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April 10, 2017

Yamaha introduces the new Yamaha YVS-100 Venova instrument at Frankfurt

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NOW IN STOCK 27.04.2017

Yamaha used the Musikmesse 2017 music exhibition at Frankfurt in the first week in April to launch their new YVS-100 Venova wind instrument.

The Venova is a unique instrument with a compact body and authentic sound achieved through innovative technologies, not only giving an ideal launch pad into the world of woodwind instruments for someone wanting to learn, but also introducing a ‘go-anywhere’ reed instrument for established players.

For more details and videos please see the product on our website here

Yamaha YVS-100 Venova causal wind instrument

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April 03, 2017

Getting the Most Out of Your Reeds

Advice from D’Addario, manufacturers if the world renowned Rico, Rico Royal, Hemke and La Voz reeds:

Getting the Most Out of Your Reeds

  1. Be sure to thoroughly break-in and rotate your reeds.  Do not play each reed for more than a few minutes in the first days of use.
  2. The acidity content in one’s saliva may negatively affect the life of a reed.  Consider using water to soak your reeds instead.
  3. Dark spots in the bark of the reed do not indicate that a reed will play poorly.
  4. Always use a mouthpiece cap when the reed is still on the mouthpiece, but not in use.  This prevents reed damage and keeps the reed from drying out.  Do not store your reed on the mouthpiece.
  5. The entire length of the reed vibrates; too much ligature pressure can stifle the vibration, so be careful when tightening the screw(s).
  6. Storing your reeds properly is important for maintaining stable, well-functioning reeds.
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March 22, 2017

Looking after your pBone plastic Trombone

The pBone plastic Trombone is a fantastic invention, giving access to a much wider range of ages and abilites – here are a few tips to keep it in good condition.

Start by joining the bell and slide sections together and securing them simply without resistance. Insert the mouthpiece gently into the mouthpiece receiver.

Before you start

Before you use your pBone, pour a small amount of lukewarm water (NOT HOT WATER) into the slide section and work the slide slowly back and forth a few times before rinsing and pouring it out. Repeat the process with the bell section – run lukewarm water through it, rinse it and drain it.

Tuning Slide

To keep the tuning slide moving, first remove the tuning slide. Apply a generous amount of tuning slide grease (Selmer tuning slide and cork grease is excellent) to each slide and spread over the entire surface. Insert the tuning slide completely into receivers and wipe off excess grease with a soft cloth.

pBone plastic Trombone Slide

Apply a small amount of slide cream to the stockings or apply oil/liquid slide lube to the inner slide top, allowing the oil/lube to run down to the stockings. Spray inner slides with water and work up and down to distribute the cream/oil/lube.

When new, the slide on the pBone plastic Trombone may feel slow and scratchy. The slide will “run-in” with use as the brass stockings ‘polish themselves’ and at the same time smooth down the interior of the outer slides. During this ‘running-in period’ you will need to clean the inner slides frequently with a lint free cloth or baby-wipe.

You should expect to find a dark deposit both on your cloth and in the condensation coming from the water key, this is normal and shows that the stockings are doing their job smoothing down the interior of the outer slide tubes.

With use and over time this process will diminish and disappear as the slide becomes quicker, quieter and smoother to run. You may find that the slide needs less lube during the “running-in” period. If during this period, the slide slows it will almost certainly be a build up of the dark deposit so always give the slide a good clean should it slow down.

Maintenance

To maintain your pBone plastic trombone outer coating, never clean with boiling hot water, chemical agents or harsh detergents or solvents. Use only lukewarm water for cleaning purposes. The coloured parts can be cleaned with a soft cloth. The glass fibre outer slides may be cleaned with warm soapy water and then lightly dressed with vegetable oil to restore the look of the surface.

Any minor damage to the coloured plastic can be mended with superglue

Using mutes

Be very careful when using mutes on the pBone plastic Trombone as twisting the mute in the bell may damage the seam. Don’t try too hard with plunger or wah wah mutes as this will dislodge the bell from the slide!

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March 17, 2017

Heritage Music Privilege Card

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The Heritage Music Privilege Card is available to all music teachers and Education establishments. The Privilege Card entitles the holder to an overriding discount:

Schools and Education establishments: As a holder of the card you can quote the card number in conjunction with your order and a discount will be applied. The code can also be used for online purchases – please see below. For larger bulk purchases, please call for a bespoke quote.

Instrumental Teachers: We recognise the teacher’s role in promoting, nurturing and encouraging more musicians, and also the fact that many teachers spend a lot of time buying spares, accessories and books, and even instruments on behalf of students. The privilege card will entitle you to a discount on almost all of what we sell.

How can I use my Privilege card online: Each privilege card has a unique number. This number is linked to your log-in when you register on our website. The card will not work unless you have registered online. You need to inform us when this is done so we can link the two. Thereafter you can shop 24/7 and be assured of getting your discount.

How do I apply for a Privilege card: We would need just one form of proof that you are a teacher. There are many ways of proving this but the most common would be proof of membership with one of the teaching unions or associations.

There are many hundreds of cards already in use – join us now and never pay full price again. Email sales@heritagemusic.org.uk with your name, address and one proof of teaching (if a private teacher) and we will get one on its way to you.

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September 25, 2014

Hampshire Music Hub breaks the ukulele Orchestra world record

The Hampshire Music Education Hub is a Record Breaker!

Almost ten weeks ago Hampshire Music hub took over Southampton football stadium to stage an amazing world record attempt for the largest group ever playing ukulele. Names Uke’n’Sing it was amazingly organised with thousands of children all armed with their ukulele and now, nearly ten weeks later the Guinness World Records have approved and confirmed their record attempt and have announced them World Record Holders for the ‘Largest Ukulele Ensemble’!

Congratulations and very well done to everyone who worked so hard to secure this excellent feat!

Heritage Music are proud to be one of Hampshire Music Hub’s suppliers, including a good proportion of the ukuleles used!

https://www.heritage-music.co.uk/shop/297-Ukuleles

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August 12, 2014

pTrumpet Plastic trumpet

From the inventors of the fantastically successful pBone, the pTrumpet is the world’s first 100% plastic trumpet using a patented polymer lead-pipe not only giving it authentic and unbeatable sound quality and playability but making it affordable, durable and fun! Its new all plastic valve system is not only fantastic to play but is also incredibly ground breaking – truly a revolution in affordable trumpet playing!

Great for Education Authorities, schools and beginners!

The design of the pTrumpet has done away with problems relating to younger children learning the trumpet; its lightweight and virtually indestructible! Also having interchangeable valves makes it easier to clean and lubricate without mixing them up.

pTrumpet Plastic trumpet Specification:

  • Pitched in Bb
  • 100% Plastic Construction
  • ergonomic grip design
  • Completely interchangeable main, 1st and 3rd Slides
  • Bell Size: 4 7/8” (123.80mm)
  • Lightweight – almost half the weight of a standard trumpet
  • Bore Size: .460” (11.68mm)
  • Comes with a carry bag

BULK EDUCATION DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE – PLEASE ENQUIRE

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