Products Reviews

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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Mixed Reviews – August 16

Balbex Drumsticks Announcing themselves as a quality European drum stick manufacturer since 1997, I’m not entirely sure how I have never seen or heard of Balbex before; perhaps because the market is dominated by one or two brands. I was handed a pair of 5A sticks to review, featuring a standard oval shaped tip and

Sia Jarrah Stave 14×6 Snare

I’ll be honest, prior to getting an email from Mike about doing this review, I’d never heard of Sia Drums. That meant I had to do some reading. Sia drums are made by Sia Seysan in Sydney, Australia. The review drum was made from staves of Jarrah (a very hard Australian wood). It had ten

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Mixed Drummers Essentials Under £25

If you’re a gigging drummer, be it playing a stadium or your local pub, here’s some bits and pieces you might find helpful. The three items here are not exactly essential, but they are useful all the same and may just make things a little easier. Gibraltar Deluxe Drinks Holder Drinks; something we definitely all

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Kickstrap

We’ve all been there at a gig when we’ve forgotten our carpet and the bass drum starts to run away. I think many of us will have also been playing on a carpet and had a drum creep at least a little. The Kick Strap aims to stop all of that by removing the need

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