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New cajon brush collection and kneepad announced.

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Meinl has expanded its percussion products line-up with a new collection of cajon brushes and a new practice kneepad for drummers. The Classic cajon brush is designed to deliver heavy, full strokes with a warm, mellow attack. Measuring 14 1/4“, the brush is made from rippled polymer bristles and features two adjustable control rings.

Meanwhile, the Retractable Nylon brush is aimed at players looking for a more crisp sound. From light sweeping motions to full stroke backbeats, the brushes are designed to offer definition, clarity, and cut, while its heavy nylon wires are fully retractable into the lightweight grip. The Precision brush has been engineered to provide a clear, pronounced sound with a warm attack, which is suitable for rolls and intricate sticking in lower volume levels. The polymer bristles are equipped with to adjustable control rings and are held together with a flexible vinyl grip.

Elsewhere, the new 4” Kneepad from Meinl is engineered to help drummers develop their speed, power and precision on the go. The pad can be easily mounted on top of the knee with the adjustable strap.

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One Response to New cajon brush collection and kneepad announced.

  1. Javier says:

    Thanks for posting, this drum story. I’m a drummer and want some drum lessons. We’re alwyas very glad to get feedback, because it’s helpful to us in improving Avare and helpful to other pilots in using it. As you know, losing GPS in flight is a problem on devices without an external GPS receiver. Because we’re using it in flight, Avare requires a more solid GPS location than that accepted by ground navigation apps like Google Maps. In our efforts to save pilots the expense of an external GPS receiver we’ve experimented with several different methods of fine-tuning Avare to get the best possible signal with internal GPS. The current version has what we’ve found to work best on the widest variety of devices we’ve been able to test, and with your help maybe we can find solutions for your Galaxy and others to benefit us all.The only option in Preferences you could try is Short GPS Update Period and that has helped on some devices. If you haven’t tried that, please do and let us know the result. It’s possible that, though using more battery due to more GPS receiver On time, that Preference might help retain lock on your Galaxy. I haven’t found it to make a difference on my Droid X (DX) phones, but pilots with some other devices have found it helpful.A feature you’ll find in the latest version of Avare is the GPS Status screen. With GPS turned on, tap the icon at the center-right edge of the chart display screen. If it’s blank, that indicates Avare hasn’t detected any GPS signal (if so, I’ve found it helps sometimes to exit Avare by using the Back key on my DX until reaching the Home screen and then re-launching Avare). Since you had GPS before takeoff, that wouldn’t help in this case. But the GPS Status screen will at least show you what if any satellites are being received. That information could be very helpful in figuring out what the problem may be. With lots of testing and experimentation, I’ve discovered three factors most affect internal GPS performance with Avare on my two DX phones: location, relative GPS signal strength, and hardware integrity. As you can imagine, where in the cockpit my DX is can greatly affect how well it achieves and maintains GPS lock. This can change considerably based on where the nearest satellites are. So for example, if there are several satellites in an arc ahead of my direction of flight, those signals may pass through the windshield more strongly than others to the sides or rear passing through aluminum, rag & frame, or composite. This is why I find the GPS Status screen so helpful, because I can use it to check how many satellites are acquired (first line of text at the top-left). I also use it to reposition my DX to find the best location or orientation.The second factor (signal strength) is beyond our control, other than finding the best location via the GPS Status screen. I find that the relative strength of the GPS signal varies due to solar activity, RF interference, and location. I have used the DX on my kneeboard for some x/c flights of an hour or more without ever losing GPS lock. On other flights over the same terrain, it’s spotty at best. Using the GPS Status screen, I can usually experiment until finding a location that provides GPS yet still allows me to conveniently use Avare. I hope to buy a tablet soon, and will then decide whether its internal GPS is robust enough or I need to finally invest in a cheap but reliable external unit with better receiver and antenna that I can permanently place in the optimal reception location.The final factor I’ve discovered (hardware integrity) is what seems to be a loose antenna connection inside my wife’s DX. One of these days I may use the directions online to open it up and fix whatever’s loose. Meanwhile, I’ve learned to use a quick rap of the DX’s camera end screen down against the heel of my palm while watching the GPS Status screen to see if it’s started receiving. Mostly I just use my own DX that doesn’t have this apparently common DX problem. Yet. I hope some of this may be helpful, and that you’ll keep us posted on your results. We’ll be contacting you via email to follow up as well. Thanks again for helping us to continue improving Avare.Happy Flying!

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