Products Reviews

Zildjian S Family Cymbals

We recently got to try some of the [still] fairly new S Family cymbals. The S Family is a series made from B12 bronze. The series are lathed top and bottom, are quite heavily hammered and have a brilliant (shiny) finish.   The cymbals featured in the video are 14” Mastersound hihats, 18” Trash crash,

By | 2018-04-16T10:35:28+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Zildjian S Family Cymbals

Tama HP50 Classic Pedal

I’ve noticed the chatter on some drum forums that many people seem to have got excited about this new bass drum pedal. At first glance, this may seem a bit of an odd design. That said though, this isn’t actually a new design for Tama, or indeed in general, as the upward facing spring housing

By | 2018-03-31T23:33:10+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Tama HP50 Classic Pedal

Mixed Reviews – Peter Erskine and The Family Silver

Peter Erskine Records The last few weeks I’ve been in a little jazz bubble, enjoying listening to a couple of records by the great Peter Erskine. The first of these is Second Opinion from Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, featuring alongside Peter, John Beasley on keys, Bob Sheppard on sax and flute and

By | 2018-03-31T23:35:09+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Peter Erskine and The Family Silver

Meinl Pure Alloy Cymbal Selection

It was only fairly recently that I started to see the name Pure Alloy popping up.  Now, I accept I may have missed something somewhere, but it did seem to me that these cymbals kind of just came out of nowhere, and were then just here like they’d been around for ages. It’s probably just

By | 2018-03-14T23:12:10+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Meinl Pure Alloy Cymbal Selection

Sia 12×7″ Red Gum Snare Drum

So this is my second foray into the world of Sia drums, the first being here. That original drum I reviewed had a certain feel to it and this drum has that same feel. It’s a good feel too; solid and quite reassuring I would say. The drum, as you’ll have seen, is made from

By | 2018-02-28T23:10:02+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sia 12×7″ Red Gum Snare Drum

Kentville Drums Kangaroo Drum Heads

  Kentville Drums is an Australian company who make and restore drums, and also produces traditionally made heads from ethically sourced kangaroo hides. The heads the company offers are available in standard sizes from 10” through to 24”, and common pre-international sizes (to suit vintage British drums), from 9 5/8” through to 21 5/8”. Odd

By | 2018-02-14T23:10:49+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Kentville Drums Kangaroo Drum Heads

Zildjian Avedis Cymbals

These are what I would call ‘proper’ cymbals. They’re ‘proper’ cymbals because they have a look, a feel and a vibe about them; real character, and that’s even before you play them. I love cymbals like that. Just like the Kerope line that came out a few years ago, the Avedis line was designed to

By | 2018-01-31T22:44:10+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Zildjian Avedis Cymbals

DW Stainless Steel Collectors Drum Kit

Stainless steel drum kits aren’t exactly new, but it is a fairly new thing for Drum Workshop. The review kit consisted of 12x9” mounted tom, 14x12 and 16x14” floor toms, 22x18 bass drum and a 14x6.5 snare drum. The mounted tom featured DW’s STM mount, while the floor toms were on legs, and all of

By | 2018-01-14T23:03:53+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on DW Stainless Steel Collectors Drum Kit

Gibraltar Quick Release Hi Hat Clutch

A hi hat clutch, hardly the most exciting of things. But, if you’re a gigging drummer you’ll know and appreciate the importance of having solid, reliable and practical gear to make life that little bit easier when you’re playing. As I said, a hi hat clutch is hardly the most exciting piece of equipment on

By | 2017-12-31T12:03:44+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Gibraltar Quick Release Hi Hat Clutch

Provenance Ardbeg 14” x 6.25” Snare Drum

  I’ve looked at a number of Provenance snare drums over the years, both in metal and wood, and you can read about some of them; HERE; HERE; and HERE. However, Tim from Provenance recently very kindly let me have another drum to look at. Provenance make drums from reclaimed materials, be it wood or

By | 2017-12-14T22:57:21+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Provenance Ardbeg 14” x 6.25” Snare Drum
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