Sunday, December 30, 2012

Free Concert Friday January 4, 7:30

Bobby Hall, who is an excellent guitarist and teacher at YAMS, will be doing free concerts just about every Friday night at YAMS @ 7:30 pm.

The concerts will be a variety of formats, feature a variety of styles, and will sometimes include his students performing in a friendly context.

Come on out for the first concert on Friday, January 4 @ 7:30 pm. It's free!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

What does a Yams Jam look like?

So what does it look like when a whole bunch of people get together and jam over at Young America Music School?

Like this:

Call us to see when the next jam is!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Christmas is coming! Start thinking YAMS now.....

Here at Young America Music we have a TON of music-related stuff that works great for Christmas - especially inexpensive little accessories that can make all the different in the world to a musician of any skill level.

Want some suggestions?
  • A portable table-top music stand that sits on any flat surface and holds your music up at the correct angle
  • Guitar picks - we've got a lot of different kinds! Christmas presents are a good time to get 'em to try something new!
  • Ditto for Guitar Strings - try out those new glow-in-the-dark strings [ really! ]
  • Music books - we've got books of music for just about every instrument, including tablature for the frets.
  • Instrument cases - how about a blue case for your clarinet? A new case to replace that beat up old thing your guitar lives in?
  • Synthetic reeds - if you play a reed instrument [clarinet, oboe, sax] Christmas is a great time to ask for a synthetic reed. They last a LOT longer the regular reeds, and it would be something new to try out! The cool factor is pretty high with these! 
  • Spare tuners and metronomes - at YAMS prices, it's always easy [and a good thing] to have a spare handy].
  • Reed cases - keep your reeds safe.
  • Instrument cleaning kits - for all the band instruments. These make it easy to get last month's lunch out of your instrument, since band is after lunch and.....well, you get the picture!
  • Harmonicas - we have 'em in all price ranges. It's a great instrument to have around, and sometimes even the dog likes it.
  • New instrument cables - we have 'em! Ya' can't have enough of 'em!
  • Spare drumsticks - or a different kind of drum sticks.
  • Dinky little Orange Amps - battery powered, inexpensive, killer sound. Seriously!
So come by the store and get ahead on your Christmas shopping - even though it isn't Halloween yet! 

...and don't forget that we are on eBay as well. You never know what we're listing from week to week! 

Click to see our eBay store

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Band Instrumental Rental Program

 Young America Music has an EXCELLENT family-friendly Band Instrumental rental program  
[we ALSO rent Orchestra Strings as well!]

See below for some details about the program, plus some excellent points about the academic and social benefits of studying music!

This is what the storage room looks like in August, before all of the instruments have been rented out! You can see we have plenty of instruments in stock, and we are constantly getting more in, especially at the beginning of the school year.

Monday, June 18, 2012

YAMS is on EBAY!

We are now on eBay, offering a few things online. The selection will increase over time - after all, we're only human, and decided to start out small so we can get things right the first time.

Click to see what's currently listed!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Our Hours have Changed!

We've tweaked our operating hours - please take note!

Our new hours are:
Monday  11:00 - 5:00
Tuesday 1:00 - 8:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 5:00
Thursday 1:00 - 8:00
Friday  11:00 - 5:00
Saturday 9:00 - 4:00

Monday, May 21, 2012

FREE Dulcimer Workshop coming to YAMS!

Young America Music Schools is proud to announce a FREE Dulcimer workshop, to be held at the store on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 1-2 PM with the nationally acclaimed Aaron O'Rourke. This event is  being held in association with the Middle Georgia Dulcimer Club - which will have a few starter dulcimers available for use [on a first come - first served basis, so come early!]

Workshop Title:

A Contemporary Approach
to Mountain Dulcimer
from the Ground Up 

This free workshop is geared towards the absolute beginner looking for a solid foundation in a style that lends itself to chord-melody flat-picking and the use of the entire fingerboard. Emphasis will be on ergonomics and how to move forward with your playing.
If you have no idea what that means, come on and find out - it'll be a fun time with some good people!

CONCERT with the Aaron O'Rourke Trio

Aaron and his trio will be giving a concert later on Saturday evening June 2 starting at 7:30. Tickets for this event are $20.00. Go to or call 478-335-3895 for concert and ticket information.

CLICK HERE to buy a ticket online to the house concert - seats are seriously limited!

For more information about the workshop:
  • Call Young America Music School at 478-474-4264
  • or fill out the contact form here
  • Check out more about Aaron at

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bajo Sexto @ YAMS!

This is a lousy picture of an absolutely gorgeous Bajo Sexto we have in stock at Young America Music School. 

Come on in to the store on Zebulon Road and take a listen - then check out the fabulous YAMS "Beat the Internet Guys" pricing"!

According to
The history of the Bajo Sexto is not exactly clear, but by some historian's account, the instrument was first brought to Mexico by the Spaniards. Others say it evolved from the 12-string guitar, emerging sometime late in the 19th century as native to the bajio region of Jalisco, Mexico.
In the early development of conjunto music, the Bajo was used mainly as a bass instrument in conjunction with the bass chord elements of the accordion. But later, with the addition of bass and drums in modern conjunto groups, the Bajo players were free to expand on its primary use as a rhythm instrument and played as a solo, melody-line instrument. The first to do so was Santiago Almeida who played with the pioneer accordionist Narcisco Martinez in the early 1900s.

The Steel -stringed Bajo is tuned an octave below a standard guitar, and the last two strings are tuned up a half-step: E, A, D, G, C, F, low to high, with each course tuned in octaves. This gives it a rich tone and a loud, resonant quality.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mackie: Speakers, Power, and even a SUBWOOFER!

All of these are at an incredible YAMS "Beat the Internet Guys" Price - come on by the store and take a listen!

At YAMS we have a couple of these great LITTLE speakers in stock [but we can ALWAYS get more!]

As Mackie says:
The built-in three-channel mixer features two combo XLR/line inputs (with true 48V phantom power), a stereo channel for CD/MP3 players, and Mackie's powerful 3-band Active EQ. The SRM150 can even be mounted on a mic stand, making it the ideal personal monitor. Put simply, with its tremendous feature set and 150-watts of world-class sound, the Mackie SRM150 is the perfect solution for any application requiring superior sound quality. 

THREE channels, 150 watts, and it can mount on a mic stand? 

Wow - and at a YAMS price that beats the internet guys...but you'll have to swing by the store to see what it is. 
[Sorry - it's a lawyer thing....]

The SRM1801 is a THOUSAND watt subwoofer that can [but doesn't have to] shake your socks clean off your feet. here's what Mackie says:
What does 1000W of peak power mean to you? It means having a subwoofer that delivers rump-shaking bass night after night. It means getting class-leading power and output. To accomplish this, the SRM1801 features Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification. Class-D amps are more efficient and lightweight, with far less waste heat produced versus competing designs. Fast Recovery means you can occasionally push into clipping without a ton of nasty distortion. So, power is no problem... but how does it sound? The SRM1801 benefits from built-in Active electronics, like a precision crossover and tuning filters for accurate bass response. Some subwoofers have decent power, but when you listen, everything sounds loose and flabby. The SRM1801 delivers professional low end that you can feel...custom tuned to be tight and punchy.

In the Middle is the SRM450, a powered loudspeaker that is "just right". This is a lightweight portable powered speaker with high quality electronics inside that will produce a clean musical sound.

  • 2-way bi-amplified, optimized Active loudspeaker system
  • High-output precision titanium compression driver
  • 12″ lightweight long-throw low frequency transducer with 3-inch voice coil
  • Servo Feedback controlled woofer for tight low-end punch
  • 300W class-D, Fast Recovery LF amp / 100W HF amp
  • Ultra-wide, smooth dispersion via multi-cell horn aperture and HF waveguide
  • Built-in phase-accurate 24dB Linkwitz-Riley electronic crossover
  • Mackie Active Electronic time alignment, phase correction and EQ for studio quality sound
  • Mic/line input and pass-thru connector
  • Lightweight for ultimate portability (40lbs)
  • Flyable, Pole Mountable, Floor Wedge-able

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mackie HD1531 high-Definition Loudspeakers - 1800 watts worth!

Welcome to the world of high-definition live sound. 

The HD1531 3-Way High-Definition Powered Loudspeaker delivers class-leading power, unmatched clarity and extreme flexibility in a design that is understated, yet stunning. Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification produces a ridiculous 1800W of peak system power. High-Definition Audio Processing incorporates next-generation Mackie “Active” electronics and re-defines powered loudspeakers by implementing Mackie’s patented acoustic correction processing for an experience that is unrivaled in the world of portable powered PA systems.  System tuning and custom transducer design by EAW ensures an optimized system that sounds great every time. The compact yet rugged, all-wood enclosure offers superior protection and a clean, unimposing look that will blend seamlessly into almost any environment. HD1531 3-Way High-Definition Powered Loudspeaker — Elevate Your Experience

....all at the standard YAMS "Beat the Internet Guys" Pricing! Come by the store and take a look!
• 1800W of ultra-efficient Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification
» LF 700W RMS / 1400W peak
» MF 100W RMS / 200W peak
» HF 100W RMS / 200W peak
• High-definition audio processing:
» Revolutionary patented acoustic correction
» Transducer time alignment and phase correction
» Precision 3-way crossover
• Custom designed transducers by EAW
» 15” neodymium woofer with 3” voice coil
» 6” horn-loaded, high-output mid-range transducer
» 1.75” compression driver with heat-treated titanium diaphragm
• User-adjustable 3-band contour EQ with sweepable mid-frequency
• Optimized wide-dispersion WaveFront™ high/mid horn system
• Ultra-compact and lightweight (96lbs)
• Integrated limiting and protection circuitry
• Rugged all wood cabinet (15mm birch plywood)
• 12 integrated fly points for horizontal and vertical rigging
• Stand / pole mountable


Friday, April 20, 2012

Mackie c300Z passive loudspeaker - tuned by EAW!

Over at YAMS' Mackieville we have the c300Z passive loudspeaker - a very handy thing to come by and pick up if you are ready to upgrade your PA system, but have decent power amps already! This baby was tuned by the uber-famous EAW loudspeaker company, so you KNOW they sound terrific!

Come on by the store and take a look and a listen! You know they have the famous YAMS "Beat the Internet Guys" pricing!

The C300z 2-Way Portable Passive Loudspeakers put the superior clarity, wide dispersion, and legendary ergonomics of the SRM Series within reach of any serious musician, DJ, or small club. These compact-yet-loud speakers can be pole-mounted for use as a small full-range PA system, combined with subwoofers as needed, and even employed as high-quality passive floor monitors.
The new C Series passive Loudspeakers represent Mackie's first lightweight passive speakers tuned exclusively by the EAW loudspeaker engineering team. We're talking about the same team with more than 25 years of high-output loudspeaker expertise, having created loudspeaker systems for critical applications as diverse as the Super Bowl, Iron Maiden, and the Pope. And although loudspeakers for these mega-systems cost exponentially more than the stalwart C300z, many of the same concepts applied, namely: designing custom 12" LF drivers with a frequency range from 50 Hz - 3000 Hz and a 3" voice coil that can take a pounding. And a 1.75" High-Frequency titanium Driver and Horn providing a wide, controlled dispersion pattern and precise reproduction of the critical 1000 Hz - 20,000 Hz upper mid-range and high frequencies.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mackie PPM608 portable powered mixer WITH effects!

Now, THIS is a seriously handy mixer for the small band! Seriously, which would YOU rather haul around?

Most powered mixers out there have either a limited set of mixing tools—keeping your mix decidedly average—or they cram in a mind-boggling amount of lame effects that you would never use. Every professional carries the right tools for the job, so the PPM608 comes with a great-sounding, highly useable toolkit:

  • Premium Mackie preamplifiers ensure transparent, low-noise/high-headroom characteristics right at the front of the mixer. The PPM608 offers 8 mic/line channels with trusted Mackie preamplifiers.
  • True 48V phantom power allows every condenser mic to perform at its full potential.
  • Legendary 3-band active EQ straight off the tremendously popular VLZ3 mixer series. Sweetening any channel is a breeze.
  • Individual channel inserts (ch. 1-6) allow compressors and other outboard processing on critical instrument or voice channels. Don’t leave the lead singer hanging! 
  • Dedicated in-line compressors on channels 1-4 bring simple but sweet dynamics to our PPM mixers.
  • Dual graphic EQs are provided for use with mains and monitors. These EQs feature tight, constant-Q Filters that effect only the frequency range you’ve intended, unlike many inexpensive built-in graphic EQs that will remain nameless.
  • Simple stuff like useable main and monitor output metering make a huge difference in your mix.  Sorry, but 5 LED meters at the output doesn’t tell you that you’re about to clip. Our high-resolution 12-segment meters enable more visibility of your signal, and the super quick response of the meters allows what you see to translate quickly and easily to what you hear.
The builtin effects unit - which indeed sounds SWEET!

Remember, YAMS specializes in "Beat the Internet Guys" pricing - so you really do need to swing by teh store and take a look!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mackie ProFX compact mixers with Effects AND USB!

Both of these mixers are available at Young America Music - Middle Georgia's best music store [in our humble but accurate opinion!]

The ProFX16 is a 16-channel 4-bus mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O - that means you can plug this puppy into your computer, install the INCLUDED Tracktion software, and record your concert live-to-2-track! You can also PLAYBACK stereo audio from your computer into the mixer - think of the possibilities!

• 10 low-noise, high-headroom Mackie mic preamps with +50dB gain range
• Dedicated inline compression for critical inputs (ch. 5-8) - as in 4 of the channels have a compressor BUILT-IN!
• 32-bit RMFX™ processor with 16 “Gig-Ready” reverbs, choruses and delays
• Precision 7-band graphic EQ for tuning mains and monitors
• USB I/O for recording shows and music playback via Mac or PC
 • Stream subgroups 1-2 or main L/R to your computer for recording
• Stereo USB/tape I/O with input level control to mains
 • Convenient USB return to stereo channel for implementation of EQ, auxes and more
• 3-band EQ with sweepable midrange on mono channels
• 16 high-headroom line inputs (8 mono, 4 stereo)
• Individual channel mute switches and overload (OL) indicators
• 18dB/octave 100Hz low cut filters on all mic channels
• Inserts on mono mic/line channels (ch. 1-4) for connecting outboard processors
• 60mm faders for input channels, subgroups and mains
• 48V phantom power with LED for use with condenser mics
• FX mute button also controllable via footswitch
• Break switch mutes all channels for music playback between sets
• Control room / headphone outputs with rotary level control
• Balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced ¼-inch main outputs
• Rack-mountable design using optional rack ears
• Rugged steel chassis
• Switching multi-voltage power supply for worldwide use
• Includes Tracktion 3™ Music Production Software for Mac or PC

The ProFX22 is the clear solution for any medium/large venue that needs great sound, but doesn’t have the budget or space for tons of outboard gear. You've got a great EQ plus built-in compression for shaping the sound. The ProFX22 has everything needed to make your gig sound great and all the necessary channels to rock a large band. Plus, USB I/O lets you record the show or stream music straight from a laptop.

This board is loaded with 16 Mackie low-noise mic preamps, 3-band EQ, integrated “Gig-Ready” effects, precision 7-band GEQ and more. It has all the right tools, each and everyone designed to sound great. Plus everything is housed in an ultra-tough enclosure with additional impact-resistant sidecheeks, protecting your investment from the rigors of the road

• Professional 22-channel 4-bus mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O
• 16 low-noise, high-headroom Mackie mic preamps with +50dB gain range
• Dedicated inline compression for critical inputs (ch. 11-14)
• 32-bit RMFX™ processor with 16 “Gig-Ready” reverbs, choruses and delays
• Precision 7-band graphic EQ for tuning mains and monitors
• USB I/O for recording shows and music playback via Mac or PC
• Stream subgroups 1-2 or main L/R to your computer for recording
• Stereo USB/tape I/O with input level control to main
• Convenient USB return to stereo channel for implementation of EQ, auxes and more
• 3-band EQ with sweepable midrange on mono channels
• 22 high-headroom line inputs (14 mono, 4 stereo)
• Individual channel mute switches and overload (OL) indicators
• 18dB/octave 100Hz low cut filters on all mic channels
• Inserts on mono mic/line channels (ch. 1-10) for connecting outboard processors
• 60mm faders for input channels, subgroups and mains
• 48V phantom power with LED for use with condenser mics
• FX mute button also controllable via footswitch
• Break switch mutes all channels for music playback between sets
• Control room / headphone outputs with rotary level control
• Balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced ¼-inch main outputs
• Rugged steel chassis
• Switching multi-voltage power supply for worldwide use
• Includes Tracktion 3™ Music Production Software for Mac or PC.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mackieville - a low-budget video tour

We got in a bunch of Mackie gear, so we shot this VERY low budget video. If you are in the Middle Georgia area, come on by!

We have "Beat the Internet Guys" pricing on ALL of the Mackie stuff - and if we don't have it, we can order it in for you!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


YAMS has been an Authorized Mackie Delaer for a while now, and we recently received a pretty decent shipment of some very cool [AND USEFUL] Mackie gear.....and the prices are BELOW the "Standard Internet Guys Pricing" - so you can get an EXCELLENT deal and WALK out of the store with your mixer or speakers or subwoofer.

.....all the while supporting your
LOCAL music dealer!

Over the next few days you'll see some postings with some details - but for now here's an overview shot of YAMS' "Mackieville"!

Mackie at Young America Music - Middle Georgia's best music store