REVIEWED: PEARL MASTERS MAPLE COMPLETE SERIES MCT DRUM KIT
Sitting under their flagships of Masterworks and Reference, and aimed at drummers who don’t need umpteenth options and full customisation, Pearl has streamlined things with the Masters Complete Series with just two variants to keep things simple – MCT and MRV. I got a chance to have a look at the MCT and it’s something of a gem in a world of so many choices.
Mapex Saturn V MH Standard Series 5-Piece Shell Pack
Mapex has been producing great quality drum kits, hardware, and snare drums for over 27 years. Their brand is innovative and has captured the attention of drummers from all over the world. Synonymous with great looking, full sounding and reliable drum kits, Mapex are famous for the Mars, Meridian and Black Panther series of drums. Perhaps the starship of the Mapex line, the Saturn series is famous for great finishes, solid attack and great value for money. The release of the new and improved Mapex Saturn V has seen the legacy continued and improved upon. The new line of Saturns have a new tom mount isolation system and Soniclear bearing edge along with several new finishes. This new bearing edge allows the drumhead to sit at and optimises the relationship between head and shell, which leads to greater response.
Yamaha Recording Custom
Yamaha Drums have been a staple for so many drummers since the 60s, producing models that have defined a sound for many of the masters we know and love. Perhaps the most famous of all the lines is the Recording Custom. It’s back.
Mapex Daisy Cutter Snare
With a heap of top-level players and endorsees, Mapex has certainly turned itself into a serious mover in the drum market. Covering everything from entry-level kits to top line setups, they certainly put some product support behind their designs and are constantly on the move with new gear. Mapex have just released the ‘Daisy Cutter’ as a hand-hammered steel shell snare with plenty of guts. Let’s check it out.
Carlsbro CSD130 Electronic Drum Kit
Carlsbro. You just may have heard the name before. The UK based company was originally known for making amplifiers and speakers – some of which were used by the Beatles, Mick Jagger and Oasis back in the day. They had a little break in 2009, but are back and launching some pretty cool alternatives to the usual guitar stuff. Adding to the product range comes a sweet little electronic kit called the CSD130.
Tycoon Legacy Series Spalted Maple Cajon
Tycoon Percussion have been making headway in the last few years in Australia. Initially, the focus was on affordable percussion instruments for players that might have been on a budget. In recent years we’ve started to see some of the more professional lines from Tycoon coming out, in particular their Cajons, which are available in some pretty stunning variants. Today we’re looking at the top of the line 29 Legacy Series Spalted Maple Cajon.
Alesis Forge E-Kit
Alesis have been changing the face of electronic percussion over the last 18 months. Their new lines of innovative and affordable products have been winning the hearts of consumers worldwide. The 2016 NAMM show in Anaheim California saw Alesis release five new E-Kit lines: the Strike, Command, Crimson, Forge and Nitro.
Sonor Prolite Maple Drum Kit
Sonor drums have been a staple in the drum scene for years now. I know I’ve certainly grown up lusting over them as student, and I still do. German precision, outstanding design and quality sound are all very attractive attributes. Sonor are also good at inventing and implementing new innovations to their drum designs. At the pointy end of the Sonor family of drum kit range is the Prolite. The Prolite sits up the top of the family tree under the SQ3 flagship and the Vintage Series. Perhaps though, the Prolite is a great combination of the two – more on this later.