There is a plethora of backpack based instrument cases around at the moment and the almost comically named Tom and Will is one of the forerunners in the field. The designers have clearly been taking apart the outdoor industry’s Daysacks and rejigging the layout with a few extra additions – some good, some not so. We took a look at the trumpet case from the Standard range and the alto saxophone case from the slightly higher spec’d Academy range. Both ranges are made up in strong abrasive resistant nylon denier and come with detachable padded backpack style harnesses. The Standard Trumpet case featues a protective heavy duty, ribbed nylon pad to the bell end of the case and has a half length customised nylon zip that is backed by a strong, fixed baffle to protect the instrument from water penetration through the zip.

The baffle is backed by heavy velour covered padding which also runs around the rest of the interior of the case with an added removeable circular pad to the bell end and a separate padded velour covered pouch for mouthpieces. To the exterior is a large zippered pocket running the full length of the case and a lightweight velcroed grab handle. There is also another lightweight nylon grab handle to the top rear of the case. What is not quite so clear is the reasoning behind the detachable, lightweight, zippered and padded brief bag that rides piggyback on the inside face behind the harness. It might be deemed “safe” in that position, but I found having four heavy press studs from the strap and buckle attachment against your back rather uncomfortable. Used as a separate entity the brief bag is fine, but I wouldn’t want to carry it in its attached position. The Academy case is much the same as the Standard, except that it is covered with a higher grade of nylon denier with green piping, is double zipped – but oddly missing the baffles and has leatherette covered grab handles.

The ballistic, ribbed, bass protection is there, however, there is no zippered side pocket. The zippered padded brief bag sits piggyback in the same position as on the Standard model, but is now clean faced with buckle attachments to the rear. Both cases come with reusable, leatherette address tags. For more go to

Using birch wood is not new to JVC, as birch cone speakers have appeared on a number of ‘high end’ midi systems and using the same source material on ‘in the canal’ headphones was in effect a logical progression. The quality of both the construction and the overall finish of the phones is exceptional, with a polished wooden housing, a wooden diaphragm and a high gravity brass ring on a stainless unit base to control the diaphragm movement – this is clearly not a cheap product! They are surprisingly lightweight and come with removable/interchangeable ear pieces/caps which are provided in both silicon and memory foam, with a choice of shape and size which neatly and easily pop over the head of the unit. The sound quality is remarkable and I am really impressed by the range of these phones, the separation and the tonality – each beat on the ride cymbal is easily heard and it’s crystal clear. They’re not overly warm and the balance across the full spectrum is extraordinary – perfect for the jazz listener.

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Protection Racket are very well known for their soft shell drum cases – theirs is the case of choice for many a gigging musician. However, they have now expanded and extended their range to include semirigid examples and guitar and electric bass cases.

We took a look at the two bass cases. Built around a polycarbonate frame, these cases offer the enhanced protection of three layers of different density Rocket foam and are covered in Racketex waterproof material and have a “big teeth” 3/4 covered zip with Protection Racket lockable tags. To the lower front face of the bags are two.

Protection Racket Bass Case zippered pockets - a medium sized piggy-backed on a large, while to the top rim of the case is a heavy duty grab handle with rubberised grip. Both cases come with rear nylon grab handles and a rubberised name/address pouch. This, however, is where the similarities of the 7051 and the 7151 ends. The latter is a Deluxe model and as might be expected has a number of benefits particularly in the comfort stakes, not only for the player, but also the instrument! This is most noticeable on the rucksack style harness, where the 7151 model sports an “airpac” foam back pad, fully adjustable quick release straps with heavily padded shoulder pads, an adjustable sternum strap and a zippered pocket for it all to be packed into when not in use. The 7051 model on the other hand, comes only with an adjustable harness with shoulder pads and carabiner style releaseable clasps which are linked to ‘D’ rings attached to the rim of the case. There is also a marked difference to the interior of each case.

Where the 7051 model comes with a soft nylon interior and an adjustable neck support with velcro strap, the 7151 supports a luxury non abrasive, hydrophilic Propile fleece lining together with the adjustable neck support and velcro retainer strap. As might be expected, the 7151 will set you back almost twice as much as the 7051. The real question is, how often are you going to use the back pack harness and does your instrument really need to travel in a fleece lining? For more visit

This is one of the latest lighting ideas for those reading scores on music stands in dark corners. The unit comprises two switchable LED lights used singularly or as a double, with each attached to two adjustable “swan necks” that are connected to the base which houses three AAA batteries, has a mains connector and is attached by way of a heavily sprung clasp. We tried our sample on a Jazz Music stand (yes this does exist!), clipping it to the top rail. The clasp is well sprung and is made, as is the rest of the product, from a tough plastic compound. However, although there are a couple of rubberised pads, the grip area is very small. We needed two free hands, using one to hold the unit while the other adjusted the swan necks. With almost unlimited adjustment, the light spread is good with no hot spots. But we always seemed to need the double lights in each head, as opposed to using just the single source. Folding down into a neat, compact size for storage, this little Mighty Bright is one item no working musician should leave home without.

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They may not be as well known as the Vic Firth and Promark brands, but these Wincent sticks certainly take some beating. Not new, but newly launched in the UK market, they are evenly balanced and have that ‘quality’ feel. We tried both the ‘round tip’ model and the standard tip ‘XL’. Clearly sticks are down to the personal preference of the player, but for weight and thickness these 55s were, for me, ideal. The Round Tip model was for me the more interesting of the two, as the tip is slightly larger than a normal round tip and gave added volume but retains the same definition and clarity, comparing well with my usual nylon tip models.

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