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

3rd Jun 2013 | 07:30

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit
Minimal, high quality drum mic set

Every month Rhythm - the UK's best-selling drum magazine - publishes the finest independent drum gear reviews.

Here we've brought together all of the latest cymbals, kits, electronic drums, percussion and other drum-related gear to have passed through the magazines' pages in the last month.

All the equipment on show here was originally reviewed in Rhythm magazine issue 216, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This kit makes a great introduction to quality drum microphones."

FULL REVIEW: MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 215)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Premier One Series Snares
UK built, hand-made, one-offs

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"After a five-year hiatus Premier is back manufacturing on UK soil. Showcasing British craftsmanship of the highest order, the One snares encompass a virtually unlimited range of exotic woods."

FULL REVIEW: Premier One Series Snares review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 215)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Truth Custom Drum Kit
A wallet-wounding custom kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a typical American custom kit, powerful sounding and comprising carefully worked Keller shells with generic hardware. Truth undertakes to build any sizes and finish you can dream up."

FULL REVIEW: Truth Custom Drum Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Bullet & Kitch/Natal Double Kick
Double-team double pedal

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Having experimented with the various settings during the review, the pedals remain set pretty much as they arrived - they feel amazingly natural underfoot and perform beautifully with little compromise on the dilemma of power versus speed."

FULL REVIEW: Bullet & Kitch/Natal Double Kick review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gear4Music WHD 14"x6.5" Steel Snare And Gigbag
Plenty of bang for your buck with this entry-level snare

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This might not be the most subtle of snares, but for less than £100 – including a gigbag! – it's a great little drum and is certainly worth checking out."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music WHD 14"x6.5" Steel Snare review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

BUY: Gear4Music WHD 14"x6.5" Steel Snare currently available from:
UK/Europe:Gear4Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Cymbal Doctor Home Pro Cymbal Cleaning Kit
Bring back the shine

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Used judiciously, Cymbal Doctor is way more effective than anything else we have encountered."

FULL REVIEW: Cymbal Doctor Home Pro Cymbal Cleaning Kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Meinl Marathon Series Timbales
Percussion that will take a beating

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Unleash your inner Latin with these powerful steel shell timbales."

FULL REVIEW: Meinl Marathon Series Timbales review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

BUY: Meinl Marathon Series Timbales currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
J. Leiva Percussion Zoco Cajon
High performance, low price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Leiva's Zoco is a high-quality, versatile addition to the cajon market, sounding impressive in all musical styles and represents unprecedented value for money."

FULL REVIEW: J. Leiva Percussion Zoco Cajon review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Meinl RAPC Series Bongos
Poplar-ply percussion

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Unleash your inner Latin with these powerful steel shell timbales and innovative plywood shell bongos. Marathon timbales and RAPC bongos are reasonably mid-priced with a good choice of attractive finishes."

FULL REVIEW: Meinl RAPC Series Bongos review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 216)

BUY: Meinl RAPC Series Bongos currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

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