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It was way back in Spring when the phone started to ring. We wanted to get the shiny new V-Piano in front of Gary Barlow: singer, song writer, and architect of the biggest comeback since Halley’s Comet. Tough call though, what with Gary climbing mountains, hurting his back en-route then doing promo for the recently-released Take That album and rehearsals for the biggest UK tour in history, with a paltry 1.08 million people seeing the band.
The chance came when we were invited to Sunderland to show Gary the V-Piano before the first preview gig, scheduled for the night before the tour began. We dutifully set the V-Piano up in a small dressing room and Gary - along with band member Mark Owen and Gary’s protégé Gary Go - powered it up. Keys were played, bumps were goosed, glances exchanged and judgements made: Gary ordered the V-Piano to be hauled on stage, replacing his incumbent keyboard. Aiding the techs, we carried the V-Piano onto the huge stage and the sound checking began. Fast forward to the present and Gary has used the V-Piano every night on the tour and now wants one for his studio to record with – praise indeed from the songwriter’s songwriter.
18 07 2014 10:29
Could the Roland Blues Cube guitar amps finally bridge the gap between valve and modelling guitarists? We take a look at the new Blues Cube Artist and Blues Cube Stage.
15 07 2014 09:15
It means art and technique in Japanese. For Boss and Roland waza means impeccable guitar tone.
14 03 2014 02:05
Our Roland Aira demo units have arrived and we'll be getting you a full review of the Airas soon. Don't worry though, they'll be available for all you girls and boys from the 24th of March. Not long now.
13 03 2014 12:18
After yesterday's Pioneer turntable announcement we've got another mysterious black box for you. Say hello to the new Roland Aira Sync module.
14 02 2014 12:57
It’s official. It’s here. The new Roland AIRA series was launched this morning and we’re incredibly excited to tell you all about the new Roland TR8.
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