New drum gear of the month: review round-up

3rd Sep 2010 | 08:51

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Drum gear of the month: Aug-Sept 2010

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 cymbals, kits, heads, drum mics and an even an orthopaedic back brace from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 180 and published on MusicRadar throughout August and September.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Yamaha’s Rock Tour Kit...

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Yamaha Rock Tour Drum Kit (from £167)
The Rock Tour Series hits the road in the UK

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As the name implies, these drums feel strong enough to cope with the rigours of being thrashed each night on tour. Rock on…"

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha Rock Tour drum kit

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 180)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Sabian Xs20 Brilliant Finish Cymbals (£486 for 3-piece set)
Sabian's budget-conscious B20 cymbals recieve a brilliant update

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Those stepping up from beginner's cymbals will find the Xs20s noticeably nicer on the ear. For that extra timbral character though, you have to take the next step into the realms of really expensive cymbals. But for now these will do very well.”

FULL REVIEW: Sabian Xs20 Brilliant Finish Cymbals

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 180)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Cymbals (from £400)
Istanbul Agop celebrates 30 years in vintage style

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"While those of a rocky disposition will probably walk on, anyone remotely jazz-inclined would be forgiven for thinking that it's their birthday too."

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FULL REVIEW:Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Cymbals

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 180)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Remo Ambassador-X Heads (from £13.50)
The Ambassador puts on weight for today's hard hitters

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Just like the standard Ambassador, this is a supremely versatile head which will find favour with all types of drummer playing every style of music.”

FULL REVIEW:Remo Ambassador-X Heads

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 180)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
MXL Drum Microphones (£109)
MXL claims these mics deliver studio quality in a live environment. So how do they stack up?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Mics are equally critical to your overall sound and deserve the same deliberation and appreciation as the gear itself, with that in mind these are well worth a look."

FULL REVIEW: MXL Drum Microphones

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 180)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Perfect Posture Back Brace (£40)
Can an orthopaedic support help your drumming?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you suffer from back pain while playing then this could be a real help. But proper advice and practice will always be the best way to improve your playing position."

FULL REVIEW:Perfect Posture Back Brace

(Reviewed by Jake Stacey - Rhythm Magazine issue 180)

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