Taye has been making quality drums since 1975, and unlike many manufacturers today, Taye makes it all — drum shells, hardware, and heads. The company’s newest offering is the ParaSonic series, which features lots of clever features and a new partial hybrid shell design. Better still, the ParaSonics don’t carry a high-end price.
Taye’s shells feature EFS shell technology that uses a cross-laminated construction for extra strength. You may know that birch is harder than maple and as a result has a brighter sound that tends to project well but also offers slightly less midrange and low-end warmth. Maple is a softer- and warmer-sounding wood and remains the most preferred shell material amongst the plethora of options available today.
Taye’s ParaSonic shells are designed to take advantage of these different tonal attributes and offer the ideal sound from every drum. Drums 14" and larger are made of 100 percent sugar maple (6-ply) and have very thin 4.8mm shells for extra warmth and longer sustain. Toms smaller than 14" use a hybrid shell composed of sugar maple (2-ply) and premium birch (4-ply) and are slightly thicker at 6.2mm to offer shorter sustain and a brighter attack.
The bass drums have 6-ply maple SoundRings whereas the toms are “straight” shells without reinforcing rings.
There are currently no snare drums offered in the ParaSonic line but thoughtfully Taye sent me a 14" x 6.5" MetalWorks brass snare to round out the kit for this review.
ParaSonic drums are offered in just three lacquer finishes but each one is gorgeous. My kit was the Dark Ocean Burst but there is also a Walnut Burst, both of which are transparent and reveal the wood grain underneath. The Vintage Goldtop is an opaque finish that reminds me of a classic guitar finish and is also quite beautiful.
My review kit had a deep midnight blue color near the edges that gradually opened up to a rich blue color in the center. I thought it was elegant and slightly understated, befitting a more expensive kit. Each drum in this review kit had a perfect glass-like gloss without any imperfections in the lacquer and the proportion of burst to darker areas was ideal for each shell size.
The MetalWorks brass snare drum had a brushed black nickel finish that I found to be both a masculine and handsome finish.
There are six available configurations of the drums ranging from small bebop-style jazz kits with an 18" bass drum to a contemporary rock one-up/two-down kit with oversized toms and a stadium-sized 24" bass drum. My review kit was the Stage Kit with a 22" bass drum, 10" and 12" rack toms, and a 16" floor tom, which would work well for most gigs. This jump in diameter from the mounted toms down to a 16" floor tom rather than a fusion-sized 14" floor tom indicates this kit is designed for rock and pop styles that might benefit from a deeper-sounding low tom.
There are seven add-on drums available to expand the factory setups.
Taye’s drums have never been short on innovative and clever features to enhance their sound and convenience.
This line features a new ParaSonic Lug that is both attractive and functional. These new lugs are a bit beefier than the lugs on Taye’s other kits and feature gleaming chrome that adds quite a bit of sparkle to the kits under stage lighting. All the shell hardware including lugs, tom mounts, and floor tom leg brackets are isolated from the shells with studded gaskets to enhance tone and avoid metal-on-wood contact.