New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)

5th Apr 2013 | 07:01

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Bill Sanders Practice Kit
Keep the neighbours off your back...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"No frills it may be, but this kit is a functional, reasonably priced option for drummers looking to work on their playing without a whole lotta racket."

FULL REVIEW: Bill Sanders Practice Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Gear4Music WHD Cajon
Gear4Music's high-end WHD range features some brand new cajones

Every month MusicRadar's sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent gear reviews.

In this gallery we've collected the latest cymbals, kits, electronic drums, percussion and other drum-related gear reviews to have passed through the magazines' pages.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Rhythm magazine issue 213 and 214.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This great-value cajon feels like a wholly natural instrument to play – almost like tapping on a table top, only this time no one will tell you to shut up. One of the most liberating aspects of this instrument is the ability to zip it up after a gig and head home long before the guitarist has even contemplated wiping down his strings. How cool is that?"

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music WHD Cajon review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

BUY: Gear4Music WHD Cajon currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Yamaha DTX400K
An affordable electronic drum kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There is a lot on offer here for the price and with the connection to the outside world, it could be the start of something much bigger!"

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha DTX400K review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

BUY: Yamaha DTX400K currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
WHD Pro Complete Cymbal Pack
Smashing sounds, entry-level price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Despite its 'Pro' tag, this WHD cymbal pack would be an excellent set for beginners or those on a budget. More advanced players may want more from their cymbal set, but if price is a concern these are worth checking out."

FULL REVIEW: WHD Pro Complete Cymbal Pack review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

BUY: WHD Pro Complete Cymbal Pack currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Sonor Prolite Kit
A 'five star' drum kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The ProLite shell pack and the snare are undeniably expensive but if you can afford it then why not treat yourself? It's worth every last Pfennig!"

FULL REVIEW: Sonor Prolite Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Paiste Formula 602
New additions to the cymbal series

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"These Formula 602s are ideal for jazz, unplugged sessions, laid-back pop or any music which begs for subtlety - for these genres, and indeed for recording, they tick all the boxes."

FULL REVIEW: Paiste Formula 602 review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

BUY: Paiste Formula 602 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Tycoon Percussion Congas, Bongos and Djembes
30th anniversary instrument range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Tycoon celebrates its 30th anniversary with these Signature congas and bongos, the most impressive from this green-aware company yet, plus the attractive mid-priced Select series and a pair of killer djembes."

FULL REVIEW: Tycoon Percussion Congas, Bongos and Djembes review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Tiki Snare Drums
Idiosyncratic custom snares

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a fabulous pair of snares - each with their own particular sonic palette and personality. For the 13", some Latin, jazz-funk or jazz; the 14" drum would be versatile enough to cover just about any other genre."

FULL REVIEW: Tiki Snare Drums review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 213)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Chequerplate Drums LED Series Kit
LED drum kit with illuminating tones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A visually-stunning, aurally-pleasing kit that delivers in spades on many levels. The price tag may frighten some, but you are paying for supreme quality, and if it's a custom-made kit offering something a little different that you're after, this would be a top choice."

FULL REVIEW: Chequerplate Drums LED Series Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Gear4Music Complete Drum Hardware Pack
A pack with plenty of punch for your drum kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Gear4Music Complete Drum Hardware Pack is solidly-made and offers wallet friendly pricing. A serious option, whether you're looking to complete a shell kit or add to an existing kit."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music Complete Drum Hardware Pack

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

BUY: Gear4Music Complete Drum Hardware Pack Review currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Murat Diril Arena Cymbals
Sandy-looking cymbals with lush tones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Arena series is a characterful and quirky addition to Murat's pantheon of high quality and distinctive cymbals."

FULL REVIEW: Murat Diril Arena Cymbals review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Highwood Malleus Double Kick Pedal
Indestructible double drum pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It was HighWood's criteria to create a no-compromise, yet cost-effective bass drum pedal. The result is a quality product, representing Brit engineering at its very best - mission accomplished."

FULL REVIEW: Highwood Malleus Double Kick Pedal review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Pearl Percussion Jingle Cajon
New noise box fun from Pearl

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not only does it sound great and look funky, with price tags like this, Pearl has done our wallets a favour too."

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Percussion Jingle Cajon review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

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