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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

Snare Drum Of The Month – Ochletree 14×8″ Tree Bronze Snare

I would love to give you loads of details regarding the background and history of these drums, but I can’t. I can’t even recall how I myself came to know about these drums either, I just seem to know about them. I know that Jeff Ochletree designed the Tree Bronze series of drums after he

By | 2020-03-31T18:05:54+00:00 April 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Ochletree 14×8″ Tree Bronze Snare

Snare Drum Of The Month – Premier Signia 14×5.5 75th Anniversary Edition

So recently, I got a Premier Signia snare; not this one, this one - http://mikedolbear.com/features/sdotm-jan20-premier-signia/ If you read that piece, you’ll see that drum was a long, long time coming for me between first wanting one to actually getting one. Now, this snare was something I’d not exactly ever thought about trying to get hold of. It was something

By | 2020-03-20T13:28:16+00:00 March 20th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Premier Signia 14×5.5 75th Anniversary Edition

Snare Drum Of The Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Custom Z

I think with Pearl’s Custom Z line, you either had to be there at the time it was around or just know about it.  This Japanese-made, late 80s line only ran for five years (1989 to 1994) before it was discontinued, but seems to have made a lasting impression on many players, which lasts through

By | 2020-02-16T15:45:34+00:00 February 16th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Pearl 14×6.5″ Custom Z

West End – Dave Adams – Lion King

There are dozens of musicals in London’s West End but few of them manage to make as much of an impact on the scene as The Lion King. Being the worlds highest-grossing musical of all time, the show has been running in London’s Lyceum Theatre for over 20 years today; and there is no end

By | 2020-02-15T09:30:01+00:00 February 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on West End – Dave Adams – Lion King

West End – Doug Harper

Depping on seven different shows before scoring his own resident drum chair at only 21 years of age certainly put this months feature drummer on the list of the youngest, most in-demand West End drummers ever. Now, just over a decade later, he is an institution in London’s musical theatre scene: Doug Harper Book of

By | 2020-01-13T23:20:05+00:00 January 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on West End – Doug Harper
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