When Pearl’s Vision series replaced its best-selling Export line in 2006, the campaign raised the bar for inexpensive kits. The Vision’s 6/8 shell construction, I.S.S. tom mounts, 900 series hardware, Reference-like lugs, and gorgeous finishes are just a few of the reasons to own one of these babies. Now there’s another: a free 8" x 7" or 10" x 8" tom with the purchase of any Vision kit (10" add-on with mount in Terracotta kit, pictured). Through July 31st, customers can download the offer coupon from Pearl’s web site and mail it in with their original receipt to receive their free drum. After July 31st and until the end of the year, Vision drum sets will ship to stores with the free add-on tom. Five-piece shell packs start at $1,329.Pearl
If e-kit players feel they’re no match for acoustic drummers in live settings, the Alesis TransActive Drummer electronic drum amplifier will change that. Boasting 50 watts of power, the TransActive Drummer’s two-way speaker wedge contains a 10" woofer, lending the kick a satisfying thud, while the 1" tweeter makes those cymbals really cut. Hooking up to a metronome, sequencer, or any other audio playback device is easy, while the built-in iPod dock enables drummers to mix and play along with their music. A line-level 0.25" stereo output allows instant connection to a PA system, external recording device, or computer. For twice the power and stereo performance, drummers can easily link two TransActive Drummers together with a common 0.25" TRS cable.Alesis
When DW picked the brain of first-call conguero Daniel De Los Reyes to find out the best way to keep hand drummers in top form, the result was The Daniel De Los Reyes Practice Pro, the latest addition to the company’s Smart Practice signature series practice pads. This all-in-one conga/timbale workstation gives musicians the flexibility and freedom to hone their handwork when and where they choose. Benefits include realistic conga sound, Remo heads, dual-surface timbale practice pad, actual timbale hoop, and multiple-tone cowbell.Drum Workshop, Inc. dwdrums.com
While Revolution Drum Company may not change the world with its nifty new Stick Silo, it will definitely make you re-think the importance of a stick bag. This handsome tote is constructed of 0.5" closed-cell foam, ABS plastic, and luggage-grade 600-denier nylon for extended durability. The Stick Silo is tom-mountable and contains interior dividers to separate brushes from mallets, making mid-song access quick, easy, and inconspicuous. There are also two roomy side pockets for accessories, while the padded handle allows for comfortable transport. Seeing as Alex Acuña uses one, don’t you think you should too?Revolution Drum Company
Designed in conjunction with Jim Petit of Memphis Drum Shop in Memphis Tennessee, Sabian’s new AAX Memphis ride looks and sounds like no other cymbal. The 21" slab of medium-thin B20 bronze articulates responsively while generating glassy clarity and even sustain — an all-around great cymbal for riding or crashing. The secret lies in the line-lathed topside combined with pinpoint lathing on the bottom for controlled wash and superb feel. With its AAX-style hammering, rough-hewn finish, and a steeply curved bow, the Memphis lends a tasteful visual element to any kit. Comes with a two-year warranty.Sabian Ltd.