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Premier Percussion

Iconic UK brand Premier Percussion have led the way in drum manufacturing since 1922, when George Sm

Iconic UK brand Premier Percussion have led the way in drum manufacturing since 1922, when George Smith and pro drummer Albert Della Porta launched the company out of London’s Soho music scene.

Premier drums quickly became the jazzer’s drum of choice and ramped up their production of drum kits and tuned instruments to meet the growing demand. The fledgling manufacturer did very well selling Timpanis that were used in cinemas for sound effects in the silent film era, but had to shift focus when movies with sound hit the scene. This ability to change with the times has seen Premier maintain success ever since.

The brand gained momentum throughout the 30s and 40s as the quality of their kits earned them the loyalty of the era’s star drummers. In the 50s Premier continued to dominate, offering innovations like tilting hi-hat cups and all-chrome hardware that are now taken for granted by modern drummers.

When British rock hit the world stage in the 60s, Premier drums were there holding everything together. Keith Moon of The Who, famously filled his Premier kit with gunpowder and detonated it in their American TV debut on the September 17th, 1967, episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Poor Pete Townsend was left deaf in one ear, and Keith’s arm was sliced by a cymbal-turned-missile. We’ve included the original footage below - check out the band’s explosive outfits as well...

This era was one of experimentation, with kit configurations changing to suit rapidly evolving musical styles. Since, Premier drums have been favoured by huge artists including Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix), Brian Bennett (the Shadows), Charlie Morgan (Elton John), Phil Selway (Radiohead), Scott Phillips (Creed, Alter Bridge) and Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys).

Throughout the 1990s, Premier Genista Drum Kits were the first choice for drummers around the world. Briefly discontinued and then reintroduced in 2010, the Genista Series remains a classic with its unique sound and design, and plenty of configuration options.

Genista shells are available in the classic 100% American birch. These shells offer great hi-end response with retained punch and clarity in the low end. They are known for their insane stage presence, and for cutting through in the mix. Dimensions are 5.6mm 7-ply thick and like all professional Premier drums, the toms and floor toms are 3mm undersized for easier, more-positive tuning and clearer sound quality.

Aesthetic options are various and excellent - the series is available with spectacular sparkle lacquer, high gloss lacquer, or classic wraps. What gives the Genista a truly iconic look is the distinctive lug design, finished in Diamond Chrome and perfectly complemented by the legendary Premier 'P' badge.

Allans Billy Hyde is super excited to announce new Premier Percussion Drum kits and accessories have landed. Head in to one of our stores, or check online for beautiful Genista kits, APK kits, some super snazzy high end maple and birch snares.

Guitar Liquidation Sale

Everything MUST GO! 100s of big brand electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps, pedals and access

Guitar Liquidation Sale! Everything MUST GO!

100s of big brand electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps, accessories and pedals at BLOWOUT prices!

BONUS offers! UNBEATABLE deals! INCREDIBLE savings!

SALE ON NOW in our retail stores only. While stocks last. Check your local store for availability. Sale excludes online.

25-75% off Everything Sale

Our End of Year Sale is NOW ON! Min. 25-75% OFF* EVERYTHING IN STORE! We must clear excess stock a

Our End of Year Sale is NOW ON! Min. 25-75% OFF* EVERYTHING IN STORE!

We must clear excess stock at crazy clearance prices.

INSANE DEALS! DOORBUSTERS SAVE BIG!

#aquarian #behringer #bosphorus #boss #cerwinvega #eastman #ev #epiphone #evans #gibson #gretsch #ibanez #kawai #krk #latinpercussion #line6 #mesaboogie #neat #orange #paiste #peavey #premier #roland #sabian #selmer #steinberger #tama #taylor #toca #yamaha PLUS many more famous brands!

WHILE STOCK LASTS! Please check your local store for availability and condition.

*Discounts are off RRP. Discount only applies to items in stock. No rainchecks.

Gift Ideas for Music Makers!

Make music and make it the best Christmas ever with Allans Billy Hyde musical gift ideas! For gifts

Make music and make it the best Christmas ever with Allans Billy Hyde musical gift ideas!

For gifts to suit any taste or budget browse our Christmas catalogue today. Acoustic guitars, electric guitars, amps, effect pedals, drums & percussion, studio & live, pianos & keyboards, band & orchestral and print music!

Shop online or in store. Need help deciding? Live Chat with our expert online sales team.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Allans Billy Hyde!

A Truly Cosmic Guitar

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, a ground-breaking rock outfit called Wolfmother formed in 2004. Thei

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, a ground-breaking rock outfit called Wolfmother formed in 2000. Their self-titled debut album (feat. Woman, Joker & The Thief) and sophomore record Cosmic Egg were critical successes, which led to ARIA Awards and a Grammy Award.

The band has performed with legendary rockers AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins; and appeared at world-famous festivals such as Reading/Leeds and Coachella.

Here's Otto from our Bourke St Store with a 2006 Gibson SG Standard Limited (Natural Burst) Serial #033860300 signed by the original members of Wolfmother! $3,999! Includes FREE delivery to anywhere in OZ. Call our online team on 1300 255 267 for more information.

Get One on One with Macca

Behold one of 250 ultra-rare faithful replicas of the original 1964 Texan on which Paul McCartney wr

Behold one of 250 ultra-rare faithful replicas of the original 1964 Texan on which Paul McCartney wrote and performed "Yesterday."

Built by Gibson in Montana USA, this sublime 2005 Epiphone Paul McCartney 1964 Texan Limited Edition acoustic features a solid spruce top; solid mahogany body, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard with parallelogram fret inlays. True to Sir Paul's original, this Texan is a right-hand model strung and set up for left-hand play, and even includes the small gap between the back strip and centre block.

SIR PAUL HIMSELF HAS PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED THE SOUND HOLE LABEL OF THIS GUITAR! This is No.198 of 250. Includes a custom case.

Take it away for $16,999! Includes FREE delivery to anywhere in OZ. Call Mitch from our online team on 1300 255 267 for more information.

Access Alice Cooper & Ace Frehley

Allans Billy Hyde and TEG Live is giving ONE LUCKY ROCK SOLDIER an outta space opportunity to #WIN a

 

Allans Billy Hyde and TEG Live is giving ONE LUCKY ROCK SOLDIER an outta space opportunity to WIN a personal Meet & Greet with the “Spaceman” Ace Frehley plus a personally signed Epiphone® Les Paul® Standard Plus Top PRO Guitar and Lightning Bolt Guitar Strap!

We’re also giving away a double pass to see Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley LIVE in Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane!

Wanna WIN? HERE’S HOW: Just head over to our Facebook page and upload a vid of yourself playing your fave Ace riff OR if you don’t play guitar, tell us (in 20 words or less) why you’d like to meet Ace Frehley?

GOOD LUCK!

Competition closes Friday October 13, 2017 

Terms & conditions: http://www.allansbillyhyde.com.au/competitions

SPEND THE NIGHT WITH ALICE COOPER: 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OCTOBER 2017 WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST, ACE FREHLEY!

TICKETS SELLING FAST! BOOK NOW! bit.ly/AliceC17

Key Things to Consider

When looking to purchasing a keyboard or digital piano, the multitude of options available can be ov

When looking to purchasing a keyboard or digital piano, the multitude of options available can be overwhelming. Do I want 61 keys or a full 88? Should they be weighted or non-weighted? What about voicing options or compatibility with complementary software? At Allans Billy Hyde, we stock a wide range of Yamaha keyboards, in amongst which you will certainly find one that suits your playing needs.

For the enthusiastic beginner we suggest taking a look at the Yamaha PSRE Workstation/Keyboard range. They are small, lightweight and capable of running on batteries alone. This makes them the perfect unit for the young aspiring musician’s bedroom or holiday away. With hundreds of built in samples and sounds, accompaniment rhythms, quick style selections, and an intuitive light up lesson screen, this unit introduces the beginner to the many creative capabilities of music technology. A new addition in recent years is the introduction of “USB to Host” connection on rear panel. This enables the operator to utilise software plug-ins, software recording programs, and learning apps using any smart device or laptop. This in turn creates one advantage over the use of standard USB controllers: with built in multitrack recording they are ready for inspiration even if your laptop isn’t available, thus preventing the lengthy process of “plugging in and loading”, whilst trying to keep that inspirational melody or chord progression in mind. With touch sensitivity above the PSRE263 range the player is free to use dynamic (louds and softs) to express that flowing ballad.

However, with the abundance of learning aids and features on this unit, it won’t be long before the student will start “running out of keys” as their ability moves beyond pieces that are playable on 61 keys. If this is a concern, I would suggest looking into buying the 76 key variation of the PSRE453, the PSREW400. This model boasts all of the above features, plus a much larger key range.

For those looking for portability the quality sounds and samples of the well-known Yamaha range but worry that the huge variety features of the PSRE will be a distraction I always recommend the non-weighted Piaggero range. The NP32 and NP12 are ideal for introducing the beginner to the world of digital pianos. They are super light-weight, battery operational, and still offer “USB to Host” capabilities spanning 61 and 76 keys. These are simple to operate and lusciously expressive to play.

 At the other end of the spectrum, Yamaha’s digital piano range are for committed pianists, or those that are serious about learning piano. With a full range of 88 keys plus the “USB to Host” connectivity and high quality sounds as smaller keyboards plus an even larger dynamic range, the digital pianos offer greater expressive possibilities on every front. Weighted keys let you produce softer softs while larger higher wattage speakers are capable of producing louder louds. As the prices increase in the digital piano range the touch, sounds and dynamic range become closer and closer to the real thing. We retail both the Arius and Clavinova range. Digital pianos allow the player the full piano experience without the need for tuning or expensive relocation when moving house.

If you have any further enquiries, or would like a demo on the aforementioned products, feel free to call or pop in to see me!

Clinton Cox - (Allans Billy Hyde Bourke St) Call (03) 8699 7960

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The Ongoing Inspiration of a Really, Really Nice Instrument

We all know that music can be produced using anything that has a string or a tube or a skin (includi

 

We all know that music can be produced using anything that has a string or a tube or a skin (including our own bodies). For millennia humans have been doing just fine with whatever makes a sound. So when we hear the local music store salesperson trying to convince us to buy the more expensive ‘premium’ instrument it definitely makes us suspicious.

Our blog today will put to rest some of these suspicions and hopefully answer some questions you have about the real value of expensive versus cheaper instruments.

The truth is, instruments are a little bit like cars. The cost accumulates based on the features you want. Desirable features such as quality manufacturing, innovation, extras, and rarity come with a higher price tag. All these factors determine the final cost to the consumer.

Generally, place of manufacture will also affect the cost of an instrument. However, the rise in quality coming out of Chinese factories in all consumer industries has decreased the market size of locally made, English/European and American made products as they are now seen as too expensive. This competition is good for consumers as there are more options available. But are mass manufactured cheaper instruments really as good as those coming out of traditional workshops?

Most music retailers have now heard over and over “My $500 Chinese made electric guitar copy is just as good as the real thing!” How can a $500 item be as good as the $5000? While it would be great if it was, most of the time it simply isn’t. Having the $500 available is awesome because it makes these instruments accessible to people with all kinds of budgets. And the fact that the quality of these instruments has risen recently means not being able to afford the $5000 instrument doesn’t hurt quite so much.

But what is the real difference in quality between the two? Well, in 99% of cases, the more expensive instrument is made from superior materials (which are more expensive), by a person with more expertise (who costs more to employ).

The value of quality materials cannot be underestimated. Take the example of string instruments. Good quality tonewood timber gets more expensive every year. It grows slowly but everyone wants it, so resources are dwindling. This drives up the cost significantly.

Then we need to consider workmanship. Many premium instruments are handmade. Highly skilled builders are like master mechanics- they don’t come cheap! They also have a reputation to uphold, and a precision build takes time. All of this again, drives up the cost of manufacture.

This is not to say that the cheaper product doesn’t do a good job. But, as your playing progresses you might find that it does not perform to your exacting standards, at which point you realise you need invest in an instrument that hits the high notes easier, or has better bass response, or more sustain and clarity. These nuances in performance ultimately contribute to improved technique, knowledge, and most importantly, inspiration.

There will always be the used car salesman type (no offense meant…) that only upsells for financial benefit. But a good salesperson will take the time to explain the benefits of spending more. Remember to value anything that is made with care, and of quality components. By buying a premium instrument you are investing in high quality manufacturing, materials and in yourself as a musician. If this blog has made you wonder whether a higher tier instrument might be what pushes your playing that extra step, don’t be afraid to come in and have a chat.

- Stephen Forth (Store Manager: Adelaide) Email Stephen

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Taylor by Numbers

In this post, we will learn to understand the numbering system employed by Taylor Guitars to identif

In this post, we will learn to understand the numbering system employed by Taylor Guitars to identify their range.

There are three different model variations to choose from:

1. Cutaway body with on board electronics e.g. 614ce

2. Non-cutaway body with on board electronics e.g. 614e

3. Non-cutaway body with no on board electronics e.g. 614

Taylor models are arranged by series, from the 100 through to the 900 with each of the three numbers identifying a particular appointment feature.

The first number reveals the series. Generally, most guitars within a series offer the same back and side woods, plus similar features. From the 100 series through to 900 series, this remains a consistent identifier.

The second number tells us one of two things:

a) The guitar is either a 6 or 12 string model

b) Is the top made of a hardwood? For example: Mahogany or Koa, or a softer tone wood like Cedar or Spruce.

If the guitar is a 6-String the middle number will be a 1 or 2, for example:

816ce indicates a softwood top, typically made from either Spruce or Cedar

• 826ce tells us the top is a hardwood, like Mahogany or Koa.

For 12-string guitars the middle number will be either a 5 or a 6, for example:

756ce is a 12-string with a softwood top, in Spruce or Cedar

• 766ce is also a 12-string, this time featuring a hardwood top, Mahogany or Koa.

The third number identifies the type of body shape you will expect to find.

0 = Dreadnought (e.g. 810ce) 2 = Grand Concert (e.g. 812ce) 4 = Grand Auditorium (e.g. 814ce) 6 = Grand Symphony (e.g. 816ce) 8 = Grand Orchestra (e.g. 818e)

Cutaway and Electronics

“c” indicates a model with a cutaway; “e” indicates a model with on board electronics

Nylon-String Models

Taylor nylon-string guitars can be found in the 200-800 series, and easily recognised by the letter ‘N’ at the end of the model name. For example, a nylon-string GA (Grand Auditorium) with a cutaway and on board electronics within the 800 series would be 814ce-N.

Starting with the Baby Taylor, Big Baby  GS MINI 100 Series to 900 Series, to the Deluxe Koa series and Presentation Series - each model delivers something unique and different that sets it apart from the rest. From shape, tone wood pairing, and aesthetics, Taylor’s 5 body shapes can be found in each series, but combinations of wood pairing on Top, Back and Sides, as well as appointments and features differ by series.

Find Your Fit and talk to our Online Team to choose the Taylor that's right for you! 

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