaning solution when used with the record spray or anti static spray
Stylus Cleaner is a great solution for all that muck and grime your needle has developed. Just use the applicator and your stylus is as good as new.
Anti Static Sleeves are a perfect way to store your records once you have cleaned them with the above special products.You dont want all that work to go to waste!

GHS Strings Adds Innovation Brand

World renowned Innovation stand-up bass strings, which have until recently been manufactured in the UK, have found a new home with GHS Strings in the USA. The specialist machinery, unique non-metallic cores and original winding materials have been combined with our experienced workforce using the original hand spun manufacturing specifications to seamlessly reproduce traditional Innovation Bass Strings.
 
GHS will now add Innovation strings to its line up as both manufacturer and worldwide distributor of the Innovation brand of strings for stand-up bass that includes orchestral, jazz, bluegrass and rock-a-billy. GHS has a proud lineage dating back to 1964, over the years producing a huge number of various products for bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, bajo sexto, and much more.
 
“As one of the largest producers of music string products in the world, we anticipate that our lengthy background in manufacturing strings, combined with the Innovation traditions will guarantee that Innovation will continue to be a unique offering in stand-up bass strings,” remarked GHS President Russ McFee.
 
The Innovation products will be available through GHS and its distributor and retailer base as GHS implements full manufacturing production in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Black Deer Festival And Orange Amps Band Competition!

Orange Amplification's has partnered with Black Deer Festival to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a TremLord 30 guitar amplifier worth £1000 and a forty five minute set on the festival’s SupaJam stage in the main festival arena. The fifties inspired TremLord 30 is Orange’s most vintage guitar amp, ever. The 30w 1x12 all valve guitar combo with built-in valve driven tremolo and reverb puts a new spin on the company’s signature sound.
 
Black Deer Festival is an award winning Americana and country music festival that pays homage to the cultural heritage attached to Americana - all the raw passion and grit of the movement is here. It has more than seventy international bands delivering a compelling blend of originality and authenticity in the spectacular landscape of Eridge Park, Kent, England from 21st to 23rd June 2019.
 
To enter this exciting competition, solo artists or bands need to play original Americana music  – country, blues, bluegrass etc. and be available to play at the festival. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants should submit a video or track link here and tell Orange and Black Deer a little about themselves.
 
The winner will be selected by the Black Deer booking team and will receive a TremLord 30, a forty five minute set on the SupaJam stage at Black Deer Festival and a pair of weekend tickets for family or friends to come and support them.
 
Competition closes on 31st May 2019 and is expected to be fierce, entrants have only one chance to impress, so only send the best original performance. Good Luck.

No Chocolates... No Roses!

Gift your dear ones an experience of love with Saregama Carvaan
“Aae meri Zohra Jabeen” or “Tujhe Dekha toh ye jaana sanam..” Don’t the melodies like these refresh your memories of love and romance?

There is no better way to express love than music! And if it is old Bollywood melodies, it just adds cherry to the cake. Make your valentine’s evening all the more romantic with a gift of love this year– gift Saregama Carvaan. No matter what age bracket you fall in or how many years you have been together, an expression of love is always important to make your life happier and Saregama Carvaan is a perfect gift that becomes part of both of your lives and keep the love quotient alive.

Pre-loaded with a curated selection of 5000 evergreen Hindi songs, Saregama brings to you your all your favourites – right from Ameen Sayani’s Geetmala to R.D. Burman’s lively hits, to the all-time favourites of Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohd Rafi and Mukesh – each category will surely take you down a nostalgic memory lane into the golden era of music. It also has the charm of the old-world radio which enables you to switch to your favourite station. Additionally, you can also enjoy your personal collection of songs by plugging in a USB drive or running songs from your phone via Bluetooth.

It is your girlfriend or mother, husband or grandfather, express love to everyone this Valentine’s Day with Saregama Carvaan!

The price range of Saregama Cavaan starts with Rs 5990/- and variants of the product is available online and retail stores.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.