Reviewed: Sonor SQ1 Drum Kit
Sonor drums have gone to a lot of trouble to work out what they wanted with their new SQ1 kit. In consultation with some of their biggest endorsees such as Chris Coleman combined with blindfold sound tests, the designers made the conscious decision to make a new line of drums featuring an all European Birch shell. Sonor don’t currently have a birch option in their line up, so the SQ1 offers a unique alternative to the ever-popular maple. Enter the new ‘Made in Germany’ SQ1.
REVIEWED: DIXON GREGG BISSONETTE BRASS SNARE DRUM
Dixon have certainly come a long way with their premium and signature series drum kits in recent years. Most noteworthy of them all would have to be the range of Gregg Bissonette signature drums that include a couple of kits and two different snares. This month I got to unbox Dixon’s 14” by 6.5” signature brass snare drum. This is one of the two Gregg Bissonette signature snares available now from Dixon, the other being a steel shell of the same size, but after hearing this one, I am pretty certain I got to play the better of the two.
REVIEWED: SAKAE ALMIGHTY MAPLE DRUM KIT
By now, everyone will probably know the Sakae story. The drum makers from Osaka, Japan are famous for being the backbone behind Yamaha shells for over 50 years and in the last few years have moved out on their own. These new kits under the name Sakae have a familiar sound and vibe. I wonder why?
REVIEWED: REMO CROWN PERCUSSION
Remo is well known as a great manufacturer of drumheads for so many drummers and percussionists worldwide but they’ve also often delved into producing other types of products, and now have decided to throw some super affordable and handy percussion instruments into the mix of offerings. There’s a stack of instruments and effects to choose from so we’re going to hone in on a few of the real highlights.
REVIEWED: PEARL DECADE MAPLE DRUM KIT
Every time I try a new product from Pearl, it’s usually a step forward, so when I had the chance to have a crack at the new Decade Maple (DMP), my expectations were high. It replaces the outgoing Vision model but it offers so much in its place and for a price point that is really hard to beat.
REVIEWED: PEARL MASTERS MAPLE COMPLETE SERIES MCT DRUM KIT
Sitting under their flagships of Masterworks and Reference, and aimed at drummers who don’t need umpteenth options and full customisation, Pearl has streamlined things with the Masters Complete Series with just two variants to keep things simple – MCT and MRV. I got a chance to have a look at the MCT and it’s something of a gem in a world of so many choices.
Mapex Saturn V MH Standard Series 5-Piece Shell Pack
Mapex has been producing great quality drum kits, hardware, and snare drums for over 27 years. Their brand is innovative and has captured the attention of drummers from all over the world. Synonymous with great looking, full sounding and reliable drum kits, Mapex are famous for the Mars, Meridian and Black Panther series of drums. Perhaps the starship of the Mapex line, the Saturn series is famous for great finishes, solid attack and great value for money. The release of the new and improved Mapex Saturn V has seen the legacy continued and improved upon. The new line of Saturns have a new tom mount isolation system and Soniclear bearing edge along with several new finishes. This new bearing edge allows the drumhead to sit at and optimises the relationship between head and shell, which leads to greater response.
Yamaha Recording Custom
Yamaha Drums have been a staple for so many drummers since the 60s, producing models that have defined a sound for many of the masters we know and love. Perhaps the most famous of all the lines is the Recording Custom. It’s back.