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AAA Tech Diaries – May 2019

This month we introduce a new member of the team. Tom 'Woody' Wood is a drum tech who is going to write a monthly column about his life on the road. Rather than say anything more, I'll let him tell you instead. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Woody... On Tour with The 1975, January

By | 2019-05-01T08:37:51+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on AAA Tech Diaries – May 2019

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

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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

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

Young Drummer Final 2019!

And so it comes to an end for another year – the Young Drummer Of The Year 2019 competition has seen Nathan Shingler come out with the prize in what was a very close final. As mentioned by so many who attended, the standard was higher than ever and all those who took part deserve a big

By | 2019-02-04T12:31:59+00:00 February 4th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Young Drummer Final 2019!

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

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Snare Drum Of The Month – Yamaha Club Custom

Something a bit brighter for the New Year! This is a fairly stock drum in the sense that it was a regular production model for the few years the Club Custom line was available. That said though, I think it’s cool for two reasons; one, the finish - which I’ll come to - is different

By | 2018-12-28T17:18:00+00:00 January 1st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Yamaha Club Custom

Who are Aston Microphones?

James Young We got a chance to ask James Young, MD of Aston Microphones, some questions about the company as we realised that many musicians, particularly drummers, possibly wouldn't know much about them yet. As you will read, Aston aren't another 'UK, rebadged foreign mics' company; there's a lot more too it than

By | 2018-12-01T12:55:56+00:00 December 1st, 2018|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Who are Aston Microphones?

Snare Drum Of The Month – Dunnett Ancient Kauri

Kauri is a species of wood that grows on the north island of New Zealand. Swamp kauri (also known as ancient kauri) is wood that was buried in marshland and only found in the last few decades. The trees themselves grew for around 1,000 to 2,000 years before they fell around the end of the

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Dolbear Webshow S3 E5

Season 3, Episode 5 of The Mike Dolbear Web Show - again filmed at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles. This time, Mike catches up with three very different people, including a Brit! Kaz Rodriguezis one of the most talented players to come out of the UK in the last few years. Currently (after this was

By | 2018-11-18T22:51:26+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Dolbear Webshow S3 E5
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