New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)

4th Jan 2013 | 10:30

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music double kick drum pedal
A set of incredibly affordable double kick pedals from web-based Gear4Music

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 210 or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The cost of these Gear4Music double kick drum pedals places them firmly in the entry level market, but their quality makes them a great purchase for any aspiring double pedaller who doesn't want to break the bank"

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music double kick drum pedal

BUY Gear4Music double kick drum pedal currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gretsch Brooklyn Kit
Gretsch pays tribute to a classic drum kit, adding some modern twists

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Built in the USA, Gretsch's new Brooklyn mixes the vintage and the new in a pleasing cocktail that offers a real alternative pro-line Gretsch at a more competitive price."

FULL REVIEW:Gretsch Brooklyn Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

BUY Gretsch Brooklyn Kit currently available from:
UK/EU: Thomann | Absolute Music

US: Full Compass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Gear4Music Cajon
Perhaps it's time to leave your full-sized drum kit at home and take a Gear4Music Cajon out on a gig

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Gear4Music cajon is a great way of trying out this incredibly versatile instrument. This model is impressive, especially considering the price and the included carry case too. A great deal."

FULL REVIEW:Gear4Music Cajon

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

BUY Gear4Music Cajon currently available from:
UK/EU: Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Dream Dark Matter Cymbals
Raw looking cymbals, forged in China

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"These are highly individual cymbals whose tonal colour and raw complexity could add an esoteric touch to many genres. Though not as keenly priced as other Dream ranges, they are still good value."

FULL REVIEW:Dream Dark Matter Cymbals

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Toca Traditional Series Congas And Bongos
Percussion has rarely looked this good. Do the sounds match?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Toca has done a particularly fine job with these 'new traditionals' and considering their impressive, quality construction and truly professional sound, they really do represent exceptional value for money."

FULL REVIEW:Toca Traditional Series Congas And Bongos

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
AD Drums Steel Snare
An all steel-snare drum that proves its metal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a great snare drum, demonstrating Carl's flair for design, eye for detail and standard of craftsmanship."

FULL REVIEW:AD Drums Steel Snare

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
AD Drums Cherry/Birch snare
A strikingly striped snare drum

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Demonstrating an imaginative use of materials and colours, this is an ideal snare for those looking for a subtle partner to brushes and light sticks."

FULL REVIEW:AD Drums Cherry/Birch snare

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Meinl Sand Cymbal Set
Modern cymbals with a vintage finish

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Benny Greb and Meinl have created a range of highly musical cymbals that complement each other as a set. Their vintage charms will be lost on hard hitters, while their labour-intensive production makes them reassuringly expensive."

FULL REVIEW:Meinl Sand Cymbal Set

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

BUY Meinl Sand Cymbal set currently available from:
UK/EU: Thomann

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
AD Drums Maple/Acrylic hybrid snare
Plastic and wood? It's all good with this snare

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A unique combination of materials and tones that shows off AD Drums craftsmanship and design flair."

FULL REVIEW:AD Drums Maple/Acrylic hybrid snare

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Percussion Plus Sonix 922 Jazz Kit
A wallet-friendly four-piece drum kit aimed at intermediates

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Though the heads are mediocre, the Sonix 922 Jazz Kit does sound good, but change to perimeter dampening type heads on the bass drum and some coated heads on the toms and this could actually be tempting as a second kit for those smaller gigs."

FULL REVIEW:Percussion Plus Sonix 922 Jazz Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 210)

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