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Q Drum Gentleman 14×7″ Brass Snare

Q Drum Co’s Gentleman Series consists of brass, copper and aluminium snare drums. The review drum features a 14x7” 16 gauge (1.29mm) seamless spun brass shell with a raw finish.  The drum also has 8 lugs, 2.3mm hoops, chrome hardware, a Trick GS007 throw off and butt plate, and 25 strand wires. It’s heavy enough

By | 2018-08-03T23:17:21+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Q Drum Gentleman 14×7″ Brass Snare

UV1 Drum Heads

Evans’ UV1 heads may be something you’ve read about. They’re coated heads, similar to some of the other coated heads the company offers, but they’re manufactured/finished in a different way. The level 360 collar technology stays the same, but the UV1’s start life as translucent film as opposed to the clear film used with the G1

By | 2018-07-14T22:33:11+00:00 July 14th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on UV1 Drum Heads

Sonor SQ1 Drum Kit

Around 2009 I reviewed Sonor’s SQ2 kit. I liked those drums. They were my first time playing a high end Sonor kit and a bit of an expectation going forward was set. That line of drums has a definite sound to it and it was one of the best kits I’d ever tried to that

By | 2018-06-30T22:49:19+00:00 June 30th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sonor SQ1 Drum Kit

Trick Dominator Bass Drum Beater

Bass drum beaters may seem a bit of a dull subject; they’re not really that exciting after all. However, all beaters are not created equally, or the same. It may be that you’ve bought a new pedal and never given the beater a second thought. Why would you when the stock beater works perfectly well? 

By | 2018-06-14T22:59:14+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Trick Dominator Bass Drum Beater

Tama SLP Fat Spruce

Tama’s SLP line has been a round for a while now but it seems to always keep getting bigger. One of the latest additions is the Fat Spruce snare came out not too long ago.  It’s a 14x6” model which features a 7mm, 8ply spruce shell. You also get eight brass, double-ended tube lugs, Super Sensitive

By | 2018-05-31T21:30:02+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Tama SLP Fat Spruce

Gibraltar Hardware

There’s been a resurgence in the last few years involving lightweight, flat-based stands. Gibraltar’s take on this has included both straight and boom cymbal stands, a snare stand (which wasn’t available for the video) and a hihat stand.  I’ve been using flat based cymbal stands for a while, albeit from a different manufacturer. I like

By | 2018-05-14T22:29:11+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gibraltar Hardware

Gretsch Brooklyn Drum Kit

Over the last sixteen years I’ve reviewed many Gretsch drums, both kits and snares, and yet I’ve still never owned a Gretsch drum myself. I’m not sure why as I’ve pretty much always enjoyed them. The configuration we tried this time round was from the Brooklyn series (GB-J484) and had a 12x8 rack tom, 14x14

By | 2018-04-30T22:00:35+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gretsch Brooklyn Drum Kit

Zildjian S Family Cymbals

We recently got to try some of the [still] fairly new S Family cymbals. The S Family is a series made from B12 bronze. The series are lathed top and bottom, are quite heavily hammered and have a brilliant (shiny) finish.   The cymbals featured in the video are 14” Mastersound hihats, 18” Trash crash,

By | 2018-04-16T10:35:28+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Zildjian S Family Cymbals

Tama HP50 Classic Pedal

I’ve noticed the chatter on some drum forums that many people seem to have got excited about this new bass drum pedal. At first glance, this may seem a bit of an odd design. That said though, this isn’t actually a new design for Tama, or indeed in general, as the upward facing spring housing

By | 2018-03-31T23:33:10+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Tama HP50 Classic Pedal

Meinl Pure Alloy Cymbal Selection

It was only fairly recently that I started to see the name Pure Alloy popping up.  Now, I accept I may have missed something somewhere, but it did seem to me that these cymbals kind of just came out of nowhere, and were then just here like they’d been around for ages. It’s probably just

By | 2018-03-14T23:12:10+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Meinl Pure Alloy Cymbal Selection