Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations: September 30th in L.A.

Dave Weckl

If you can get yourself to Los Angeles on Saturday September 30th, Yamaha is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a bang.

There will be some huge names performing: Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy), Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), and Dave Weckl (who needs no introduction)! Along with this, you can test out Yamaha drum gear, get behind-the-scenes knowledge from Yamaha drum designers, and see Yamaha legacy kits from the past 50 years. A food truck will be on site, and there will be raffles and other action happening throughout the day.

If you’re interested, get in quick and register. Space is limited, and you need to RSVP to attend. Doors open at 11 a.m., with performances from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Register and see more information at Yamaha’s website.

Zildjian Release Limited Edition 25th Anniversary A Custom 23″ Ride

Zildjian A Custom 25th Anniversary 23inch Ride Cymbal

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: 23rd & 24th September

UK Drum Show 2017

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

11:15 Thomas Lang
13:00 Dennis Chambers
15:00 Emmanuelle Caplette
17:00 JR Robinson

Sunday September 24th

11:15 George Kollias
13:00 Gerald Heyward
15:00 Craig Blundell & Michael Schack
17:00 Simon Phillips

Everything is at Manchester Central, from 10am to 6pm each day. Take a look at the UK Drum Show website for more information and tickets.

Buddy Rich’s Tonight Show Drum Kit – Yours For Just $40k!

Buddy Rich Tonight Show Drum Kit

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.

Buddy Rich Tonight Show Drum Kit Canister Throne

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 Announce Red Special Edition of the SPD-SX

Red Roland SPD-SX Special Edition

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.

Announcing DrumheadAuthority’s News Page

Here’s some news! DrumheadAuthority.com is happy to announce a brand new news section. From humble beginnings, we’ve expanded things to be able to keep you up to date. Keep an eye on the drum news page for the latest important and interesting happenings in the drumming world.

A huge thank you to everyone who uses this site or has sent in some kind words! DrumheadAuthority is a website built by drummers, for drummers, and will always be a completely free drumming resource for the drumming community.