About David Bateman

Read More about Dave

Snare Drum Of The Month – Q Drum Company, 14×8″ Steel

The Q Drum Company hails from Los Angeles, USA. It’s a company  that has made a bit of a name for itself creating drums which are both visually and constructively a little different. This drum has a heavy 14x8, 3mm steel shell which is made from a plate that is riveted together. It’s got a raw

By | 2019-05-02T08:35:37+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Q Drum Company, 14×8″ Steel

Pearl Session Studio Select Drum Kit

The new Session Studio Select kit from Pearl sits between its Masters Maple Complete and Crystal Beat lines, with the line itself replacing the older Session Studio Classic.  The review kit I was sent consisted of 10x7”, 12x8” and 14x14” toms, with a 14x5.5” snare and a 20x14” bass drum (with a small hole in the front

By | 2019-04-30T23:49:31+00:00 April 30th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Pearl Session Studio Select Drum Kit

Paiste 2002 18” Giga Bell Ride

The concept of a ride cymbal with a huge bell on it isn’t new and has been around for decades. That said, even ten-plus years ago I would have really only been able to name one specific model which met that description. Over the last few years or so though, numerous versions of the same

By | 2019-04-14T17:22:55+00:00 April 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Paiste 2002 18” Giga Bell Ride

Drum Workshop 5000AH4 Double Bass Drum Pedals

Over the last year, I’ve developed a bit of a fascination with bass drum pedals to the point of where I have rather too many of them. These include examples of strap drives, double-chain, direct drives and, as we have here, single chain designs. For at least the last fifteen years though, I held the

By | 2019-03-31T23:15:17+00:00 March 31st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Drum Workshop 5000AH4 Double Bass Drum Pedals

Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5 Maple Snare Drum in Copper Mist

This drum is, to my knowledge, unique. Although the one piece maple shell is very Craviotto in every sense, the finish and configuration are more non-standard. The drum features die cast hoops, eight double-ended cast lugs, Craviotto Diamond butt plate, custom ‘C’ logo on the Dunnett snare mechanism, Craviotto snare wires, and Remo heads top

By | 2019-03-31T23:15:46+00:00 March 31st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5 Maple Snare Drum in Copper Mist

Provenance ‘Radio Caroline’ / Ross Revenge 14×6.25″ Snare Drum

Another quality piece from Provenance…  If this is the first time you’ve come across the Provenance name, check out some of the other snares I’ve reviewed and I've covered them in more depth, or go to the company website.  That said though, the basis of Provenance’s shells are that they are made from reclaimed materials

By | 2019-03-15T00:00:56+00:00 March 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Provenance ‘Radio Caroline’ / Ross Revenge 14×6.25″ Snare Drum

Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5” ‘Take Five’ Joe Morello Tribute Snare Drum

If you’re not familiar with Joe Morello, you might want to read up on him. This special snare drum was created in 2011 as part of a small run of five drums commissioned by Steve Maxwell to both pay tribute to Joe Morello following his passing and raise some funds for his wife. The drum

By | 2019-03-05T22:26:13+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5” ‘Take Five’ Joe Morello Tribute Snare Drum

PDP Concept Limited Drum Kit

It’s fair to say – and also quite obvious – that the colour scheme for this kit is making a bold statement; PDP’s recent release of its limited edition kit is out to be noticed. The kit consists of 7 ply maple shells with 10x7 and 12x8 mounted toms, a 16x14 floor tom, 22x18 bass

By | 2019-02-28T23:15:03+00:00 March 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on PDP Concept Limited Drum Kit

New Sticks from Vic Firth, Zildjian and Meinl

Vic Firth American Concept Freestyle Series Vic Firth have designed the Freestyle series of sticks to draw inspiration from the world of freestyle longboard skateboards. The design incorporates an overall length of 17” with extra long tapers for all models to increase the area where a drummer can place their fulcrum. The range consists of 7A,

By | 2019-02-15T00:18:57+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on New Sticks from Vic Firth, Zildjian and Meinl

Snare Drum Of The Month – The AK Triumphal

Adrian Kirchler (AK Drums) is a master snare drum maker and restorer. He’s particularly well known for creating drums modelled after those made in the 1920s/30s. As well as making drums under the AK name, he’s also made drums for Craviotto and Ludwig. I’ve been a big fan of Adrian’s work since about 2007 when

By | 2019-02-04T14:32:51+00:00 February 4th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – The AK Triumphal
Mapex_Paiste_0917
Sabian