We’re back from our winter hibernation! We take a look at some of the most interesting gear out of NAMM 2016 on today’s show.
I have much love for DrumCraft for giving me an amazing year! We started moving in different directions, respectfully, and I’m now back with my Pearl family. I endorsed Pearl years ago, when I did Christina Aguilera’s Stripped tour and Janet Jackson’s All for You tour, so I’m no stranger to the company and am very happy to be back home.
1999 Mapex called, they want their bop kit back. What’s old is new again, I guess!
On this week’s show, we talk about some cool new gear coming from Musikmesse 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany! In the news, Jason Bitter clinic details, Foo Fighters’ new record breaks records, you can go to PASIC for free, and this just in: Chris Coleman clinic at Memphis Drum Shop to be streamed for FREE! Show notes after the break.
First things first. This review would not have been possible without the guys at Fork’s Drum Closet allowing me to occupy their practice room, tool around with a VERY expensive piece of equipment, and have access their wi-fi so I could do some background research on this pedal. They are supporting drummer-talk and the review monkey by allowing me review their gear so do me a favor and if my review is what convinces you to buy this pedal then give these guys your business. Tell em JABB from drummer-talk sent you, that way they know that they are benefiting from our relationship.
And now the review!
The bass-drum pedal market is a fairly slow one. Even with companies like Trick, Sleishman, Gibraltar, Vruk, Big-Dog, and Off-Set throwing their hats in the ring it still takes forever for produce new and innovative pedals. So when one of the big guys like Pearl put out a new pedal… it’s bound to make some waves in the drumming community. Pearl’s Demon Drive is one sexy piece of equipment, I mean, everything abut it screams fast. It is hands down the most aesthetically pleasing pedal on the market IMO. Then again it will spend most of it’s time under your foot so it’s not exactly going to be a crowd pleaser unless you can do something cool with it. Also if making it ugly would significantly drop the crazy high price then i’ll take the ugly pedal. Pearl seems to have decided that the interchangeable cam system that the previous Eliminator pedal was rocking has no place in the new design. The old chains and straps have given way to a direct drive system, which along with the bearings are what Pearl is touting as the reason for the new pedal smoothness and responsiveness. Trick has compression springs, DW 9000 has the free floating rotor, Giant Step has the rotating pendulum, and Demon Drive has Ninja bearings. Read more
For the upcoming tour with his new supergroup, Chickenfoot, Chad Smith is pulling out all the stops. He’s been known to go over the top in kit design before, a couple times. This time around is no exception. Smith’s teamed up with Orange County Chopper motorcycle artist Nub. No… that’s really his name. The kit looks pretty flippin’ sweet. Not a bad design. Check it our here.
In a victory for drumming purists everywhere, Pearl has announced that 311’s Chad Sexton has left his former company (Orange County Drums and Percussion) for greener pastures. Having endorsed Pearl’s hardware for awhile, he finally saw the light and wisely left ODCP. No brainer to me. Go Chad!
The USA, particularly the state of Tennessee, is cleaning up at Musikmesse in Germany this year. Nashville-based Pearl Drums has won the coveted MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Award) in the category of drum hardware. This begs the question:
Is there a Nashville-bias in Europe?
In keeping with the recent sports trend, Pearl has announced they have reached a deal to be the official supplier of drums and percussion for the Pacific 10 Conference (Pac-10) men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Read closely and you’ll see that not all of the universities have agreed to use Pearl drum sets, just Pearl marching percussion. It looks like all the California schools (USC, UCLA, UC-Berkeley) might have other contracts they must honor. Interesting. If any of you guys are college hoops fans, keep an eye out come tournament time. Now you’ll know what these schools are playing.
My kit smells of rich mahogany. Anchorman? Anyone? Anyways, Pearl really seems to be stepping up their game this year. Demon Drive, the jingle cajon, and now a stunning mahogany kit. I’m simply loving the look of this thing. Seriously. What else can I say? That’s a beautiful kit.
Our good friends at the Memphis Drum Shop have a great video on their website of Pearl rep Gene Okamato demonstrating the ins and outs of the Pearl’s new Demon Drive (reported on Drummertalk recently). I love the demonstration of the bearings. Makes me want to buy one now.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok2vT18AIv4&eurl=http://memphisdrumshop.com/?cat=0&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]