New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)

3rd Apr 2012 | 10:39

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Drum gear of the month: April 2012

Every month MusicRadar's industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm, Future Music and Guitar Techniques - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

This is a collection of kits, percussion, accessories and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 201 and published on MusicRadar throughout March.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: a new e-kit from Alesis

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Alesis DM10 X Kit
Alesis adds a new e-kit to partner its flagship module.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

There is plenty that impresses with this electronic kit.

FULL REVIEW: Alesis DM10 X Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 201)

BUY Alesis DM10 X Kit currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Scan Pro Audio | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
EcHo Custom Drums Custom Snare Drums
Superb collection of handmade metal shell snare drums from Manchester-based father and son company.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

It's hard to see how EcHo can improve on this first collection of metal shell snares, which are superb in every department.

FULL REVIEW: EcHo Custom Drums Custom Snare Drums

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 201)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Gretsch GS1 Kit
Gretsch's new all-in-one GS1 kit makes an impressive entry point to the famous brand.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Scoring almost maximum points for quality and value, the GS1 is a package that's hard to beat.

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch GS1 Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 201)

BUY Gretsch GS1 Kit currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Mapex Black Panther Collection Retrosonic Drum Kit
The third of four limited edition kits inspired by Mapex's popular Black Panther series of snares

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A kit that's thoroughly modern in construction but with a vintage appeal.

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Collection Retrosonic Drum Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 201)

BUY Mapex Black Panther Collection Retrosonic Drum Kit currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann

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