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Posted in Blog, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - February 9, 2019

Roland’s Global Strategic Product Marketing Manager (Drums & Percussion) Jules Tabberer-Stewart shows us the new TM-1 Trigger Module at NAMM Show 2019.

The TM-1 is a unique trigger module that makes it easy to add more sounds to your acoustic drum kit. And those sounds can be anything you like, from the TM-1’s onboard kick, snare, tom, cymbal, and percussion samples to your own samples and loops. Just connect any compatible Roland trigger pad to the TM-1 and directly play the sounds you need, or mount an RT-series trigger to one of your acoustic drums and play with your preferred sample layered on top in perfect sync, with no lag whatsoever.

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Posted in Blog, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - January 10, 2019

Today Gretsch Drums have announced a few new additions to their range of kits

Gretsch Debuts USA Custom Limited Edition Exotic
For over 6 decades, USA Custom has defined “That Great Gretsch Sound” and is considered to be one of the most recorded brands in music history. The highly acclaimed shell which combines a hybrid formulation of maple and gum wood, offers a warm articulate tonality that helped define the music of the 50’s,60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Today, USA Custom remains a sought after sound by many of today’s top professional drummers, producers and studios.

To celebrate this long and historical lineage, Gretsch recently announced the release of a Limited Edition USA Custom Exotic Red Gum drum kit.  Only 50 kits will be produced worldwide, each with the 6-ply Gretsch-formula maple/gum shell, 30-degree bearing edges, exclusive silver interior finish, die-cast hoops, double tom holder and Satin Millennium Burst nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

Gretsch Drums Brand Manager, Andrew Shreve, explains, “Because gum wood is a key ingredient of the Gretsch USA Custom shell, adding an additional outer ply of Red Gum, which is indigenous to the Southeast United States, pays respect to this coveted series and to the factory here in Ridgeland, South Carolina.”

USA Custom Red Gum Exotic sizes and pricing as follows:

GR-E8256-RG: 25 Sets Available Worldwide
7×10 Rack Tom
8×12 Rack Tom
14×16 Floor Tom
18×22 Bass Drum
5.5×14 Snare Drum

GR-J484-RG: 25 Sets Available Worldwide
8×12 Rack Tom
14×14 Floor Tom
14×18 Bass Drum
5×14 Snare Drum

Gretsch Drum Introduces the USA-made Brooklyn Micro Kit
Inspired by a rich legacy and paying homage to Gretsch’s manufacturing history in Brooklyn, NY Gretsch Drums proudly announced the release of the Brooklyn Micro Kit™. The versatile set delivers “That Great Gretsch Sound” in an extremely small footprint. The Micro is excellent for small venues, studios, rehearsal rooms and other situations where space is at a premium.

Proudly hand-crafted in Ridgeland, South Carolina, the set produces a warm, articulate tonality courtesy of a 6-ply Poplar/Maple shell that’s outfitted with 302 counter hoops. A 4825 tom bracket mounted directly to the shell, single tom mount, and removable bass drum riser are included with the travel-friendly outfit.

The compact set is finished in a Satin Gray lacquer and is accented with Satin Natural bass drum counter hoops and snare drum to offer a striking appearance that is suitable for all musical genres and playing situations. Last but certainly not least, the artist-designed configuration (GB-M264-SG ) includes 12×16” bass drum, 7×10” rack tom, 12×13” floor tom, 4.5×13” and snare drum.

 Gretsch Drums Expands Catalina Series
Since its initial launch in 2001, Gretsch Catalina has received many high marks from students, educators, and performing drummers alike. Since inception, Catalina Maple and Club series drums continue to offer exceptional value to drummers of all skills levels. Next year, Gretsch Drums has announced the launch of several new colors and configurations, as well as a special edition kit that will be a welcome addition to the complete line of Full Range offerings.

The aforementioned Catalina Special Edition delivers on the sound, feel and look of Catalina with the additional of a 7-ply all birch shell. A 30-degree bearing edge, round “gas cap” bass drum mount plate, ultra-low profile GTS mounting system, classic Gretsch t-wing screws and bolts all round out the Catalina SE look. A limited number of USA Custom-inspired Ebony Satin and Blue Silver Duco sets will be available in two different configurations.

CS1-E625-ES   Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (22/10/12/16/14sn) in Ebony Satin- Retail

CS1-E625-BSD Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (22/10/12/16/14sn) in Blue Silver Duco- Retail

CS1-E405-ES   Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (20/10/12/14/14sn) in Ebony Satin- Retail

CS1-E405-BSD Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (20/10/12/14/14sn) in Blue Silver Duco-Retail

At the same time, Catalina Maple will now be available in a 5-piece shell pack featuring a 22” BD, 10” & 12” RT’s, 16” FT and 14” SN. These sizes are tailored towards drummers who require optimal versatility. The CM1-E825 pack is compact enough for smaller stage settings, yet capable of delivering ample volume and projection. A stunning, new Black Stardust lacquer finish will also be added to the line.

CM1-E825-BS Catalina Maple 5-pc shell pack (22/10/12/16/14sn) in Black Stardust-Retail

Also available in all CM1 finishes. SS/DSCB/WG/DCB

Last but certainly not least; all six popular Catalina Club configurations are now available in a stunning Bronze Sparkle lacquer finish. Sizes and pricing as follows:

CT1-J483-BS  Catalina Club 3-pc shell pack (18/12/14) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-J484-BS  Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (20/12/14/) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-J403-BS  Gretsch Catalina Club 4 Piece Drum Set (20/12/14/) in Bronze Sparkle

CT1-J404-BS  Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (20/12/14/14sn) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1- R443C-BS Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (24/13/16) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-R444C-BS Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (24/13/16/14sn) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-J403-BSF Catalina Club 3-pc shell pack (20/12/14) in Satin Blue Flame-Retail

CT1-J404-BSF Catalina Club 4-pc shell (20/12/14/14sn) in Satin Blue Flame-Retail

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - March 6, 2018

Roland’s love affair with drum machines started with the Rhythm Ace R-1 back in 1964, then progressed through to the 70s and the legendary TR-77 rhythm box. On the eve of the 80s, it was Dr Rhythm the mighty DR-55 and then the unmistakable sound of the iconic TR-808 Rhythm…

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - February 8, 2018

Reto shows us the new range of cymbals from Paiste at NAMM 2018.

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - January 12, 2018

Drummer From Another Mother (DFAM) is a highly-interactive, Semi-Modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer and a vibrant deviation from the traditional drum machine–presenting an expressive hands-on approach to percussive pattern creation. DFAM’s fully analog circuitry behaves much like a living organism, reacting in different ways to input from different individuals. To demonstrate…

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Posted in Christmas Ideas, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - November 28, 2017

TAMA’s entry-level Stagestar drum kit provides the precise bearing edges for easy tuning that beginners need and the wide tuning range that pros demand. It features famous Swingstar quality, with smaller shells – designed to fit in tighter spaces.  It’s the perfect kit for the young student who deserves a…

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DR-01S: Organic Grooves for Unplugged Musicians

Posted in Christmas Ideas, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - November 28, 2017

Introducing the DR-01S Rhythm Partner, the world’s first virtual percussionist designed specifically for acoustic musicians. Unlike the rhythm machines used by electronic musicians and DJs, the DR-01S is packed with organic percussion sounds and simple, versatile grooves that tastefully complement the unplugged experience. It’s an ideal companion for acoustic guitar…

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - October 26, 2017

Rydeen is the perfect beginner kit with the right combination of quality Drum Kit, Hardware and Cymbals at the right price. Available in Euro and Fusion Size configurations and comes with the Double Braced HW680W Yamaha Hardware pack and a Paiste 101 Cymbal Pack … the new RYDEEN (5-piece drum…

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Posted in Artists, Gear, Interviews, Percussion    //    Post Date - June 15, 2017

The feedback from the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show last month indicated that the public enjoyed the quality of talent on stage and in sessions, as well as the wide array of gear on display. The 2017 drum show was also auspicious for being the global launching pad for…

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - June 9, 2017

E-drum launches at Drum Show By Allan Leibowitz The debut Sydney Drum and Percussion Show was well-timed for product debuts, offering Roland its first opportunity to show off its four new e-drum products launched the day before. V-Drums general manager of product design Hiroyuki Nishi and product designer Ryo Takasaki…

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