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DW Hardware

Following on from last update’s hardware-based theme, this time around we’ll be looking at some DW hardware. 5500DXF and 5500TDXF Hihat Stands I’ll admit, I’ve always liked DW’s hardware; it’s well thought out and designed, and is as solid as the proverbial rock. And solid is how I would basically describe these two hihat stands,

By | 2021-02-14T23:47:47+00:00 February 14th, 2021|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Snare Drum of the Month – Gretsch Brooklyn 14×6.5”

I’ve been doing reviews on this website for nearly 20 years now and over that period I’ve reviewed a lot of Gretsch drums, mostly kits, and I don’t recall really ever having a bad experience with them. After all, they’re one of the classic American brands and have been around longer than most. With that

By | 2021-02-14T23:48:26+00:00 February 14th, 2021|Categories: Features|0 Comments

Gibraltar Essentials Tables & DW Phone Holder

Over the next few updates we’ll be looking at some hardware from Gibraltar and DW, but I thought we’d first of all start with some accessories from the two companies. More specifically, for this update I thought we would look at some essentials tables and a phone holder. Tables aren’t something everyone is going to

By | 2021-01-31T23:58:39+00:00 January 31st, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gibraltar Essentials Tables & DW Phone Holder

Snare Drum of the Month – Canopus Zelkova 14×6.5″

About ten years ago, Mike arranged for me to review some drums from Canopus; these were a kit - I cant remember what model - and two Zelkovas, a 14x5.5” and a 14x6.5”. It was the first time I’d tried anything from the company. I can’t recall if I’d heard of the Zelkova snare drum

By | 2021-01-14T21:10:45+00:00 January 15th, 2021|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Canopus Zelkova 14×6.5″

Sabian Effects Cymbals

As a follow-on from the last update, I’m now going to look at the effects models I mentioned. These are from a few different series and each offer different sonic characters and feels. 17” & 19” Complex O-Zone crashes Ok, I love the Complex line of cymbals. I’ve probably said that before to be honest.

By | 2021-01-15T00:01:21+00:00 January 15th, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Effects Cymbals

Snare Drum of the Month – December 2020 – Pearl 14×5″ Hybrid Exotic Vectorcast

I’m guilty of having a few snare drums. I’m also guilty of sometimes getting a new drum, playing it for a week or two in my studio and then swapping it out on the kit for something else. That’s what happened with this drum. Now, this occurs for many reasons and it’s quite often because

By | 2020-12-15T09:25:47+00:00 December 14th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – December 2020 – Pearl 14×5″ Hybrid Exotic Vectorcast

Mapex Snares for 2020 Part 3

So, in the previous two updates we have looked at ten of the new Mapex drums for 2020 and here we will be looking at the last four.  First up...  Shadow  The Shadow has a 14x6.5” birch/walnut shell, which is 7-ply 6.85mm. It’s finished in a natural gloss and has chrome hardware. The drum comes with

By | 2020-12-14T23:53:50+00:00 December 14th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mapex Snares for 2020 Part 3

New Mapex Snares For 2020 Part II

Ok, so this update is part two of our look at the new Black Panther snares from Mapex. Picking up from where we left off, first we have the... Metallion The Metallion is a 14x5.5" 1.2mm seamed brass drum with SONIClear bearing edges. It has a brushed/gloss finish and staggered offset B-lugs. Like all the

By | 2020-11-30T23:16:59+00:00 November 30th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on New Mapex Snares For 2020 Part II

Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Aluminium

I’ve said to many people over the years that I think this drum is a bit of a sleeper. And, funnily enough, I also said the same about another aluminium Pearl drum about a year ago, on that occasion, the Tico Torres model.  Someone asked me recently what my favourite snare drum shell material was

By | 2020-11-14T12:03:10+00:00 November 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Aluminium

New Mapex Snare Drums for 2020

Over the next few updates we’ll be looking at Mapex’s new snare drum offerings for 2020. Mapex designed and created all of these drums with top drummer/endorser Russ Miller. There are fourteen new drums in this selection and we’ll be looking at five drums in this first batch. In the video, and with the exception

By | 2020-11-15T00:19:10+00:00 November 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on New Mapex Snare Drums for 2020
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