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Pacific Drums & Percussion M-5 drum kit

February 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Pacific Drums & Percussion M-5 drum kit

Drummers of a certain age (my age) remember a time when there were two types of drum sets, the expensive ones we couldn’t afford and the cheap ones we didn’t really want. Read more

Tama introduces birch Superstar drums

January 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tama introduces birch Superstar drumsFor 2010 Tama upgrades its line of Superstar drums with a 100% birch shell. Tama’s highest priority in producing the Superstar series was sound, and the full, powerful character and rich resonance of the new Superstar drums were achieved by utilizing carefully selected 100% birch shells. Read more

Tama Starphonic Snares

January 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tama Starphonic SnaresI keep an old ashtray on the counter by the back door to put my keys in, so I don’t forget them when I leave the house. They’re always there when I look for them and I’ve only locked myself out once…’k, twice. My point is, thanks to that groovy-old-ceramic ashtray from the ‘60’s; I remember to take my keys. Read more

Soultone Old School Cymbals

January 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Soultone Old School CymbalsSoultone Cymbals is proud to introduce the addition of Old School Edition cymbals to their Vintage Series product line. Developed in cooperation with Soultone Cymbals roster of top drummers, percussionists and their own Turkish master craftsman, this new line is based on the classic cymbals of the 1950’s and 60’s. They offer a richer, darker signature sound, and a new EarthStroke natural finish with deeper lathing to provide a sweeter open tone for nearly any style of music. Read more

Mapex Voyager Series Drums

January 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mapex Voyager Series DrumsMapex USA announced the introduction of the Voyager Drum Set Series, an entirely new entry-level product line for 2010.

All Voyager drum sets are packaged to be “ready to go” and include a full set of all-new Mapex 330 Series Hardware, a padded throne, an optional set of Mapex Cymbals, and a setup and instructional DVD. The all-basswood drums feature newly designed appointments, including lugs, mounts, badges, and bass drum claws. Read more

Mapex Horizon Series Drums

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mapex Horizon Series DrumsMapex USA announced the introduction of Horizon, an entirely new drum series for 2010. The all-basswood drums feature newly designed appointments, including lugs, mounts, badges, and bass drum claws. Read more

Korg Wavedrum – Revolution of Percussion

December 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1984 there were drummers who were purists and would only be seen behind an acoustic set of drums. The mere thought of playing plugged-in to anything even close to a drum machine or sampler was not only foreign, but frightening. Read more

Famous Historic Drum Sets

December 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Famous Drum Sets No.2

Master drummer, Roy Knapp’s Trap Set, as used on WLS Chicago’s “National Barn Dance” radio show.

Master drummer, Roy Knapp’s Trap Set, as used on WLS Chicago’s “National Barn Dance” radio show.

As the “Trap Set” began to find its way into the pop music of the early 1900’s, it took on may shapes and configurations. Read more

Famous Drum Sets No.1 – The Contraption

December 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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As I began to think about how (and with whom) to start this column, something occurred to me… pianos. Pianos are exactly the same no matter who sits down to play them; none of the keys can be moved or added to, none of the pedals re-positioned or taken away. It is an instrument that is fixed and rigid; tuned to a standard set of notes and from one to another are all, in theory at least, the same. Read more

Rudimental Round-Up Episode #3 – The Drum Flam

December 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Previous lesson: Rudiment Round-Up Episode 2: Rolls

chadsmith-rudimentsAfter finally recovering from a Turkey induced coma, I figured it was time to get ya’ll a little learnin’ to do. You’re gonna love this little honey – Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls I present to you The Flam. The Flam is innate, it is primitive and it is so simple yet so powerful that when delivered correctly it can make people jump to their feet and scream! It also comes in handy when you want to play a waltz or a parade march by Maestro John Phillip Sousa! I digress… Read more

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