Drum reviews…in forensic detail

An exclusive, yes another. Get-Wittet! Review of the WorldMax Vintage all-brass drumset. Possibly the finest drums….certainly the finest metal drums….I have ever played…and owned. Yes, I bought them and shipped them from Taiwan. My story, and the end of a long trek to the pinnacle of drum crafting is here.

Get Wittet exclusive drum review: WorldMax all brass kit I play WorldMax brass drumsets: I am not alone

 

A LONG LIST OF DRUM REVIEWS (and drum activities) FOLLOWS THIS TYPICAL 1980s SCENARIO PIC

TBruceWittet, Cathy Miller, Album, Mid-eighties .

The new A Zildjian line, tweaked and pared-down, and in many instances identical to the classic 1960s cymbals played by Philly Joe and Buddy and Louie. Why is this important? Because lurking within the new/old A Zildjian resides a palette of overtones that describes both A and K Zildjian cymbals. Thought the A Zildjian was a one-trick pony? It was, starting in the 1970s. But now the old A Zildjian has returned. A teaser: part-1 of my review of fully 12 new-old school A Zildjians.

Ludwig Supralite snare drums: my review goes deep into the steel shelled 15×5 and 14×4. Want to beat the forum and decide if they’re the drum for you. Read my typically detailed review. They make the Ludwig Supraphonic sound like white bread.

Yamaha Live Custom: off the studio floor….untreated, video excerpt, part III, thought you’d enjoy

Yamaha Live Custom sneak preview drum review...plus 2 videos done in the recording studio

BULLETIN MARCH 19, 2013: VIDEO IS HERE, VIDEO DRUM REVIEWS & TBW CASUAL COMMENTARY.

Just so’s you’ll see where I’m coming from, this is me recording, as I recall, a Cathy Miller album circa 1987. Wanna talk gear? Can you spot the Oberheim DX, ahem, drum machine? The drum gloves? I remember phoning Keltner regarding hand blisters: “But Jim, I can’t wear drum gloves, I’ll look like a flake!” Jim responded, “Well, I dunno Bruce, Vinnie wears drum gloves and he’s not a flake.” The Sabian Sizzle Hat bottom suspended in case I needed a rivet-sustain (I did, as it turns out). Snare drums in cases visible and off-camera. Point is I’ve always been a gear freak. I don’t collect gear, I accumulate it…for use in the studio and on stage. Back the I used a pedal familiar to my age group. Honestly? I’d be sitting pretty if I still used it…

Released circa 1960, the Rogers Swiv-o-matic bass drum pedal is the first modern pedal, still among the top 20 best pedals, definitely among the cheapest…feels like playing in bare feet… Review by Tbw

REVIEW Alesis DM8 USB Hi-definition Electronic Drumset….wicked, seriously!

Review/commentary: drum heads

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2013/01/how-to-choose-the-best-drumheads-a-list-of-the-finest-drumheads-ever-made-and-my-reasons-for-judgment/
http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2012/10/1985/

Koide: a new name in cymbals and you heard here, at T Bruce Wittet.com, first! In fact, I’m the only cat in America who has put his hands on these.  The alloy is B…..well, you’ll see

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2012/09/koide-cymbals-elite-instruments-from-japan-you-saw-them-here-first/

James Patterson’s new take on an old idea. He lifts the lid off a snare drum, giving birth to babies and fully grown spawn

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2012/09/expandrums-are-expandable-snare-drums-james-pattersons-design-enables-you-to-expand-depth-from-piccolo-to-deep-shell-in-minutes-a-youngun-takes-a-fresh-look-at-an-old-idea/

The Yamaha Club Custom: Every now and then a truly novel product hits the market…one that smacks you with its looks and punches you with its sound

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2012/07/drum-review-part-i-%E2%80%9Cthe-yamaha-club-custom-drumset-is-vastly-superior-to-the-vintage-drumsets-it-resembles%E2%80%94in-terms-of-tone-feel-weight-build-and-cosmetics%E2%80%9D-t-bruce-witte/

Not exactly a review but it is, in a way. I ventured upstairs in Manhattan to a veritable…great drum shop~

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2012/03/the-modern-drum-shop-nyc-retailer-and-custom-drum-builder-r-i-p/

The Rogers Swiv-O-Matic

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2012/01/rogers-swiv-o-matic-among-the-top-10-bass-drum-pedals-current-or-past-still-modern-as-the-day-it-was-new/

One day a la mode, next day turd on the road. I like the Remo Pinstripe
http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/12/whats-so-wrong-with-the-remo-pinstripe/

How do you know which used/second-hand/pre-owned cymbals to buy?

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/12/buying-drums-and-cymbals-for-christmas-usedsecond-hand-coming-in-a-couple-of-days-my-guide-to-buying-cymbals-the-top-50-cymbals-in-the-last-50-years-according-to-t-bruce-wittet/

Alesis Electronics, an in-depth review. It’s all good.

Update: the only flaw I can find, in retrospect, is the ride cymbal pad, wherein the bell sometimes won’t ring. This may be a warranty item for some, an inexpensive but annoying add on; c’est la vie. I add it below because it’s not in the review, which you will find in enormous detail by clicking the link below:

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/11/review-alesis-dm8-usb-hd-electronic-drumset-599-usa-a-professional-e-pad-kit-including-modulebrain-rack-that-is-disguised-and-priced-for-the-beginner-student-or-hobbyist/

Stanton Moore educational
http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/08/review-groove-alchemy-stanton-moore-this-dvd-is-not-good-its-great-if-you-want-to-play-deep-funk-credibly-this-is-your-next-purchase%E2%80%94possibly-your-only-one/

And KoSA recreational

How to spend your summer: at a music camp, a drum camp

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/07/best-choice-summer-music-camps-for-drummers-kosa/

Right, so  you think the Gladstone, and subsequent Gretsch Gladstone was rare? Not as rare as the Satoyama. I own one of 12. Steve Gadd owns one of 12. Bless Hagi Hagiwara.

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/05/snare-drum-review-anybody-satoyama-by-hagi-rarest-of-the-rare-and-1-of-10-in-existence/

It’s about time somebody reviewed Verisonic drumsticks, the original, hollow aluminum shaft stick in funky early 1960s Chevy finishes

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/05/have-you-heard-about-verisonic-aluminum-sticks-brushes-finally-a-review/

D’Addario flew me to Texas to do this industry vignette on Evans head company founder Mr Beals
http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/06/tribute-to-bob-beals-founder-of-evans-drumheads-a-tbw-exclusive/

Pearl Reference Snare Drum: looks like a ship’s funnel inside due to the steep, long “bearing edge” cut into the 20-ply maple-plus-birch shell. This, and the Satoyama, have become my go-to snare drums as at January 2012

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/05/review-pearl-reference-snare-drum-1st-series-not-pure-but-perfect/

The Martin Fleetfoot pedal started it all:
http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/04/the-martin-fleetfoot-camco-gretsch-dw/

K Zildjian Symphonic Traditional 19″ used as a ride, not as intended: orchestral hand cymbalshttp://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/03/review-19%E2%80%9D-k-zildjian-symphonic-traditional-the-sound-of-one-hand/

Video review awards: Steve Gadd in session, the gift that keeps on giving

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/01/the-best-drum-videodvd-of-all/

NAMM upbeat daily (this was a pun on Upbeat Daily, the, ahem, daily magazine NAMM publishes; about the size of Billboard but different. These reports were fun and you’ll find them enlightening while you are chuckling, poor sod:

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2011/01/day-three-best-drums-at-winter-namm/

Istanbul Agop Idris Muhammad signature ride cymbal: grooves like the man himself

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2010/11/review-retrospective-istanbul-agop-idris-muhammad-ride/

The first of two, in depth and audacious reviews of K Zildjian Symphonic Traditional orchestral hand cymbals (22″ prototype) as jazz/rock rides! Who woulda thunk it?

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2010/11/k-zildjian-symphonic-a-hand-cymbal-makes-the-perfect-ride/

Evans adds heft to the traditional 1-ply head and it’s called, well, the G-Plus. The secret’s almost out: it’s to be renamed at winter NAMM 2013

http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2010/10/evans-g-plus-batter-heads-for-toms-and-snare/
http://www.tbrucewittet.com/2010/08/features/