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Gretsch Keith Carlock Signature Snare Drum

Gretsch Keith Carlock Signature Snare Drum Most of the time when I’m given something to review it’s received on the basis of “oh, cool” and I get on with it. This, though, is one of those times when I was actively looking forward to getting hold of the item to try it out. Actually, to

By | 2022-11-17T12:40:30+00:00 November 17th, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gretsch Keith Carlock Signature Snare Drum

Pearl StaveCraft Snare Drums

Pearl StaveCraft Snare Drums ‘Producing sharp sonic focus and full-bodied volume for the heavy drummer, StaveCraft snares are a startling addition to any pro player's soundscape. Each 25mm thick shell starts from two layers of meticulously beveled solid Thai Oak wood staves. Using a principal exclusive to these snare drums, an added stave of exotic

By | 2022-09-03T12:36:14+00:00 September 3rd, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Pearl StaveCraft Snare Drums

Pearl Duoluxe Snare Drums

Pearl Duoluxe Snare Drums ‘With the look and rigidity of our trademark dual inverted shell beads, Pearl takes the chrome-over-brass alloy shell of our classic Jupiter snare and inlays it with two finish bands of Nicotine White Marine Pearl. This gives the shell a singular look and adds tonal control to its unbridled sound.’ Basically,

By | 2022-08-02T21:56:22+00:00 August 2nd, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Pearl Duoluxe Snare Drums

Pearl president series deluxe drum kit

This is one of the easier reviews I’ve done because I own these drums. Actually, I own two sets of these drums. I shall explain why.   The President series are a reintroduction of Pearl’s 1961 drums ‘culled from the very origins of The World's Largest Drum Company, President Deluxe Series revives the warm subtlety

By | 2022-07-17T18:04:15+00:00 July 17th, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Pearl president series deluxe drum kit

Pearl lightweight stands

  Pearl lightweight stands Ok, so I am a fan of the lightweight hardware thing and I currently own representatives from three different manufacturers’ offerings in that area.    As I entered my mid-forties - now some time ago - I found the lower weight in my hardware bag much more appealing, with the flat-based

By | 2022-07-01T21:23:03+00:00 July 1st, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Pearl lightweight stands

British Drum company purple heart snare drum

  British Drum Company 13x7” Super 7 Purpleheart Snare Drum   A new snare drum from the British Drum Company.   13x7 has always been one of my personal favourite sizes for snare drums. Many years ago I found that this particular sizing gives you a good solid crack and yet still maintains depth and

By | 2022-06-19T20:30:33+00:00 June 19th, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on British Drum company purple heart snare drum

Sabian Anthology Cymbals

Sabian Anthology Cymbals - I love cymbals like this. There’s something about a well thought out, well made cymbal that makes you - or should make you - think differently when you play. That’s always how it’s been for me. The Anthology line was created as part of Sabian’s 40th anniversary celebrations in collaboration with Jojo Mayer. 

By | 2022-06-05T21:59:56+00:00 June 5th, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Anthology Cymbals

Bristol Drum Company Snare

Those outside of the UK may not have heard of the Bristol Drum Company, so to give you a little background, the city of Bristol is in the south west of England about 120 miles from London. James May and Ben Collins (The Stig) from Top Gear were born there and they tend to talk

By | 2022-05-20T09:10:02+00:00 May 20th, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Bristol Drum Company Snare

Gewa G5 studio 5

Gewa G5 Studio 5 In mid-2017, I was in Germany at Gewa HQ and on the last day there, just before we were going to leave, we were shown a small black box which turned out to be an electronic drum module. At the time, I remember thinking it looking interesting, although I didn’t get

By | 2022-04-28T14:26:52+00:00 April 28th, 2022|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gewa G5 studio 5
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