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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

Evans UV2 heads

I’ll come clean straight away; I’m a fan of the UV1 line. I have been since I tried them. When I tried the UV1 heads back in mid 2018 - http://mikedolbear.com/reviews/uv1-drum-heads/ - I pretty much instantly liked them and I’ve been buying them ever since to put on my toms and snares. The funny thing

By | 2019-11-14T22:45:45+00:00 November 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Evans UV2 heads

Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5″ Timeless Timber Maple Snare Drum

The first drum I ever saw and thought, ‘if I ever had the money…’ was a Craviotto Timeless Timber snare. Ok, it wasn’t this snare, but was one very much like it, although dare I say it, this one is better looking and more collectible. It was in my local drum shop about twenty years ago, in

By | 2019-11-04T12:54:18+00:00 November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5″ Timeless Timber Maple Snare Drum

Keo Drum And Percussion Products

By now, you must have heard of the British Drum Company. If you haven’t, where have you been??? Keith Keogh is the main man behind the BDC. With that company pretty much just making drums, Keith [fairly] recently launched a new company - Keo - to produce other drum-related products. We were given a whole

By | 2019-10-28T16:39:51+00:00 November 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Keo Drum And Percussion Products
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