Products Reviews

Sabian Quiet Tone Cymbals

It feels a bit strange to say that I could happily use cymbals intended for quieter/practice playing on my regular kit, but that’s where I find myself with these Quiet Tone cymbals. Obviously cymbals designed for low volume or practice aren’t exactly new, but I think in these rather more challenging times they’re probably more

By | 2020-10-14T23:31:17+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Quiet Tone Cymbals

Aerodrums

Take one camera... I started playing drums in the 1980s; the time when electronics and drums really started to properly meet each other head on. At that time, the electronic drums available - certainly initially - generally had a hard playing surface which was, shall we say, not that much fun to play

By | 2020-09-30T23:58:03+00:00 October 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Aerodrums

Jost Nickel’s Snare Book Review

In “Jost Nickel's Snare Book”, Jost explores rudimental work and snare drum based exercises to improve your hand technique and independence. In the intro of his book, Jost promises us exercises and an approach to rudiments that will make us WANT to practise rather than feel OBLIGED to, and I must say the slightly unconventional

By | 2020-09-30T23:58:59+00:00 October 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Jost Nickel’s Snare Book Review

Sonor Jost Nickel Signature 14×6.25 Snare Drum

I do enjoy having my own preconceptions crushed sometimes.  Take this snare drum.  The shell of Jost Nickel’s drum is made from 14 plies of beech which come in at 9mm thick. To look at visually, the shell thickness is noticeable, and while this isn’t exactly the world’s thickest snare drum shell, it’s not thin

By | 2020-09-14T23:56:04+00:00 September 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sonor Jost Nickel Signature 14×6.25 Snare Drum

Sabian Complex Cymbals

I first recall coming across the HHX line many years ago when someone I knew was playing them. I liked them immediately because of both their sound and their cool look. Sabian recently sent us a few examples of their fairly new Complex line to try out - 14” medium hi hats, 18” thin crash

By | 2020-08-31T23:54:51+00:00 September 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Complex Cymbals

Sonor Perfect Balance Standard Bass Drum Pedal

I’m pretty sure that many many years ago I reviewed the original Perfect Balance pedal. While I can’t really remember that much about doing that review, I obviously liked the pedal itself as I bought one years later and it’s become one of my favourites. That may mean this review is a little less unbiased

By | 2020-07-31T23:39:24+00:00 August 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sonor Perfect Balance Standard Bass Drum Pedal

Retro Review – Paiste Crystal Thin Crashes and Crystal Hats

So as something a little different, I thought I would look at a few things from the past and do a review on them. This time round, I’m looking at Paiste’s Crystal Thin Crashes and Crystal Hats which came out about 12/13 years ago Now, you may have come across or seen Paiste’s square bell

By | 2020-07-15T00:41:25+00:00 July 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Retro Review – Paiste Crystal Thin Crashes and Crystal Hats

VK Kast Snare Drums

Alan Van Kleef has quite deservedly made a good name for himself over the last few years with his drums. I first played one of Alan’s drums a few years ago when I got to review one of the Thomas Lang signature snares he made. What struck me about that snare - and what stayed

By | 2020-07-01T00:24:30+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on VK Kast Snare Drums

Canopus Limited Edition Caribbean Cherry Snare Drum

I’ve long maintained the majority of times we’re attracted to a [new] snare drum is initially because of the way it looks.  Yes, it is possible these days - in fact, more so now than ever - that we can come across a visual and recording on any social platform and see and hear a

By | 2020-06-01T00:48:25+00:00 June 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Canopus Limited Edition Caribbean Cherry Snare Drum

Yamaha FP9 Bass Drum Pedals

Yamaha’s FP9 Series of bass drum pedals have been out for a little while now and, from what I can see, gained a lot of interest in that time. The FP9 pedals are available in single and double versions (lefty too) in direct drive and double chain variations. There’s no single chain version if that’s

By | 2020-05-14T23:58:59+00:00 May 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Yamaha FP9 Bass Drum Pedals
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