Monday, July 28th

Alvarez Launches New MDA70 Masterworks at Summer NAMM

posted July 25, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – After a soft launch early this year, Alvarez has made further improvements to their all-solid wood Masterworks line. A newly specked MDA70 was introduced at this month’s Summer NAMM show that captured players with its brilliant sound and exceptional construction.

“I feel as though this guitar is the culmination of all the design we’ve done over the past 3 years,” Says Chris Meikle, Senior VP at St. Louis Music and head of Alvarez development. “We recently gave the MDA70 a tweaked FST2 bracing system which absolutely sings because it’s pinned with the solid back and sides. It’s a very powerful and articulate instrument.”  MDA70_SIDE_N-942x1024

The design team also refined the guitar’s finish. It’s thinner, which allows the instrument to resonate and respond quicker, yet it still has a deep shine that really makes the guitar stand out. The MDA70 also features a solid “AA” grade Sitka spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, 1.5mm abalone purfling, flame maple binding, a bi-level polished rosewood bridge and premium tuners and ebony bridge pins.

Meikle continues, “If someone wants everything from a guitar at an affordable price, the MDA70 is a perfect option.” At a street price of $899 and shipping with a deluxe polyfoam case, the MDA70 offers guitarists a professional instrument with crafted tone rarely accessible at this price point.

For more information please contact your Alvarez Representative or call St. Louis Music at 314-727-4512.

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Alvarez Releases New Featurette: Artist Series

posted July 11, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Alvarez has launched another video on their youtube channel, a featurette all about the Award Winning Artist Series.  You’ll hear about the inspiration behind the Series and the incredible amount of work that goes into each model, finally delivering a quality solid top guitar that will delight both professional and everyday players.  Watch the Series featurette here:



Dixon Introduces the Multi-Functional Brite Key

posted June 9, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – For any drummer that’s ever fumbled their way through drum maintenance during a low-light gig, Dixon has the perfect solution:  The multi-functional Brite Key.

The Dixon Brite Key is a three function tool, designed to aide drummers as a L.E.D. flashlight, bottle opener and standard drum key.  Perfect for poorly lit stages, practice rooms and teaching studios; just turn on the powerful L.E.D. to fix, find or adjust anything within reach.  Comes in black only with … read more

P. Mauriat Artist Jose Valentino Ruiz Wins at 2014 Downbeat Student Awards

posted June 6, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – P. Mauriat is always honored to be part of a great artist’s journey, and Jose Valentino Ruiz’s recent success at the 37th annual Downbeat Student Awards is news we’re thrilled to share.   Jose won 7 individual honors this year, in the categories of Jazz Soloist, Jazz Group, and Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist, to name a few.

“I first met Jose at the 2010 NAMM show,” Says Adam MacBlane, P. Mauriat N. America Sales and Artist Relations Manager.  … read more

The Alvarez LJ60, Redefining the Travel Guitar

posted May 7, 2014 in Product News

Ever since the invention of the travel ­guitar, musicians on-the-go have had to make a tough choice, sacrificing big sound and tone for a compact, high-mobility instrument.  The Alvarez LJ60 “Little Jumbo” is designed to give travelling players everything they want, a great sounding guitar that won’t slow you down and can go anywhere. 

“We began by experimenting with some design elements,” Says Chris Meikle, Senior VP at St. Louis Music and head of Alvarez development.  “We paid a lot … read more

Dixon Introduces the Cajon Pedal Plus

posted May 6, 2014 in Product News

Dixon understands drummers, and knows that versatility and control is as key an attribute for a product as great sound and durable construction.  The new Cajon Pedal Plus is a multi-function remote foot pedal that delivers incredible percussive flexibility.  It can be mounted easily to a Cajon, but can also clamp onto most cymbal stands to manipulate other drums and effects.

“The most exciting part of introducing a product like Cajon Pedal Plus to the market is seeing how drummers … read more

P. Mauriat Influence Models – Making their Mark

posted April 24, 2014 in Product News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – P. Mauriat never misses a chance to improve upon excellence, and that’s what the Influence model saxophones are all about.  Differences to a Standard P. Mauriat saxophone are subtle, but every adjustment to an Influence model’s structure and aesthetic is meant to effect tone and resonance.   

Influence model Altos and Tenors use patented nickel silver key touches in place of traditional finger buttons. The touches are soldered to the key arm instead of employing glue, … read more


posted April 17, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MO: Dixon Drums and Hardware is proud to announce the addition of Los Angeles based, GRAMMY Award-winning recording and touring drummer Gregg Bissonette to its Artist Program. Bissonette’s choice of Dixon comes from their synergetic vision to advance the art of drumming through quality craftsmanship, innovation and education. He will be involved with Dixon on a broad spectrum of levels, serving as artist, clinician, ambassador, and product consultant beginning with the development of an Artisan Series Gregg Bissonette … read more

Master Luthier, Kazuo Yairi Dies Aged 81

posted March 10, 2014 in Featured News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – It is with great sadness that St. Louis Music announces the death of Master Luthier and dear friend, Kazuo Yairi.  Mr. Yairi passed away in his hometown of Kani, Japan on Wednesday March 5th, 2014.

As owner and president of the Yairi Guitar Company, Mr. Yairi helped change the landscape of acoustic guitar manufacturing and distribution.  His company was one of the first to export professional acoustic guitars to the United States, and became the main … read more

St. Louis Music Gains Two New Vice Presidents

posted February 19, 2014 in Business News

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – St. Louis Music is proud to announce the appointment of Craig Denny and Patrick Stevenson to new positions in the company.  Patrick Stevenson will become Senior Vice President of Sales, while Craig Denny will take the position of Vice President of Band.

“It is with great excitement that I am able to announce these promotions,” says SLM CEO Mark Ragin.  “Patrick will be managing our inside and outside sales team, as well as the major national … read more

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