Zildjian have just released a small run of limited edition A Custom 23″ ride cymbals, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the iconic A Custom cymbal range. There are only 1,000 of these limited edition cymbals made, and each one is personally signed by Craigie Zildjian herself. These cymbals come packaged in a commemorative box, along with a Certificate of Authenticity. The 23″ ride cymbal has a brilliant finish, and is medium thin weight. It is crashable, and like a lot of the A Custom range, has a nice cutting bell. To take a look, head to your local drum store – if you’re lucky, they’ll have one on display!
More information on Zildjian’s page here.
The UK Drum Show kicks off tomorrow in Manchester. If you’re in the area, this will be a huge event dedicated to everything drum-related. There will be masterclasses, clinics, gear from all of the big brands, and live performances from some drumming legends (take a look at some of the names below!). There is some great stuff happening for drummers of all levels, and you can test out some amazing gear first-hand.
Here’s the Main Stage schedule:
Saturday September 23rd
Buddy Rich’s drum kit, played from 1974 to 1977 on the Tonight Show, has surfaced. It’s in great condition, with the BR crest bass drum head signed by the man himself. This drum set has had a few different owners over the years, starting out in a Slingerland sales rep’s home after Buddy changed to Ludwig in 1977. This Slingerland rep has signed a note verifying its authenticity, and a few parts of the kit (but not all of it) match Tonight Show videos from the time. One of the coolest features (besides this being a Buddy Rich kit) is the canister throne, which matches the drums and can store hardware.
Take a look at the full details (or purchase it if you’ve got a spare $40,000) at Donn’s Drum Vault.
Need cymbals too? Donn also has a set of Buddy Rich’s cymbals, if you’ve got an additional $40k laying around.
Roland have recently announced a red special edition of their legendary SPD-SX. The biggest change to this version is the huge onboard memory expansion – the Roland SPD-SX Special Edition comes with 16GB of internal storage. This allows for up to 50 hours of mono sample storage, which is a big increase from the 4GB of storage in the current version of the SPD-SX. The Special Edition also comes with Ableton Live Lite, which can be used for recording, production, and live sample triggering (using the SPD-SX as a controller to trigger and manipulate effects). The sparkling red finish of the SPD-SX Special Edition is designed to stand out on stage, and (in our opinion) gives this device a bit of a retro look.
Check out Roland’s website for more information.
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