August is here and now is the time to get ready for school band and orchestra. If you are in need of an instrument for school band or orchestra, you must read our web page on Buying vs. Renting. Our band and orchestra instrument purchase programs for student instruments make buying the right financial choice for most families. Learn why by clicking here. But if you don't feel buying is right for you after reading Buying vs. Renting, we have rental instruments at very competititve rates. Plus, we have Central Washington's largest selection of printed music in stock. Avalon Music is your family music center.
We are often asked about the difference between Arranger Keyboards and Workstation Keyboards when folks come by the store. Here's a great video done by Rich Formidoni, Korg's Product Training Manager for the USA. Rich explains the difference between arranger keyboards and workstation in several different ways. Come down to Avalon Music to get the keyboard that is perfect for you.
It's Guitar Month all April long at Avalon Music, with special pricing on all our guitars. Plus, our Facebook contest this month is - post a photo of you and your guitar on Facebook, add a comment about why you love your guitar, and then tag Avalon Music or send us a copy. You'll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate.
And just in case you're interested in bringing home a "forever" guitar - here's a video with some ideas.
The new Blackstar ID:Core guitar amplifiers were introduced at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, winning Best in Show.
These amps have an intuitive controls set like a traditional amp, but have the versatility of being programmable, allowing you - the guitarist - to custom design your own sound: Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar’s patented ISF control you can get the exact tone your hearing in your head. The effects are stunning stereo modulation, delay and reverb.
Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the Blackstar INSIDER software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via the online community and the USB connector also allows you to record from your amp directly to your computer.
We took these amps for a "test drive" this month and they really are the most surprising new amplifiers we have ever heard. Terrific sounds that are absolutely huge in a small, affordable package. From $99 to $199 - what a screaming deal! And they're on their way to Avalon Music.
Here's a couple of videos from Blackstar to start the excitement!
Steve and LaVon are on their way to the NAMM Show in sunny Anaheim where they will be looking for new products to bring back to all our friends and customers throughout Central Washington. As they keep us informed with stories and photos - and maybe some live video - we'll be posting as much as we can. Keep your product requests coming - maybe they can give us sneak peek at some of products you want to see!
Guitarists, bassists, keyboard players, beatboxers, looping musicians of all sorts: BOSS® wants you to bring it on. BOSS Corporation is pleased to launch the Loop Station World Championship. Start by submitting a video performance with any BOSS RC-Series looping product, and the result could be a trip to the U.S. Finals in Hollywood, California. Or, better yet, $3,000 in BOSS gear and a trip to the International Championship at Winter NAMM 2013 in Anaheim, California. Entry period ends August 31. More information: http://www.bossus.com/go/loop_station/
From now until July 31, 2012, it's the Fender Summer Sonic Boom at Avalon Music! Get a $25, $50 or $100 Instant Rebate at the cash register on Fender gear! Here's a link to the details at Fender's website.
Here's video from our 20th Anniversary Celebration Shred Contest. We think we got everyone in the video, but you're missing we apologize. There will be photos posted later tofay or tomorrow. We had a great time.
And special kudos go out to guitarist extraordinaire Mark Burton, who graciously declined a "shred off" to declare the winner, and humbly stepped aside to allow Shelby to take home our grand prize Line 6 DL4 Delay Pedal! Thank you - all our contestants and Line 6 - for being part of this terrific celebration!
Avalon Music is proud to invite you to our 20th Year Anniversary Celebration!!
It is THIS Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. We'll have some of the best product specialists Fender, Gretsch, Roland, Boss, Seagull and Godin . . . and more! We'll have new products you can try, with special pricing all day long. Free BBQ hamburgers and soft drinks! We'll have drawings and special "blowout prices" announced every hour. This is a chance to buy - or win - the gear you've been wanting!
Here's the schedule
- 10:00 am – 12:00 noon - Live radio remote broadcast by Dan Kuntz and THE QUAKE 102.1 FM
- 12:00 noon– 2:00 pm Live Blues Jam (outside) with various groups and artists from around the valley – come sign up!
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SHRED GUITAR – Contest: 60 seconds to play as many notes as you can – limited space, come sign up! Grand prize is a Line 6 DL4 Delay Pedal!
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Back outside for more Blues Jams
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Final prizes given away
- ALL DAY BBQ
There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be given away!
- LTD Viper 300M Electric Guitar ($599)
- Fender Standard Dtrat HSS ($499)
- Boss BR-800 Digital Multi-Track Recorder - ($450)
- Yamaha FG-700S Acoustic Guitar ($199)
- Grand Teton Acoustic Guitar ($329)
- Marshall MG15FX guitar Amp ($139)
- Fender Champion 600 guitar Amp ($239)
- TC Electronic VioceLive Vocal Processor ($249)
- Fishman AFX Delay Pedal for Acoustic guitar ($249)
- Dozens of shirts, hats, stickers, mugs, lanyards, posters, banners, drumheads, music books, guitar strings . . . and more!
Everything kicks off FRIDAY night at 6:00 pm with a Fusion Drumming Clinic by GAREY WILLIAMS – cost is $5.00 and a chance to win a SABIAN 15” AAXpolsion Crash. Lots of door prizes as well - Get signed up TODAY!
We would like to take this time and THANK EVERYONE for your continued support!! We look forward to the next 20 years!
We've just got our official notice that Mike Madlener, our very knowledgeable and wild and crazy Fender representative, will be at our 20th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, May 19. Besides having a Fender Standard Strat SSH as a gift for one of our lucky friends and customers, Mike is bringing samples of lots of new awesome Fender products.
This is your opportunity to play the new gear from Fender and make your purchase at our 20th Anniversary Celebration Sale! Check out these photos and click on the photos to get more information from Fender.com
Fender Excelsior Amp Fender Greta Amp
So come down on Saturday, May 19, eat some hot dogs, meet Mike and many of the representative from our other business partners, and celebrate!
Well even though we have tones of special prices and for our 20th anniversary this month - including our Anniversary Celebration on May 19, there's more happening out there to bring a smile to our customers. Fender's Squier is going to pick ten grand-prize winners, each of whom will pick out their favorite Fender Squier guitar or bass amid a dozen great Squier artist models—instruments bearing names including Mike Dirnt, John 5, Matt Freeman, James Johnson, Avril Lavigne, J Mascis, Simon Neil, Jim Root, Joe Trohman, Mikey Way, Pete Wentz and Deryck Whibley. Enter now and one of the ten could be yours. Just name it...
All you have to do is register at Fender.com. Here's the link.
Whew! Avalon Music has some of the best business partners in the universe! The giveaway gear continues to pile up. Mike Charles - the screamingly-good guitar player for the Seattle M80's - is our partner representative (some would say sales guy) for TC Electronics processing gear, Shure sound reinforcement products, Gator Cases, and ESP Guitars. Well, Mike scored for you! We received mics from our bros at Shure (pun intended), Gator has a couple of guitar cases on the way, a new VoiceLive Play processor is in the pile from TC-Helicon, and a new LTD 300 series electric guitar arrived from ESP Guitars, with t-shirts, cup holders and coffee cups.
And here's a video from Mike's performance last night with his band, the Seattle M80s.
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Avalon Music opening its doors to North Central Washington. Check out our story. Although we'll be celebrating all month with some daily deals, our real celebration is on May 18 and May 19.
On Friday evening, May 18, at 6:00 pm, Avalon Music will be kicking-off the celebration with a drumset clinic with recording artist and drummer extraordinaire Garey Williams. Garey is endorsed by Vic Firth, LP, Remo. Sabian and DW, and you’ll learn why. He is an incredible educator and a truly gifted percussionist. There is a $5 admission fee that’s good for $5 off on any Avalon Music purchase of $25 or more. Plus, there will be door prizes, including a cymbal from Sabian. Garey’s clinics have always been standing room only, so please call and reserve a spot.
The real party is all day on Saturday, May 19, with hot dogs on the BBQ and soda pop. We’ll have manufacturing representatives there to give you the latest information on all their products – and special pricing on everything in the store.
We know you love giveaways and our partners are chomping at the bit to make this huge celebration full of great door prizes! So far, we’ve received a 15” Sabian AAX crash cymbal from our buddies at Sabian, an absolutely cool Aura Delay pedal from the acoustic guitar geniuses at Fishman, an acoustic guitar from our long-time partners at Chesbro Music, and a huge assortment of drum heads and accessories from our friends Aquarian. Not to be outdone, ESP Guitars, who makes some of the coolest guitars on the planet, just let us know there might be an LTD electric guitar on the way! And we may just happen to have a Marshall MG amp and a Fender Champion 600 amp in the mix. Oh, and we’ll have t-shirts and guitar strings, too. And there will be more - just keep checking in here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Whooo, I’m tired just writing all this. It will be awesome!
But we didn’t stop there. We’ll have a live blues jam rockin’ the parking lot from noon until 4 pm. And at 2:00 pm there will be our first ever Shred Contest. Yes, a Shred Contest. Each participant has 60 seconds to lay his – or her – best shredding on us. Let the fingers bleed! Just bring your guitar and any pedals you need - we’ll have amplifiers to choose from. We’ll be video recording the entire Shred Contest and we’ll post the video here to our website, on Facebook and on Twitter. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. So make sure and let us know. Call or come by the store to sign up for the blues jam and the Shred Contest, we’re limiting both to 20 people.
This is our way of saying “thank you” to the friends we’ve made for 20 years. Let’s rock the Wenatchee Valley the entire month of May!
TC-Helicon A few weeks ago our TC Electronic rep brought in the new TC-Helicon Voice Live Play GTX. Well, we sat down and put it through its paces for almost an hour. We were blown away! The VoiceLive Play GTX is incredible. It has over 200 song and artist inspired presets for vocals and guitar, key selection and harmonies automatically based on guitar input, eand pitch correction. Plus you can plug in your MP3 player to the AUX input and sing along to your favorite songs using the Vocal Cancel feature.
But the VoiceLive Play GTX is just not jam-packed with vocal processing features - it also has world-class dedicated guitar effects and processing from TC Electronics. Just plug in your mic and your guitar - then plug into your PA system. No guitar amp is needed.
But a video is worth a 1000 words - and in this case, this terrific video from TC-Helicon is worth 1,000,000 words. Check it out and then come down to Avalon Music. You won't believe your ears.
Mega Multi-FX with Next-Generation Amp Modeling
The long-awaited follow up to the GT-10 has arrived. Meet the new BOSS effects flagship, the GT-100, boasting next-generation amp modeling that recreates vintage amps as well as providing new COSM® tones that soar into the future. The user interface has been improved with a unique dual-LCD system, and EZ TONE has been enhanced with newly designed AMP CUSTOMIZE and OD/DS CUSTOMIZE features. The GT-100 is a powerhouse processor that spans from classic to futuristic in a friendly, rugged, road-worthy unit.
- Advanced COSM® amps that model vintage amp tones and delivers never-before-heard tones
- Dual-LCD for simple and intuitive operation with direct access to every parameter
- Improved EZ Tone TONE feature with graphical TONE GRID for constructing new patches; AMP CUSTOMIZE and OD/DS CUSTOMIZE lets you easily create original amps and overdrive/distortion by customizing their behavior
- Newly developed ACCEL pedal for simultaneous control of multiple parameters
Check out this video from Boss:
Well, more of Avalon Music's 2012 stock orders are starting to arrive. We're excited to have Charvel guitars for the first time in 20 years! These Charvel models absolutely rock and look beautiful. We also have Ovation guitars landing - quality construction and that unique Ovation feel. Check out the Charvel website and the Ovation website. Let us know what Charvel guitar or Oaation guitar you are looking for - and if we don't have it then we'll get it for you.
We've been a partner with Roland and Boss for almost two decades and we've seen cutting edge gear released year-after-year. One of the benefits of gear from Roland and Boss is the tremendous resources available at their websites. Have you web surfed over to the Roland website or Boss website lately? Besides being able to register your gear, download manuals and technical specification, and keep gear OS and software up to date, Roland and Boss provide so much more. Make sure you check out Roland's "microsites" developed for individual products, or their hundreds, if not thousands, of product Audio & Video Demos, as well as Interactive Demos. Roland even has a Worship Connection site with great information designed just for churches and worship leaders. Boss provides a complete collection of gear information, videos, "how to" guides and podcasts at its Boss Users Group site and special pages like the new ME-25 Tone Room.
Roland and Boss gear is innovative, of the highest quality, and sounds great. Come down to Avalon Music and hear, see and feel that Roland and Boss know how to rock!