KEO PERCUSSION NICKO MCBRAIN PRACTICE PAD
£39.99 Keo Percussion’s signature pad will have you practising like a trooper...
Officially launched at the summer NAM show in 2018, Keo Percussion is the latest brainchild of Keith Keough, the British Drum Co’s renowned woodsmith.
Keo offers a mouthwatering range of UK manufactured percussion instruments and accessories. Our first taste of the new wares arrives in the form of a very special practice pad.
Designed in conjunction with legendary Iron Maiden sticksman Nicko McBrain, the 10" pad features a 5mm thick red natural gum playing surface with a black engineered HDF baseplate. Unlike other practice pads the Boomer includes a large border with a raised rim, designed for rimshot and cross-stick practice. Small circular cutouts around the outer rim emulate the tuning rods of a 10-lug snare giving it a fun, authentic aesthetic.
The pad border is emblazoned with the words Nicko ‘Boomer’ McBrain written in the unmistakable Iron Maiden font, plus a Keo logo on the opposite side. The underside of the pad features a 5mm non-slip foam baseplate for table-top practice and an engraved naturalwood Signature Series nameplate.
The rubber playing surface possesses plenty of rebound and responds naturally as we put it through its paces. Placed on top of a snare drum the pad feels secure and doesn’t bounce around as some smaller pads do, this is likely due to the extra weight of the base. The non-slip foam on the underside keeps it firmly planted on any flat surface. The pad also works well in a snare stand but has no mounting thread for attaching to a cymbal stand.
The rim is an interesting addition that we haven’t seen on a practice pad before. In theory this is a good idea for developing technique and exploring dynamic options, but in reality the solid wood creates a considerable noise, which is disproportionate to the quieter rubber surface. Cross-stick also feels a little unnatural due to the small dimensions of the pad.
The Boomer certainly serves its purpose as a portable practice tool; it’s the perfect size for stashing in the bag with a pair of sticks if you find the time to grab a few minutes practice on the hoof.
Run For The Fills The raised rim allows for practising rimshot and cross-stick techniques The Sticker Man The pad base features 5mm non-slip foam for secure positioning on any flat surface Be Quick Or Be Red The 7" playing surface made of 5mm deep red gum rubber