Products Reviews

Mixed Reviews – January 2020

Trap Style Drumming - Gregory “Torch” Sgrulloni It’s one of those sounds that is now everywhere and a style of drumming that on the surface of it, seems pretty straight forward. As with most things though if you dig a little deeper, it opens a door to a whole bunch of new sounds and ideas.

By | 2020-01-01T11:47:04+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – January 2020

BDC The Archer Snare Drum

When Mike told me he had a new British Drum Company snare for me to check out, I was really interested. That said, when I finally got it home, it didn’t actually turn out to be exactly the drum I was expecting, but as it happens, it was a happy misunderstanding and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

By | 2020-01-01T12:18:54+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on BDC The Archer Snare Drum

Sabian AAX New Models

Sabian had a big year, what with the logo change and all, but they also found time to release some new models in the AAX range too… The review cymbals we were sent were 15” medium hi hats, 18 and 19” thin crashes, 20” stage crash, and 20” medium and heavy rides. They all had

By | 2019-12-14T15:37:57+00:00 December 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian AAX New Models

Vater Classics Drumsticks

Vater recently sent us some sticks to try out. These are all from the 'Classics' range which are apparently all more 'old school' designs, based on the original designs that Vater made before they became Vater (when them made sticks for another very well known stick company), meaning they are slightly different from the current

By | 2019-11-29T22:46:11+00:00 December 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Vater Classics Drumsticks

Reviews – Beats Exotiques Book, TruTones Dampeners, Turn the Beat Around Book

Beats Exotiques - Gary Leach If you’ve ever sat down and tried to play some latin rhythms, or have worked through books of Afro-Cuban or Brazilian ideas and thought to yourself “this is cool and everything, but when am I really going to use it?”, then perhaps Gary Leach has written the perfect book for

By | 2019-11-14T23:12:47+00:00 November 15th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Reviews – Beats Exotiques Book, TruTones Dampeners, Turn the Beat Around Book

Evans UV2 heads

I’ll come clean straight away; I’m a fan of the UV1 line. I have been since I tried them. When I tried the UV1 heads back in mid 2018 - http://mikedolbear.com/reviews/uv1-drum-heads/ - I pretty much instantly liked them and I’ve been buying them ever since to put on my toms and snares. The funny thing

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Book Reviews – November 2019

Exploring Jazz Drums - Clark Tracey If you’ve ever studied jazz you’ll know just how many little avenues the genre will take you down. This book from British jazz drummer Clark Tracey aims to open some of these avenues and does so by introducing a certain concept, talking a little bit about where it came

By | 2019-11-03T09:58:03+00:00 November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Book Reviews – November 2019

Keo Drum And Percussion Products

By now, you must have heard of the British Drum Company. If you haven’t, where have you been??? Keith Keogh is the main man behind the BDC. With that company pretty much just making drums, Keith [fairly] recently launched a new company - Keo - to produce other drum-related products. We were given a whole

By | 2019-10-28T16:39:51+00:00 November 1st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Keo Drum And Percussion Products

Bitmi – MIDI Drum Pad

We live in interesting times as musicians and in particular, as drummers. Recently I found myself at a my singers house, mapping drums for a new song using a Digital Audio Workstation, a MIDI enabled keyboard and drum kit VST plugins. Given the cost and time involved in studio recording and the often just-better-than-average results

By | 2019-10-15T14:39:10+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Bitmi – MIDI Drum Pad

Remo Suede Max Drum Head

Ok, so technically this is a head designed for marching snare drums and not drum kit. However, I thought it would be interesting to try out this new head from Remo in a kit context and see if it provided a viable alternative for more conventional snare batters. The head itself is not made from

By | 2019-10-14T22:16:30+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Remo Suede Max Drum Head
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