Recording King Dirty Thirties series guitars are available for purchase now! Our Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Single O is meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst finish, it sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound and vintage design. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail order guitars in the first half of the century, the Dirty Thirties Single O is the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.
All of our Dirty Thirties guitars start with a solid Spruce top and rosewood fretboard, with bone nut and saddle. We’ve finished each guitar with classic extra-large fretboard dots, aged ivoroid body binding, satin sunburst finish, vintage-style tuning keys and historic Recording King headstock.
The Dirty Thirties series packs excellent playability and historic vibe into a retro-inspired package that makes vintage style accessible to every player.
Three different guitars in the series (OOO Solid Top, Dreadnought Solid Top and Solid Top Single O) are available online and in our shop.
If you have any other questions or inquiries, please call us at 956 682 6147!
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English Rock band, The Zombies, will be performing at the historic Cine El Rey in McAllen, TX on May 3, 2014.
The Zombies were formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals). The group scored British and Americanhits in 1964 with “She’s Not There“. In the US, two further singles, “Tell Her No” and, in 1969, “Time of the Season“, were also successful.
Their 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle, comprising twelve songs by the group’s principal songwriters, Argent and Chris White, is ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
From ticketfly.com, “In their day, the Zombies were one of the few English bands of the 1960s that enjoyed true global popularity, with two American number ones, chart records throughout the rest of the world, and a deep and lasting affection for their music. For instance, in early 1967, at a time when their career had almost ground to a halt in the UK, the band played to crowds of over 30,000 in the Philippines. And ironically, right after the band split, their final single “Time Of The Season” quickly became their biggest record – US radio plays for the latter song recently passed the four million mark. The Zombies’ first two American singles, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”, also remain two of the most-heavily spun vintage hits on American classic-rock radio.
But beyond the statistics, the Zombies had several remarkable attributes that set them apart from other artists. The sheer consistent quality of Rod Argent and Chris White’s songwriting is rivaled only by Lennon and McCartney. Building upon the standard R&B and rock’n'roll influences, the Zombies introduced class and sophistication into a genre not noted for either, and in the most natural, unselfconscious way possible. And the songs were lent an extra dimension by the voice of Colin Blunstone, widely acknowledged as one of the finest singers Britain has ever produced. Rod Argent’s keyboard work is regarded as some of the most accomplished and inventive in rock. The Zombies’ canon belongs on the same shelf as the other major players of the mid-1960s such as the Kinks, Yardbirds and Animals; from their debut “She’s Not There” onwards, there was never at any point a drop in quality. The Zombies’ records are some of the best produced and distinctive in all pop music.
More importantly, the popularity of the Zombies’ music, in keeping with their name, shows no sign of dying. Their unsurpassed oeuvre continues to influence musicians around the world, whether they be original fans the stature of Tom Petty or Pat Metheney, or relative youngsters like REM, Beck, Pavement and Paul Weller. And contemporary cutting edge American and UK acts such as Fountains of Wayne, Spoon, Badly Drawn Boy, Belle & Sebastian and Super Furry Animals are just the latest in a long line of musicians to play homage to the Zombies, for thanks to high profile reissues like the definitive 1997 box set Zombie Heaven, each new pop generation has been able to discover for themselves the undiluted magic of the band’s catalogue.”
For more information and tickets, go to http://www.5gig.com/concerts/The+Zombies-McAllen-TX
Being spotlighted today is a wonderful bajo quinto!
The Cascabel Bajo Quinto is a beautifully crafted instrument that sounds great with mariachi ensembles or for personal performances. It has 10 strings and sounds great for chords or back up rhythms in songs. Although of southern Mexican origin, these instruments are used primarily in norteño music of northern Mexico and across the border in the music of south Texas known as “Tex-Mex“, “conjunto“, or “música mexicana-tejana”.
The instrument is currently priced at $1,589, over 30% off its original price!
Call us today at (956) 682-6147 for more information on this great instrument or other great deals.
Check out the Melhart Music Center website now for new great additions to our mariachi department!
On sale now is a Hernandez Standard Vihuela. The Vihuela is a popular mariachi instrument which was created in 15th century Spain. This beautiful instrument is a fine addition to any collection or for bands, festivals or leisure.
The vihuela, as it was known in Spain, was called the viola da mano in Italy and Portugal.The two names are functionally synonymous and interchangeable. In its most developed form, the vihuela was a guitar-like instrument with six double-strings (paired courses) made of gut. Vihuelas were tuned identically like its contemporary Renaissance lute —4ths and mid-3rd (44344, almost like a modern guitar, with the exception of the third string, which was tuned a semitone lower).
Plucked vihuela, being essentially flat-backed lutes, evolved in the mid-15th century, in the Kingdom of Aragón (located in north-eastern Iberia (Spain), filling the gap that elsewhere in Europe was taken up by the lute; for the Spanish and Portuguese the lute was too close to the oud. In Spain Portugal and Italy the vihuela was in common use by the late 15th through to the late 16th centuries. In the second half of the 15th century some vihuela players began using a bow, leading to the development of the viol.
The instrument is available for $450; you save $175 off of the original listing price!
Check out the instrument listing on our website here:http://melhart.com/p-2061-hernandez-standard-vihuela-isi988.aspx
Contact us at (956) 682 – 6147 for more details on this and many other great instrument deals.
Punk Rap band Hed PE and rock band Smile Empty Soul are teaming up to go on a tour, which they have dubbed the “Chemical Free Tour”. The two bands are touring from Florida to Kansas and will be performing a set at Smokin’ Aces here in McAllen.
The tour will arrive on March 8, 2014 from 7-10pm.
Hed PE also known as (hed) Planet Earth and stylized as (həd) p.e., is an American rapcore band from Huntington Beach, California. Formed in 1994, the band performs a style of music which it refers to as “G-punk”, a fusion of punk rock and Gangsta rap. After releasing three albums on Jive Records, Hed PE left the label to record independently, eventually signing with Suburban Noize Records in 2006. To date, they have released eight studio albums, one live album and two compilation albums.
Smile Empty Soul formed in 1998, while its original members were attending different high schools in the Santa Clarita area. The band, originally a three-piece group, consisted of vocalist and guitarist Sean Danielsen, bassist Ryan Martin and drummer Derek Gledhill.
After playing numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul ventured to the Castro District, and later passed a demo to John Parker of the West Hollywood indie label, ThroBack Records. That later led to a record deal with Jason Flom’s Lava Records.
On May 27, 2003, the band released their self-titled debut album Smile Empty Soul. The album was produced by John Lewis Parker, and three successful singles were released. In March 2005, the album was certified gold with sales in excess of 500,000+.
For more information on tickets, pricing and incentives, check outhttp://mcallen.eventful.com/events/hed-pe-chemical-free-tour-mcallen-tx-/E0-001-065867765-5
Dan Oettel, an award winning pianist/composer, will be performing a Valentine’s Day concert this Friday from 7-9pm at the Eugene Braught Memorial Theater in Weslaco, TX. Selections include pieces by Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Grusin, Winston, Brickman and original compositions by Oettel himself.
Oettel received his Masters Degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, graduating cum laude. He was the 1988 recipient of the Gerdleman Award in Music Composition, the 1989 recipient of the Graduate Award in Music Educational Excellence, and in 1994 was recognized by St. Louis Community Colleges for contributions to students with disabilities. He studied piano composition with Dr. James Woodard and was a piano student of Mary Anderson who studied with Jane Allen.
As a music educator he has written the music curriculum for two elementary institutions, served as adjunct faculty for two colleges for a number of years, been a self-employed piano teacher, an elementary music teacher and taught approximately 5,000 students over 25 years.
He has composed, recorded, performed and co-produced 3 separate instrumental and independent compact discs currently available on itunes, amazon and the usual suspects, written a supplementary book of elementary piano pieces for beginning to intermediate students and most recently released his first book also available on Amazon as well as Kindle titled, THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT The Education of an American Teacher.
Listen to one of Dan’s original piano works here, entitled, “Growing Up”
More about Dan, his works, ticket purchases and venue information can be found at http://www.danoettel.com/
The Buescher C Melody Saxophone is a beautiful, silver-plated instrument that has great intonation and a nice sound. Unlike other B-flat tenor saxophones, this tenor saxophone is in the key of C and is a bit smaller. The instrument can read music that does not need to transpose, such as a piano or voice, and the tone is more muted so home practicing is not so bothersome and loud. This is great for students.
Here is some more information on C Melody saxophones:
“The C melody saxophone is a tenor saxophone pitched in the key of C, one whole step above the B-flat tenor saxophone. In the UK it is sometimes referred to as a “C tenor”, and in France as a “tenor en ut”. The C melody was part of the series of saxophones pitched in C and F intended by the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, for orchestral use. Since 1930, only saxophones in the key of B♭ and E♭ (originally intended by Sax for use in military bands and wind ensembles) have been produced on a large scale. However, in the early years of the 21st century, small-scale production of new C melody saxophones has commenced in China for a company called Aquilasax.
A C melody saxophone is larger than an alto and smaller than a tenor. When seen in profile, its shape bears some resemblance to a tenor saxophone, though it is smaller and the bell appears longer. Most C melody saxophones have curved necks (with a similar shape to that of the tenor saxophone) though C.G.Conn did make straight-necked C melody instruments. C melody saxophones are usually marked with a letter “C” above or below the serial number.
A major selling point for the C melody saxophone was the fact that in contrast to other saxophones, it was not a transposing instrument. As a result, the player could read regular printed music (e.g. for flute, oboe, violin, piano, or voice) without having to transpose or read music parts that have been transposed into B♭ or E♭, which most other saxophones would require. This enabled amateur musicians to play along with a friend or family member by reading from the same sheet of music—so long as the music fell within the pitch range of the C melody saxophone itself i.e. was not too high or low. Another selling point was that the C melody produces a more muted tone than the E♭ alto or B♭ tenor, which was useful when playing at home. Many novelty tunes, most influenced by 1920s dance music, were written specifically for the instrument.”
This instrument is available now for $1500. If you have any questions or comments, please call (956) 682-6147.
KORN has a new album that is available now. It’s called The Paradigm Shift and and the band is currently touring to support it. BBE is part of the tour and in addition to the “must have” Sonic Maximizers, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer is using the award-winning BBE Soul Vibe™ rotary simulator to get that classic rotary vibe with hum-free BBE reliability. We got to hang out with the band before their recent performance at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Catch Munky and KORN on tour in a town near you.
About the BBE Soul Vibe™: The Soul Vibe, winner of the Guitar World Platinum Award, is back with a new look that really suits the “vibe” of this delicious pedal. Countless guitarists claim that Soul Vibe is the most convincing of analog rotary simulators, delivering on that Leslie experience complete with slight pitch changes as the horn comes and goes. Now Soul Vibe looks as sweet as it sounds. Check out that delicious root beer metallic finish, inspired by the warm, wood finished cabinet of a Leslie. Creme brownface amp knobs are the perfect complement, adding to the visual warmth, while the matching creme logo script puts this gorgeous new Soul Vibe in a class all its own. Just imagine plugging into this pedal and doing your best Gilmour or Trower licks. Yeah, we thought you’d like that.
What hasn’t changed is the Soul Vibe’s commitment to an authentic rotary experience with the convenience, reliability and durability you’ve come to expect from BBE, including 1% metal-film resistors and true hardwire bypass. If rotary is your vibe, get a Soul Vibe and discover that heaven is still in heavy rotation.