Buyers Guides – Drums & Percussion


Knowing Your Drum Sticks

If like myself you have stood before a stick rack at some point staring in confusion. Completely unsure which pair of sticks is right for you, or worse, you’re still doing it. Then this guide may help clarify a few things for you. Here are 5 things to look out for when trying to find the perfect pair. Wood Drumsticks commonly come in 3 different kinds of wood, maple, hickory, Japanese white oak or laminated birch. Each wood has a different feel. Each different wood reacts differently to the impact... Read More


Gifts For The Drummer In Your Life

Christmas is just around the corner, are you looking for purchasing a gift for the drummer in your life and not quite sure what to get them? Then check out 5 perfect little gifts you can buy for the drummer in your life. #1 – Practice Tips No practice pad? No problem. With rubber practice tips you can just slip them onto the end of your drumsticks and BOOM. Every solid surface in arm’s length is now a practice spot. You can even run through some rudiments while the kettle... Read More


Helping To Understand Your Cymbals

It can be very daunting and confusing when you start out drumming when looking at full drum kits with different cymbals and drums coming out the wazoo! So here is a very brief introduction to some of the most popular cymbals used today. First of all, we’ll go through the 3 most popular cymbals seen on most drum kits, The Hi-Hat, Crash and Ride cymbals. The Hi-Hat cymbal is the smaller of the 3 seen on virtually every drum kit and is made up of 2 pieces, a top and... Read More


How Do I Choose Between Digital Or Acoustic Drum Kit?

In my experience, it completely depends on what you specifically want from your drums and your own personal preference. I myself am lucky enough to have both and sometimes spend more time picking which to play than actually playing. Firstly, I absolutely adore my acoustic drum kit. Still using my first drum kit bought for me from Rimmers Music, a beautiful Berkeley shell, Remo skins, Planet Z cymbals and a Stagg double bass pedal. Not only does this kit look the part, it sounds incredible. The give and response of... Read More


Drum Kits great for beginners!

For any musician out there choosing your first instrument can really be a difficult decision – because it is the instrument that should inspire your musical journey and is also something you should feel comfortable with. We have previously covered great guitars for beginners so now let’s move on to drums. Below are drum kits that we would recommend to any aspiring drummers out there who are finding it difficult to find the perfect drum kit to get them started! When it comes to drums, you have two options –... Read More


Why do Roland electric drum kits have mesh skins?

We recently covered why Yamaha uses rubber drum pads on their electric kits, this week we will cover why Roland use mesh skins on their pads. So the benefits of using mesh skins and the reasons why Roland use them: Realistic When you use a traditional drum kit and then an electric drum kit, there is usually a significant difference in the feel – however, with mesh skins, they are remarkably similar to traditional drum heads due to the give and rebound. Sensitivity Mesh head controllers offer a wide range... Read More


Why do Yamaha use rubber pads and not mesh?

Electric drum kits trigger sounds when the drummer hits the pads – the pads are typically made from rubber or mesh and each type of drum pad offers a large difference in feel during playing, as well as offering different acoustic qualities. When it comes to the types of drum pads, the rubber drum pads are louder than the mesh drum pads when you hit them with a stick. The mesh pads have a softer acoustic quality, and they will be much less likely to make noise if you are... Read More


Yamaha Acoustic Drum Kit

Yamaha is known worldwide for being masters of creating some of the finest, maple, birch oak and premium hardwood drums using skilled craftsmen and designers. Yamaha is favoured across the world by many famous artists from a variety of genres. Throughout the history of Yamaha drums, they have marked growth and evolution with several famous, notable milestones. An acoustic drum kit has many benefits that are a great reason to purchase one, below are a few things we believe are what makes the Yamaha acoustic range so great. 1 –... Read More


How To Create A Hybrid Drum Kit

What is a hybrid drum kit? Technically speaking a hybrid drum kit is using electronics and acoustics together to create an advanced, modern methodology of producing music. Whether you use just a percussion pad or a more in-depth setup, the techniques provide you with numerous possibilities. Method 1 – Percussion Pads This is probably the easiest way to add electronics to your acoustic kit – they allow you to add individual elements to your drumming experience, record audio and trigger any other sounds. You can also incorporate additional pads around... Read More


The Benefits of Yamaha DTX

The Yamaha DTX is the best model in their electronic kits, it features a lot of resources which makes it one of the best on the market. But what is it about DTX kits that makes them so great, and why do we think they’re so great? Sound Quality Yamaha has a reputation for producing high-quality sounds, so it comes as no surprise that the DTX drumkits are producing exceptional quality sounds. Of course, you can experiment with an acoustic drum kit as much as you like, but the electric... Read More