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Snare Drum of the Month – Craviotto/Kirchler

As this is the start of a new series, I thought I’d come out of the gate with a little bit of style. The name Craviotto (https://www.craviottodrums.com) is probably known to most people by now. Or it should be anyway. This drum, which is number 14, was a limited run of just 25 pieces worldwide

By | 2018-11-30T16:02:14+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Craviotto/Kirchler

Gretsch Black Nickel Over Steel 14×6.5 Snare Drum

Gretsch’s black nickel over steel snare drum falls within its Full Range line. The drum’s steel shell has 45’ bearing edges and comes with 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, 10 double ended lugs, 20-strand snare wires and Remo heads, the batter head being a CS reverse dot. The drum has a wide tuning range and to me,

By | 2018-10-14T21:04:25+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gretsch Black Nickel Over Steel 14×6.5 Snare Drum

Remo Colortone Drum Heads

Something for the more image conscious drummer… At a time when you can get custom drum finishes and colours, coloured sticks, coloured cymbals and customisable hardware, it seems no surprise that we should now have the choice of coloured heads as well. Remo’s new Colortone drumheads feature the company’s Skyndeep® Imaging Technology which has been

By | 2018-09-14T22:23:53+00:00 September 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Remo Colortone Drum Heads

DW Purpleheart Drum Kit

I remember a time when life was simpler; Drum Workshop really only had one line of drums and they were made from maple. How things have changed.  Without delving into the archives, I think I’ve now reviewed or played DW drums made from maple, cherry and oak, not to mention some hybrid wood-shelled drums too.

By | 2018-09-02T03:21:16+00:00 September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on DW Purpleheart Drum Kit

Vic Firth VicBeaters

Felt Vic Firth’s VicBeaters have been out for a little while now Felt and Wood These are basically the same design and dimensions, but two different materials. They have two playing surfaces - side on and flat.  Visually, the design might look a little different or unconventional - it did to me anyway

By | 2018-08-14T08:28:57+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Vic Firth VicBeaters

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