532 N Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 663-7300

Effect Pedals - True Bypass vs. Buffered Pedals

Every guitar player has an opinion on effect pedals and whether "true bypass" or "buffered" pedals provide the most accurate tone.  Here are a couple of resources that may dispel  some of the myths.  but be assured, whichever type you use, we have choices from Boss, Dunlop, Fishman, MXR, Electro-Harmonix, T.C Electronic, DigiTech, Vox and Line 6.

Article by legendary effect pedal guru Pete Cornish. And  here's a short video with an actual demonstration.  Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/YOWeoizp4y0

New Tube Amps Have Arrived!

The Fender Excelsior and Fender Greta guitar amplifiers we've been waiting for just arrived.  These amps were at our Anniversary Celebration in May and everyone who checked them out was amazed.  We also finally got in our shipment of the Vox Tony Bruno tube amps. I took the Vox Bruno 18 watt for a test drive. All I'll say is . . . "absolutely awesome!" Come down to Avalon Music with your guitar and take 'em for a spin.

And here's a great video from Fender that will make you smile!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-R1pMp7iwg

Boss Looper World Championship!

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/

The Korg MMA-130 Portable Amp Rocks!

The Korg MMA-130 has arrived at Avalon Music and it rocks!  This compact portable amplifier has 4 inputs, XLR and 1/4", plus RCA and 3.5mm inputs, thumping bass response and operates on AC or battery power.  Battery operation can last for up to 24 hours.  

This portable amplifier/PA sounds fantastic for vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboard and even percussion instruments. Check out the MMA-130 at Korg's website and these product videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=recVq8yQ4yw&feature=related

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oucz-P-Dvbc&feature=relmfu

Fender Summer Sonic Boom - Instant Rebates!

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.

 

 

Shred Contest Video!

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!

http://youtu.be/vyF7iavCkfw

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday was our biggest event ever.  We had hundreds of customers and friends join us for a lot of fun, good food, terrific deals on gear and - best of all - a ton of free stuff!

Thanks to all who made this day so special for us. Dan and Gary from The Quake 102.5 FM kicked things off with a rockfest in out parking lot and kept us laughing the whole morning.  We've got some special "shout outs" to Mike Madlener from Fender and Mike Smith from Roland and Boss, who spent the day talking to customers about the best musical geat on the planet.  These guys drove from Portalnd/Seattle, showed up early and stayed until almost the very end with a break.  You guys rock!

And a ton of thanks to all our business partners who donated gear for our prize drawings and the Shred Contest - ESP Guitars, Fender, Roland, Yamaha, Line 6, Fishman, Chesbro Music, Godin Guitars, Shure, Aquarian Drumheads, Sabian, C.F. Martin . . . and others that I'm forgetting right now

A few more special thank you mentions - Mike Gamble for logistics, and our "go talk to customers and let me cook on that BBQ" folks who kicked us out of the kitchen - Michelle Shermer, Joe Guimond and Mike "Sorry, I didn't get your last name but you cooked awesome burgers!) among others.  Also, guitar teacher extraordinaire, Mike Schenck, who just started helping customers on the sales floor and making sure everyone felt welcome.  And the members of The Swinging Richards and Junk Belly for keeping our blues jam going and all the other musicians who stepped up to show their stuff.

If I missed anybody that deserves special thanks, well ... then ...  THANK YOU!

We'll be posting photos of the event and prize winners today or tomorrow.  And video of our Shred Contest  - now that was a cool show.  We've got some awesome young guitarists in the Wenatchee Valley! 

So to the best customers and friends on Earth  . . . . . Thank You!  Thank you!  Thank You!

Weekend Anniversary Celebration Schedule!

 

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!

Shred Contest Preview????

So is this a preview of our Anniversary Celebration Guitar Shred Contest????  The SHred Contest is 1:30-ish this Saturday, May 19 during our Anniversary Celebration.  Each contestant gets 60 seconds.  There may be a "shred-off" to declare the winner.  The grand prize is a Line 6 DL4 Delay Pedal,but every contestant will be receive something.  Judges from Fender, Roland and Godin Guitars?  Who knows. They could be listening and judging.  Let's party and do some rockin'!!
http://youtu.be/b8eymimAV8k

Fender is Coming to Our Anniversary Celebration!

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 Offset 

   Fender Jaguarillo

   Fender Select Strat HSS

  Fender Reverse Jaguar Bass

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!

Fender's Squier Guitar Sweepstakes

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.

Anniversary Celebration Giveaways Are Piling Up!

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.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3131841340626

May is Our 20th Anniversary! It's a Celebration!

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!

Line 6 StageScape and StageSource PA Gear! Wow!

This week we had a chance to sit down with our very cool and extremely talented sales representative from Line 6 and he took us through a demo of the new Line 6 StageScape digital mixer and StageSource active speakers.  We were blown away!  It is easy to see why the StageScape digital mixer won the new product category at NAMM.  This gear is revolutionary and will change the way we all "do live sound."  

The StageScape interface is an absolutely huge touch screen, which displays a stage (your choice of what you want the stage to look like).  As you plug in mic cables there are icons showing microphone stands, keyboards, guitars, drumsets added to the stage display.  Adjusting inputs, EQ, compression, limiting, FX for each channel is just a touch of the screen and, of course, can be saved as individual settings or the entire setup can be saved as a scene.  Plus, you can record 16 tracks to a USB flash or drive, or to an SD card. (There's even 20 seconds of 16 track internal recording so you can record a portion of the sound check and continue adjustments without the band.)  And if you want to be mobile, you can control the StageScape wirelessly through up to five - yes, five - iPads.   

There is so much to describe about the StageScape mixer and the StageSource speakers - here are some videos that you have got to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORHgclJKKlw  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgD4Pgv3yu4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtKGk5fgJEA

Roland Gear - Rebates and Financing

Roland has a long list of rebates available on its great gear.  There's $100 cash back on Roland's F-120 Digital Piano, GR-55 Guitar Synth, Lucina AX-09 Keyboard, V-Studio 100 digital recorder, and TD-4 and TD-9 electronic drumsets.  Get $50 cash back on your purchase of a Boss BR-80 or BR-800 digital recorders.  Also, download Sonar X1 Studio for free with your purchase of an Octa-Capture USB audio interface.  And to make all this money saving gear even more awesome, there's 12 month no-interest financing on Roland and Boss gear through GE Capital.  Woo-hoo!   

Check out all the details at the Roland website and then come on down to Avalon Music to start making some seriously good music with gear from Roland.