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

2nd Mar 2012 | 15:52

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Drum gear of the month: March 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 issue 200 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: a new starter set from Ludwig.

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Ludwig Accent 100 Power Kit
Ludwig updates its Accent starter kit with accompanying hardware and cymbal package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Decent shells and hardware make this a solid starter package.

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig Accent 100 Power Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Duende Pro Cajon
A real attention-grabber…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A superb value cajon in a market awash with mid-price and mouth-watering high end 'boutique' instruments.

FULL REVIEW: Duende Pro Cajon

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

BUY: Duende Pro Cajon currently available from:
FR: Star's Music | Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Istanbul Agop Art20 Cymbal Set
Istanbul enters the upper budget market with a fine new set of traditionally cast B20 cymbals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Istanbul's first stab at the budget B20 market offers quality and refinement.

FULL REVIEW: Istanbul Agop Art20 Cymbal Set

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Ahead Armor stick and cymbal bags
Being a softy doesn't necessarily mean you are less protected

MusicRadar’s verdict:

These bags may be soft, but they are plenty strong enough to offer protection to a considerable number of sticks and cymbals, even when handled by clumsy, disrespectful roadies.

FULL REVIEW: Ahead Armor stick and cymbal bags

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Duende Elite Cajon
Another mouthwatering creation from Duende

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A great value instrument that usefully fills a gap in the market.

FULL REVIEW: Duende Elite Cajon

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

BUY: Duende Elite Cajon currently available from:
FR: Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Natal Walnut Kit
Natal's award-winning range of kits is now joined by a tasty, walnut-shelled model

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Natal's already glowing reputation is guaranteed to be cemented with this well-appointed, excellent value kit. Expect more from this British brand!

FULL REVIEW: Natal Walnut Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (March 2012)
Protection Racket drum cases
A new line of intermediate cases with additional colour options

MusicRadar’s verdict:

We're confident of the ability of these cases to protect your kit.

FULL REVIEW: Protection Racket drum cases

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 200)

BUY: Protection Racket drum cases currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music Co. | Gear4Music
FR:Woodbrass

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