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

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New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music BDK-1
A cost-effective starter kit with a reasonable all-round specification

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

This is a collection of kits, percussion, accessories first reviewed in Rhythm magazine issue 209 or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

BUY Gear4Music BDK-1 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music


MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Though you might also want to invest in a course of drum lessons and perhaps some sound-dampening (to retain parental sanity and maintain a good relationship with the neighbours), this kit represents great value for money and gives you everything that's required to get up and drumming."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music BDK-1

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Pearl Throne Thumper
A rumble pack for your drum stool

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Whether gigging or practising, this monitoring aid not only boosts your bottom-end but your confidence too - taking it away again is simply unnerving!"

FULL REVIEW:Pearl Throne Thumper

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

BUY Pearl Throne Thumper currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Murat Diril Cymbals
Hand-made by a master Istanbul cymbalsmith

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With their remarkable heritage and Murat Diril's special experience, these cymbals offer another hugely attractive alternative in what is becoming a crowded market of genuine hand-made cymbals from Turkey."

FULL REVIEW:Murat Diril Cymbals

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music GD-5
A 5-piece kit for beginners in a glossy black wrap complete with hardware and cymbals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is yet another Gear4Music starter kit which offers good value for money and will, no doubt, give many hours of playing pleasure to any budding drummer who plays it."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music GD-5

BUY Gear4Music GD-5 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite
Roland's entry-level, ultra-compact electronic drum kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"You can't tweak the presets on the HD-3 but the choice of sounds now gives the kit a wider scope and, along with several other improvements, creates an enjoyable playing experience."

FULL REVIEW:Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

BUY Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music DD501 electronic drum kit
A competitively priced electronic kit aimed at the budding e-basher

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"You soon forget that you are playing a smaller sized rack, quickly acclimatising without having to alter your technique. This is a great little kit which will give any beginner a good foothold into the world of drumming."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music DD501 electronic drum kit

BUY Gear4Music GD-5 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
DW Airlift Stands
Gas-struts give these drum stands a boost

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like all the best ideas, Airlift stands are ingeniously simple yet brilliantly effective."

FULL REVIEW:DW Airlift Stands

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

BUY DW Airlift Stands currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Lion 3-in-1 Cajon
A truly versatile, UK-made cajon

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Lion 3-in-1 Cajon will set you apart from players of the mass-produced models, and considering the customisation and such reasonable outlay, you'd be wise to try them."

FULL REVIEW:Lion 3-in-1 Cajon

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Gear4Music DD502(J) electronic drum kit
A wallet-friendly electronic kit from Gear4Music which could prove a great option for the first-time buyer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Even though technology has moved on significantly since the DD502(J) was first introduced, this electronic kit still represents good value for money."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music DD502(J) electronic drum kit

BUY Gear4Music DD502(J) electronic drum kit currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
PDP Concept Series Kits Birch CB5
A five-piece kit showcasing DW's lineage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With this kit, the gap between DW (the premium brand) and PDP (the budget brand) has been dramatically reduced."

FULL REVIEW:PDP Concept Series Kits Birch CB5

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
Lion Pro-Active Bass Cajon
A flexible cajon that won't balk on the bass

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A highly musical, hand-made cajon drum that offers very good value for money."

FULL REVIEW:Lion Pro-Active Bass Cajon

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (December 2012)
PDP Concept Series Kits Maple CM5
This five-piece kit shows off some maple syrup

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The standard of build, components, finish and performance of the Concept Series is exceptional, all the more so considering the pricepoint."

FULL REVIEW:PDP Concept Series Kits Maple CM5

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 209)

BUY PDP Concept Series Kits Maple CM5 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

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