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Gibraltar Quick Release Hi Hat Clutch

A hi hat clutch, hardly the most exciting of things. But, if you’re a gigging drummer you’ll know and appreciate the importance of having solid, reliable and practical gear to make life that little bit easier when you’re playing. As I said, a hi hat clutch is hardly the most exciting piece of equipment on

By | 2017-12-31T12:03:44+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gibraltar Quick Release Hi Hat Clutch

Provenance Ardbeg 14” x 6.25” Snare Drum

  I’ve looked at a number of Provenance snare drums over the years, both in metal and wood, and you can read about some of them; HERE; HERE; and HERE. However, Tim from Provenance recently very kindly let me have another drum to look at. Provenance make drums from reclaimed materials, be it wood or

By | 2017-12-14T22:57:21+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Provenance Ardbeg 14” x 6.25” Snare Drum

The Kelly Shu Mic Mounting System

Pro Version mounted internally So I’m not quite sure how this passed me by in terms of not reviewing it sooner as it’s been out for some time, but anyway… The Kelly Shu is an integrated shock mount isolation system for bass drum microphones. It sounds fairly unexciting in that respect, but if you’re

By | 2017-11-30T13:25:09+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on The Kelly Shu Mic Mounting System

Lightweight Cymbal Stands

This isn’t so much a review about a specific product as it is highlighting the practical benefits of the lightweight stand options out there at the moment. After fifteen years of using the same stands, and hitting 45 as well, it struck me that I might want to look at my cymbal stand options again.

By | 2017-11-14T13:04:44+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Lightweight Cymbal Stands

Solomon LoFReQ Sub Microphone

The concept of capturing the low end from a bass drum has been around for ages and started with people reverse-wiring old audio speakers to try and pick up the sound you can possibly more feel than hear. Over time, this progressed to Yamaha offering a commercial option of this with the Sub Kick some

By | 2017-10-31T22:57:00+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Solomon LoFReQ Sub Microphone

Remo Classic Fit and Felt Tone Heads

A classic fit for toms and snare. The new Classic Fit heads are designed to fit older/vintage drums more comfortably. This is because many, if not most, drum shells these days are slightly undersized to allow the head to both seat better and to allow better overall resonance. Remo gave us some coated and clear

By | 2017-10-14T22:56:30+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Remo Classic Fit and Felt Tone Heads

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
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