Products Reviews

Meinl Cymbal Tuners

We are a funny lot when it comes to things that potentially break with what we find as ‘traditional’. When something new does come along which is a little less usual we have a tendency to look at it with either love and fascination, or a questioning ‘why’? In this case, the new Cymbal Tuners

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Mapex Saturn V Tour Edition Drum kit

The new Mapex Saturn V Tour Edition kit was launched at the beginning of 2017. The review kit we were sent was a fairly standard three piece set up in black strata pearl finish. The sizes were a 22/16 kick, 12 by 8 rack tom and a 16 by 16 floor tom, and you can

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Book Reviews – Makanjuola, (Steve) White, Drago

Drum Tabs & Numbers – Joseph O. Makanjuola Drum Tabs & Numbers – Joseph O. Makanjuola A rather small book in terms of the page dimensions, but chunky in terms of it’s depth, the first thing I noticed about this book was that it’s a not really designed to fit on a book

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Book Reviews – Makanjuola, (Steve) White, Drago

J. Leiva Percussion Cajons

I’m not a percussionist by any stretch of the imagination but there have been times over the years where I’ve had need of a cajon. And, whilst my vocabulary is admittedly somewhat limited on the instrument, I still find playing a cajon to be fun and enjoyable. The three cajons I was sent to check

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Guiliana, Igoe and… Shoes(?)

By Rob Crisp Mixed MediaReviews - Guiliana, Igoe and... Shoes(?) Mark Guiliana - Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset (Book/DVD Set) Over the last few years Mark’s profile has risen rapidly. Playing a small set and coming up with seemingly endless grooves and ideas, he’s captured the imagination of many a drummer. This book and

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Pearl 46inch Hardware Bag With Wheels

Admittedly, bags and cases aren’t the most exciting things in the world, but they are necessary if you want to move your gear around regularly. Quite recently I had cause to need a new hardware bag, although this wasn’t just for my hardware though. In addition to my stands etc, I also carry a bunch

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dR Drums Mappa Mahogany 14 x 6.5 Snare Drum

dR Drums is a fairly new British drum company based around the Manchester area in northern England. It was started in 2012 in a garage by drummer Danny Rees. They make handmade snares and drum kits with the intention of using only the best hardware available. About it’s products, the company says - “The vision

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on dR Drums Mappa Mahogany 14 x 6.5 Snare Drum

Comparing Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbals Against ‘Regular’ Cymbals

Zildjian’s Low Volume L80 cymbals are designed to produce a significantly lower amount of volume. They can be used for practice or quieter gigging applications. The cymbals in this instance are 14” hi hats, a 16” crash and an 18” crash/ride. The ‘regular’ cymbals are Zildjian K models. They have deep, darker tones and are

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Book Reviews – Stojak, Smith and Henrit

How to Build A Drum Groove Volume One – Rick Stojak (Book) With a foreword from Zoro and testimonials on the back cover from Daniel Glass and Gene Hoglan, I had high expectations for a book that sounded rather ambiguous to me upon first receiving it. The fact this is Volume One obviously dictates there

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