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Bris­tol Drum Co. snare drums £475 www.bris­

■ Bri­tish drum­mers are in­cred­i­bly lucky to have a range of cus­tom drum builders on th­ese shores. When the time comes to add to your col­lec­tion, we’d rec­om­mend sticking Bris­tol Drum Co. on your wish­list. South West crafts­man Michael Turner spe­cialises in in­di­vid­u­ally hand­made solid wood seg­mented shells. Michael can build you a snare us­ing clas­sic ma­te­ri­als like maple and birch, or cus­tomers look­ing for some­thing more unique can opt for ex­otic woods such as Pur­ple­heart andIroko.The ex­am­ple pic­tured here is a 14"x6" Iroko/Wenge/Teak snare with a 5/16" shell. Michael only uses premium hard­ware, and this drum fea­tures a Nick­el­works throw-off, chrome tube lugs, and 20-strand snare wire. Re­view coming soon.

Yamaha Tour Cus­tom Se­ries £TBC

■ Yamaha de­scribes their new Tour Cus­tom kits as “de­signed for to­day’s ac­tively work­ing drum­mer look­ing for a ver­sa­tile kit suit­able for both record­ing and play­ing live” – the spec cer­tainly sup­ports that state­ment. Tour Cus­tom shells are 6-ply, 100 per­cent maple and con­structed us­ing Yamaha’s fa­mous stag­gered di­ag­o­nal seam method. A re­duced in­ner ply thick­ness of 0.8mm brings the to­tal shell thick­ness to 5.6mm; Yamaha’s thinnest-ever maple drum kit shell.On the hard­ware front, you’ll find 2.3mm vin­tage in­verted Dyna-Hoops to help fo­cus the sound and re­tain tun­ing, and one-point lugs to en­hance the shell’s sus­tain.The kit comes in five de­li­cious new Satin ‘Candy’ fin­ishes: But­ter­scotch, Caramel, Candy Ap­ple Red, Black Liquorice and Choco­late. Kits will hit Europe in Oc­to­ber.

Dixon Pre­ci­sion Coil pedals £183.60 (sin­gle), £388 (dou­ble)­

■ Dixon’s in­no­va­tive Pre­ci­sion Coil pedals fea­ture a coil spring en­closed within a cham­ber that’s con­nected di­rectly to the axle/cam as­sem­bly. Fewer mov­ing parts means a more ef­fi­cient trans­fer of en­ergy from board to beater and a smooth, nat­u­ral play­ing mo­tion.If you like pedals with truck­loads of cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions then you’re in luck – there’s plenty to tweak on the Pre­ci­sion Coils; in­de­pen­dent foot­board height and beater ad­just­ment and an easy spring ad­just­ment with lock­out are just a few ways to tai­lor the pedal to your play­ing style. Look out for a re­view of the sin­gle and dou­ble mod­els in a fu­ture is­sue of Rhythm.

Lud­wig Heir­loom snare drums £555 (14"x5½ "), £594 (14"x7") www.lud­

■ To cel­e­brate over 100 years of top-flight snare drum crafts­man­ship, Lud­wig has pro­duced a se­ries of ex­tra-spe­cial stain­less steel snares as part of theirAmer­i­canSeries.The stylish drums – avail­able in 14"x5½" and 14"x7" – come com­plete with a cus­tom laser-etched Heir­loom Band, an ap­proach never be­fore seen on Lud­wig snares.At the heart of the range is a 1mm flat brushed stain­less shell which guar­an­tees plenty of bite and at­tack at high vol­ume. Other fea­tures in­clude triple-flanged hoops and Lud­wig’s iconic flat Im­pe­rial lugs. For fur­ther info con­tact Ac­tive Mu­sic on 020 8693 5678/info@ac­tive­mu­

Natal acrylic snare drums £229­tal­

■ Natal has been a part of Bri­tish rock and roll since the ’60s and ‘70s, when bands in­clud­ing Led Zep­pelin, Deep Pur­ple and the Stones were us­ing their fi­bre­glass con­gas.It’s fit­ting, then, that Natal is res­ur­rect­ing an­other sta­ple of clas­sic rock – the acrylic drum shell. It all started last year with the acrylic Ar­ca­dia kit. Natal has since an­nounced a stand­alone range of acrylic snares in three colours – clear, or­ange and red – and in 14"x6½" and 14"x8" sizes.The drums fea­ture 6mm seam­less shells with 45-de­gree bear­ing edges. Lugs are a lower mass ver­sion of Natal’s fa­mil­iar sun logo lugs, and the drums are topped with 2mm triple flanged hoops.

Pro­mark FireGrain sticks £17.49­

■ To pro­duce their new FireGrain model sticks, Pro­mark takes nat­u­ral hick­ory and hard­ens it us­ing an open flame. While keep­ing the orig­i­nal weight, bal­ance and feel that Pro­mark has be­come known for, this fiery process not only gives the sticks a rad­i­cal look, it makes them harder and more durable too.In fact, Pro­mark claims them to be “the most durable hick­ory drum­stick ever”. With so many stick com­pa­nies claim­ing ex­treme dura­bil­ity, this is high praise in­deed, but we reckon they might be onto some­thing here. FireGrain sticks are avail­able in Clas­sic 7A, 5A, 5B, 2B, Re­bound 5A and 5B and For­ward 5A and 5B mod­els.

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