Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums

23rd Mar 2012 | 17:34

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012

We've spent the last few days covering the miles at Frankfurt's Musikmesse show. Head inside to take a look at what we saw. Here's a clue, we saw a shed-load of drums and (as you can see above) a fair old whack of cymbals.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Pearl

One of the first sights to greet us in the drum hall was this mighty set-up - Dream Theater Mike Mangini's stunning Pearl Reference Pure kit. Not bad, huh?

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Pearl

While we were at the Pearl booth we took a look at their Eliminator Demon Chain pedal, as well.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Pearl

According to Pearl, the pedal is packed with the features that made their Demon Drive line such a hit, but with the added strength of a chain.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Gretsch

We first ran into Gretsch's Brooklyn kits at NAMM earlier this year, and we were eager to have another nose around them at Frankfurt. Here's a gorgeous Red Oyster model.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Gretsch

The Renown '57 line is another stunning piece of work from Gretsch.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Core

Core, we like the look of this (see what we did there?) Korea's Core drums had this LED-lit kit on show, and as you can see it clocks in at just shy of 10,000 euros.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Roto Drum

And here's another relatively low-profile company doing something a little bit different. Roto Drum build their kits with this stonking great gap in the shells. Why? Well, they say it adds all kinds of tonal and tuning possibilities. Not only that, but their kits can also be packed down to take up less room when carting them around, can be muted for practice and allow easy miking by shoving a mic in the shell gap.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Roto Drum
Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
ddrum

It's not just Roto Drum that we found offering shells that you can lose your sticks in, as this ddrum Dios kit proves.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Meinl

It wasn't all drums, y'know. There were also plenty of cymbals, including the latest lot from Meinl. These Serpent hats in particular stood out.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Meinl

That Serpent does look pretty cool, right?

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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LB Drums

Of course, heading to mainland Europe means you also get to experience the work of some Continental drum builders who may not be widely available in the UK. Here we present Swiss company LB Drums. Ran by two brothers (from taking calls to finishing shells, they do it all) the company offers a treasure trove of custom options for the kit of your dreams.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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LB Drums

Like any custom drum builder worth their salt they also do snares, just check this little lot.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Ludwig

Taking centre stage at Ludwig's stand was the brand new Club Date kit.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Ludwig
Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Ludwig

Plus, Ludwig announced their two new Acrolite snares - one of which you can gawp at above.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
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Drumcraft (with Brian Frasier Moore looking on)

And finally, we have Drumcraft. These guys have been doing some sterling work on the Continent for the last few years and are all set to move into the UK right about now.

Musikmesse 2012: Drums, drums and more drums
In Pictures: Musikmesse 2012
Drumcraft

Phew, we need a lie down after all that. If you're still hungry for more from Musikmesse head to our main page and www.Musicradar.com.

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