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VK Kast Snare Drums

Alan Van Kleef has quite deservedly made a good name for himself over the last few years with his drums. I first played one of Alan’s drums a few years ago when I got to review one of the Thomas Lang signature snares he made. What struck me about that snare - and what stayed

By | 2020-07-01T00:24:30+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl Masterworks 12×7″ Purple Tamo Ash

This drum comes with two stories, the initial one of which is fairly routine. First of all, and as you’ll have seen, it’s a 12x7” Masterworks in a purple tamo finish which I bought second hand.  The shell is made from mahogany with just a hint of maple in there too. It has eight tube

By | 2020-06-15T08:29:26+00:00 June 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl Masterworks 12×7″ Purple Tamo Ash

Canopus Limited Edition Caribbean Cherry Snare Drum

I’ve long maintained the majority of times we’re attracted to a [new] snare drum is initially because of the way it looks.  Yes, it is possible these days - in fact, more so now than ever - that we can come across a visual and recording on any social platform and see and hear a

By | 2020-06-01T00:48:25+00:00 June 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Canopus Limited Edition Caribbean Cherry Snare Drum

Yamaha FP9 Bass Drum Pedals

Yamaha’s FP9 Series of bass drum pedals have been out for a little while now and, from what I can see, gained a lot of interest in that time. The FP9 pedals are available in single and double versions (lefty too) in direct drive and double chain variations. There’s no single chain version if that’s

By | 2020-05-14T23:58:59+00:00 May 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Yamaha FP9 Bass Drum Pedals

Snare Drum Of The Month – Dave Mattacks Craviotto

Dave Mattacks is an English drummer who has lived in the US since the 1990s. He’s probably most famous for being a member of Fairport Convention and a very successful session player. He also likes snare drums. I have two walnut Craviotto snare drums, both of them 14x6.5” but both still very different. As far

By | 2020-04-30T21:44:53+00:00 May 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Dave Mattacks Craviotto

Zildjian In-Ear-Monitors

So a couple of updates ago I looked at some new arrivals for 2020 from Zildjian. The one remaining item from those new 2020 pieces were these, Zildjian’s new In Ear Monitors. Zildjian says that these monitors are designed to deliver high quality sound for musicians on stage, in the studio, or practice. They are built

By | 2020-04-30T22:04:15+00:00 May 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Zildjian In-Ear-Monitors

Drumtacs

So. Muffling drums. Sometimes you just have to muffle your drums, probably most often when you’re doing some recording, but it’s something we all need to do at some point. Now, there are - and have been for a long time - many products that we use to muffle our drums, and indeed, sometimes cymbals

By | 2020-04-15T00:00:05+00:00 April 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Drumtacs

Snare Drum Of The Month – Ochletree 14×8″ Tree Bronze Snare

I would love to give you loads of details regarding the background and history of these drums, but I can’t. I can’t even recall how I myself came to know about these drums either, I just seem to know about them. I know that Jeff Ochletree designed the Tree Bronze series of drums after he

By | 2020-03-31T18:05:54+00:00 April 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Ochletree 14×8″ Tree Bronze Snare

New Zildjian & Vic Firth Accessories For 2020

Ok, so in case you didn’t know, Zildjian owns Vic Firth which should now explain why this is a joint review. Now that’s done with, lets look at the new gear… These are new products the two companies have introduced for 2020. I should note that Zildjian has also released some new in-ear monitors as

By | 2020-03-14T19:45:38+00:00 March 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on New Zildjian & Vic Firth Accessories For 2020
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