May 23, 2017

Sabian Meet the Masters Event THIS FRIDAY!

To kick off Rhythm Traders’ 25th Anniversary, we are proud to host Meet the Masters this Friday, May 26th – Sabian’s Master Craftsmen will spend the day at Rhythm Traders showing the art of cymbal making!

Over 50 one-of-a-kind prototypes will be available at unbelievable prices, with on-site hammering and lathing to customize them to your desire, and product specialists and craftsmen on-hand to answer your questions.

Don’t miss this rare educational opportunity for Portland-area drummers to immerse themselves in the centuries-old Turkish cymbal-making tradition…

* See and learn about Cymbal Making first-hand!

* Hand select one-of-a-kind cymbals from dozens of Sabian Prototypes and custom cymbals onsite for one day only!

* See the tools, machinery and cymbalsmiths that turn 80% Copper and 20% Tin into instruments!

* Bring-in your own cymbal for some hammering, lathing and sonic matching with new cymbals!

* Talk shop! Learn about cymbal metallurgy, ask questions, take pictures and hear the difference!

* Save-Save-Save!! We will have the lowest prices of the year on all Sabian cymbals and merch!

*Grab some free food and drinks too. We’ll be grilling out!

For more information, check out the event page below:

January 16, 2017

NAMM 2017

Later this week, we’re heading back to Anaheim for the music industry’s biggest venue for new and innovative technology and gear – The NAMM Show!

We’ll be reporting back on all of the latest and greatest in the drum world from DW, Yamaha, Pearl, Tama, Mapex, Roland, Meinl, Zildjian, SABIAN, LP, Gon Bops, and many more, so if you want us to check out anything special just let us know! This year, Rhythm Traders own Lynn Nicholson will be on the NAMM panel for ‘Best in Show’, choosing his top picks of the show. Stay tuned on here and our Facebook and Instagram for all the photos, videos, and updates.

Rhythm Traders 2017
January 13, 2017

Happy 2017 from Rhythm Traders!!!

We hope your new year is off to a grand start! Did you know 2017 marks the 25th year of Rhythm Traders? We’re planning on making it our best year ever, and we are so grateful for all of your continued love and support. Feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can be a better shop or serve you better.

We’ve got some smoking deals and discounts to kick the year off right and make way for the new. And soon we’ll be heading to the NAMM show to check out all of the latest innovations and technology in the drum world, so keep an eye out for our NAMM coverage, come visit us, and make sure your 2017 has plenty of drums in it.

December 10, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Gear Giveaway

It’s our favorite time of year again! We’re giving away THOUSANDS in gear, every day from December 13th to December 24th!!!

Prizes include cymbals, snare drums, cajons, an electronic drumset, a brand-spanking-new Yamaha Drumset, and more! Over $5,000 in merchandise will be given away total!!!

Here’s how it works: Stop by Rhythm Traders and get entered to win with every $10+ item purchased. Buy 10 items, and you increase your chances 10X! We’ll draw a new winner every day at 5pm up until our Grand Prize Yamaha drum set on Christmas Eve. Web customers will automatically be entered for this give-away, so come shop with us at (Lessons, Repair, and Gift Certificates not included).

Spread the word, and come down and see us! Winners announced daily on Facebook. Brought to you by Rhythm Traders, Sabian, Yamaha, Roland, Remo, Meinl, Mapex, Tycoon, Zildjian, Hal Leonard, KAT Electronic Percussion, Tama, Gon Bops, Pearl Drums, Sonor, & Bossa Nova Percussion.

Yamaha DTX502 Hybrid Packs
January 24, 2015

NAMM 2015: Mapex and Yamaha advance the world of hybrid drumming

The continued merging of the worlds of acoustic and electronic drumming was made most apparent by Mapex and Yamaha this year.

Mapex NFUZD Electronic Drum Conversion Pads


Over four years in the making, Mapex unveiled their new NFUZD electronic drum conversion kits that easily turns any acoustic kit into a powerful electronic kit. NFUZD pads are full-sized to fit on top of a drum in a matter of seconds, without removing the head or hoop. They also feature integration with drum sampling program BFD, giving users access to thousands of kits with over 55GB of 24-bit samples to choose from. Pads will be available in packs (ex: 10″, 12″, 16″, 14″ snare, kick, hats, ride and crash) or a la carte as separate products.

Mapex NFUZD Electronic Drum Conversion Pads

Yamaha DTX502 Hybrid Packs

Yamaha’s new DTX502 Hybrid Packs provide a right-out-of-the-box solution for drummers who want to integrate electronic elements into their acoustic drumming. The SC2HP587 pack consists of a five-piece Stage Custom Birch acoustic drum set with Yamaha 700 Series hardware, a DTX502 module, two acoustic drum triggers (intended for kick and snare) and two electronic drum pads (the 7″ TP70 single zone pad, and the 8″ XP80 3-zone pad. It also includes cables for the triggers and all the necessary clamps and mounts. All components will also be available a la carte to add to any existing acoustic or electronic kit. Due to the fact that Yamaha has been making high-quality acoustic drums since 1967, and electronic drums since 1986, they feel no other company is better equipped to be on the forefront of the booming hybrid drumming industry.

Yamaha DTX502 Hybrid Packs

Yamaha also demonstrated their vast developments in IOS software integration for their electronic drum modules. All of their DTX drums now feature apps that allow far easier and more intuitive operation of brain navigation, presets, and further expansion of the kits.

Yamaha DTX IOS Integration

NAMM 2015: NEW Roland RT-30 Drum Triggers

Roland RT-30 Drum Triggers

Roland announced the release of their new line of RT-30 drum triggers at NAMM 2015. Foolproof to use, easier than ever to setup, smaller and sleeker profile, AND each trigger is even $10 cheaper than their previous RT-10 line. The new line features the single-zone RT-30H for toms, RT-30K for kick drums, and dual-zone RT-30HR for snare drums. The triggers are made from fiberglass-reinforced ABS, feature side-mounted output jacks, and are compatible with TD-series V-Drums sound modules, SPD-series percussion pads, and Roland’s TM-2 Trigger Module. The triggers will replace the RT-10 line, and are expected to be available by March 2015.

January 23, 2014

NAMM 2014: Mapex Armory and Mars Kits and Snares

Mapex Booth at NAMM 2014

Mapex Booth at NAMM 2014

Designed for players that want to spend more time playing, and less time tuning, Mapex introduces their new mid-range Armory and Mars series kits. With the development of their new SONIClear Bearing Edge – which allows drumheads to sit flat on the edge of the drum, increasing contact between head and shell and enhancing shell vibration – these drums are producing stronger sounds than ever, with more tonal nuances, and a more centered pitch to make the drums easier to tune.

Along with these new kits, Mapex has also released a tasty new lineup of Armory snare drums. Each offering a unique sound and style just like their Black Panther snares.

Armory Snares at NAMM 2014

Armory Snare Drums at NAMM 2014


1.) Armory Series Drum Sets

Armory kits have hybrid shells – a blend of maple and birch – resulting in “increased brilliance and projection on the rack toms and a fatter and darker punch from the floor toms and bass drum”.

Armory Series Drum Set at NAMM 2014

Armory Series Drum Set at NAMM 2014

2.) Mars Series Drum Sets

Mars kits are designed as a no-nonsense, mid-priced drumset, that is of the utmost ease to tune and maintain. Sporting shallow 100% Birch shells, and the SONIClear Bearing Edge, Mapex took design innovations from the Saturn IV line and brought them into the mid-range to raise the bar on mid-level, gig-quality kits.

Mapex Mars Series Drum Set at NAMM 2014

Mapex Mars Series Drum Set at NAMM 2014

NAMM 2014: Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple, redesigned Stage Custom, and more…

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple at NAMM 2014

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

Yamaha is making big moves in 2014 with a new kit series added to the Absolute line, The Absolute Hybrid Maple, featuring a core ply of Wenge wood with outer plies of North American Maple. They have also made some “subtle, yet substantial” redesigns to their top-selling kit, The Stage Custom Birch, and have also released not one but TWO new Dave Weckl Signature Snares – a 13″ x 5″ Maple 6-ply (6mm) model in Black Maple finish, and a 14″ x 5.5″ Brass (1.2mm) finished in Black Nickel.

1.) Absolute Hybrid Maple

The ultimate "Hybrid" Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

The ultimate “Hybrid” Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

From the Yamaha press release: Absolute Hybrid Maple drum sets feature a hook lug originally designed for the PHX Series, which brings out the drum’s natural tone by creating a small footprint on the shell. In addition to allowing quick and easy head changes, the lugs provide precision tuning.

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

Other features in the series include a new piston-drive snare strainer, hinged floor tom leg brackets, a low-mass bass drum bracket and the same style of spurs first introduced on the Live Custom drum set. Yamaha’s exclusive staggered diagonal seam and Air-Seal System shell-making process produces strong, consistent shells.

All configs will be initially available in 3 core finishes (Polar White, Vintage Natural, and Solid Black). At least one config will be available in every other offered finish (Classic Walnut, Red Autumn, Jade Green Sparkle, Orange Sparkle, Gold Champagne Sparkle, Pink Champagne Sparkle, and Silver Sparkle).

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Finishes

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Finishes

2.) Redesigned Stage Custom Birch

The newly redesigned Yamaha Stage Custom in new Pure White finish

The newly redesigned Yamaha Stage Custom in new Pure White finish

From the Yamaha press release: Yamaha today introduced the redesigned Stage Custom Birch drum set at the 2014 NAMM Show. Already considered to be pound-for-pound among the best in its class, the new generation Stage Custom Birch Drum Set has received several significant upgrades.

Many of the changes are subtle, yet substantial. Yamaha upgraded the shells with the same thicker ply concept used on Live Custom and rounded the bearing edges for more head to shell contact, which provides a fatter sound. The Absolute style lug, which attaches to the shell using a single screw, requires fewer holes in the shell and less metal inside the drum, allowing the drums to resonate more fully. Die-cast claws and new spurs now adorn the bass drum and the snare drum now includes ten lugs for more precise tuning.

2014 Stage Custom redesigns

2014 Stage Custom redesigns

Stage Custom Birch kits also come in new sizes. Tom and floor tom sizes are now available at traditional depths and diameters, offering wider tuning and dynamic ranges. The floor toms, trimmed down to be under square, provide a better tone to attack balance. The drum sets also offer excellent finishes, high-end specs and superior hardware at a great value.

3.) Dave Weckl Signature Snares

Dave Weckl Signature Snare Drums

Dave Weckl Signature Snare Drums

From the Yamaha press release: “I have enjoyed playing Yamaha drums for 30 years now. Their attention to detail, quality and consistency is unparalleled in the industry and I am happy to have this long standing relationship”, Dave Weckl commented. ”My signature snare drums are of the most unique on the market. The dual strainer system is one of a kind, and provides a sound and versatility like no other snare ever made. For the few that will be able to own one of these special drums, enjoy them. They are very special instruments!”

November 25, 2013

The 2013 Five Star Drum Shops Holiday Buyer’s Guide is here!

Our annual holiday deals are back with a bang for 2013. Inside the new Five Star Drum Shops Holiday Buyer’s Guide you’ll find exclusive deals, packages, bundles, discounts, extras, and other treats from favorite brands like DW, Tama, Gretsch, Yamaha, Paiste, Sabian, Zildjian, Pearl, LP, Meinl, and more. Check out the deals and stop in to see us today!



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September 30, 2013

JUST IN: Djembe Rope

We are once again back in full stock of our djembe rope for all you drum builders out there! We are also now carrying Black with Blue Flecks – a new for 2013 color. Our rope is specifically engineered for rope-tuned drums and is used by some of the finest drum builders in the world. It is a double-braided polyester around a strong, low-stretch core. We offer it in two sizes 1/8″ and 3/16″ and sell by the foot, or in 1200′ spools. You can find pricing information and place your order on our website, or you can always give us a call at (503)-288-6950. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss multiple spool discounts, feel free to email us at Happy building!

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