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.
Pearl Crystal Beat Drums
Not many people may remember this, but Pearl actually released an all-acrylic shell drum kit way back in 1978. It was called the Crystal Beat. Well folks, it’s back and what that means for us drummer peeps in Australia is that we now have a serious contender to battle the likes of Ludwig, Tama, DW and C&C. The thing is, Pearl have some little tricks up their sleeves, which means the Crystal Beat could be the choice to go for.
Alesis Crimson Electric Drum Kit
For so long the words ‘Electric Drum Kit’ equalled something expensive – especially if you wanted anything of decent quality. The cheaper brands, marketed for the beginner/intermediate player, were usually just terrible excuses for what was clearly not a real instrument. Enter Alesis with the new Crimson.
Mapex MPX Maple 10x5.5 Snare
Sick of your snare sound? Wanna try some new grooves? Need to incorporate another snare into your setup but have limited room? All of the above may be reason enough to try a smaller sized snare in an auxiliary type setup. And Mapex may have just the (rather inexpensive) ticket. From their range of MPX drums, the MPX maple 10 x 5.5 is quite the pocket rocket that could serve as a funky main snare sound or hang out as your secondary option.
Tycoon Portable Cajon Practice Pad
We’ve already mentioned Tycoon’s massive range of percussion in this issue and in previous issues, with a particular emphasis on the cajon, which is the proverbial new kid on the block of the percussion world, growing in popularity over the past 12 months. Further enhancing the practice, performance and recording capabilities of the traditional cajon, Tycoon’s Portable Cajon Practice Pad allows for easy transportation and storage whilst giving you the feel and sound of a full-sized instrument. Perhaps opening up its appeal even further let’s check out this reduced sized percussion beat maker.