New drum gear of the month: review round-up

15th Dec 2010 | 09:53

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Drum gear of the month: Nov-Dec 2010

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, snares, cymbals, pedals, cajons and percussion accessories - and even a luxurious pair of thrones - from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 183 and 184 and published on MusicRadar throughout November and December.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Sonor have re-defined mid-range with this kit…

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Sonor Force 2007 Rock drum kit (£905)
Sonor has re-defined 'mid-range' with this set

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Sonor's reputation for providing excellent quality instruments extends to the lower end of its range as well as the custom kits. The manufacturing quality of the Force 2007 is excellent, with fetching finishes and well-designed and well screwed-together drums once again redefining 'mid-range'.

5 stars

FULL REVIEW: Sonor Force 2007 Rock drum kit

(Reviewed by Jake Stacey - Rhythm Magazine issue 183)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Hayman Showman Big Sound drum kit (£999)
Seventies British favourite makes a semi-pro return

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The original Hayman was a pro set, played by many of the big stars of the day. This new version is a ‘semi-pro’ compromise. But with its distinctive lugs, white interiors, and loud, bright sound, the kit honours the spirit of Hayman and we’d recommend anyone trading up to their first serious gigging kit to check it out.

FULL REVIEW: Hayman Showman Big Sound drum kit

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 184)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Carrera Terrier Kit (£1399)
We've seen the snares, now here's the mini kit from new British custom builder Carrera

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A lovingly made, exemplary mini-kit with a great snare but held back by a couple of design flaws and a high price. We are, however, looking forward to seeing Carrera's first full-sized kit.

FULL REVIEW:Carrera Terrier Kit

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 183)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Gretsch USA G4000 Snares (from £598)
A choice of brass, copper and aluminium offered from this up-market Gretsch snare collection

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Beautiful drums with an air of history and classic quality but, given the pricing, we'd opt for the versatile brass snare every time.

FULL REVIEW:Gretsch USA G4000 Snares

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 183)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Tama Brian Frasier-Moore Signature Palette Snare (£770)
We test the pop drumming maestro's signature snare

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A sharp attack and a warm, fat tone - this is one of the best looking, sounding and built major name snares we've come across in recent years.

FULL REVIEW:Tama Brian Frasier-Moore Signature Palette Snare

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 184)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Bosphorus Oracle Series cymbals (£260)
A high-end range created by jazz master Ralph Peterson

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A signature range in all but name, the Oracle Series is a set of individual-sounding cymbals full of character and depth. Though the series has been designed for a jazz drummer there is a degree of versatility to most of the models. In the same way that genres meet and crossover, so these cymbals could find a home in some musical situations other than jazz.

FULL REVIEW: Bosphorus Oracle Series cymbals

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 183)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Istanbul Agop Xist Additions (from £70)
Istanbul rolls out new additions to its affordable Xist range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

More affordable but still well made with plenty of character and presence. Xist cymbals make excellent mid-range alternatives to the usual suspects.

FULL REVIEW: Istanbul Agop Xist Additions

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 184)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
PDP 500 Series bass drum pedals (from £113)
Sleek, satin-finished affairs that uphold the brand's reputation for performance on a budget

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Less esoteric than their DW cousins, the PDPs are nevertheless super-solid workhorses that answer every question reasonably asked of them. Which makes them very easy to recommend as a first step into serious pedal power.

FULL REVIEW: PDP 500 Series bass drum pedals

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 184)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Ford Drums Smart Ass Thrones (£390)
Drum stools that deserve to be described as 'thrones'

MusicRadar’s verdict:

They're very definitely high-end custom thrones, and so may be out of reach of the pockets of many, but if you can stump up the readies, your butt will thank you forever.

FULL REVIEW: Ford Drums Smart Ass Thrones

(Reviewed by Jake Stacey - Rhythm Magazine issue 183)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
De Gregorio Chanela Cajon (£199)
We check out Paolo De Gregorio's latest addition to his cajon range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

De Gregorio has carved out an impressive reputation for quality, design and dedication, so the innovative and affordable Chanela would be a great choice for you to discover the possibilities of these fascinating instruments.

FULL REVIEW: De Gregorio Chanela Cajon

(Reviewed by Charlie Price - Rhythm Magazine issue 184)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
LP Hand Percussion (from £49)
LP has done it again with these natty little one-handed wonders

MusicRadar’s verdict:

LP has once again brought something brand new to the percussive table and these innovative additions will challenge us to adapt and even improve our playing techniques.

FULL REVIEW: LP Hand Percussion

(Reviewed by Charlie Price - Rhythm Magazine issue 183)

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