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Gretsch Renown

In 2016, the Gretsch Renown line was redesigned with working drummers in mind. The kit featured in the video is the configuration in silver oyster pearl; a 24x14 bass drum, 13x9 mounted tom, 16x16 floor tom and a matching 14x6.5 snare. The shells are made from 7 ply maple, with 30 degree bearing edges and

By | 2017-09-30T23:07:57+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gretsch Renown

Mapex Snares Review – Heartbreaker, Equinox and Cherry Bomb

Mapex Heartbreaker Mapex has been hard at it again. All three of these snare drums come with Remo USA heads top and bottom and Puresound wires, which I really liked as it means you can get great sounds straight out of the box and not have to spend more money replacing cheaper parts.

By | 2017-08-31T21:23:02+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mapex Snares Review – Heartbreaker, Equinox and Cherry Bomb

Drum Workshop 45th Anniversary ‘Sapphire’ Kit

I could probably try and come up with lots of clever word plays and adjectives to describe how the drums in question here look, but would I see that as rather pointless in this instance as they kind of do it for themselves. These drums are wonderfully detailed, handcrafted and made with absolutely high end

By | 2017-08-15T08:43:05+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Drum Workshop 45th Anniversary ‘Sapphire’ Kit

DW MCD Double Bass Drum Pedals

A couple of years ago I got to check out DW’s Machined Direct Drive bass drum pedals . These pedals represented a big step forward for DW, as far as kick drum pedals go in general. Roll along to present day, and we get to the fairly recent release of the new chain drive version of these

By | 2017-08-11T18:14:17+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on DW MCD Double Bass Drum Pedals

Paiste 900 Color Sound Cymbal Selection

Coloured cymbals can be a bit polarizing – either people think they’re cool and love them or think they’re pointless and a gimmick. Me, I’ve always loved both the look and sound of coloured cymbals and have been a lifelong fan of the Paiste Color Sound and Visions lines. One of the first cymbals I

By | 2017-08-11T18:14:18+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Paiste 900 Color Sound Cymbal Selection

RePercussion Drums 14×7” Bog Oak Snare Drum

I believe I’ve said before that I’m a big snare drum fan, so when something new lands in front of me that is a bit different and I haven’t seen or tried before, I get enthused. This particular snare drum has been made by a new British company called, as you’ll have seen, RePercussion Drums,

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:52+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on RePercussion Drums 14×7” Bog Oak Snare Drum

Who are RePercussion Drums?

  Repercussion Drums isn’t a name you’ve probably heard of as yet since it’s pretty new.  RePercussion Drums is a small company based in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor in the south west of the UK, specialising in making bespoke stave construction snare drums and full kits. The idea is for quality and not quantity.

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:53+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Who are RePercussion Drums?

Sabian Artisan Elite Cymbals

I have to admit to knowing nothing about these cymbals before they were given to me to check out, the only brief I got on them was that they were ‘expensive’. However, as soon as I tried them, it was clear what these cymbals are about and why they are expensive. The Elite line is

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:54+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Artisan Elite Cymbals

14” Earthtone Head

In the before times, basically anything prior to about 1957, drum heads were made from animal hide – hence the reason they’re sometimes called ‘skins’. You probably all knew that.  Earthtone heads are made with genuine calfskin and are a step back towards in time but are made with modern technology and methods. The heads mount the

By | 2017-08-11T18:17:23+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on 14” Earthtone Head
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