This machined aluminum pedal is a world-class work of art that belongs in the Museum of Modern Art as much as it belongs behind your kick drum. It is such a marvel of machine tooling and mechanical engineering that it had multiple non-drumming editors of ours saying they wanted one… just because.
That said, these pricey pedals will be abhorred by the chain drive pedal crowd, but for both speed demons as well as finesse players, the immediacy of the direct drive response can’t be understated. The pedal borrows many features from 9000-series hardware, but also has new tricks up its sleeve. We love the user-replaceable weights that install into the beater to customize head speed as desired, and the ability to adjust tension/response with your drum key without having to get off your throne is just one of the many tiny little details that make this hardware special. Kick your drum or just put it on a pedestal. It’s a work of art either way.
But oh, yeah… drums. DW had us lining up to buy some snare drums, too. New for this year is a limited edition range of snares honoring the work of a few of rock’s masters. The Icon series pays tribute this year to Neal Peart in the Time Machine snare, Queen’s Roger Taylor gets his due with Queen’s crest and logo, and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason has a snare with some classic Dark Side of the Moon treatment.
Don’t be fooled by what looks like pretty graphics on a snare drum wrap: There is no wrap! All of the colors and designs you see are actually crafted with laser-cut, color died, inlays! You can bet these sound great, as they are based on the actual snare drums these guys play. They each feature DW’s MAG throw-off system with a three-position butt plate, True-Tone snare wires, True-Pitch tuning. Place your orders now: with only five hundred units of each being produced, they will sell out fast, especially considering that they’re supposedly going to sell for around $1,500 each, including a DW snare bag and certificate of authenticity.
We’re fans of Pearl’s ePRO electronic drum range, and we like the configuration packs now available that let you convert any existing acoustic drum kit into an electronic kit. Unlike adding triggers and a brain to your kit, these packs replace your heads with the actual TruTrac electronic drumheads and of course include the RedBox drum module.
Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Drum Set
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