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

1st Nov 2012 | 12:25

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Drumcraft Series 8 Metal Snare Drums
Will these snares prove to be precious metals?

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 and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process, first reviewed in Rhythm issue 208. First up: Drumcraft Series 8 Metal Snare Drums.


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MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The aluminium and bronze drums are worth serious consideration for main snare status, but the steel models suffer in comparison."

FULL REVIEW: Drumcraft Series 8 Metal Snare Drums

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 208)

BUY: Drumcraft Series 8 Metal Snare Drums currently available from:
FR:Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Sonor Perfect Balance Pedal
Jojo Mayer turns his hand, or foot, to pedals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Perfect Balance is a pedal of rare beauty, though at a price. It's also perfectly named."

BUY Sonor Perfect Balance Pedal currently available from:
USA: American Musical

FULL REVIEW:Sonor Perfect Balance Pedal

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 208)

BUY: Sonor Perfect Balance Pedal currently available from:
FR:Woodbrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Ludwig Club Date Special Edition Kit
Ludwig bridges the retro gap

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Ludwig's Club Date is different from anything else on the market - a vintage design successfully updated, resulting in a surprisingly flexible alternative kit."

FULL REVIEW:Ludwig Club Date Special Edition Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 208)

BUY Ludwig Club Date Special Edition Kit currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Mapex Meridian Maple Jazz Kit
The affordable answer to jazz players' prayers

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Meridian Jazz's specification and attention to detail are highly impressive. Mapex has gone all-out with this superbly-appointed package and you'd never guess this was a budget kit."

FULL REVIEW:Mapex Meridian Maple Jazz Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 208)

BUY Mapex Meridian Maple Jazz Kit currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2012)
Meinl Byzance Rides And Crashes
A flagship Turkish-made, German-finished range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Although super-expensive, there are some superb cymbals in this motley collection, suited to jazz but also any music that requires a deft touch and show-stopping colour."

FULL REVIEW:Meinl Byzance Rides And Crashes

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 208)

BUY Meinl Byzance Rides And Crashes currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
FR: Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

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