Products Reviews

Mapex Snares for 2020 Part 3

So, in the previous two updates we have looked at ten of the new Mapex drums for 2020 and here we will be looking at the last four.  First up...  Shadow  The Shadow has a 14x6.5” birch/walnut shell, which is 7-ply 6.85mm. It’s finished in a natural gloss and has chrome hardware. The drum comes with

By | 2020-12-14T23:53:50+00:00 December 14th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mapex Snares for 2020 Part 3

New Mapex Snares For 2020 Part II

Ok, so this update is part two of our look at the new Black Panther snares from Mapex. Picking up from where we left off, first we have the... Metallion The Metallion is a 14x5.5" 1.2mm seamed brass drum with SONIClear bearing edges. It has a brushed/gloss finish and staggered offset B-lugs. Like all the

By | 2020-11-30T23:16:59+00:00 November 30th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on New Mapex Snares For 2020 Part II

Anika Nilles – Pad Book Review

Anika Nilles has been a drumming sensation since the early 2010's and she has built a solid reputation amongst highly technical drummers over the years. Based on that reputation, I can confidently say that she did not disappointed with her first book “Pad Book” which was released earlier this year. It offers a huge range

By | 2020-11-14T12:11:06+00:00 November 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Anika Nilles – Pad Book Review

New Mapex Snare Drums for 2020

Over the next few updates we’ll be looking at Mapex’s new snare drum offerings for 2020. Mapex designed and created all of these drums with top drummer/endorser Russ Miller. There are fourteen new drums in this selection and we’ll be looking at five drums in this first batch. In the video, and with the exception

By | 2020-11-15T00:19:10+00:00 November 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on New Mapex Snare Drums for 2020

Yamaha Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum 

This year, Steve Gadd and Yamaha celebrate their 40 year partnership. In commemoration of this achievement, they wanted to invite 800 of us to join in with that celebration and so together they produced this special snare drum. The new Steve Gadd signature drum has a 14" x 5.5" 1.2mm thick steel shell, with aluminium

By | 2020-11-01T12:13:54+00:00 October 31st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Yamaha Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum 

Sabian Quiet Tone Cymbals

It feels a bit strange to say that I could happily use cymbals intended for quieter/practice playing on my regular kit, but that’s where I find myself with these Quiet Tone cymbals. Obviously cymbals designed for low volume or practice aren’t exactly new, but I think in these rather more challenging times they’re probably more

By | 2020-10-14T23:31:17+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Quiet Tone Cymbals

Aerodrums

Take one camera... I started playing drums in the 1980s; the time when electronics and drums really started to properly meet each other head on. At that time, the electronic drums available - certainly initially - generally had a hard playing surface which was, shall we say, not that much fun to play

By | 2020-09-30T23:58:03+00:00 October 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Aerodrums

Jost Nickel’s Snare Book Review

In “Jost Nickel's Snare Book”, Jost explores rudimental work and snare drum based exercises to improve your hand technique and independence. In the intro of his book, Jost promises us exercises and an approach to rudiments that will make us WANT to practise rather than feel OBLIGED to, and I must say the slightly unconventional

By | 2020-09-30T23:58:59+00:00 October 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Jost Nickel’s Snare Book Review

Sonor Jost Nickel Signature 14×6.25 Snare Drum

I do enjoy having my own preconceptions crushed sometimes.  Take this snare drum.  The shell of Jost Nickel’s drum is made from 14 plies of beech which come in at 9mm thick. To look at visually, the shell thickness is noticeable, and while this isn’t exactly the world’s thickest snare drum shell, it’s not thin

By | 2020-09-14T23:56:04+00:00 September 15th, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sonor Jost Nickel Signature 14×6.25 Snare Drum

Sabian Complex Cymbals

I first recall coming across the HHX line many years ago when someone I knew was playing them. I liked them immediately because of both their sound and their cool look. Sabian recently sent us a few examples of their fairly new Complex line to try out - 14” medium hi hats, 18” thin crash

By | 2020-08-31T23:54:51+00:00 September 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Sabian Complex Cymbals
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