Enter To Win The Big Bang Giveaway Featuring A Hendrix Custom Drum Kit And John Blackwell Signature Snare
25 Chances To Win!
You may not be as familiar with the Big Bang name as others in the drum industry, but you know the brands the company makes and distributes, such as Ahead AHEAD Drumsticks, Switch Kick by AHEAD , DG Cajons, Kasza Cymbals, Moongel, Bass Plate, and many more. With more than 1,500 products for drummers, Big Bang has now teamed with DRUM! for one of the biggest giveaways ever.
Grand Prize ($7,460.89)
One lucky winner will win a Hendrix Archetype stave-shell kit with a John Blackwell signature snare, Kasza cymbals, cymbal stands, cases, throne, pedal, sticks, and accessories from AHEAD Products.
Hendrix Archetype stave shell drums are among the most resonant, versatile, and responsive drums anywhere. This kit is a beautiful design in American black Walnut with a satin finish. Walnut is 30 percent softer than Maple, which gives it a warm tone, a naturally low fundamental note, and lots of body. Features include Hendrix ultra-thin solid stave shells, lacquer finish, and progressive bearing edges. Sizes include a 22" x 18" bass drum, 10" x 9" and 12" x 9" mounted toms, and a 14" x 14" floor tom.
John Blackwell Signature Snare
One of only 30 collectible editions, this John Blackwell Signature Hendrix snare is constructed of a 0.25" thick 14" x 6" African Paduak Archetype shell with 0.5" reinforcement rings. Special features include brass lugs, S-hoops, a Dunnett R7 throw-off, Fat Cat wires, Evans heads, and sleeved washers.
Kasza's R-Series cymbals are made from pure B20 cast bronze (80 percent copper/20 percent tin) and are handpicked for sound quality. The Grand Price features a 20" Dirty Bell Ride, 18" Dirty Bell Crash, and 14" Kasza Cymbals Light Top/Heavy Flat Bottom Skinny Fat Rock Hi-hats.
Hardware & Cases
The kit also features an AHEAD double-braced cymbal stand, hi-hat stand, and boom stand; six AHEAD Armor cases including a bass drum case, teardrop-style tom case, padded tom bag, extra tom case, padded snare bag, rolling cymbal case, and a hardware case. AHEAD Armor cases feature heavy waterproof 600-denier polyester on the outside exterior with double foam padding and Sherpa fleece lining.
Pedal and Beaters
AHEAD MACH1 Pro Single Pedal, a pro bass drum pedal designed for long-lasting durability, speed, and performance is a perfect pair for the new AHEAD Switch Kick Quick Release Beater System. Designed for drummers to “Switch” beaters, adjust beater height without using any tools, increase speed control, volume and feel. This pack includes the Two-Way Kick Starter System, Sonic Kick Beater, Boom Kick Beater, and Nylon Brush Kick Beater.
Finished in black velour, the split-seat, saddle top, spring-balanced AHEAD Spinal - G Throne with back support is designed with a high level of support for comfort and movement.
Sticks, & Accessories
You'll also receive the famous AHEAD 5A and Bamboo Bundle Sticks (BSL), a stick case, and grip tape from AHEAD.
A grand drum kit needs a grand tuning devise. Digital Drum Dial is the world's greatest tympanic pressure device for precise tuning every time.
First Prize ($323.99)
The Finhol Air Kick - Pop is a sound module that eliminates the need for low-frequency microphones. It measures air pressure from your bass drum and enables you to dial in sensitivity for the sound you want and choose among fully edited bass sounds.
Second Prize ($233.80)
DG Cajon. Made in Spain, The DeGregorio Kiyo Cajon is made of Birch with an ingenious patented snare system, the Pre-Tuned Tapa, allowing no tuning or string replacement.
Third Prize ($192.80)
The Hot Rod Bass Drum Kit features four great products: A Bass Plate dock for your pedal; the KickPro self-stabilizing bass drum pillow; KBrakes to keep your bass drums in place; a Drum O's 5" bass reinforcing ringand the Tight Screw Tension Rods.
This snare package includes an AHEAD S-Hoop Practice Pad, with a hard surface and a real counterhoop for rimshots and a built-in snare sound for authenticity and high-tension snare response, and Big Fat Snare Drum “Steve's Donut” and “Snare-Bourine Donut”, which effortlessly transforms any snare into a vintage, beefy, snare.
Twenty-five winners will receive swag from DRUM! and Moongel, the world's most highly acclaimed resonance control.
The colors and components in the prize pictures are not always an exact representation. Please refer to prize list for details. Stands are not as pictured.
All pricing is (MSRP) except the drums, which are (MAP) or "street" pricing:
- Hendrix Walnut 4-piece kit (tom mounts included)
- Hendrix John Blackwell LTD Snare Drum (1 out of 30)
- AHEAD Cymbal Stand (ACYMS2)
- AHEAD Heavy Duty Hi-Hat Stand (AHHST2)
- AHEAD Boom or Straight Stand (AMBS2)
- AHEAD Armor Bass Drum Case (AR1822)
- AHEAD Armor Floor Tom Case (AR2016)
- AHEAD Armor Padded Tom Bag (AR5010)
- AHEAD Armor Standard Tom Case (AR5129)
- AHEAD Armor Padded Snare Drum Bag (14" x 6.5") (AR3006)
- AHEAD Armor Rolling Cymbal Case (AA6024W)
- Ahead AA 5038 W hardware case
- AHEAD 5A Drumsticks (5A)
- AHEAD Bamboo Bundle Sticks (BSL)
- AHEAD Plush Switch Kick Stick case (SBSK)
- AHEAD Grip Tape (GT)
- AHEAD Switch Kick Quick Release Beater System with Two - Way Kick Starter System (AHSK), Sonic Kick (AHSKS), Boom Kick (AHSKBK), Nylon Brush Kick beaters (AHSKNH).
- AHEAD Mach 1 Pro Single Pedal (APSP)
- AHEAD Spinal G Drum Throne with Back Rest (SPG-BBR)
- Drumdial Digital (DDD)
- Fat Cat Snare Wires
- Finhol Air Kick Pop (AK-02)
- DG Cajon – Kiyo Cajon (DGC01)
- Bass Plate (BP-22)
- KickPro Pillow (KPBD17B)
- KBrakes (KB512)
- Bass Drum O's
- AHEAD Practice Pad with S-Hoop (AHSHP)
- Big Fat Snare Drum “Steve's donut” (BFSD14DON)
- and “Snare Bourine Donut” (BFSD14SBD)
Fifth Through Twenty-Fifth Prizes
Fred Gretsch Receives Honorary Degree From Elmhurst CollegeElmhurst College Board of Trustees Chair Barbara Lucks (at left) and Interim President Larry Braskamp (at podium) presented an honorary Doctor of Music degree to Fred W. Gretsch at the school’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 28.
Fred W. Gretsch, fourth-generation leader of a family business that has helped shape American music history, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Elmhurst College at the school’s Spring Commencement on May 28, 2016. Gretsch, who is an Elmhurst alumnus, is president of the Gretsch Company, which was founded by Fred’s great-grandfather in 1883. Today the company makes guitars and drums for musicians who appreciate top-quality craftsmanship and classic style.
Elmhurst College confers honorary degrees on individuals whose commitments and achievements embody the College’s mission, vision, and core values. Fred Gretsch was recognized for his ongoing contributions to the music industry, as well as to his and his family’s stated mission, which is “to enrich people’s lives through music.”The new “Dr.” Fred Gretsch spoke to the assembled graduates, stressing the importance of relationships—personal and professional—to their future success.
Fred, his wife and business partner Dinah, his family company, and the Gretsch Foundation have been generous supporters of Elmhurst College and its Department of Music. That support has funded a variety of scholarships, as well as the state-of-the-art Sylvia and William Gretsch Recording Studio (established in 1987 to honor Fred’s parents). In 1993 the Gretsch Electric Guitar Ensemble became a regular element of the music program, and in 2015 arrangements were made for the music department’s ensembles to perform exclusively on Gretsch drum kits. Gretsch has also been a major supporter of the annual Elmhurst College High School Invitational Jazz Festival.Fred Gretsch is flanked by Elmhurst College Interim President Larry Braskamp (left) and Music Department Chair Peter Griffin.
Speaking on behalf of Elmhurst College, Music Business Program director Tim Hays comments, “Fred Gretsch's support has helped us develop one of the top music business programs in the country, from the Gretsch Music Business Student Scholarship fund to his multiple gifts that have allowed us to build and continually upgrade our state-of-the art Gretsch Recording Studio. The College, the Music Department, and generations of students have benefited from his vision and generosity.”Fred and Dinah Gretsch following the presentation of Fred’s honorary Doctor of Music degree.
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Joseph Emmick adds, “We’re pleased to honor Fred Gretsch. Who better to receive an honorary degree than someone who has distinguished himself in his service to the musical community? Fred and Dinah together form one of the music industry’s most formidable teams, and their international success enhances Elmhurst College’s reputation across the globe.”Dinah and Fred Gretsch standing in front of the Elmhurst College great seal.
After receiving his honorary degree Fred Gretsch said, “I’m grateful and I’m honored. When it comes to enriching people’s lives through music around the country and around the world, I recognize that Elmhurst is a great place to start. I look forward to working with the college to create more music-makers in the generations ahead.”
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Menza had just returned from a two-week vacation with his sons, and was said to look very healthy. His passing came as a shock to all of his band members.
Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Freidman shared on Facebook his memories with Menza.
"We all know the great and unique drummer that Nick Menza was, but he was also a trustworthy friend, a hilarious bandmate, as well as a very loving dad," Freidman said. I'm beyond sad, did not see this coming at all. RIP Brother."
Menza was a drummer for Megadeth from 1989 to 1998. He played for the band's biggest hits including "Youthanasia," and "Rust in Peace," among others.
After leaving the band, he explored his talent in jazz and also became a woodworker. Last year, he joined Ohm and replaced drummer David Eagle who passed away due to heart complications.
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