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Bristol Drum Co. snare drums £475 www.bristol-drum-co.uk
■ 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 uk.yamaha.com
■ 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) www.playdixon.com
■ 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.ludwig-drums.com
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natal acrylic snare drums £229 www.nataldrums.com
■ 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 www.promark.com
■ 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.