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The Metallion is a 14×5.5″ 1.2mm seamed brass drum with SONIClear bearing edges. It has a brushed/gloss finish and staggered offset B-lugs. Like all the other drums, it has Remo heads top and bottom and comes with 20-strand wires.
This drum was one of the ones which made me take notice of this range. It had a great tuning ability, felt very solid to play and had a powerful sound at all three tensionings. This was one of my favorites and for my preferences, one the strongest drums of the group.
It has SONIClear 45’ bearing edges, staggered 1/8″ offset locking B-lugs, Sonic Saver hoops, 20 strand wires and cylinder-drive strainer.
Visually, this is the type of drum that would probably fit into most kits, since, of course, black goes with everything.
Sound-wise, I think this is another good all-rounder, with a nice clean, precise and crisp sound at higher and medium tunings, and a more full bodied ‘snarey’ sound lower down.
This is the thickest shelled drum of the line and comes in at 11mm and 11plies of maple. The shell has a rounded 45’ centre cut with a SONIClear 3/8” outer cut as well. You also get Sonic Saver hoops and 20-strand wires.
It is finished a nice looking red to black burst with chrome hardware and for me looks much better in person than the photos might suggest.
This drum has a slightly more controlled and focussed sound. Despite its thicker shell (which would generally give a higher fundamental tone – thicker shell = higher pitch and less resonance), it still managed to sound solid enough at a low tension, but I really liked it at medium to higher tensionings.
It comes with a 6.15mm/7ply shell, SONIClear bearing edges, 20-strand wires and is finished in a natural gloss with brushed black hardware including Sonic Saver hoops. The double-ended B lugs and outer ply work really well with the darker hardware.
I found the sound of this model to be controlled and vibrant, with a drier sound and plenty of attack.
With a dark grey finish and chrome hardware, this 14×5″ 6mm/6 ply maple drum has SONIClear bearing edges, offset lugs and 20-strand wires. It also has triple flanged power hoops and a cylinder-drive snare mechanism.
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