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Gruv Gear And Michael Tobias Design Announce MTD FretWraps To Ship With Every New American Bass
California-based music products manufacturer Gruv Gear announces a new licensing agreement with Michael Tobias Design (MTD), a world-renowned builder of handcrafted American bass guitars based in Kingston, New York. The agreement has paved the launch of MTD FretWraps, a co-branded version of Gruv Gear's very popular string dampening accessory, which will be included in every new MTD American bass.

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Gruv Gear Launches "Sessions" Featuring Exclusive Live Studio Performances By Renowned Musicians
California-based music accessories manufacturer Gruv Gear has announced a new destination on its website where exclusive videos of artist endorsers will be released. With the company's growing roster of some of the world's most influential musicians, recording live sessions was a natural step to help foster original music and collaboration between its diverse artists.

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Ergonomic "DuoStrap" Offers Shoulder Pain Relief For Guitar and Bass Players
Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative music products and accessories, launched the first-of-its-kind ergonomic double strap - aptly named the DuoStrap™ - at the recent NAMM international music products show. Its release had been long anticipated by players worldwide, and already garnered a roster of major musicians on board in its first launch weekend, including legendary guitarists and bassists.

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There and Back Again My Weekend with the Gruv Gear Stadium Bag
By Jonathan Moody for Bass Musician Magazine
I've been referring to it as my "perfect storm" of gigs; eight in three days. It was probably the only time when I had a legitimate argument for having three amps. Getting through this was going to require a lot of careful planning; I had different gear to use in three different settings, as outlined below...

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Gruv Gear Awards Prizes to Teen Band Winners at the Third-Annual SchoolJam USA Teen Battle of the Bands Competition
SchoolJam USA is a national program sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) that rewards aspiring teen music makers, between the ages of 13 and 19, and their school music programs with funding and prizes, as well as the opportunity to perform live before the public and a panel of music industry professionals.

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Gruv Gear Supports Career Musicians Through Sweet Relief Musicians Funds
Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative utility carts, music products and accessories, announces its contribution and support to Sweet Relief Musicians Funds, and organization dedicated to help career musicians career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

So many great American artists are finding themselves in a hopeless position with nowhere to turn. Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993.

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Gruv Gear Donates Utility Carts To Organizations That Help The Needy
Gruv Gear offered the lightweight 2-wheeled dollies to organizations that needed them the most. "We were overwhelmed with the response and had to pre-screen about a dozen local organizations," says Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear. "We narrowed it down to 5 non-profits that we felt would benefit the most from using the dollies in their daily work, and we're blessed to be able to contribute something to that will in turn help the needy.

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Gruv Gear Inks Canadian Distribution Deal with Heartbeat Distributors Ltd.
Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative music products and accessories, announces a distribution deal with Heartbeat Distributors Ltd., broadening its reach to the musician and DJ market in Canada.

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Gruv Gear Appoints Musical Distributors Group For USA Distribution
Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative music products and accessories, announces a major distribution deal with Musical Distributors Group (MDG), effectively expanding its reach to over 3000 dealers and retailers across the United States.

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Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo: The last hand truck you will ever buy.
I'll keep this short and sweet.
This is the finest hand truck that I've ever used. On top of looking very slick, this cart is so well thought out and put together that my only regret is not purchasing it sooner.

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Gruv Gear Sponsors Exclusive Music Event with Jonathan Moffett and Alex Al
of Michael Jackson's This Is It

Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett and Alex Al were the foundation of the band for what would have been a historical epic world tour, and they have not done an event together since then. Jonathan returned a few months ago from a sold-out five-city tour in Australia where he did a "Tribute to Michael Jackson" run and single-handedly captivated the audience. Alex taking time out his busy session schedule to share his signature bass work brings the experience to a new level, and with the opportunity to hear both artists talk about their techniques and careers, it will be an evening that no one has ever seen or heard before.

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Free Bass Lessons with the Masters from Gruv Gear
Gruv Gear announces "Bass 1-on-1," a contest that can help jumpstart your bass playing this spring: Win FREE LESSONS with some of the world's top bass instructors and clinicians, who also happen to be Gruv Gear endorsing artists! Starting Friday, April 8, an instructor will be featured for a full week, and during that week you can enter to win a free 1-hour ONE-ON-ONE lesson with that specific instructor!

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Gruv Gear Signs Major Europe Distribution Deal With Adam Hall, Spans 30 Countries
(April 5, 2011) The stage is set and the spotlight is aimed at Gruv Gear as Germany-based distributor Adam Hall GmbH introduces its innovative utility carts, hand trucks and music accessories product line to the European market at the 2011 Musikmesse Frankfurt and Prolight + Sound international trade shows.

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"This is how all products should be made. Everywhere. Everytime."
(James Rushin, Editor at MGR) Predict everything that people could complain about and have a 'fix' ready for them if they do, but still make a product good enough that most people won't need your fixes. GruvGear continues to impress me...

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GruvGear's FretWrap Cleans up Tasty Bass Licks (The Extended Review)
It's not "just a replacement" for a hair tie any more than your new home studio is a "replacement" for your 1976 handheld cassette recorder. Once you've tried both, there really isn't any comparison. This one gets an Editor's Pick from me, and I very quickly made arrangements with Jay to get a set of my own.

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Music Gear Review Takes The FretWraps For A Spin
Absolutely great product. Even in comparison with the hair tie you can get for free, it's still a great product, because it gets the job done so much better than any hair tie or any other solution ever has.

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TheBassGeek.net Reviews the Gruv Gear FretWraps
If you've seen a Victor Wooten Band show, you've seen Wooten, his brother, and his bassist moving what look like hair scrunchies up on down the neck. And indeed, those are scrunchies used to dampen unwanted string noise during two-handed tappings runs and other high-impact playing. Gruv Gear now offers their own product intended to replace those scrunchies with something a little more versatile - the FretWrap.

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Splat Reviews takes on the new Sliiv Stick Sleeves
The new "Sliivs" from Gruv Gear are drum stick sleeves that will improve your grip, comfort and appearance while rockin' out. Theserubberized stick sleeves roll over the bottom end of just about any size stick. They have anti-slip texture that comes in a range of graphic patterns and colors, over a padded, sweat absorbing surface.

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Guitar Video Channel Reviews the FretWraps
I remember seeing gunslingers like Victor Wooten and Greg Howe with "this thing" on their fretboards. No it's not a capo, wait, I think it moves? Is that a hair tie?
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V-Cart Solo: Best Purchase I made at the Winter NAMM 2011 Show
I first came across the GruvGear V Cart Solo as I checked out various booths at the Winter NAMM Show 2011 in Anaheim. A guy was pushing one loaded with boxes down one of the aisles. I'd never seen one before and it caught my eye, so I stopped him...

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NoTreble.com reviews the Gruv Gear FretWraps and Solo Lite
The guys from Gruv Gear were showing off a few new products at their NAMM booth this year, including the new FretWraps and Solo Lite. Designed with bass in mind, the Gruv Gear FretWraps are a string-muting accessory made to replace the hair ties that most bassists keep above the nut. Available in three sizes, FretWraps fit around up to 7-string basses via an adjustable strap that also allows you to change the amount of pressure on the strings. It helps cut overtones and sympathetic resonance during tapping and slapping to clean up your lines.

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Review of the V-CART Solo from Australian Magazine, MIXDOWN
As a drummer I've never forgotten the day when I finally bought a trolley and didn't have to make seven trips to the car to unload the kit for a gig. It was without a doubt a wake up call. Why hadn't I done this ages ago?

I'm sure countless musicians can relate to this. Over the years it's been all about how to minimise the effort required to lug gear and everyone has a system that works for them but Gruv Gear have now released a cart that will quite possibly change their minds when it comes to the right way.

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Brent-Anthony Johnson reviews the V-Cart Solo on ShoutLife
The incredible design team at Gruv Gear have created an incredibly versatile transport cart in the innovative GRUV GEAR V-CART SOLO. This "dolly on steroids" might be the most versatile and easy-to-use personal musician specific gear transporter ever designed! Gruv Gear proprietor, Jay Baldemor, comments that the V-Cart Solo was designed from the ground up, and the unit features several patent-pending features with intense focus on ergonomics, stability and sturdiness.

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Bass Musician Magazine reviews Gruv Gear's V-Cart Solo
Although I've never done a physical product review, when I brought the V-Cart Solo to the attention of BMM staffers they all agreed? "VERY cool. Hey, you should write about it!'. Although I normally would've declined and passed the buck, I just LOVE this cart and figured, who better to tell you about it!

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Gear Watch spotlight of the V-Cart Solo on notreble.com
Tired of hauling your rig over several trips from your car? Gruv Gear has introduced their new V-Cart Solo, a versatile cart designed for transporting heavy gear and equipment while staying ergonomic and maneuverable.

Featuring a multi-position handle and sliding support arm, the V-Cart solo morphs into 3 configurations to fit your transportation needs. The modes include a 4-wheeled tilted "V," a 4-wheel flat platform, or the standard 2-wheel dolly.

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We're on the homepage of BassPlayer.com!
Check out the V-Cart Solo on the homepage of Bass Player Magazine's website (April 2010). Here's a direct link to the article announcing the V-Cart Solo:

http://www.bassplayer.com/article/gruv-gear-v-cart/April-2010/111905

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Great independent review of the V-Cart Solo from Germany's Delamar.de
Great independent review of the V-CART Solo from Germany's Delamar.de http://www.delamar.de/pressemitteilung/gruv-gear-v-cart-solo-flexible-transportloesung-fuer-schweres-geraet-7613/

Rough translation here: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.delamar.de%2Fpressemitteilung%2Fgruv-gear-v-cart-solo-flexible-transportloesung-fuer-schweres-geraet-7613

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Video demo spotlight of the V-Cart Solo by our Australia distributor, THUMP MUSIC
Just days after the Winter 2010 NAMM Show, we got together with THUMP MUSIC founder Jon Carruthers and Aussie bassist Mark Peric for a candid video demo of the V-Cart Solo.

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Video highlight and review of the V-Cart Solo by Mikesgig.com
Mikesgig.com stopped by our NAMM booth and shot this cool demo video. We were honored by the "Mike's Gig Pick" award also. Thanks Mike!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8W9Y3ydn6c
http://mikesgig.com/gruv-gear/

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GRUV GEAR on the Music Industry Newswire
http://musicindustrynewswire.com/2010/01/27/min2723_214433.php

I don't move furniture, studio equipment, stage sets, lights, speaker cabinets, or amplifiers, but if I did, boy-oh-boy would I want the Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo. Described as the "ultimate personal gear transport cart for musicians," this is the best way to get your gear on a roll.

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Bryan Keith demos the V-Cart Solo for SonicState.com

I can relate to having to haul lots of equipment round, I thought I'd got it down to a fine art till I saw this superb construction from Groovegear(sp).

The V-Cart Solo gives you plenty of ways to make light work of your massive bass rig or drum kit or, ahem, over-complicated video rig.

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Cool mention of us by our awesome new buds at MONO. Thanks Pat!
http://www.monocase.com/monolog/monolog/2010/01/gruv-gear.html

We met these guys at NAMM, and they make a product that we at MONO really stand behind. Any musician knows how much of a burden it is to carry all your stuff, that's why things like low watt amps exist...make it smaller because your back will love you. The thing about smaller gear is that sometimes it sounds smaller.

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Online Music Magazine NME features Damian Erskine and Hadrien Feraud jam at Gruv Gear NAMM booth
Hadrien Feraud & Damian Erskine (GRUV GEAR Artist Endorser) layin' it down at Winter NAMM 2010 at our booth in Hall E #1183! Awesome jam!

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Demo of the V-Cart Solo at the 2010 Winter NAMM, produced by the guys at I DJ Now
NY-based I DJ Now dropped by our NAMM booth Friday morning for an candid video interview and demo.

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