New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)

5th Oct 2011 | 12:00

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Drum gear of the month: October 2011

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, snares, electronic drums and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process, plus a couple from Future Music too. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 195 and Future Music issue 244 and published on MusicRadar throughout September.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Gretsch USA's new, accessible drum setup.

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Gretsch USA Standard Kit
Gretsch's US drums are now within reach

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Gretsch drums are renowned for their unique sound and charismatic design, and the USA Standard range makes them more accessible without demystifying the brand.

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch USA Standard Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 195)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Korg Wavedrum Mini
A smaller, more portable follow-up to the success of last year's model

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Slimming down the feature set loses a large part of the Wavedrum's appeal.

FULL REVIEW: Korg Wavedrum Mini

BUY: Korg Wavedrum Mini currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | GG-Digital | WoodBrass

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 244)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Jalapeno V-L Series Kit
The Brit custom drum makers' most ambitious kit to date

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Pricewise it's up there with some of the most prestigious brands, but it competes well in quality and sound terms. Considering the hours spent creating the kit, it's a steal.

FULL REVIEW: Jalapeno V-L Series Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 195)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Tama Camco Anniversary Pedal
Resurrected by popular demand, Tama's Camco pedal is as agile as ever

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The stripped-down design of the Camco pedal is elegant simplicity personified - what it lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in panache.

FULL REVIEW: Tama Camco Anniversary Pedal

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 195)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Alesis Performance Pad Pro
We give this latest percussion pad a thorough beating

MusicRadar’s verdict:

It sounds okay and the drum machine is a bonus, but it's too basic to wear the 'pro' badge.

BUY: Alesis Performance Pad Pro currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | GG-Digital | WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: Alesis Performance Pad Pro

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 244)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Tiki Snare Drums
Tiki drums go back to the future, mixing classic style with modern quality

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Both snares are a joy to play - well built and versatile. Considering the standard of construction and quality of components, they're great value too.

FULL REVIEW: Tiki Snare Drums

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 195)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (October 2011)
Mapex Meridian Retro Fusion Kit
A new five-piece retro kit from the intermediate Meridian line

MusicRadar’s verdict:

This kit will appeal to jazz or funk drummers, or indeed any drummer who needs to squeeze into a small area without compromising the sound of their drums.

BUY: Mapex Meridian Retro Fusion Kit currently available fromWoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Meridian Retro Fusion Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 195)

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