ProMark's Select Balance Drum Sticks

Say hello to ProMark's Select Balance line of drum sticks. With these new sticks, drummers can choose forward or rebound balance from five diameters to fit any playing style.

In order to create the Select Balance line, ProMark went back to the drawing board and identified the key elements of drum sticks in order of priority: diameter, taper, tip shape, and tip material. Then they took the five most popular diameters and made them the core of the Select Balance line. Because drummers essentially prefer two types of stick balance: forward or rebound, the Select Balance line was designed to give drummers the option of both in five diameters, .535", .550"/.565”, .580”, .595". Now, drummers can find their preferred balance for any playing style.

Select Balanced sticks utilize quarter-sawn hickory for straightest grain, most consistency and durability. The sticks are weight sorted within 1.5 grams for the closest weight matching in the industry, and are also tone sorted within six hertz for the closest tonal pairing industry-wide. The sticks utilize a modified tear drop tip shape for more versatility. All models have wood tips; however, nylon tips will also be added to the line.

Select Balance sticks are available on November 15, 2013 at a MSRP of $15.25 at

KAT Percussion Adds KT3 To E-Kit Line

KAT Percussion is expanding its popular kt line of electronic drum kits with the KAT kt3 six-piece digital drum set.

The kt3 features large 11" dual-zone white floor tom and snare drum pads, a larger 12" hi-hat cymbal, two 12" crash cymbals, and a 14" ride cymbal with an all-new bell trigger. The kt3 sound module is preconfigured with 550 studio-grade drum, cymbal, DJ, FX and percussion sounds, along with 45 preset drum sets. Another 25 slots are available for user-created drum sets for a total of 70 kits.

The MIDI sound card built into the kt3 module includes 100 play-along tracks that are fun and challenging to play. A variety of input options are available, including mp3 players, iPods, smartphones, and tablets. As with every KAT kt sound module, the kt3 includes USB 2.0 and MIDI connectivity for expanded use with recording software.

“The new KAT kt3 is the latest advancement in our e-kit line,” said Mark Moralez, product manager for KAT. “The kt3 module was designed for everyone − from beginning players to the recording professional.”

Price: $1,549.00

Tama's Limited Edition Backbeat Bubinga Snare


Tama is releasing a new, limited edition, bunbinga birch snare called the "Backbeat." With a white oak finish, the bubinga birch blend inside marries the rich, dark tonality of the interior with the cracking projection of the exterior.

Performing drummers will enjoy the volume resulting from the shell's composition as well as the included 2.3 mm Mighty Hoops. "We created this drum to give players a single snare capable of covering a lot of ground," says Tama Product Manager, Charlie Hayashi. "The Backbeat is powerful enough to punch through when it counts, but dynamic enough to handle all the delicacies of live play."

This new snare is perfect for live performance and is the latest addition to the S.L.P. series.

Sonor's Sunset Beech Kit


Sonor is releasing the limited edition Sunset kit, made from German beechwood in transparent red, over a Birdseye Maple veneer. There will only be 25 kits available via Sonor Certified Plus dealers located across the USA.

The beechwood produces a warm, balanced tone with a low frequency punch. It offers evenly balanced lows, mids and highs and the consistent tone supports tremendous projection and dynamics.

The standard kit consists of an 18" x14" bass drum, 12" x 8" rack tom and a 14" x 14" floor tom with a 14" x 5" snare being offered as an option. These drums will feature top shelf fittings, the T.A.R. mounting system, (Total Acoustic Resonance allowing toms to resonate more freely), tuning lugs with TuneSafe, OSM (Optimum Shell Measurement allowing better contact between the bearing edge and the drum head) and Remo USA heads.

Sunset $2,199.00
Add-on Snare $569.00

Combo Tool Gives Drummers The Fix


CruzTOOLS recently announced the 13-in-1 GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool for most drum makes and models.

While the standard drum key allows for tuning and some adjustment here and there, the GrooveTech is a Swiss army knife of sorts in terms of kit care. This tool addresses several needs with just one instrument.

Central to the tool is a drum key with a thin-wall socket for easy access to any tension rod. Slotted and two Phillips screwdrivers are provided as well. Nine hex wrenches — four inch and five metric — are included to handle virtually all makes and models of pedals. Like all CruzTOOLS products, tools are professional-quality using a heat-treated S2 alloy and manufactured to precision tolerances. To add a little bling, components sport a polished-chrome finish.

The GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool carries a street price of $18.95, and is available now.