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VIDEO DEMO! Paiste Masters Dark Crashes and Hi-Hats

This excerpt is taken from the complete review that appears in the June 2015 issue, which can be purchased here. Product Close-Up Paiste Masters Dark Crashes and Hi-Hats Rich, warm, mix-ready tones from Switzerland’s ultra-consistent cymbalsmiths. The Masters series started in…

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Apr 30, 2015

Sabian’s Big and Ugly Cymbals at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Mark Love, product specialist at Sabian, demonstrates the new Big and Ugly series of cymbals including the AA Apollo, HH Nova, HH King, HHX Phoenix, HH Pandora, and XS20 Monarch. The NAMM Show 2015,…

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Jan 28, 2015

What You Need to Know About...Drum Mics

This article originally ran in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Drum Business. by Billy Brennan By its very nature, the drumset can be the hardest instrument to mike. Guitarists, for example, have it easy: They have only themselves, their axe,…

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Jan 14, 2015

What You Need to Know About...Cymbal Stands

This article originally ran in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Drum Business.   by Ben Meyer All drummers require hardware of some kind. Knowing what kinds of packages are available from your favorite brands, as well as becoming familiar with individual…

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Dec 22, 2014

Alesis Pro X Hi-Hat Provides More Realistic Playability

Alesis recently released the Pro X hi­hat, a patented dual­cymbal hi­hat controller with true open, half-open, closed, “chick,” and splash triggering capability. Designed to offer authentic hi-hat playability and unprecedented trigger response with Alesis’s DM10, DM8, and DM Dock, Pro…

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Sep 5, 2014

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Bosphorus Lyric Series Cymbals (From the September 2014 Issue)

by Dylan Wissing The new Lyric series from the Turkish company Bosphorus was designed in close collaboration with modern jazz heavyweight Ari Hoenig. For those not yet introduced, Hoenig has a fiercely individual approach to jazz drumming, which is borne…

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Aug 13, 2014

Product Close-Up: Zildjian A Series Cymbals (From the February 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson When classic rock emerged in the 1960s, Zildjian’s American-made A series cymbals were right there with it, gracing now-classic recordings by Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cream, and countless others with their sweet, bright tones.…

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Jan 2, 2014

Product Close-Up: TRX CRX Series Cymbals (From the January 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson The California-based TRX offers a full range of Turkish-made cymbals for the contemporary drummer. Earlier this year, the company launched a new collection of lower-cost B20 cymbals, which are made in China. This line, called CRX, comprises…

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Dec 3, 2013

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Gibraltar Lightning Rod Telescoping Single-Braced Hi-Hat Stand (November 2013 Issue)

by Miguel Monroy It’s the little things in life that make all the difference, and Gibraltar has made every effort to provide hardware that offers as much flexibility as possible. One of the latest additions to the company’s lineup is…

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Sep 26, 2013

Product Close-Up: Turkish Rhythm and Soul Series Cymbals

October 2013 Product Close-Up Turkish Rhythm and Soul Series Cymbals by Kyle Andrews Turkish is a company based in Istanbul that makes all of its cymbals from scratch. It begins with a proprietary bronze formula and casts each cymbal blank…

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Aug 29, 2013

Product Close-Up: Bosphorus Black Pearl Series Cymbals (UPDATED)

July 2013 Product Close-Up Bosphorus Black Pearl Series Cymbals by Michael Dawson Two of Bosphorus’s most popular jazz-style cymbal lines are the Master and the Master Vintage. The Master series comprises fully lathed, soft-feeling cymbals with traditional, warm, and dark…

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Jun 6, 2013

In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 1: All-Purpose Pop/Rock

June 2013 In the Studio Seeing Sounds Part 1: All-Purpose Pop/Rock by Donny Gruendler All of us appreciate a signature and stylistically appropriate drum sound. This can range from the perfect overall kit tone on your favorite CD to a…

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Apr 17, 2013

Focus on the Hi-Hat: The Classic Swing Sound (VIDEO)

March 2012 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Focus on the Hi-Hat The Classic Swing Sound by Steve Fidyk   Before small groups reigned supreme and the ride cymbal became king, the beacon in jazz timekeeping was the hi-hat. Jo Jones with Count…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2012

Billdidit Coady Clutch

Designed with double bass players in mind, the Coady Clutch allows drummers to drop the top hi-hat cymbal with a simple, easy strike. When used in conjunction with the Coady Trip Arm, the device offers a hands-free drop clutch—just step…

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May 19, 2011