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VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Zildjian Kerope Series Cymbals (From the May 2014 Issue)

by Michael Dawson Zildjian spent the past couple years developing a new line of cymbals with New York City studio drummer/composer Zach Danziger that would recall the worn-in look, soft feel, and warm tones of highly coveted models made by…

Modern Drummer
Mar 26, 2014

Product Close-Up: RBH Monarch Drumset

July 2013 Product Close-Up RBH Drums Monarch Drumset by Michael Dawson RBH Drums is based in Virginia Beach and is operated by Bruce Hagwood, who’s a trained percussionist, retired firefighter, and master woodworker. Hagwood got into building drums in the…

Modern Drummer
May 15, 2013

Product Close-Up: Crescent Cymbals

May 2013 Product Close-Up Crescent Cymbals An Assorted Selection by Michael Dawson Crescent is a new brand created by Cymbal Masters, a company comprising the well-known drummers Jeff Hamilton and Stanton Moore and industry veterans Michael Vosbein and Bill Norman.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 20, 2013

Electronic Review: AKG D12 VR Bass Drum Microphone

April 2013 Electronic Review AKG D12 VR Microphone by Butch Jones Since its launch in 1947, AKG has been at the forefront of recording technology, manufacturing DYN series microphones, which were handmade, plus other top-level mics, like the C12, C451,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2013

C&C Player Date Drumset

Nov 2012 Product Close-Up C&C Player Date Drumset by Michael Dawson One of the more impressive offerings we heard at this year’s winter NAMM show was the Player Date drumset from C&C, which is based in Gladstone, Missouri. These unassuming…

Modern Drummer
Sep 18, 2012

V-Classic Cymbals

V-Classic Vintage-Inspired Turkish Cymbals by Michael Dawson V-Classic cymbals are the brainchild of Torab Majlesi, a Turkish session drummer and industry vet who’s had an affinity for traditional cymbal sounds since purchasing his first set of old K’s back in…

Modern Drummer
Jul 17, 2012

GMS 6.5x14 Super Vintage Snare

    The complete review of the GMS 6.5x14 Super Vintage snare drum is on page 27 of the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine.              

Modern Drummer
Sep 20, 2011

Listen to Sound Files of New Meinl Byzance Cymbals

A complete review of various new Meinl Byzance cymbals can be found on page 24 of the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Traditional-Extra-Thin-Hammered-crash             Sand-Hats           Trash-Crash      

Modern Drummer
Sep 20, 2011

Slingerland Radio King Snare

First introduced in 1936—when it could be heard on Benny Goodman’s soon-to-become classic “Sing, Sing, Sing”—Slingerland’s Radio King snare was revolutionary in that it made double-headed, tunable toms available to drummers for the first time. by Mark Cooper The 1936…

Modern Drummer
May 27, 2011

Steve "Froth" Frothingham: Not So Vintage Drummer

L.A. psychedelic revivalists Bigelf are so dedicated to accurately replicating the sound of ’70s European prog rock, they use vintage equipment exclusively. For drummer Steve “Froth” Frothingham, whose primary influence is Guy Evans of the British prog pioneers Van der…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2009