Products Reviews

Comparing Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbals Against ‘Regular’ Cymbals

Zildjian’s Low Volume L80 cymbals are designed to produce a significantly lower amount of volume. They can be used for practice or quieter gigging applications. The cymbals in this instance are 14” hi hats, a 16” crash and an 18” crash/ride. The ‘regular’ cymbals are Zildjian K models. They have deep, darker tones and are

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Book Reviews – Stojak, Smith and Henrit

How to Build A Drum Groove Volume One – Rick Stojak (Book) With a foreword from Zoro and testimonials on the back cover from Daniel Glass and Gene Hoglan, I had high expectations for a book that sounded rather ambiguous to me upon first receiving it. The fact this is Volume One obviously dictates there

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Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbals

For when volume isn’t necessarily everything… Volume has always been the drummer’s enemy. From live gigs to practice at home, someone is always likely to want to complain about noise. However, there are now lots of different alternatives available for keeping the noise down, certainly in terms of drums; mesh heads, practice pads, electronic drum

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British Drum Company iTap

I was introduced to the iTap a few months ago at one of the Mike Dolbear webshow recordings. It was a nice concept. A small flat wooden instrument with snare wires on the underside which you could play with your hands (or, as I was told, with brushes as well). Interesting. Something that was inexpensive

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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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