Posts tagged ‘Vantaan Musiikki’

23/05/2018

Shadow JMS 52-E-NS – the Kitarablogi-video

22/05/2018

Now on SoundCloud: Shadow JMS 52E-NS

Shadow JMS-52E-NS

• all solid cutaway dreadnought
• thermo-treated woods
• solid German spruce top
• solid African mahogany rims and back
• mahogany neck
• blackwood fretboard
• genuine bone nut and bridge saddle
• built-in Shadow pickup system with master volume and tone

Rhythm guitars recorded with an AKG C3000. Lead guitar recorded direct off the Shadow pickup and preamp.

Contact: Musiikki Silfverberg

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11/05/2018

Testi tulossa ::: Review coming soon::: Shadow JMS 52-E-NS

Contact: Musiikki Silfverberg

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27/04/2018

Testipenkissä: Nux B-2 Wireless

Jos olet harkinnut langattoman järjestelmän ostamista jo pidemmän aikaa, mutta monet järjestelmät tuntuivat tähän mennessä liian monimutkaisilta, kannattaa jatkaa lukemista.

Nux B-2 (129 €) voisi kuvailla langattomaksi kitarajärjestelmäksi iPhone-sukupolvelle. B-2:n pienikokoinen ja sulavalinjainen lähetin ja vastaanotin voisivat tyylikyydessään olla myös Applen tuotteita.

Järjestelmän pieni koko on saatu aikaiseksi sisäisillä Li-ion-akuilla, jotka tarjoavat – käyttötilanteesta riippuen – täyteen ladattuina 6-20 tuntia käyttöaikaa. Lataaminen hoituu tavallisella usb-laturilla (ei kuuluu hintaan), tarvittava splitterijohto on pakattu mukaan.

Nuxin B-2 toimii maailmanlaajuisesti vapaalla 2,4 GHz -taajuuskaistalla, ja järjestelmän tekniset ominaisuudet vaikuttavat hyvin laadukkailta:

B-2 on täysdigitaalinen järjestelmä 32 bitin ja 48 kilohertsin signaaliprosessoinnilla. Latency-viive pysyy valmistajan mukaan alle 5 ms, ja järjestelmän kantavuus on ideaalitapauksissa (ei esteitä lähettimen ja vastaanottimen välillä; tai vähän muuta langatonta trafiikkia) jopa yli 35 metriä.

Nux B-2:n käyttö ei voisi olla helpompaa. Vastaanotin liitetään suoraan 220 astetta käännettävällä plugilla kitaraan, kun taas vastaanotin kytketään samalla tavalla suoraan joko vahvistimen tuloon tai efektiketjun ensimmäiseen pedaaliin. Kummankin moduulin paino on vain 45 grammaa, minkä ansiosta moduulit eivät vahingoita käytettyjen laitteiden jakkeja. Lähettimen muoto ja plugin käännettävyys takaavat, että moduuli mahtuu ilman ongelmia myös Strato-tyyliselle jakille, ilman että se olisi vibrakammen tiellä.

Liittämisen jälkeen moduulit laitetaan päälle ja valitaan painonapeilla yhden neljästä kanavasta. Järjestelmä menee automaattisesti ensimmäisellä kanavalle, mutta jos bändillä käytetään useampaa langatonta, voi kanava olla jo varattu, jolloin toinen käyttäjistä joutuu vaihtamaan oman järjestelmän kanavaa.

Nux B-2 kulkee kätevästi mukana kitaran bägissä tai laukussa. Moduulit pystyy lukitsemaan mekaanisesti yhteen kuljetusta tai varastointia varten.

Testin aikana Nux B-2 on toiminut moitteettomasti. Langattoman järjestelmän käyttöönotto on nopea ja vaivaton. Vanhoista (analogi-) langattomista tuttu kohinan hengittäminen ja signaalin katkeilu yli-innokkaan kohinasalvan takia ei B-2:lla esiinny lainkaan.

Nuxin langaton myös välittää kitarasignaalin soundia ja dynamiikka käytännössä täysin muuttumattomana eteenpäin, minkä ansiosta efektipedaalit ja vahvistin reagoivat samalla tavalla kitaran volumepotikkaan kuin mihin on totuttu johdosta.

Hyvin matalan latency-viiveen ansiosta Nux B-2 ei tunnu lainkaan fraseerauksen jarruna, vaan järjestelmä pysyy kiltisti pois soittajan jaloista. Järjestelmän kantavuus riitti hyvin myös puurakenteisen omakotitalon toiseen kerrokseen ilman artefakteja tai signaalin katkeilua.

Nux B-2 -langatonta voi hyvällä omatunnolla suositella mukavuudenhaluisille kitaristeille (ja basisteille), joille helppokäyttöisyys menee monipuolisempien, mutta usein myös monimutkaisempien, kanavavalintojen eteen. Tavallisessa pubibändissä, jossa on kolme kielensoittajaa langattomilla, sekä langatonta mikrofonia käyttävä solisti, tullaan varmasti enemmän kuin hyvin toimeen helppokäyttöisellä ja kevyellä Nux-langattomalla.

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Nux B-2 Wireless

Kompakti langaton järjestelmä

129 €

Maahantuoja: Musiikki Silfverberg

Kiitos Vantaan Musiikille testilaitteiden lainaamisesta!

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Plussat:

+ kompakti

+ helppo käyttää

+ laadukas soundi

+ toimii sisäisillä akuilla

19/04/2018

Nux B-2 +++ Testi tulossa +++ Working on a review

Lisätiedot: Musiikki Silfverberg

04/09/2017

Rockway.fi-blogin bassokatsaus ilmestyy lähipäivinä

Syyskuun katsauksessa esitellään kuusi sähköbassoa:

Epiphone Thunderbird IV

G&L JB-2

LTD (by ESP) B-50 EMG

Mannedesign Newport 4T

Samick Greg Bennett Delta DB-104

Sterling (by MM) SUB Ray4

Bassot on äänitetty aakosjärjestyksessä Tech21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:llä.

16/08/2017

Tulossa syyskuussa: Rockway.fi-blogin bassokatsaus

Syyskuun katsauksessa esitellään kuusi sähköbassoa:

Epiphone Thunderbird IV

G&L JB-2

LTD (by ESP) B-50 EMG

Mannedesign Newport 4T

Samick Greg Bennett Delta DB-104

Sterling (by MM) SUB Ray4

Bassot on äänitetty aakosjärjestyksessä Tech21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:llä.

03/07/2017

Akustisien kitaroiden testi on ilmestynyt Rockwayn blogiin!

Löydät testin TÄÄLTÄ.

14/06/2017

Yhteistyössä – Rockway.fi + Kitarablogi

Heinäkuun alussa ilmestyy Rockwayn blogissa kuuden edullisten teräskielisten testi.

Mukana ovat Cort AD810-OP, Noir (by Baton Rouge) N1, Stagg SW201CS, Takamine GN10NS, Tanglewood TW28-CLN ja Yamaha FG800M.

Rockwayn blogi löytyy osoitteesta blogi.rockway.fi

17/05/2017

Kitarablogi’s Ukulele Round-up 2017

Welcome to Kitarablogi.com’s ukulele round-up! Summer’s just around the corner, and the uke is the perfect little instrument to take along to the beach or to a BBQ party.

Originally, I had hoped to flesh out a more tightly defined round-up of ukuleles of a certain price and/or size. The new additions to the CITES-treaty, which deal with rosewood (among other things), and the still-growing popularity of the uke here in Finland, have forced me to make concessions, taking into account current availability.

This is a round-up of affordable ukuleles between 80 and 290 €. The aim of this article is not to find the ”best” or ”worst” instrument, but rather to give you a cross-section of currently available brands and models in this price segment in Finland.

We will proceed alphabetically…

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Baton Rouge is a relatively young brand from Germany, specialising in ukuleles and steel-string guitars. Baton Rouge do their R&D and final quality control in Germany, but the instruments are actually made in their own factory in China.

We received our review instruments from Vantaan Musiikki.

Baton Rouge’s V4 Sun model range comes with gorgeous looking bodies made from curly mahogany. The very thin satin finish gives these ukes a satisfying tactile feel.

V4 Sun instruments come with bodies that are deeper than standard. They also feature arched laminated backs. The sun-moniker is a nod to the beautiful laser-engraved soundhole rosette.

The concert-sized V4-C Sun plays really well. The neck profile is a very soft V.

Thanks to its deep body the V4-C Sun has a louder and deeper voice than you’d might expect from a concert uke in this price range.

If anything, the review sample of the Baton Rouge V4-T Sun looks even more luxurious than its smaller sibling.

Tenor ukuleles often find their way into the hands of fingerpickers, many of whom prefer slightly wider nut widths, like 38 or 40 mm. Despite its regular nut width of 35 mm the V4-T Sun’s neck never feels cramped.

Sadly, our review instrument suffered from a slightly too sharp neck angle, making the action impossibly low. I shimmed the bridge saddle for a much more manageable string height of a little over two millimetres, which put an end to string buzz and rattling. I’ve played a number of Baton Rouge guitars and ukes and have never before noticed any neck angle problems, so I’d write this off as ”the one that got away”.

The V4-T Sun’s neck profile is a rounded D.

With the shimmed bridge saddle the V4-T Sun displayed a healthy, warm and big tone.

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Flight is a Chinese guitar and ukulele brand that is still quite new in Finland. In addition to its standard models Flight also offers aged ukuleles, as well as officially licensed Elvis Presley models.

The guitalele (also often spelled guitarlele) is the newest trend on the ukulele market, and marks something of a return to the uke’s roots. European immigrants brought their ”travel guitars” with them to their new home of Hawaii. Those instruments then became the forefathers of the modern ukulele. A guitalele is a tenor-sized six-string instrument, which is tuned to A (A-a), like a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret.

The Flight GUT350SP is a pretty and well made instrument. Despite its low price it even sports binding on the body and the fingerboard, as well as a neck with an adjustable truss rod.

The GUT350SP’s neck has been crafted from okoume (often called Gabon mahogany). The soundbox features a laminated spruce top and laminated back and sides made of sapele. The workmanship is crisp and clean.

The neck profile is reminiscent of a classical guitar – flattish and a bit angular. The instrument plays very well.

Flight’s GUT350SP maybe isn’t the loudest guitalele I’ve ever played, but it wins you over with its pretty voice and spot-on intonation.

The Flight NUS310 is an affordable soprano uke, and it even comes in its own stylish tweed bag.

The NUS310’s body is clearly wider than on most sopranos, in order to add a smidgen more bottom end to proceedings.

This is a well-made little instrument with effortless playability. The neck profile is a rounded C.

In my opinion the Flight NUS310 is a cool little soprano uke, offering a vintage-type sound and good intonation.

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The Koki’o brand belongs to German uke-specialists RISA, who are best known for their electric and travel ukuleles. Koki’o is the Hawaiian name for the islands’ national flower the Hawaiian hibiscus. The brand offers a wide variety of different models.

The Koki’o Mahogany Concert is a well-made affordable concert ukulele.

The fretboard sports black binding. The rosette is made up of koki’o flowers, which have been laser-engraved into the uke’s mahogany top.

The Mahogany Concert comes with a deeper-than-standard body with an arched back. All Koki’o ukuleles come with two strap buttons installed. A very decent gig bag also comes with the instrument.

The neck profile is a comparatively thin, oval C.

The Koki’o Mahogany Concert sings with a beautiful and strong voice.

The Koki’o Mahogany Tenor is the Concert’s larger brother.

In terms of features, the Mahogany Tenor is virtually identical to the Concert, save for a slightly wider neck.

Our review sample must have slipped through quality control, because it comes with a strange cosmetic quirk. The body’s sides look like they’ve been bandsawed to a regular ukulele rim depth, before the worker realised his (or her) mistake, and then glued the pieces back on. The result is a very clean and thin saw/glue line all around the body. Structurally, there’s nothing wrong with this uke, it plays very well, but it just looks funny.

The Koki’o Mahogany Tenor has a chunky sound with a slightly husky mid-range.

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Ortega is a large maker of acoustic string instruments, combining German engineering and quality control with Chinese production.

Ortega’s RU5 is the cheapest instrument in this round-up, but this isn’t borne out by its high standard of workmanship.

This is a surprisingly well-made and well-playing little instrument.

There’s black binding around the fretboard, while the body has received tasty looking binding in faux tortoise shell. The graphics in the lower bout of the spruce top have been made with a laser.

The RU5’s neck profile is a rounded D. The playability of this affordable concert model is great.

The Ortega RU5 has a strong and open voice with a nice dose of clarity.

Ortega’s new model, the RUMG, is a concert-sized uke with a reverse ”electric” headstock, and a body made from laminated mango. Mango may seem an interesting choice, but the woodgrain looks a lot like very light koa.

For the slightly higher price tag of the RUMG, you will get wooden binding and the nicest gig bag in this round-up, too.

The neck feels great with its profile being a mix of soft V and oval C.

Ortega’s RUMG is a real shouter with a warm, full-bodied mid-range, punching well above its price bracket.

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Tanglewood is Britain’s best-selling brand with a huge range of affordable to mid-price string instruments, which are built in the Far East. Tanglewood’s portfolio includes four different ukulele model ranges, of which Cove Creek is probably the most vintage-inspired.

Tanglewood’s Cove Creek TU-2ST is the only gloss-finished uke in this round-up. This soprano’s basic design stays true to the classics, save for the wood choices for the soundbox. There’s a solid spruce top, coupled with back and sides made of laminated bubinga.

The workmanship on the TU-2ST is extremely crisp. This soprano looks and plays great.

The neck profile on this Cove Creek is comfortably round and clubby.

A solid wood top naturally requires some playing in before ”opening up”, but I can state that the Cove Creek TU-2ST sounded great right out of the box. For a delicious vintage-inspired soprano sound you need not look any further.

Tanglewood’s Cove Creek TU-10 is the only all-solid wood ukulele in this round-up, and it comes with its own case.

Even though the TU-10 is clearly the most ”expensive” uke in this round-up, it actually is quite a steal, if you take into account the professional features of this instrument, like its one-piece mahogany neck.

The Cove Creek TU-10 clearly is an homage to the classic period of the ukulele with its open headstock, its maple binding, its pearl rosette, and its rich satin finish.

The neck profile is a medium-thick U.

The Tanglewood Cove Creek TU-10 offers you warm clarity and dynamic punch straight out of the box. As it is an all-solid uke its sound will only get better the more you play it.

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Looks like it’s a great time for buying your first ukulele. You can find decent instruments even in the sub-100 € price bracket that will play and sound well. There’s also a wide variety of different brands and different uke sizes available in Finland these days. What are you waiting for?

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