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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|0 Comments

Snare Drum of the Month – December 2020 – Pearl 14×5″ Hybrid Exotic Vectorcast

I’m guilty of having a few snare drums. I’m also guilty of sometimes getting a new drum, playing it for a week or two in my studio and then swapping it out on the kit for something else. That’s what happened with this drum. Now, this occurs for many reasons and it’s quite often because

By | 2020-12-15T09:25:47+00:00 December 14th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – December 2020 – Pearl 14×5″ Hybrid Exotic Vectorcast

Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Aluminium

I’ve said to many people over the years that I think this drum is a bit of a sleeper. And, funnily enough, I also said the same about another aluminium Pearl drum about a year ago, on that occasion, the Tico Torres model.  Someone asked me recently what my favourite snare drum shell material was

By | 2020-11-14T12:03:10+00:00 November 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Aluminium

Snare Drum of the Month – Provenance 14×5.25″ 1944 RR Merlin XX Snare Drum

I may have said before that I love a drum with a history or a story, and that’s the whole premise of Provenance Drums; the shell material is made from something that has already had a previous life; in this instance, the material was part of a 1944 Rolls Royce Merlin XX V12 engine. Now,

By | 2020-10-15T12:09:32+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Provenance 14×5.25″ 1944 RR Merlin XX Snare Drum

Snare Drum Of The Month – Sia 12×7” Red Gum

I like 12x7” snare drums. I like them because not only do you get the higher crack from the smaller head size, you still get some body too and I find that much more useful than something in a more shallow depth. This stave shelled drum is made from Red Gum and the rich colour

By | 2020-09-14T23:46:39+00:00 September 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Sia 12×7” Red Gum

Instagram Chats – Dave Weckl – Drummers Who Have Inspired Me

Like many thousands of us drummers, Dave Weckl had a big impact on me, and I'm proud to have been able to get to know Dave personally over the years. In this Instagram Live show Dave tells us about the five drummers who had a big impact on him, in one of the most honest

By | 2020-09-01T00:22:41+00:00 September 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Instagram Chats – Dave Weckl – Drummers Who Have Inspired Me

SDOTM – Tama 14×6.5 Star Reserve iv Snare Drum

I have no problem admitting this is one of my favourite snare drums, but not because of the way it looks. This is, as it turns out, one of the more polarising finishes of recent years it seems, at least in terms of Tama. People seem to either not mind how it looks or hate

By | 2020-07-15T00:45:20+00:00 July 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on SDOTM – Tama 14×6.5 Star Reserve iv Snare Drum

Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl Masterworks 12×7″ Purple Tamo Ash

This drum comes with two stories, the initial one of which is fairly routine. First of all, and as you’ll have seen, it’s a 12x7” Masterworks in a purple tamo finish which I bought second hand.  The shell is made from mahogany with just a hint of maple in there too. It has eight tube

By | 2020-06-15T08:29:26+00:00 June 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – Pearl Masterworks 12×7″ Purple Tamo Ash

Snare Drum Of The Month – Dave Mattacks Craviotto

Dave Mattacks is an English drummer who has lived in the US since the 1990s. He’s probably most famous for being a member of Fairport Convention and a very successful session player. He also likes snare drums. I have two walnut Craviotto snare drums, both of them 14x6.5” but both still very different. As far

By | 2020-04-30T21:44:53+00:00 May 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Dave Mattacks Craviotto
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