Reference Gear

In our reference section, our aim is to bring you a selection of kits, snare drums and cymbals that are considered by many to be the very best in terms of sound/functionality for their chosen field.

Whether it’s as a recording ready studio kit, familiar sounding live snare or classic jazz-influenced ride cymbal, our reference reviews are designed to give you the chance to draw comparisons between what’s often a much sought after piece of equipment and their latest available counterparts available on the market today.

Reference Gear

As one of the most recorded kits in history, we take a look at what makes the original Yamaha Recording Custom range such a classic when it comes to studio-friendly drums, which also serves as a perfect reference point...
September 2017: Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum: As one of the most recorded, and highly regarded, drums ever produced, we took the opportunity to present our thoughts on this much sought after instrument as a reference guide to  compare against...