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Our TOP PICKS From 2020!

Here’s our FAVOURITE drum gear released in 2020!

We’ll kick things off with Yamaha’s resurgence in the small kit market with their new Stage Custom Hip! It’s the same Stage Custom you know and love, now in compact sizes! The kit takes the genre of “small kit” and inverts it, resulting in a set of drums that are tiny, but MIGHTY! The 20x8in Bass Drum, in particular, packs a powerful punch and the addition of snare wires to the floor tom for optional SNOM action is a nice touch, giving you five drums for the price of four! With three classic Yamaha finishes to choose from, the Stage Custom Hip is ideal for the drummer looking for a small kit for practice, busking or small gigs/functions…(when we’re allowed!).

You only want ONE snare drum? Nah, how about FOURTEEN?! At least, that’s what the design lab at Mapex said. The Black Panther series got a serious upgrade in 2020 with a host of brand new core models, each with their own unique trait. The line has produced some highlights including The Heritage, The Nucleus, The Atomizer & The Predator. We did an in-depth breakdown of all fourteen drums, which you can read about here! We struggled to decide between us which one is our ABSOLUTE favourite, but we’re confident that everyone fill find a drum to their liking within the range!

Pure Alloy Custom is the next evolution of the popular Pure Alloy series from Meinl, and reignite a fire in the mid-range cymbal market. Pure Alloy Custom cymbals are fully lathed and feature visible hammer marks providing a hand hammered feel, with pin-point machine accuracy. The cymbals themselves are crisp and clear, with incredible wash and stick definition, finished with a smoked- bronze finish. These cymbals sound and play INCREDIBLY, making them the perfect upgrade for the drummer looking for cymbals that are clean, crisp, and sound fantastic!

The DTX6 Series of electronic drums was released nearer the end of 2020. This new mid-range gladiator for the Yamaha electronic kit range serves as a replacement to the popular DTX500 series. “Replacement” is definitely the wrong word. Put it like this: If the 500 series was the Chrysalis, the DTX6 is a fully evolved Butterfly. With three kits within the range to choose from, you’ll find the suitable kit for your needs – as they all come with the amazing DTX Pro Module. Wave goodbye to sample-replacing and your laptop, it’s all possible within the module, and the addition of the new KP90 Bass Drum Pad provides sturdy, quieter practice. We’ve written all about the new kit here, it’s worth a read to see just EVERYTHING this kit can do!

We love Sonor. We love Benny Greb. Needless to say, we are HEAD OVER HEELS in love with the upgraded Benny Greb Signature Snares! Available in both Beech AND Brass, these drums are considered the Holy Grail by those who have played them. We argue almost daily over which model we prefer, but to be honest, we think you’ll be onto a winner regardless of which drum you decide on. Sonor & Benny have gone Vintage Modern with the inclusion of two internal dampeners, allowing you to dial in your prefered snare to sound how you want with pin-point accuracy. Don’t just take our word for it, have a listen to the man himself perform on them!

So with that, we conclude our Top Gear picks of 2020. We’re excited to see what 2021 holds and what the drumming industry has planned for us! We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with ALL the latest!

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