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

1st May 2013 | 11:30

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Stagg SH Series Cymbals
Hand-hammered cymbals at face-smacking prices

Every month MusicRadar's sister magazine Rhythm publishes the best independent drum gear reviews.

This gallery features reviews of the latest cymbals, kits, electronic drums, percussion and other drum-related gear to have passed through the magazines' pages.

All the equipment on show here was originally reviewed in Rhythm magazine issue 214/215.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The SH may be Stagg's cheapest series, but for such budget cymbals they are unusually refined in tone. B20 bronze, hand-hammered cymbals at knock-down prices."

FULL REVIEW: Stagg SH Series Cymbals review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

BUY: Stagg SH Series Cymbals currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Absolute Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Pearl Percussion Cube Cajon
Being square suddenly seems cool

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Pearl has done another sterling job of providing a significant and thought-provoking additions to what you may have thought possible with a cajon."

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Percussion Cube Cajon review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 214)

BUY: Pearl Percussion Cube Cajon currently available from:
USA:American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Tama Star Maple kit
Tama's new flagship drum kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Drum kits just go on getting better and Tama's new Star series, substantially changed from the already excellent Starclassic, is another step towards Drum Heaven... at an eye-watering price."

FULL REVIEW: Tama Star Maple kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 215)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Ludwig Acrolite Classic Snare Drum
Limited edition brushed aluminium snare

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The lightweight seamless aluminium shell is the ace in the hole of the distinctive bright tone of the Acrolite. A go-to, all-round drum - hard to fault. Whichever finish you choose the Acrolite is a classic."

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig Acrolite Classic Snare Drum review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 215)

BUY: Ludwig Acrolite Classic Snare Drum currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann | Absolute Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Sabian Cymbal Vote 2013 Winners Series
As chosen by the public

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Cymbal Vote is all about showcasing Sabian's imaginative designs and innovative manufacturing and these winning entries certainly reflect these qualities. The four models possess different characteristics, but they are all strong performers."

FULL REVIEW: Sabian Cymbal Vote 2013 Winners Series review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 215)

BUY: Sabian Cymbal Vote 2013 Winners Series currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (May 2013)
Tama Star Bubinga kit
A dark, punchy pro-level drum kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Two grand for a bass drum is scary. But Tama has gone to great lengths to achieve its goal of maximum shell resonance and woody tone via a series of ingenious solutions which call on the old and the new."

FULL REVIEW: Tama Star Bubinga kit review

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 215)

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