Apr 15

WHAT DRUMS DID YOU SEE AT MUSIKMESSE?

There were some excellent kits at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013, like this awesome Roland and Sonor kit. The noise and excitement as you walked around the Halls as drummers of all levels showed the crowd their capabilities. I was really impressed by a young girl of only eight and half years who showed an incredible ability which included snare drum technique, a very skilled hand a feet co-ordination and an obvious grasp of syncopation that you do not normally see at this age.

HAVE NORD MADE THE NORD DRUM 2 ALREADY?

I decided to have a go at something a bit smaller – the new Nord Drum2 and Nord Pad. I was playing so fast with my right hand, my red nord sticks are a blur as you will see in the picture:-

WHICH DO YOU PREFER YAMAHA ACOUSTIC OR YAMAHA ELECTRONIC?

There was a great array of acoustic kits and Yamaha were displaying what they do best. Below are two acoustic and Yamaha’s DTX. I do like their orange Club Custom with thick deep wooden rims:-

DO YOU LOVE THE SOUND OF OAK?

Here is a lovely Yamaha Live Custom Black Oak kit which is made from 1.2mm oak plies. These are actually thicker than Yamaha’s Oak Custom drums. Bass drums have eight-ply, and it is six-ply on all the toms and snare. I love the clear sound of Oak but at the same time you still get a good low end sound that has great power and presence.

YAMAHA DTX ELECTRONIC KIT

This is Yamaha’s DTX950K top of their range electronic kit with an excellent HEX rack and their next-generation electronic drum pads that they have designed to be played by selecting from their 1115 preset drum voices in the DTX900 drum brain module.

HAVE YOU PLAYED A PREMIER DRUM KIT RECENTLY?

It has been a few years since I have played a Premier Kit. Just as I was about to buy one, Pearl opened a factory near to where I lived, so I ended up with a Pearl Kit. Looking at the Musikmesse display it certainly looks a crowd-pleaser – what do you think of this beauty from Premier Drums which comes from their famous hand-made One series?

LATIN PERCUSSION AT MUSIKMESSE 2013

There was a great wealth of percussion at Musikmesse 2013 full of bright colours, shapes and materials screaming out “Hit me”, “Shake me” and “Play me”. Every Conga and Bongo Drum I passed, I wanted to tap at the very least or pretend I was in the African Jungle playing a drum ritual. A big thanks to Casio for the couple of shakers they gave me – great fun.

CAN YOU PLAY A CAJON?

Its the sort of thing that you can put in the corner of your living room, use it as another seat and when you are in your party mood show your drumming skills. Their were quite a few types, makes and colours. LP and Toca were the main Cajon’s I saw.

DIRK BRAND V-DRUM PERFORMANCE

Here is a brief clip where Dirk Brand demonstrates Roland V-Drums with a fun and powerful performance on a blue TD-30 kit. A short clip showing the bustling atmosphere in the Musikmesse Halls.

FINALLY THE ROLAND V-DRUM BT-1 BAR TRIGGER PAD

 

 

I had to try a Roland BT-1 Bar trigger pad as I have one on order. It was hard to hear it properly with the noise around me and it was not connected to a TD-30 so I will have to reserve judgement until it arrives. There were many other items at this great show, I wish I could show you them all.

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