Products Reviews

Mixed Media Reviews – Briem, Banai, Colaiuta, Arnie Lang

Drum Emotion (DVD) – Gulli Briem and Szilard Banai I’m never quite sure what to make of drummer’s putting out DVD’s of themselves just, well… playing the drums. I can understand the desire as a drummer to record yourself playing and even to put some of it out on social media, heck, there is now

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From The Riser – A Drummers Perspective Part 2 by David Phillips

Back in December 2010 David Phillips published his first book - "A Drummers Perspective: A Photographic Insight into the World of Drummers". The perfect coffee table book for drummers, the book is filled with great shots of the worlds greatest drummers in action. For those who don't know him, David works in artist relations for

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Sakae 10×5 Maple Effects Snare Drum

There was a time in the not too distant past where smaller snares were really only used as occasional side drums or for effects. However, that all eventually changed and these smaller snares became very common and popular, so much so that 12” drums are often now used as main drums. This particular snare drum,

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Cozy Drum Pro Rods

Alternatives to drum sticks have been around for a long time, but it seems to me that their popularity somewhat exploded about twenty years ago with the release of a little song called Wonderwall. After that, rods seemed to start appearing everywhere. These days, many manufacturers produce rods and they’re not just in the original

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ProMark Active Grip Drumsticks

Drumsticks, it’s been ages since I looked at any new drumsticks. However, unlike the last sticks I checked out, these drumsticks are a little different; they’re black for a start but more importantly have Promark’s new Active Grip applied to them. Active Grip is Promark’s answer to sweaty hands. It’s a special heat-activated coating that

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Head Comparison – Fiberskyn, Calftone 56 and Litik Hide Heads

Dave Bateman took three different heads - the new Evans Calftone 56, the Remo Fiberskyn 3 and a Litik real hide head - put them on the same drum, tuned them to the same tension and recorded the results for a comparison. This isn't so much a review, more a chance for you to hear

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Sakae Japanese Cyprus Stave Snare Drum

I think at this point we’re probably now past introducing Sakae as a company and taking about the quality of its products; suffice to say they’re not really ‘new’ anymore and the product line is of a very high quality. This particular review drum has a 14x5” stave shell made from Japanese Cypress wood and

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Alesis SampleRack

Ok, so two things you need to know about this review - 1. Simon recently looked at the Alesis Sample Pad Pro which is the sibling/built in pad version using the same basic design features so I’m not going to go over the same things he did (and you can read about that HERE), and

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Dream Bliss Paper Thin Crashes

It’s been a few years since we last looked at any Dream cymbals and particularly anything from the Bliss range. Just to recap, the Bliss line features: Surface: micro lathed by hand Bow: low gentle bridge Bell: small, articulate, clear Weight: thin tapers at edge Hammering: hand hammered before and after lathing Stick: woody round

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Van Kleef Aluminium 13×7” Snare Drum

Ok, so earlier this year I took a look at the VK Thomas Lang signature snare drum, which you can read about here if you missed it. That drum was 14x7 and made from titanium. This next drum is a 13x7 aluminium shell. In terms of hardware and features, the two drums are fairly similar;

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