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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

Remo White Suede Heads

Remo’s White Suede heads have been out for a while but I thought I’d take a look at them as they’re a little different and not something I’ve seen a lot of people use. And, from experience, I also happen to think they’re a great alternative to coated heads. I’ve been using White Suede Emperors

By | 2020-02-29T13:21:42+00:00 March 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Remo White Suede Heads

Snare Drum Of The Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Custom Z

I think with Pearl’s Custom Z line, you either had to be there at the time it was around or just know about it.  This Japanese-made, late 80s line only ran for five years (1989 to 1994) before it was discontinued, but seems to have made a lasting impression on many players, which lasts through

By | 2020-02-16T15:45:34+00:00 February 16th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Custom Z

Yamaha Crosstown Lightweight Hardware

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a new release as such. That said, lightweight hardware is still a growing interest to many, especially those of us starting to get on in years. For about 15 years I did hundreds of gigs with Yamaha’s (at the time I bought them) lowest end disappearing boom 700 series cymbal

By | 2020-02-15T08:48:28+00:00 February 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Yamaha Crosstown Lightweight Hardware

PDP Spectrum

I’m sitting here writing this review a good few months after doing the accompanying video, nothing particularly unusual about that. However, I mention this because, listening back to the audio side of things, I’d actually forgotten how good these drums sounded in relation to the price point.  These aren’t expensive drums, but to be honest,

By | 2020-01-31T11:44:02+00:00 February 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on PDP Spectrum

BDC The Archer Snare Drum

When Mike told me he had a new British Drum Company snare for me to check out, I was really interested. That said, when I finally got it home, it didn’t actually turn out to be exactly the drum I was expecting, but as it happens, it was a happy misunderstanding and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

By | 2020-01-01T12:18:54+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on BDC The Archer Snare Drum

Snare Drum of the Month – January 2020 – Premier Signia

Ever since I first saw one in the pages of Rhythm magazine in the early 1990s, I wanted a Premier Signia, even if it was just a snare. And it had to be in cherrywood. Had to. I don’t know why, but I think it was probably because that was the first one I saw

By | 2019-12-30T22:39:25+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – January 2020 – Premier Signia

Sabian AAX New Models

Sabian had a big year, what with the logo change and all, but they also found time to release some new models in the AAX range too… The review cymbals we were sent were 15” medium hi hats, 18 and 19” thin crashes, 20” stage crash, and 20” medium and heavy rides. They all had

By | 2019-12-14T15:37:57+00:00 December 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian AAX New Models

Snare Drum Of The Month – December 2019 – Pearl 14×6.5″ Tico Torres

I think it’s fair to say that most people have heard of the band Bon Jovi and have therefore heard Tico Torres play. So ok, that might be true, but why make this a snare drum of the month? Well, in my view - and others too it seems - this drum is a bit

By | 2019-12-06T09:02:14+00:00 December 5th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – December 2019 – Pearl 14×6.5″ Tico Torres

Vater Classics Drumsticks

Vater recently sent us some sticks to try out. These are all from the 'Classics' range which are apparently all more 'old school' designs, based on the original designs that Vater made before they became Vater (when them made sticks for another very well known stick company), meaning they are slightly different from the current

By | 2019-11-29T22:46:11+00:00 December 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Vater Classics Drumsticks
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