Products Reviews

Remo Adjustable Bass Drum Dampener and Sub Muff’l – New bass drum orientated products for 2019

Adjustable Bass Drum Dampener This is pretty much what you think it would be, so I’m not going to try and poetically describe it. It clamps to a bass drum hoop and dampens the head. If you watch the official video from Remo with Dave Weckl explaining and demonstrating the dampener, you’ll see and hear

By | 2019-06-30T23:45:18+00:00 July 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Remo Adjustable Bass Drum Dampener and Sub Muff’l – New bass drum orientated products for 2019

Soundbrenner Pulse

It’s a wonderful old thing the metronome and we’ve come a long way from the weighted spring loaded metronomes that used to sit a top the piano. In all that time, the concept of a metronome hasn’t really changed. Sure, we now have metronomes that can play polyrhythms, programme playlists and can change time signature

By | 2019-06-15T00:13:32+00:00 June 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Soundbrenner Pulse

DW Accessories

Never one to sit around and watch the world go by, DW is always coming up with new things or refining, well, let’s face it, everything it makes. Up for review this time are a few small items intended to help us out. Self-centering snare wires This is a retro fit accessory for DW snare

By | 2019-06-13T23:00:26+00:00 June 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on DW Accessories

Zildjian Sweet Hi Hats, Crashes and Ride

Ok, so these have been out for a little while now, but hey, better late than never…! 15” hi hats The Sweet hi hats have a thin top cymbal with an extra heavy bottom and un-lathed bells. This provides a dark sound and a nice solid chick. I remember very early on in my playing

By | 2019-05-31T22:29:40+00:00 June 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Zildjian Sweet Hi Hats, Crashes and Ride

Mixed Reviews – Aliano, Beresford, Drago

Advanced Groove Concepts - Sam Aliano This is the second book of Sam’s I’ve reviewed, the first being Double Bass Drumming and Power Fills (co written with Matt Sorum) which I thought was a fantastic primer for double bass drumming. This is a very different book, focusing on the concept of using your left hand

By | 2019-05-31T22:49:57+00:00 June 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Aliano, Beresford, Drago

Aquarian Drum Kit Tools

If you didn’t know, Aquarian makes more than just drumheads. The items here are, in many ways, quite self-explanatory. That said, they offer alternatives – or possibly solutions – to issues which every drummer will come across at some point. t-Tab Head muffling is something we all need to do at some point, whether it

By | 2019-05-14T23:12:58+00:00 May 14th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Aquarian Drum Kit Tools

Pearl Session Studio Select Drum Kit

The new Session Studio Select kit from Pearl sits between its Masters Maple Complete and Crystal Beat lines, with the line itself replacing the older Session Studio Classic.  The review kit I was sent consisted of 10x7”, 12x8” and 14x14” toms, with a 14x5.5” snare and a 20x14” bass drum (with a small hole in the front

By | 2019-04-30T23:49:31+00:00 April 30th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Pearl Session Studio Select Drum Kit

Paiste 2002 18” Giga Bell Ride

The concept of a ride cymbal with a huge bell on it isn’t new and has been around for decades. That said, even ten-plus years ago I would have really only been able to name one specific model which met that description. Over the last few years or so though, numerous versions of the same

By | 2019-04-14T17:22:55+00:00 April 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Paiste 2002 18” Giga Bell Ride

Drum Workshop 5000AH4 Double Bass Drum Pedals

Over the last year, I’ve developed a bit of a fascination with bass drum pedals to the point of where I have rather too many of them. These include examples of strap drives, double-chain, direct drives and, as we have here, single chain designs. For at least the last fifteen years though, I held the

By | 2019-03-31T23:15:17+00:00 March 31st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Drum Workshop 5000AH4 Double Bass Drum Pedals
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