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New Drum Gear: The Game-Changers
New Drum Gear: The Game-Changers
Taking a look gaming-changing products available for drummers available today. From acoustic kits to cymbals, snares, electronics & accessories - it's all here.
In terms of gear, drummers have never had it so good. Here’s our rundown of what’s hot for 2021.
What do we mean by ‘game-changing’ products?
These are the products that set the bar for innovation within the drumming community. For this, we have identified the most renowned products in sound quality, durability, and versatility for each of our available categories: acoustic, electronic, snares, cymbals, percussion, hardware, and accessories.
The game-changing acoustic drum kits
Whether it’s your starting drum kit or your prized possession, it is crucial to shop around for the drum kit that suits your style. To determine our top choices for this category, we looked for those kits that stand out from the crowd - offering something a little different to others.
Get busking with the Yamaha Stage Custom Hip 20" 4pc Shell Pack
The Stage Custom Hip Shell Pack is a game-changer in the world of busking. It includes a 20’’ x 8’’ bass drum, a 13’’ x 8’’ floor tom with snare wires, a 10’’ x 5’’ rack tom and a 13’’ x 5’’ snare drum.
These small diameter shells deliver the Stage Custom sound without compromise. They are extremely versatile – perfectly suited for jazz, light sessions work, small venues, and busking. The shells can also be tuned higher and make less noise than bigger drums, making them perfect for music that requires something 'light and tight'.
Shop Now | Yamaha Stage Custom Hip 20" 4pc Shell Pack
Find your R&B sound with the Pearl Masterworks 22'' 8pc Shell Pack
The 8pc Pearl Masterworks Shell Pack is the flagship kit by Pearl. With a choice of six toms to round out your grooves, it would have been treacherous to exclude this kit from the game-changing products list. For R&B and hip-hop players, this behemoth of a kit is your ticket to the biggest drum sounds you’ve ever heard.
Shop Now | Pearl Masterworks 22'' 8pc Shell Pack
Turn heads and make ears prick with the Ludwig Vistalite Zep Set 26" 5pc Shell Pack
Acrylic shells offer something different when it comes to aesthetics. They turn the heads of the audience and stand out amongst the crowd in any showroom. The Ludwig Vistalite Zep Set does exactly that while offering the high-quality tones you would find from a wooden shell pack.
The reinforced seam moulded acrylic shells excel at producing a strong attack with clear, balanced sounds which are well suited to a range of genres. The shells are fully stabilised and feature dual reinforced seams for exceptional strength to accompany the extremely eye-catching crystalline looks.
Shop Now | Ludwig Vistalite Zep Set 26" 5pc Shell Pack
Hit the road with the Tama Club-Jam Suitcase 16" Shell Pack
The Club-Jam Suitcase kit changed the game for travelling and busking drummers. With a 16’’ x 15’’ bass drum, a 10’’ x 7’’ rack tom and a 12’’ x 6’’ floor tom, the Tama Club-Jam Suitcase Shell Pack provides the ultimate in portability, as well as being perfect for drummers with limited space.
The unique and innovative design features make transporting your drums easier than ever before. The bass drum can be divided into two pieces, allowing the rack tom and floor tom to be stored inside for easy and compact transportation.
Shop Now | Tama Club-Jam Suitcase 16'' Shell Pack
The game-changing electronic drums
Electronic drums are the perfect solution for home drumming, quiet practice, instant recordings, and training.
This list of electronic drums offers something for everyone – whether you are picking up your first drumsticks or playing in the most prestigious studios. Our game-changing electronic drum kits are those that offer something new or different, and those that completely changed electronic drumming.
Get started with the Digital Drums 200 Junior Electronic Drum Kit by Gear4music
A game-changer for young, aspiring drummers. Learning on a full-sized kit, whether it be electric or acoustic, can be difficult for younger percussionists. The Digital Drums 200 Junior Electronic Drum Kit is the perfect size with fun, interactive tools and colour-coded drum pads and cymbals to make learning as enjoyable and engaging as possible.
Shop Now | Digital Drums 200 Junior Electronic Drum Kit
Spark your creativity with the ATV aDrums Artist Standard Drum Kit
The ATV provides the best of both worlds. It features all the benefits of an electronic drum kit with full-sized, authentic drums for unrivalled playability.
With the natural behaviours of acoustic drums, powered by the dynamic aD5 module, you'll be inspired whenever you sit down to play, practise and perform. New to electronic drumming? You’ll instantly adapt to the ATV aDrums kit. It feels, plays, and even looks like the acoustic counterpart.
Shop Now | ATV aDrums Artist Standard Drum Kit
Limitless drumming with the Yamaha DTX482K Electronic Drum Kit
The silicone heads on the Yamaha DTX482K Electronic Drum Kit allow for a responsive and realistic playing experience, while offering a silent operation with minimal vibrations. This kit combines years of experience in designing and building electronic drums.
Yamaha brings you 287 high-quality, expressive drum sounds and 128 keyboard sounds - with a mix of both electronic and acoustic effects to choose from. If you want to be unconventional you can mix up these sounds however you want, giving you the ultimate flexibility to craft your own signature sound.
Shop Now | Yamaha DTX482K Electronic Drum Kit
Experiment with the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
The industry-standard percussive sample pad. The Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more.
The Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad is equipped with nine highly sensitive rubber pads, two independent real-time control knobs, and four dedicated effect buttons. These are the sort of features that make the SPD-SX the go-to sample pad for pro players.
Shop Now | Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
The game-changing snare drums
When recording or performing, it is crucial to have a snare drum that accurately depicts your desired sound. These game-changing snare drums vary from the most recorded and most popular to the more unique snare drums.
Stay adaptable with the Ludwig LM400 14" x 5" Supraphonic Snare Drum
The most recorded snare drum of all time had to make its way onto our game-changers list. The Ludwig LM400 14" x 5" Supraphonic Snare Drum is incredibly versatile, ideal for a wide range of drumming styles and genres.
It features a seamless aluminium shell with a stunning chrome plated finish. This provides a natural brightness to accompany the resonant tone, with a great balance of frequencies.
Enjoy renowned quality with the Ludwig 14" x 6.5" Black Beauty Snare Drum
Our most popular snare drum is the Ludwig 14" x 6.5" Black Beauty Snare Drum. This is an updated version of one of Ludwig’s legendary snares, featuring a beaded brass shell with a metallic brass finish and durable chrome hardware. The brass offers warm, metallic tones and responds with superior sensitivity to other similar snares on the market.
Rock out with the SJC Jay Weinberg 14" x 6.5" Signature Snare Drum
The snare that ‘left behind’ its competition… The SJC Jay Weinberg 14" x 6.5" Signature Snare Drum is an individual masterpiece. This snare is a like-for-like replica of Jay’s own, custom-designed, touring snare drum. It features an outrageous 48-ply maple shell, giving Weinberg the thunderous, sizzling attack he needs to compete with Slipknot's huge sound, while remaining sensitive to the lightest ghost notes.
A pair of enormous 2" vent holes create a faster, punchier sustain, while bolstering the drum's incredible volume, to rip through rapid riffs with ease. This Slipknot snare wears a striking mask of its very own, featuring resin artwork by Jay in black and white, as well as matching flat-black hardware and custom wooden badges.
Extraordinary design, expert construction, and explosive tone - the SJC Jay Weinberg Signature Snare Drum is a full-force firecracker that's made for metal.
Oh, and ‘before I forget’ - every fan who orders this signature snare drum can tell Jay what they think of it face to face, in a personal meet and greet. Instructions are included on how to schedule your very own 10-minute virtual chat with Jay himself.
Expand your kit with the Gretsch 'Mighty Mini' 10'' x 5.5'' Snare Drum
Compact, reliable, and affordable. The Gretsch 'Mighty Mini' 10'' x 5.5'' Snare Drum sets the bar for affordable auxiliary snare drums. We’re not sure what’s more unbelievable - the piercing power from the 10’’ shell or its incredible price.
The 7-ply poplar shell offers a bright, snappy, piercing sound whilst still retaining warm, open, full-bodied tones. You get the definitive sound of the poplar's presence with a clarity that's easy to manipulate into a specific style.
The game-changing cymbals
Having the right set of cymbals is crucial in achieving your desired sound. Our game-changing cymbals are those that offer something slightly unique against the rest of the market. These can be used in a range of styles and settings and tend to be made specifically for drummers at a certain skill level to assist them on their drumming journey.
Transform your mix with the Sabian AA 19'' Holy China Cymbal, Brilliant Finish
The unique hole design of the Holy China Cymbal controls unwanted tones and provides a more focused and piercing attack. Perfect for drummers who like it loud, the Sabian AA Holy China delivers explosive, shimmering attack for your aggressive beats. This cymbal transforms your mix, adding a distinctive element that brings the sound to a whole new level.
Shop Now | Sabian AA 19'' Holy China Cymbal
Start your drumming with the Paiste 101 Universal Brass Cymbal Pack
The Paiste 101 Universal Brass Cymbals raised the bar for beginner cymbals. They are extremely affordable, durable, and versatile and offer a powerful tone from the brass construction. Because of this, they are ideal for a range of styles. The days of having painful, cheap starter cymbals are no more thanks to these beauties. They offer a stunning sound at an extremely low price point – perfect for taking you from a beginner to an intermediate drummer.
This cymbal pack includes a 14’’ hi-hat, 16’’ crash cymbal and a 20’’ ride cymbal. These cymbals are medium-heavy weight and provide a soft to medium-loud volume – great for any mix.
Shop Now | Paiste 101 Universal Brass Cymbal Pack
Perform and record with the Meinl Benny Greb Byzance Vintage Sand Set
The cymbal pack for the serious drummer. Conquer any stage with the Meinl Benny Greb Byzance Vintage Sand Set.
These are extremely high-quality cymbals, hand hammered to perfection. The B20 bronze alloy creates a truly individual sound, expressing musicality to its fullest. Designed in collaboration with prolific German drummer Benny Greb, these vintage sand cymbals produce dark sound characteristics with a short sustain.
The Meinl Benny Greb Byzance Vintage Sand Set features all of the cymbals you need to create your own unique sound. This includes a 14’’ hi-hat, an 18’’ thin crash and a 20’’ ride.
Shop Now | Meinl Benny Greb Byzance Vintage Sand Set
Practice without distruption with the Zildjian L80 Low Volume 348 Cymbal Box Set
A breathtaking innovation for home drumming, triggering and more. The Zildjian L80 Low Volume 348 Cymbal Box Set features an innovative pattern of a special proprietary alloy and a unique matte finish to offer fewer high frequencies for a more rounded tone.
Before the Zildjian L80s, low volume drumming came in the form of neoprene pads, mutes, and other dampening devices for cymbals. Zildjian's innovation achieves the best of both worlds – a musical sound with up to 80% less volume. This unique new playing experience from Zildjian delivers a quieter sound that's ideal for practice without losing the authentic feel of a Zildjian Cymbal.
This revolutionary cymbal pack includes a 13’’ hi-hat, 14’’ crash cymbal and an 18’’ crash/ride cymbal. This set is the perfect introduction to low volume drumming and can be expanded with other cymbals from the L80 range.
Check out the full range | Low Volume Cymbals
The game-changing percussion
In the eclectic world of percussion, there are a few products that really stand out. These innovations change the way in which we play, offering compact alternatives for a wider audience range. Here are some of the best innovations and why we think they are game changers for any percussionist.
Busk in style with the Meinl Cocktail Cajon Kit
An acoustic and compact take on a cocktail kit set up. The Meinl Cocktail Cajon Kit offers players a wide range of sounds from bass and snare to bongo cajons and a tom - all with wood cajon-style instruments.
This kit is the perfect percussion set for busking and travelling musicians. The Cocktail Cajon Kit includes the Cocktail Cajon, Tom Tap, Snare Tap, Bongo Cajon Tap, a brush, foot pedal and a pedal beater.
Shop Now | Meinl Cocktail Cajon Kit
Try something new with the bopbox Cajon by Gear4music
Taking a compact and portable cajon to the extreme. The bopbox Cajon by Gear4music features an incredibly sturdy cardboard shell that can take up to 200kg of weight. The included snare wires fit inside the cajon, creating a sharp attacking tone that complement the booming bass sounds. This instrument is suitable for beginners wanting an affordable beginner instrument or for existing musicians looking for something lightweight and fun.
Also suitable for kids and beginners, the Cajon can be flat packed, making it easy to transport and easy to store and the natural finish makes it fully customisable. The instrument can be assembled and disassembled in a very short amount of time, making it suitable for all kinds of musical situations: from busking and festivals through to band rehearsals and gigs!
Shop Now | bopbox Cajon by Gear4music
Conquer the streets with the WHD Street Drum
The revolutionary busking setup. The WHD Street Drum is a compact percussion set that comprises the three main components of a drum kit: a tom, snare, and bass drum. The responsive beech plywood body provides snappy tones that every drummer and percussionist will appreciate. It's also ideal for acoustic and unplugged full-band performances, offering a fun and unique dynamic.
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Sit back and relax with the Idiopan Domina 12'' Tunable Steel Tongue Drum
The Idiopan Domina 12'' Tunable Steel Tongue Drum inspires musical creativity and freedom, allowing you to alter the tuning to your preference. With an included display ring and beaters for convenience, the Idiopan Domina 12'' Tunable Steel Tongue Drum is an extremely versatile instrument that can be customised to suit you perfectly.
The game-changing hardware
Whether you are recording, gigging, or just practising, having good-quality hardware that suits your playing style and available space is essential. The game-changing hardware are widely used within the drumming community. They also offer exceptional durability, stability, and reliability, while solving a problem that other hardware may miss.
Position your cymbals freely with the Pearl Curved Boom Cymbal Stand
Curved cymbal stands have been a popular choice for drummers for a long time. But there’s something different about the Pearl Curved Boom Cymbal Stand…
Featuring Pearl's one-of-a-kind Boomerang mounting arm, the 1030 Series stand certainly grabs your attention. It allows easier, more exact cymbal placement than ever before - not least because of the gearless, GyroLock tilter, which provides infinite angle adjustment for unmatched placement accuracy. The Pearl Curved Boom Cymbal Stand is perfect for performing drummers. It’s built to last with sturdy, double-braced legs and heavy-duty rubber feet.
Shop Now | Pearl Curved Boom Cymbal Stand
Travel with ease with the Yamaha HW3 Crosstown Lightweight Hardware Set
If you’re a drummer on the move, you’ll know that less is more. The Yamaha HW3 Crosstown Lightweight Hardware Set provides you with all the hardware you need, without the excessive weight or effort required to transport it.
Weighing in at only 7.8KG in total with the bag, the Crosstown hardware set includes four stands that pack down easily into the included carry bag for effortless transport and easy set up and tear-down at shows.
Get your metal on with the Tama Iron Cobra Power Glide Double Bass Drum Pedal with Case
The go-to choice for rock and metal drummers with fast feet. It features several innovations to improve the power of your strokes. The Power Glide LiteSprocket provides increased beater power and speed when it reaches the end of the stroke, with the pedal housing putting less stress on the bearings for a smoother bearing motion.
Set up quick thanks to the Remo Quicklock HH Clutch Assembly
Designed specifically to make swapping your hi-hats quicker than ever. The Remo Quicklock HH Clutch Assembly allows you to change your hi-hats in seconds through the lock-notch system.
This clutch is ideal for any drummer as the lock-notch system eliminates the possibility of your cymbals loosening through the pace of any gig or practise. By pressing the locking pin assembly, cymbals can simply be changed out in any fast-moving environment. The Remo Quicklock HH Clutch fits to most hi-hat stands and is very easy to adjust.
Shop Now | Remo Quicklock HH Clutch Assembly
The game-changing accessories
Certain accessories are essential to have, such as drumsticks, drumheads and carry cases. Occasionally, we come across an accessory that shines like a coin in a fountain – raising the standards for all others.
Look smart with ProMark FireGrain 5A Wood Tip Drumsticks
The FireGrain drumsticks have a stunning aesthetic and are Promark’s most durable 5A stick. The ProMark FireGrain 5A Wood Tip Drumsticks are ideal for drummers who like to hit a little harder and play a little longer. The new FireGrain Heat Tempering Process is revolutionary to drumstick creation and allows the sticks to maintain the true qualities of their weight, balance, and attack.
Shop Now | ProMark FireGrain 5A Wood Tip Drumsticks
Dampen your sound with an A.M 14" Snare Towel
Dampening is a brilliant way to achieve your own unique sound from your snare drum. The A.M 14" Snare Towel is a quick and easy way to do just that. It’s made from 100-percent cotton, providing a soft surface for your drumsticks. You can find your own desired sound by folding the Snare Towel back, altering the level of dampening for your snare.
Shop Now | A.M 14'' Snare Towel, Forest
Protect your snare from anything with a Hardcase 14'' Snare Drum Case
The drum case that transformed drum cases from light cosmetic protection to complete immortality during even the bumpiest of transportation. The Hardcase 14'' Snare Drum Case features a hard plastic protective exterior that is both hard wearing and waterproof for long lasting reliability, ensuring that your drum is fully protected.
The Hardcase design has deservedly become an industry favourite. The structure and shape have been specifically engineered to be both lightweight and protective. The outer casing is waterproof and durable enough to withstand frequent gigs – perfect for working musicians.
Shop Now | Hardcase 14'' Snare Drum Case, Granite
Maximise attack with an Evans EMAD2 Clear Bass Drum Head, 22''
The unparalleled Externally Mounted Adjustable Damping (EMAD) system allows the player to adjust attack and focus. For over 40 years, Evans has been a pioneer of drumhead manufacturing and design. The Evans EMAD2 Clear Bass Drum Head is a two-ply bass drum head, containing two interchangeable damping rings that maximise attack and low-end without removing the head or reaching inside the drum. The outer ply of 6.5mil and an inner ply of 10mil film provides an enhanced attack, focus and durability.
Shop Now | Evans EMAD2 Clear Bass Drum Head
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Looking for more? Explore our full range of drum and percussion equipment here.
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Taking a look gaming-changing products available for drummers available today. From acoustic kits to cymbals, snares, electronics & accessories - it's all here.