If you’re looking for that truly original sound, then look no further than these hand hammered marvels! The Master Turk cymbals combine the clarity, depth and response of the super-thin Masters series, with the exotic earthy stick sounds and reduced overtones of the unlathed Turk series. The result? A stunningly dark and dry sound that every jazz drummer will wonder at. Perfect for either live or studio situations.

Gretsch’s Classic series continues to grow. This 5” by 14” beauty has been designed as the ultimate brass snare for sensitivity and response. The black nickel-plated 1.0 mm straight brass shell is accented with the new centre mounted Classic tube lug design (this particular model has eight), and comes with 20 strand snare wires. Permatone drum heads are held in place by die-cast hoops, and the black nickel plated shell sports the new Classic Gretsch badge. We reckon that these drums will end up by being as sort after as their illlustrious “badged” predecessors.

The Catalina Club series has been around for a while now, but this four-piece jazz shell pack is a more than welcomed addition. It has been designed for the player looking for quality features in a four piece jazz configuration, but at a price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Taking advantage of the warmth of the mahogany shells, the pack comes with an 8”x12” mounted tom, a 14”x14” floor tom, a 5”x14” eight lug snare drum and a 14”x18” bass drum. The bass drum hoops are inlayed, while the lugs are of the mini Gretsch variety, with mini Gretsch GTS suspension systems used throughout. With Silver Sparkle and White Pearl finishes, it’s not just the sound that’s going to stand out in the crowd

Percussionists will have noticed that Pearl has steadily been building up its range of hand percussion in recent years, with the new folkloric collection the latest addition. Mixing classic looks with modern innovation, the 28" tall oak congas are designed for the seated player, but are also pre-drilled for stand mounts. Thicker south American-style natural skins produce a warm sound, while a fibreglass gel coat to the interior seals the shell and adds to the projection and volume of the instruments. With four polished steel reinforcing bands set into the shells, the Tumbador, Quinto and Conga not only sound, but also look the business.

These long awaited brushes have finally arrived, and they are certainly a little out of the ordinary. With an angled lower section giving real wire contact and rounded wire tips, the brush immediately has a softer and smoother sound with considerably less edge than a normal straight wire brush. The pull handle is also smaller than other Vic Firth brushes, which probably reflects Gadd’s playing technique. Good for a mellow groove.

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