Gear

Tama Superstar Kit Reviewed!

BY BRAD SCHLUETER When Tama changed the Starclassic Performer shell composition from 100 percent birch to a blend of birch and bubinga, many wondered if it wou... Read More

Vintage Stainless Steel Drum Kits: A Brief History

BY ROBERT HENRIT  The very first stainless steel drums came out around 1973, although companies had obviously been experimenting with them for some time prior to this. All-metal drum sets themselves were certainly not new, in fact America’s amazing ... Read More

Sabian HHX Cymbals Reviewed!

BY JOHN NYMAN Sabian’s new HHX cymbals are a fusion of old ideas pounded into a shape that projects in a new way. Sabian calls the resultant secret mojo of t... Read More
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Zildjian Z3 Cymbals Reviewed!

BY JOHN NYMAN Zildjian has cut a bold and wide swath with the new Zildjian Z3 series of cymbals. Made from the “secret Zildjian alloy,” this is a large collection of rock cymbals designed to be a niche offering that combines the feel of A Customs wit... Read More

SJC Custom Drums 5-Piece Kit Reviewed!

BY BRAD SCHLUETER If you haven’t heard of SJC Custom Drums, listen up. This small Massachusetts company has been making drums since 2000 and is creating some amazing-sounding drums with some absolutely sick finishes. Judging by its web site, most of... Read More