Part of a new upgraded range from the Gibraltar group, this stylish, extraordinarily lightweight dome-shaped perch finished in super tough leatherette, uses top grade foam for maximum support and comes with a plush velveteen cover for extra comfort. The solid double braced steel tripod base is exceptionally well engineered with large easily accessible wing and hex nuts, while a sure footing is guaranteed with Gibraltar’s new ergonomic rubber “super foot”, which on the test rig provided very good stability and reliable grip. Added security is provided by a cast super lock seat fastening system that combines a memory lock with the usual collar clamp.  For more info go to www.arbiter.co.uk

Zildjian have recently further extended their K range of cymbals, with the release of the 22 inch K Dark Medium, the super sized 24 inch K Light Ride and a couple of new Light HiHats. The 22-inch Dark Medium features a large bell for excellent projection together with special hammering and lathing to open up the cymbal for broad tonal complexities and a darker, warmer sound. The exclusive “pin” lathing enhances the “crashability” and gives the cymbal an appearance similar to that of 1960’s Ks. The 24 inch Light Ride is a first within the K range. Its light weight provides a multiplicity of sound, with a dark pitch that offers plenty of overtones and crashability. The bell is smaller than that normally found on a K Ride, and gives a good stick definition with a controlled wash. Finally, for those who are really looking to push the envelope, there are the 13 inch and 14 inch Light Hats. This pair is lower in pitch than traditional K Hats (although the 13 is higher in pitch than the 14) and feature a medium-thin top for a broader range of tonal colours, paired with a medium bottom to ensure that solid “chick” sound.

Looking for extra control on your drum heads? These new EC2 Tom skins feature an ‘Edge Control’ ring mounted underneath two plies of 7mil film, which controls rather than eliminates edge vibration by isolating and damping the higher overtones, while at the same time enhancing the low end and the overall attack. The ring also enables the player to set up a much broader tuning range, so adding extra versatility and dynamics to the kit. Coming in sizes 8-16, there’s plenty of scope for some creative tunings!

The hand crafted Legacy Classic line is based on a new and improved version of Ludwig’s legendary, reinforced 3-ply drumshells with their magical balance of warmth, resonance and clarity. Like the original shells, the exclusive Legacy Classic shells are made from thin, hand-selected inner and outer plies of premium-grade North American Maple and a ross-laminated North American Poplar core ply. This traditional formula is then augmented by maple reinforcement hoops and rounded, “Classic-Cut” vintage-style bearing edges. In addition to their performance proven traditional shell design, Legacy Classic also features newly developed manufacturing methods along with a host of upgrades and innovations, such as low-mass “mini-classic” lugs, traditional “keystone” badges and genuine Weathermaster drumheads. Due to their handcrafted, labour intense nature, there will initially be only two Legacy Classic shell-pack configurations offered. However, the kits will be available in a wide selection of finish options that include new high-gloss, hand-rubbed Emerald Fade Sparkle (EG) and Rose/Copper Sparkle (RG) lacquers as well as high-gloss versions of all current Ludwig Classic Maple lacquer finishes. For info go to www.activemusic.co.uk

The AJ3 sticks are specifically aimed at the jazz player. With a standard reach, they have a narrow shank and a long taper, giving them exceptional balance and excellent response. Needless to say, each pair comes pitched paired and weight matched. Try them instead of 7’s, and be amazed at the lightness of touch that can be achieved. The Jazz brushes too are designed for the discerning player. The wires will maintain any set position, and come in an extra heavy gauge for maximum sound projection. They also have a full 6-inch spread and are fitted with oversize triangular pulls for cymbal work. With textured, high impact handles, they provide excellent grip and will undoubtedly withstand the rigours of the road.

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