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Gruv-X X-Click

You might feel there’s something familiar about the new X-Click and you’d be right. Indeed, the same can be said about the two names behind the X-Click, Russ Miller and Bill Detamore. The X-Click comes off the back of a product Russ designed with his old drum company. These proved to be very popular and,

By | 2021-05-15T00:00:40+00:00 May 15th, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gruv-X X-Click

Sabian SBR Cymbal Pack

Sabian’s website says, ‘Yes, these are brass cymbals. No, they don’t suck…’ and having played these for a little while, I can’t argue with that. I’d not heard of Sabian’s SBR range until they turned up at my house.  The whole range - the fact there’s even a range for beginner cymbals now is in

By | 2021-04-30T17:41:42+00:00 May 1st, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian SBR Cymbal Pack

Ebenor Applewood Snare

Have you heard of Ebenor Percussion? I’d never heard of Ebenor until a friend introduced me to them in mid-2020. Actually, it wasn’t just me that he introduced to Ebenor that day, it was a whole bunch of us during one of our online get togethers. The drum in question was one of the company’s

By | 2021-04-01T00:28:30+00:00 April 1st, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Ebenor Applewood Snare

Snare Drum Of The Month – Tama Lars Ulrich Signature Snare

Yep, I bet I can guess what you’re thinking after seeing the title; Lars… St. Anger… Horrible ring… But, I really think this snare drum actually has more to it than that, especially for someone looking for a good, rugged gigging drum. So first off, the St Anger snare sound was a Ludwig Vistalite, not

By | 2021-03-14T23:26:57+00:00 March 14th, 2021|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Tama Lars Ulrich Signature Snare

Gibraltar Hardware – Pro Lite Range

So in this final venture into the land of hardware we look at a few offerings by Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a name you’ll probably be familiar with as the company has been around for ages and has always been a go to brand for hardware of all types. All of the stands in this review

By | 2021-02-28T23:25:26+00:00 February 28th, 2021|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gibraltar Hardware – Pro Lite Range

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|Comments Off on DW Hardware

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|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Gretsch Brooklyn 14×6.5”

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
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