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Taye Parasonic Drum Kit Tested!

Taye has included its superb SlideTrack tom holder system despite the current fashion of not mounting toms off the bass drum on nicer kits. Personally, I prefer the convenience of mounting toms off the bass drum rather than using clamps to precariously balance heavy toms from cymbal stands. Taye’s SlideTrack works quite well and unlike most bass drum mounts, allows the user to slide their toms closer or further away to accommodate drummers of varying stature. The double tom mount clamps to a vertical tube that has an opening for a cymbal arm, a thoughtful addition to the unit.

The ParaSonic also utilizes Taye’s PocketHinge brackets for the tom mounts, bass drum spurs, and floor tom legs that evenly distributes clamping pressure across inserted rods.

Taye’s SpringFlex bass drum spurs are designed to improve bass drum tone and have retractable spikes. The bass drum uses Taye’s unique and vintage-looking Articulated Claw Hooks that are cleverly designed to allow you to change bass drumheads without removing the tension rods from the bass drum.

The toms are suspended for additional tone via Taye’s SuspensionRings. The counter hoops are 2.3mm thick and are rigid enough for professional use while still allowing for a bit of extra warmth from the tom toms.

The 14" x 6.5" MetalWorks snare drum has a beaded shell, which is often used to add strength and rigidity to metal snare drums. It has 10-lug dual-sided tube lugs and features Taye’s SideLatch snare release, which works well and quietly, though I prefer releases that require less room to disengage the wires. The butt plate is die-cast and befits a high-end drum.

Memory locks would have been a nice addition on the floor tom legs.

Hardware

I received a hardware package with the kit that included a hi-hat stand, two cymbal stands (one boom), snare stand, and a kick pedal, as well as a double tom clamp and floor tom legs.

The hardware was all double-braced for additional stability, provided a solid foundation for everything, and always functioned perfectly. The cymbal stands, tom arms, and snare basket all use a ball-and-socket design that has the advantage of allowing you to make precise and minute adjustments from a single wing screw. They also feature Taye’s PinlessHinge clamping method that distributes pressure across the tubes.

The three legs on the hi-hat stand rotate to make room for a double bass drum pedal. The stand also has adjustable tension to accommodate different weight hi-hats and playing styles. The tension adjustment allows for minute adjustments but isn’t indented to lock your settings so they may slowly loosen over time. I love the Remo hi-hat clutch that Taye uses since it won’t gradually unscrew and drop the top cymbal no matter how long your gig is.

My only issue with the stands is I’d like Taye to include some memory locks for faster setups.

The bass drum pedal was solid and relatively simple compared to many, but it was easy to set, adjust, and felt good to play.

Sound

These toms sounded great with the coated single-ply Dynaton batter heads. They were easy to tune up and each had a clear pitch and just the right amount of sustain. The hybrid shell composition seemed to operate as they were designed to. The mounted toms had a bit more attack (presumably due to the added birch) and the floor tom had oodles of warmth and low end with a bit more sustain. The drums responded well whether played lightly or heavily.

The bass drum had premuffled heads on both sides and it was punchy enough that it could be used as is without any additional muffling.

The MetalWorks brass snare was a lively and pretty fat-sounding drum with good rim-clicks and rimshots.

Verdict

Taye’s new ParaSonic line has plenty to offer: great sound, perfect finishes, and a plethora of thoughtful features. They’re so good they leave me wanting a bit more. The three finishes offered are very nice but I hope Taye expands upon the selection in the future. I’d also love to see the addition of a few matching ParaSonic snare drums. All in all, these ParaSonic drums are an affordable and very competitive drum line at a very reasonable price.

Details

Configuration 22" x 18" bass drum, 10" x 8.5" tom, 12" x 9" tom, and 16" x 16" floor tom. Add-on 14" x 6.5" MetalWorks Brushed Black Nickel Brass snare.
List Price Toms And Bass Drum Shell Pack $2,799, MetalWorks Brushed Black Nickel Brass Snare $599 Hardware Pack “A” $625
Shells Partial Hybrid EFS Shell Design — Shells 8"–12" are 6.2mm 2-ply maple and 4-ply birch, shells 14"–22" are 4.8mm 6-ply maple, 6-ply maple SoundRings on bass drums.
Features SlideTrack Tom Holder System, new ParaSonic lug, PocketHinge brackets, SuspensionRings for mounted toms, Articulated Claw Hooks, Studded Gaskets, 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops.
Finishes Dark Ocean Burst (reviewed), Walnut Burst, and Vintage Goldtop high-gloss finishes.
Contact Taye Inc., 909-628-9589, tayedrums.com

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