New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)

24th Feb 2011 | 09:58

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Drum gear of the month: Feb 2011

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, edrums, cymbals and djembes - plus a shining five star-rated snare drum - from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 186 and published on MusicRadar throughout February.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: that excellent PDP Blackout snare…

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
PDP Blackout snare drum (£195)
One of a quintet of PDP snares now available in the UK

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Great sensitivity, fantastic tone out-of-the-box – this is another shining example of just what great value the current PDP range is. The Blackout is a cracker of a snare.”

stars

FULL REVIEW:PDP Blackout snare drum

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 186)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
2Box DrumIt Five electronic drum kit (£1799)
The highly anticipated set has finally arrived

MusicRadar’s verdict:

It might not be the ultimate electronic drum kit, but with an eye-catching design, impressive kit feel and the ability to load your own sounds, it’s certainly a strong and interesting addition to the market.

FULL REVIEW: 2Box DrumIt Five electronic drum kit

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 186)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Odery Fluence Fusion Series drum kit (£599)
Hailing all the way from Brazil, Odery drums are bound to be that little bit different

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"High-quality hardware, great looks and an adaptable sound - this is a superb kit at a mouth-wateringly low price."

FULL REVIEW: Odery Fluence Fusion Series drum kit

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 187)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Performance Percussion PP300R Starter Kit (£399)
PP's latest entry-level kit arrives in suitably impressive style

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“You might need a spot of Moongel to improve the sound, but this is a solid performer that provides almost everything the beginner could want.”

FULL REVIEW: Performance Percussion PP300R Starter drum kit

(Reviewed by Jake Stacey - Rhythm Magazine issue 186)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Stagg Vintage Bronze thin crashes (from £55)
Great value, but not just for players on a budget

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Whether you're on a budget or not, if you're looking for a darker, less aggressive crash, these are well worth checking out."

FULL REVIEW: Stagg Vintage Bronze thin crashes

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 186)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2011)
Remo Apex and Advent Djembes (from £127)
The latest featherweight options from the pioneers of synthetics

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Looking to the future with no-nonsense additions such as this duo, the Remo star certainly looks set to continue to rise. Just a shame about the minimal bass response…"

FULL REVIEW: Remo Apex and Advent Djembes

(Reviewed by Charlie Price - Rhythm Magazine issue 186)


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