Products Reviews

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

Mixed Reviews – Heaney, Mendoza and Sturges

Fortunes – Mark Heaney This new release from UK drummer Mark Heaney is what I would call a real work of art. I know technically music is one of the arts and most of us consider what we create to be of an artistic value, but occasionally something like this comes along and you can

By | 2017-11-30T14:50:59+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Heaney, Mendoza and Sturges

The Kelly Shu Mic Mounting System

Pro Version mounted internally So I’m not quite sure how this passed me by in terms of not reviewing it sooner as it’s been out for some time, but anyway… The Kelly Shu is an integrated shock mount isolation system for bass drum microphones. It sounds fairly unexciting in that respect, but if you’re

By | 2017-11-30T13:25:09+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on The Kelly Shu Mic Mounting System

Mixed Reviews – Cymbomute, Garibaldi, Nickel

Cymbomute Pro 360° If you haven’t seen or heard of Cymbomutes, they are essentially an elastic material, designed to fit snugly over the edge of a cymbal and as such, bring its volume right down for quiet practise. I can confirm that on that front, they have always been pretty great and do exactly as

By | 2017-11-15T09:29:13+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Cymbomute, Garibaldi, Nickel

Lightweight Cymbal Stands

This isn’t so much a review about a specific product as it is highlighting the practical benefits of the lightweight stand options out there at the moment. After fifteen years of using the same stands, and hitting 45 as well, it struck me that I might want to look at my cymbal stand options again.

By | 2017-11-14T13:04:44+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Lightweight Cymbal Stands
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