New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)

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New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Tama Silverstar Cocktail-JAM kit
Can Tama's tiniest kit measure up?

Every issue, Rhythm magazine reviews the latest drums, hardware, cymbals, percussion and other drum-related accessories.

Here we’ve gathered all of the reviews featured on the site throughout July, all of which was originally reviewed in Rhythm magazine issue 229/230/231, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A kit this size is always going to involve compromises, but while the kit is well made, the quality of sound on offer is, in our opinion, a compromise too far.”

FULL REVIEW: Tama Silverstar Cocktail-JAM kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 229)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Meinl Byzance Vintage Pure Rides
Raw cymbals from Turkey, via Germany

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A little off the beaten track but no less superb for it, these rides are as rich in tone and colour as their appearances. They're not cheap, but instruments with this much character justify the outlay.”

FULL REVIEW: Meinl Byzance Vintage Pure Rides review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 229)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Evans Heavyweight drum heads
Durable heads take some beating

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“These Heavyweight heads do exactly what they say on the tin by delivering rock-solid heads for hard hitters.”

FULL REVIEW: Evans Heavyweight drum heads review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 229)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Liberty Avant Series Kit
Jazz-inspired kit built to excel

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Liberty continues to evolve and this latest Avant kit is the best yet. Well designed and built to exacting high standards with unique lugs and a badge to be proud of.”

FULL REVIEW: Liberty Avant Series Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 229)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Mapex Black Panther Nomad Snare
Aged brass drum

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Mapex has delivered another highly playable, wonderful-sounding snare drum. As its mentor intended, it's a snare suitable for a wide variety of moods and styles and is great value to boot.”

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Nomad Snare review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 229)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Bosphorus Master Vintage cymbal
High-end cymbal series

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“These unique cymbals truly deserve the appellation 'Master Vintage'.”

FULL REVIEW: Bosphorus Master Vintage cymbal review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 230)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Pearl SensiTone Metal Shell snares
Overhauled metal drums

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Always popular and attractively priced, the rejuvenated SensiTone snares are cleverly designed and gimmick- free. There's a cool sounding model to suit every pocket.”

FULL REVIEW: Pearl SensiTone Metal Shell snares review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 230)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
UFIP Natural cymbals
A selection of fine metals from Italy

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This versatile range features something for a staggering array of tastes, but it's the dark Natural cymbals that particularly caught our attention.”

FULL REVIEW: UFIP Natural cymbals review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 230)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
UFIP Extatic cymbals
More Italian cymbals and hi-hats

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Extatic range will thrive in a pop environment, but it's also well worth a look for those on the hunt for articulate funk and fusion cymbals.”

FULL REVIEW: UFIP Extatic cymbals review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 230)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Gretsch Gold Series Aluminium Shell Snare
Boutique-style snare from drumming big boys

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This aluminium shell drum with maple hoops has a great sound, slightly let down visually by the ordinary looking strainer.”

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Gold Series Aluminium Shell Snare review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 231)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Paiste PST7 Series cymbals
Pro sounds at beginner prices? Very nearly…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The PST7s are hugely impressive, smooth and clean - and the three weights will cover most styles.”

FULL REVIEW: Paiste PST7 Series cymbals review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 231)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Tama Star Classic Performer B/B kit
The pricing is persuasive, but does it perform?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The list of Tama endorsees who rate the Starclassic Performer B/B verges on the encyclopaedic and it's not difficult to see why. It's a solid, pro-level kit that, at this price, is absurdly good value.”

FULL REVIEW: Tama Star Classic Performer B/B kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 231)

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