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7 Must-Have Drum Toys For 2017

Review by Sean Mitchell // February 02 2017
7 Must-Have Drum Toys For 2017

Tax season is soon upon us, and for those of us getting a return it's time to start thinking about that next new toy! (Alternatively, if you're a musician who will be handing over some of that hard-earned green to the tax man, perhaps you need a few more capital assets to lower the old taxable income.) 

Either way, buying drum gear is never a bad idea, so here are a few to "twist your rubber arm." 

1. At the very top of this list—for obvious reasons—the DW Collector's Series Icon Terry Bozzio "The Black Page" Snare Drum, 14 x 6.5 in., a fitting tribute to the man who created one of the most difficult drum solos on the planet.


2. If you're a fan of the Reverend Al, you will not want this bad-ass drum to slip through your fingers. As of January 19, 2017, Ludwig reports there will be an additional 100 snare drums made, bringing the total Limited Edition Alex Van Halen Snare Drums to 200 worldwide. They come complete with many goodies including Al's signature.


3. I've been an admirer of these guys for a couple years now and while not technically a new product for 2017, ddrum's newest finish in the Hybrid Series line—white with red hardware—is a sexy beast. Reminiscent of the Tony Williams red-on-yellow finish, this color is the perfect addition to the hot red-on-black finish already offered by this series. And heck, if you're Canadian, they're the right color, eh? 


4. If you're a drummer who has many tax shelters and a few offshore corporations, perhaps the tax man owes you a nice big fat check. Well then, Pearl's Music City Custom might be just what you're after. These guys offer 35 different finishes and 54 different sizes. At one time this line was offered exclusively to artists; now the company is branching out to us commonfolk, offering a 14-day turnaround from authorized Pearl dealers.  


5. This is one of those take-my-money-please, moments: While they are a complete luxury, the Bright Beats are incredibly cool! If you have these at a gig, no one is paying attention to anything else but the drums!


6. In the more practical category of coolness, Zildjian has come up with something apartment-dwelling neighbors, parents, spouses and roommates have been praying for—for years: the L80 Low Volume Cymbals, which allow for real feel and sound at a fraction of the volume. How has no one come up with these till now?


7. Last, but certainly not least, if you are like me and you like to hybrid electronics and acoustic you are going to love Magnatrack drum triggers. These little guys can be attached to literally any size or shape of drum, cymbal, pad, mesh head, etc. They utilize energy transfer to trigger and allow you to trigger an acoustic kit with no modifications to the drum itself.

And hey, if you've recently made a purchase that you feel the whole drumming world should know about, feel free to share it on our Facebook page or in our Twitter feed. 






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About the Author
Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.

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