The best drum hardware in the world today

1st Aug 2014 | 06:47

The best drum hardware in the world today
The best drum hardware in the world today
Sets, hi-hat stands, bass drum pedals - budget to pro

This is a constantly updated gallery of the best drum hardware on the planet - from budget packs for beginners, heavy-duty bass drum pedals for demanding professionals, and lightweight but roadworthy stands for the gigging intermediate, there’s hardware here to suit every kind of drummer.

All the hardware here is hand-picked from the buyers’ guide pages of Rhythm magazine following a gruelling test process. So, have a browse and be sure to click through to read the full review for an in-depth look at each piece of kit.

The best drum hardware in the world today
Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series pedals
From £96

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Tama's Iron Cobra pedals have earned a world class reputation over the past two decades. This new series bring many of the pedal's qualities and mystique within the reach of more players."

FULL REVIEW: Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series pedals

BUY: Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series pedals currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Woodbrass

The best drum hardware in the world today
Gear4Music double kick drum pedal
£99.99

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The cost of these Gear4Music double kick drum pedals places them firmly in the entry level market, but their quality makes them a great purchase for any aspiring double pedaller who doesn't want to break the bank."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music double kick drum pedal


BUY: Gear4Music double kick drum pedal currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music

The best drum hardware in the world today
Tama Camco Anniversary pedal
£110

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

The best drum hardware in the world today
DW 9000 Series hardware
From £130

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The flagship hardware package from DW is a modular system that allows multiple booms and clamps to be mounted in seemingly limitless combinations. Individual stands are suitably hefty and bristle with innovative designs such as the TechLock and Toothless Tilter. The entire range of stands is also available, outrageously, in ostentatious 24-carat gold.

The best drum hardware in the world today
Gibraltar Stealth Rack hardware
From £132

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Cleverly devised alternative to conventional rack systems that splits the rack into two independent side units, leaving the kit to shine, centre-stage. The Stealth Rack is also versatile as Gibraltar’s modular clamps accept virtually every diameter of stand tubing, allowing you to incorporate the top parts of your existing cymbal stands into the set-up.

FULL REVIEW: Gibraltar Stealth Rack

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Ludwig Atlas Pro hardware
From £142

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Some of the best hardware we've ever seen. The Pillar Clutch snare stand and hi-hat are innovative, the rest ingenious and functional. If it's good enough for Vinnie Colaiuta..."

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig Atlas Pro hardware

The best drum hardware in the world today
Tama Speed Cobra pedal
£158

MusicRadar’s verdict:

If you're looking to upgrade from a mid-level unit, or for metalheads desperate for the last word in kick drum velocity, as of now your 'to check out' list isn't complete without the Speed Cobra.

FULL REVIEW: Tama Speed Cobra

The best drum hardware in the world today
DW 5500TD Turbo Delta hi-hat stands
£160

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The 5500TD is DW’s most popular hi-hat stand, with twin legs that can be swivelled to accommodate double pedals. Its footplate ball bearing hinge and cleverly devised pull rod bearing link connector ensure reduced friction and a positive action. Other features include integrated memory locks and a folding spring-release footboard for compact transportation.

The best drum hardware in the world today
Gibraltar G-Class Pedal
£199

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Gibraltar's G-Class pedal is an ambitious addition to the market. Its strong visual aesthetics are complemented by straightforward operation and a cracking performance."

FULL REVIEW: Gibraltar G-Class pedal


BUY: Gibraltar G-Class pedal currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

The best drum hardware in the world today
DW Airlift Stands
From £204

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Like all the best ideas, Airlift stands are ingeniously simple yet brilliantly effective."

FULL REVIEW: DW Airlift Stands

The best drum hardware in the world today
DW 5000 Series Delta III Accelerator bass drum pedal
£209

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The 5000's subtle design improvements make a surprising difference to the pedal motion, giving it improved speed and feel."

FULL REVIEW: DW 5000 Series Delta III Accelerator bass drum pedal


BUY: DW 5000 Series Delta III Accelerator bass drum pedal currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

The best drum hardware in the world today
Mapex Falcon pedals
From £245

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The direct drive option makes what is already a great pedal even more desirable."

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Falcon pedals

The best drum hardware in the world today
Sonor Perfect Balance pedal
£253

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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

FULL REVIEW: Sonor Perfect Balance pedal

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Pearl Eliminator Demon Chain Drive pedal
£305

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The speed at which these pedals interpret each step is incredibly smooth, fast and accurate. Although we had previously played with the direct-link Demon a year or so ago, to us, the 'chain' seems to give a slightly more organic feel - a little less like attempting to connect to a machine. Impressive!"

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Eliminator Demon Chain Drive pedal


BUY: Pearl Eliminator Demon Chain Drive pedal currently available from:
FR: Woodbrass

The best drum hardware in the world today
DW 9000 Series bass drum pedals
From £324

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Range-topping DW pedal that pretty much sets the standard. Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminium, the 9000 pedals feature DW’s patented free-floating rotor-drive, rotating swivel spring and adjustable cam, all of which are carefully Aligned for as smooth an action as possible. The single post design of the double pedal’s second pedal is also brilliant.

The best drum hardware in the world today
Highwood Malleus Double Kick pedal
£500

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It was HighWood's criteria to create a no-compromise, yet cost-effective bass drum pedal. The result is a quality product, representing Brit engineering at its very best - mission accomplished."

FULL REVIEW: Highwood Malleus Double Kick pedal

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Bullet & Kitch/Natal Double Kick pedal
£599

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Having experimented with the various settings during the review, the pedals remain set pretty much as they arrived - they feel amazingly natural underfoot and perform beautifully with little compromise on the dilemma of power versus speed."

FULL REVIEW: Bullet & Kitch/Natal Double Kick pedal

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