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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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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

Yamaha Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum 

This year, Steve Gadd and Yamaha celebrate their 40 year partnership. In commemoration of this achievement, they wanted to invite 800 of us to join in with that celebration and so together they produced this special snare drum. The new Steve Gadd signature drum has a 14" x 5.5" 1.2mm thick steel shell, with aluminium

By | 2020-11-01T12:13:54+00:00 October 31st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Yamaha Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum 

Sabian Quiet Tone Cymbals

It feels a bit strange to say that I could happily use cymbals intended for quieter/practice playing on my regular kit, but that’s where I find myself with these Quiet Tone cymbals. Obviously cymbals designed for low volume or practice aren’t exactly new, but I think in these rather more challenging times they’re probably more

By | 2020-10-14T23:31:17+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Quiet Tone Cymbals

Snare Drum of the Month – Provenance 14×5.25″ 1944 RR Merlin XX Snare Drum

I may have said before that I love a drum with a history or a story, and that’s the whole premise of Provenance Drums; the shell material is made from something that has already had a previous life; in this instance, the material was part of a 1944 Rolls Royce Merlin XX V12 engine. Now,

By | 2020-10-15T12:09:32+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Provenance 14×5.25″ 1944 RR Merlin XX Snare Drum
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