This review by Drum Center of Portsmouth (US) is probably one of the best I have seen on YouTube comparing similarly priced drumkits of different makes.
Having owned two Tama kits in the past and currently a Ludwig, this review hit home for me.
I like the Ludwig sound better, which is why I decided to play Ludwig drums for life, but Tama is by no means a slouch in the quality and great sound departments. The Ludwigs, however, that certain “snap” that I do not hear in other brands. The response and sensitivity is so immediate with a Ludwig kit, even at the entry level.
Both kits reviewed go for under USD 800. Swee Lee music in Singapore carries these two brands – for those looking to upgrade from their entry level kits, or even for the uninitiated looking to invest in their first acoustic drumkit and are willing to fork out abit more cash for a kit that you will have no qualms about using it for live gigs.
In my 12 years or so playing the drums (I have lost count actually), Vic Firth sticks have always been THE most consistent, durable, and balanced drum sticks I have ever used. I have detoured at various times to try sticks from other companies, but those do not give me the high quality that I am accustomed to with Vic Firth sticks.
This 17-part video inspired me so much and taught me about working hard for your passion, staying true to your core vision, always learning, always improving, and keeping up high standards of customer service.
I hope this video inspires you too and to play the best drum sticks in the world, VIC FIRTH.
Dang this is way cool!! The manufacturer of this product “Big Fat Snare Drum” just added me on Twitter. The product is an attachment drum head that you can place on top of your regular drum head to obtain a lower pitched, drier snare drum sound reminiscent of many of the classic 70’s recordings.
A nice shoutout from the good folks at Pantheon Percussion regarding the song, “Gan Bei”, that I recorded drums for. These guys built a 14″ by 5″ single ply maple custom snare that is inspired by the legendary Slingerland Radio Kings, and it is this snare that I used on “Gan Bei”
Have you heard our single-ply steam-bent snares? Here’s one that was used for a studio recording. This snare is a beautiful 14 x 5 Solid Maple snare with vintage chrome hardware, Blue Sparkle finish, and Canopus vintage dry wires. These wires were modeled very closely to vintage Slingerland wires in terms of construction and materials used, right down to the number of spirals in the wire. This beautiful and great sounding snare is one of our tributes to the legendary Slingerland Radio Kings snares, and we wanted to capture the spirit of the era. This track which brings back visions of old Shanghai, brought out the best in this snare; all thanks to the beautiful and very sensitive playing of Jason Benedict Cruz.
The bonus here is that the toms are from an all-maple nesting kit that we had built for the recording studio. Man do they sound sweet!