Products Reviews

14” Earthtone Head

In the before times, basically anything prior to about 1957, drum heads were made from animal hide – hence the reason they’re sometimes called ‘skins’. You probably all knew that.  Earthtone heads are made with genuine calfskin and are a step back towards in time but are made with modern technology and methods. The heads mount the

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Dream Trihats Review

  The concept of reversible cymbals isn’t exactly new, and mixing and matching hi hat cymbals will have been around longer still. However, I can’t really remember, in the last thirty years, many companies exploring the concept of interchangeable cymbal packs. The idea behind the Trihats is to provide a more diverse sonic palette, which

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Meinl Cymbal Tuners

We are a funny lot when it comes to things that potentially break with what we find as ‘traditional’. When something new does come along which is a little less usual we have a tendency to look at it with either love and fascination, or a questioning ‘why’? In this case, the new Cymbal Tuners

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Book Reviews – Makanjuola, (Steve) White, Drago

Drum Tabs & Numbers – Joseph O. Makanjuola Drum Tabs & Numbers – Joseph O. Makanjuola A rather small book in terms of the page dimensions, but chunky in terms of it’s depth, the first thing I noticed about this book was that it’s a not really designed to fit on a book

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J. Leiva Percussion Cajons

I’m not a percussionist by any stretch of the imagination but there have been times over the years where I’ve had need of a cajon. And, whilst my vocabulary is admittedly somewhat limited on the instrument, I still find playing a cajon to be fun and enjoyable. The three cajons I was sent to check

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Guiliana, Igoe and… Shoes(?)

By Rob Crisp Mixed MediaReviews - Guiliana, Igoe and... Shoes(?) Mark Guiliana - Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset (Book/DVD Set) Over the last few years Mark’s profile has risen rapidly. Playing a small set and coming up with seemingly endless grooves and ideas, he’s captured the imagination of many a drummer. This book and

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Pearl 46inch Hardware Bag With Wheels

Admittedly, bags and cases aren’t the most exciting things in the world, but they are necessary if you want to move your gear around regularly. Quite recently I had cause to need a new hardware bag, although this wasn’t just for my hardware though. In addition to my stands etc, I also carry a bunch

By | 2017-08-11T18:19:20+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: |Comments Off on Pearl 46inch Hardware Bag With Wheels

dR Drums Mappa Mahogany 14 x 6.5 Snare Drum

dR Drums is a fairly new British drum company based around the Manchester area in northern England. It was started in 2012 in a garage by drummer Danny Rees. They make handmade snares and drum kits with the intention of using only the best hardware available. About it’s products, the company says - “The vision

By | 2017-08-11T18:19:20+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on dR Drums Mappa Mahogany 14 x 6.5 Snare Drum