FIRST LOOK

We get our hands on the hottest new drum gear Na­tal Café Racer £889 | www.na­tal­drums.com

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

At first glance the most strik­ing thing about Na­tal’s new Café Racer kits are the classy, retro colours. Each high-qual­ity lac­quer fin­ish mar­ries the classic look of speed­ster cars and vin­tage drums, re­sult­ing in time-hon­oured style that will turn heads. The pic­tured fin­ish is Seafoam Green lac­quer, com­plete with com­ple­men­tary Ivory bass drum hoops and chrome-plated hard­ware. Other fan­tas­ti­cally ’50s-style colours in­clude Bri­tish Racing Green Sparkle and Oxblood Suede.

Each Café Racer con­fig­u­ra­tion con­sists of 6-ply, 6.9mm Amer­i­can Tulip­wood shells, a wood char­ac­terised by its maple-style warmth and pro­jec­tion, but with a touch more dry­ness – per­fect for the stage or stu­dio. Shells fea­ture slightly rounded, hand fin­ished 45° bear­ing edges, plus Tru-Tune ten­sion rods, high mass chrome-plated zinc sun lugs, NRM alu­minium ball tom mount­ing sys­tem and sturdy tele­scopic bass drum spurs – the same hard­ware also found on Na­tal’s top-end Orig­i­nals series kits.

The pic­tured kit con­sists of 10"x8" and 12"x9" mounted toms, 16"x16" floor toms and a 22"x18" bass drum, all for un­der £900 – that’s a lot of kit for your money. If you pre­fer smaller sizes, Na­tal also makes a 12"x8", 14"x14", 18"x14" con­fig­u­ra­tion.

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