When putting together its first pre-pack, the Noa, Soultone wanted to keep the price down without sacrificing quality. To do that, the company decided to use the same B20 bronze alloy from its high-end series, but with the options limited to a simple, compact three-piece package comprising 13″ hi-hats, a 16″ crash, and a 19″ ride. The pack also comes with a Soultone-branded gig bag….
Vater is good about balancing its catalog with highly practical products and innovative designs and accessories. This year the company introduced unfinished versions of two of its most popular “rock” models, the 1A and 3A, and added custom designs for Primus’s Tim Alexander and 311’s Chad Sexton. Also new are two sizes of clear muffling gels, the Buzz Kill and Buzz Kill Dry, and a couple of inventive StickMates, which allow you to add shaker or tambourine textures to your grooves via a slim, lightweight plastic grip attachment. It’s all very cool stuff, so let’s take a look….
This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the November 2015 issue, which is available here. Product Close-Up Gaai Sun & Stars Collection Snare Drums One-of-a-kind hand-cut finishes and classic maple tones…with a twist. Gaai Drums is…
While American companies like Ludwig, Slingerland, and Gretsch established their now-classic drum sounds in the late ’60s with all-wood makeups (3-ply maple/poplar or mahogany/poplar for Ludwig and Slingerland, 6-ply maple/gum for Gretsch), something a bit more adventurous was taking place across the Pacific Ocean at the Pearl factory….
Click to check out a video demo of the DTS 6.5×14 Oscar Seaton hybrid-shell snare.
Click to check out a demo video of the V-Classic cymbals reviewed in the October 2015 issue.
Click to check out a video demo of the Angel Black Wenge drumset that’s reviewed in the October 2015 issue.
Click to read our review of the Ultimate Ears Pro UE-11 in-ear monitors.
Click to check out a video demo of Craviotto’s new Johnny C. series solid-maple snares, which are reviewed in the September 2015 issue.
Click to check out a video demo of Paiste’s new PSTX series effects cymbals.