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

30th Jan 2012 | 16:53

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

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, percussion, accessories and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issues 198 and 199 and published on MusicRadar throughout January.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: a kit from Brazilian makers Odery.

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Odery Eyedentity Series drums
Strikingly different drums for under a grand from the innovative Brazilian company.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Stunning finishes, top quality materials, superb attention to detail and exceptional value. A couple of easily sorted hardware quibbles aside, Odery's Eyedentity is an exciting alternative to the norm.

FULL REVIEW: Odery Eyedentity Series drums

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 198)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Worldmax Traditional Black Wood Hoop Snares
These snares combine maple shells and hoops with black-to-the-max looks

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Like all Worldmax drums these snares are well made and feature a level of specification that's at odds with their prices. Their performances compare well with drums costing twice the amount.

FULL REVIEW: Worldmax Traditional Black Wood Hoop Snares

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 198)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
DrumCraft Double Drop-Clutch
Dual position hi-hat drop-clutch to get a sizzle when you're slamming double kicks.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Effective solution to a problem which has long vexed drummers, DrumCraft's sturdy double drop-clutch allows drummers to get a great hi-hat wash while thundering on the double kicks.

FULL REVIEW: DrumCraft Double Drop-Clutch

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 198)

BUY: DrumCraft Double Drop-Clutch currently available from:
FR:Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Natal Steel Shell Snares
Steel snares from the exciting new Natal range.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Natal's good-looking steel snare has six hand-hammered finishes to choose from. The sheer bravado of the design and attention to detail bode well. It's onwards and upwards for Natal.

FULL REVIEW: Natal Steel Shell Snares

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 198)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Roland SPD-SX
We take a look at Roland's new sampling and percussion pad.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

This is a must-have product which could make us run out of adjectives describing it - suffice to say the SPD-SX is as stunning as it is formidable!

FULL REVIEW: Roland SPD-SX

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 198)

BUY: Roland SPD-SX currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Silverstone Drum Thrones
A new British drum throne company goes hell for leather.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Silverstone thrones are the product of diligent research, time-honoured skills and quality materials. Handmade in the UK and excellent value for money, they are an exciting and bar-raising addition to the market.

FULL REVIEW: Silverstone Drum Thrones

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 198)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Pearl Masters Premium Legend Kit
Pearl's Masters Premium Legend kits could well live up to the name.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Pearl's expertise is all over this solidly-constructed, great looking and exquisite-sounding kit.

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Masters Premium Legend Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

BUY: Pearl Masters Premium Legend Kit currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA: Full Compass
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Drumport drum insert
The Drumport fits directly into your bass drum and aims to enhance the drum's low-end performance.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The Drumport looks great and undeniably sounds impressive - give it a try.

FULL REVIEW: Drumport drum insert

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

BUY: Drumport drum insert currently available from:
FR:Michenaud

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack
Meinl's new starter series offers more brass for less copper.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Surprisingly good cymbals that would make a sensible purchase for any beginner.

FULL REVIEW: Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

BUY: Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:
Thomann | Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Performance Percussion PP142 Cajon
An extremely economical new contender in the increasingly popular cajon market.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

This superb value cajon fills a much-needed space in a market which is abundant with mid-price and mouth-watering high end 'Boutique' instruments.

FULL REVIEW: Performance Percussion PP142 Cajon

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Dixon Black Widow Drums
The latest kit from Dixon is not for arachnophobes…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

There are infinitely better complete kits (with drums and hardware) for around the same money.

FULL REVIEW: Dixon Black Widow Drums

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Ludwig The Brick
A feisty, heavyweight wooden snare joins the Ludwig ranks.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The Brick is a winner - it looks slick, sounds terrific and is affordable.

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig The Brick

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

BUY: Ludwig The Brick currently available from:
UK:Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Ludwig Corey Miller Snare
Beauty meets beastliness in this fresh signature snare.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

High-end snare that does what its supposed to.

BUY Ludwig Corey Miller Snare currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig Corey Miller Snare

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

BUY: Ludwig Corey Miller Snare currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (February 2012)
Ludwig Joey Kramer Model
A deep, dark and refined brass snare.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Not for the faint of wallet, this is one mighty snare.

BUY Ludwig Joey Kramer Model currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig Joey Kramer Model

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 199)

BUY: Ludwig Joey Kramer Model currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR:Thomann

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