Tag Archives: Snare Drum

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

February 28, 2013

JUST IN: Sabian Hoop Crasher

Photo of Sabian Hoop Crasher

It’s finally here!

This is a product we’ve been anxiously awaiting ever since we were introduced to it by master drummer Jojo Mayer at NAMM 2013. The Hoop Crasher sits on any 14″ snare, adding a thick, effected sound to your backbeats. In these digital days, a simple one-layer snare drum sound has always left something to be desired for drummers into fusion sounds such as drum n’ bass, and other electronically-oriented dance music genres. And while using triggers or any other means of digital enhancement has always been an option, it too left something to be desired for those of us that would much rather hear an organic sound than electronic. That’s exactly where the Hoop Crasher saves the day. Whether you are using it mic’d or not, it adds a thick layer of effected sizzle and white noise that requires no digital or electronic assistance to distort, thus sounding truer to the acoustic dynamics of your drums.

Photo of Sabian Hoop Crasher

The Hoop Crasher was voted Best in Show at NAMM 2013 by Rhythm Trader’s owner Brad Boynton and others.

This concept has been in the making for awhile now, and players have stacked everything from tambourines to cracked splashes and china cymbals on top of their snare drums to achieve a similar layered, distorted sound. But never before has anything came close to the simplicity, adjustability, and quality of sound that Sabian’s Hoop Crasher serves up. Find out more and hear it for yourself on our Hoop Crasher product page.

February 22, 2013

Product Review: Mapex Black Panther Snare Drums

photo of Black Panther Snare Drums

14 to choose from, each designed to PERFECTION (click above to hear)

Every drummer deserves a snare drum that they absolutely love. Its easily the most important element in any drum set, and if you haven’t found your dream snare yet, LISTEN UP! Mapex has worked closely with their drum design team and a panel of international Mapex Artists to craft a line of hand-built, hand-finished premium snare drums that are each the product of decades of expertise. Whatever sound you’re looking for, you can find a perfect match in one of their fourteen pristine models. Whether you want the dark, dry, sensitive sound of the 6-ply Maple Fastback or the bright, open, loud sound of the 1mm Steel-bodied Machete, they have a snare drum that will make you say “Oh yeah, that’s the one!”. We’ve already sold through a bunch, and everyone agrees that these snares are sonically, and stylistically, some of the finest ever made! Give them a look (and a listen) on our Black Panther Snare Drums product pages, and discover your dream snare today!

November 27, 2011

Portland Drum Fair 2011 Photos

A photo of some of the vintage gear at the 2011 Portland Drum Fair

A drum collector’s heaven

Our second annual Portland Drum Fair was held in 2011 at the Wonder Ballroom with our good friends at Revival Drum Shop. Like the 2010 Portland Drum Fair, it was one of the great events of the year for drum worshipers of all kinds. There were performances by professional drummers including Brass Roots, Lauren Newman, DJ Beacon Sound, DJ Big Drum, Lisa Schonberg & Heather Treadway, DJ John Moen, Todd Roper & Andy Korn Drum Duo, DJ Carlton Jackson, Tim Duroche, Daniel Hunt, DJ Aquaman, John Niekrasz, Sambagata, Daniel Glass, & DJ Cooky Parker.

A photo of Daniel Glass performing at the 2011 Drum Fair

Daniel Glass performance at the 2011 Portland Drum Fair

Click here for our full gallery of the 2011 Portland Drum Fair