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  • How a VK Magnesium Swept Me Off My Feet

    Words cannot accurately describe how much I love this drum. With so many amazing drums out there, it is rare that one will jump out in such a way that I think about it all weekend; but that is exactly what happened with this VK Magnesium. This drum speaks for itself, but I felt compelled to attempt to put into words what it produces sonically.

    This is a drum that invites you in, offers you a home-cooked meal and a glass of single malt scotch. It rewards you, flatters you, makes you feel like you can play anything. Depending on where you tune it, it sounds like a totally different drum. It's almost as if it has multiple personalities. Tuned low, it's fat, dry, transparent and sounds like a finished record. As you bring it to a medium tension, a smooth mid-range character begins to appear. When it's tuned up higher, there is a "smack" characteristic to the attack, rather than a "pop". I found this to be more microphone friendly because of that.

    This drum just speaks to me. If you are looking for the perfect studio drum, this is it. Put it on the stand, tune it, mic it, play it and you're done.

    - Tony

    Here is what all this excellence sounds like:

    Source: VK Drums Magnesium Snare Drum 14x5 w/ Titanium Hardware | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • New Paiste Masters! // Walkthrough Wednesday

    This week on Walkthrough Wednesday... Tom goes through the new editions to Paiste's Masters line of cymbals. The Masters have become a favorite of ours here at DCP and these new models only strengthen our love for them, just listen to these beauties!

     

    For more info on the whole line up of Paiste Masters Cymbals, follow this link: https://www.drumcenternh.com/masters

  • It Did Get Loud // Walkthrough Wednesday

    This week on Walkthrough Wednesday... Tony gets LOUD as we take a look at two ridiculous Dunnett 2n brass snares and some appropriately named Yamaha Loud Series drums at a killer price. Enjoy!

     

    For more info on the two Dunnett snare drums featured in this video, click the links below!

    Dunnett Classic 2N Chrome Over Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5 w/ Raw Brass Lugs

    https://www.drumcenternh.com/dunnett-classic-2n-chrome-over-brass-snare-drum-14x6-5-w-raw-brass-lugs.html

    Dunnett Classic 2N Triple Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5

    https://www.drumcenternh.com/dunnett-classic-2n-triple-brass-snare-drum-14x6-5.html

     

    To learn more about the Yamaha Loud Series Snare Drums, check out the following links.

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    Solid Silver

     

     

     

     

    Blue Sparkle Sunburst

     

     

     

     

    Habanero Sparkle Sunburst

  • Price Hikes from Ludwig and DW coming - Plus lots of New Gear

    Price Hikes Coming Soon - Some are Already Here. Last chance to save!

    It's inevitable, the companies have to raise their pricing periodically. We've seen some hikes from Meinl, Zildjian, Istanbul Agop, and Tama among others. April 1 will bring some hikes on a LOT of Ludwig product, namely the USA gear. If you've been holding out, now is a good time to act, as we need to get the order in by Friday to secure 2017 pricing. DW is having a few hikes, but notably the Performance series will be seeing roughly 10% increase. That's significant. You can place special orders until Friday to secure 2017 pricing.

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    We are getting SLAMMED with deliveries every day. We've never had the inventory we have right now. It's hard to single out items, because we have so many of them, and a lot of really cool drums and cymbals go under the radar unfortunately.

    We just got in a bunch of unique DW snare drums, many with gold or black hardware.  These look really cool.  Click on the image for more details.  Below that are some more items that have just landed and ripe for the pickings!

     

     

    DW Collectors 3mm Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5 Gold Hardware

    Bell Brass with Gold Hardware 14x6.5

    DW Collectors 3mm Copper Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gold Hw

    DW Collectors Bell Brass Snare Drum 14x4 Gold Hw

    DW Collectors 3mm Copper Snare Drum 14x4 Gold Hw

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 14x8 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Black Nickel Over Brass Snare Drum 13x7 Gold Hardware

    DW Collectors Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5 Knurled w/ Black Nickel Hardware

    DW Collectors Vintage Steel Snare Drum 14x5.5 Ribbed Copper w/ Black Nickel Hardware

    These are just a few of the unique DW Snare Drums we have on hand. Check out all of our Drum Workshop snare drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth here.

     


    Dunnett Classic 2N Triple Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Dunnett Classic 2N Chrome Over Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5 w/ Raw Brass Lugs

    Dunnett Classic Magnesium Snare Drum 14x6.5 Silver Ceramic w/ Cold Rolled Hoops

     


     

    We have some super cool A&F Snare Drums and A&F Drum Sets on hand!


     

    RBH Prestige Solid Walnut Snare Drum 14x6.5 w/ Maple Rings


    You need to get to know these Schagerl Snare Drums.


    Unix Solid Ply Bubinga Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Unix Solid Ply Birdseye Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Unix Solid Ply Quilted Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5


    Trick Custom AL13 Aluminum Snare Drum 14x8 Candy Red

    Trick Precious Metals 3mm Brass Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Trick VMT Aluminum Snare Drum 14x6.5 Cast Black


    Lush and Pristine! British Drum Company Bluebird Snare Drum 14x6

    The Most Popular Snare This Year!! British Drum Company Big Softy Snare Drum 14x6.5


    Canopus Zelkova Snare Drum 14x6.5 Limited Gunjo Lacquer

    Canopus Limited Edition ROF Project #1 Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Canopus Limited Edition Glass Fiber Snare Drum 14x6.5

    We have SEVERAL more Canopus Snare Drums in stock, check out some of the Second Line Deals too! Browse Canopus Snare Drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth Here.


    Noble And Cooley Limited Edition Solid Ply Walnut Snare Drum 14x7 Gloss

    Noble And Cooley Solid Ply Walnut Snare Drum 14x5

    Noble And Cooley Solid Ply Walnut Snare Drum 14x3 7/8


    VK Drums 7 Snare Drum 14x6.5

    VK Drums Magnesium Snare Drum 14x5 w/ Titanium Hardware

    VK Drums Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5


     

    Hendrix Archetype Stave Ambrosia Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5 Gloss

     

    Hendrix Archetype Stave Ambrosia Maple Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gloss

    Hendrix Archetype Stave Ambrosia Maple Snare Drum 14x5.5 Gloss


    We Now have Video Demos up of the UFIP Est. 1931 Cymbals.

    Check them out here.


     

    ATV Drums are Here!

    Right out of left field, these are a VERY different approach to electronic drums and percussion. The Artist drum set is a quantum leap forward in e-drums. I've never played cymbal pads that feel as good as these, and nor have I heard drum cymbal sounds as authentic. The A-Frame is everything AND the kitchen sink. It's really that cool. And it's in stock!


    C U S T O M  O R D E R  M A D N E S S!

    The "Nosferatu" cymbals if you will, these are non-catalogued, discontinued, or never offered cymbals that we have brought on because we're a drum store and we like to do unique things like this.  Some notable cymbals here are the 22" Signature Dry Heavy, which was discontinued a LONG time ago.  It was the ride used by Danny Carey for many years.  Let's not forget the Paiste Signature Traditionals Medium Light Hi Hat Cymbals 15", which haven't been available for well over a decade.  Gorgeous cymbals.

    What about Color Sound 2002?  We've got the upgraded Color Sounds in RED for the 2002 line.  Oh boy, are these nice!

    Check out the Color Sound 2002's Here

    P U M P K I N  R U D E S ! !

    Every Day is Halloween when you have these!! It doesn't get any more sinister than these custom Paiste Rudes!

    Check them out HERE!

     


    There's so much more too, check out our Just Arrived page to see what's in!


  • DCP Masterclass with Todd Sucherman!

    Todd Sucherman Masterclass at Drum Center of Portsmouth!

  • Tricky 2002s // Walkthrough Wednesday

    This week on Walkthrough Wednesday:

    Tom is checking out the new VMT1 series from Trick Drums​. The kit sizes are 22x14/13x9/16x16 and the matching snare is 14x6.5. To Tom's left is a candy red 3mm custom aluminum, which is to DIE for!

    To round out the kit we have a selection of custom ordered red Paiste​ 2002s!
    22" ride, 18" Medium and 15" Sound Edge Hats!

  • DW Collectors 45th Anniversary "Sapphire" 6pc Drum Set | Drum Center of Portsmouth

    To commemorate 45 years as The Drummer’s Choice, Drum Workshop proudly offers The Collector’s Series 45th Anniversary drum set. Each drum is hand-crafted at the DW California Custom Shop using hand-selected Norwegian Spruce from the Fiemme Valley in Northern Italy; the very region where wood is responsibly forested for some of the world’s most coveted and valuable orchestral stringed instruments. Four plies of the shell, both inner and outer, are finished in select European Sycamore. The face material is crafted from rare, highly-figured, quarter-cut European Sycamore exotic veneer, and features a meticulous Natural-to-Candy Black Burst Lacquer Specialty finish. An intricate center inlay is laser-cut and hand-assembled from exotic woods including Italian Grey Poplar, Black-Dyed Pearwood, and Blue Sapphire-Dyed Koto wood. The classic F-Hole artwork pays tribute to world-renown violin makers, and the Roman numerals commemorate DW’s milestone. Each instrument is also complemented by DW Custom Shop nickel-plated hardware and a host of drummer-friendly, professional features including True-Hoops™, True-Pitch 50 Tuning, S.T.M (Suspension Tom Mounts), M.A.G. Throw-Off System with 3P (3 position butt plate), DW Heads by Remo U.S.A and more. The pre-configured 6-piece set includes 8x10, 9x12, 12x14, and 14x16 toms; 18x22 bass drum; and 6.5x14 matching snare drum. A signed certificate of authenticity accompanies the collectable. Only 145 will ever be produced.SO 1074333.

    Source: DW Collectors 45th Anniversary "Sapphire" 6pc Drum Set | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • A Montineri Dream // Walkthrough Wednesday

    This week on Walkthrough Wednesday... Tom gives some love to some seriously awesome Montineri Custom Drums! The kit is a 3pc D'Luxx BeBop (18/12/14) and two "Very Vintage" snare drums, a 14x5 and a monstrous 15x7. We also picked out a couple sweet Dream Cymbals​ to complete the set up... ENJOY!

  • Gretsch USA Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5 Black Plated | Drum Center of Portsmouth

    The Gretsch USA snare drum program is legendary - there's a wide range of tones available, lovingly built by craftsmen using only the top quality materials. Copper's inherent softness makes for a drum that is warm and articulate while at the same time having the cut and presence of a metal shell. The drum's almost wood-like tonal quality is perfect for situations that require both power and clear stick definition. The 1mm polished copper shell also comes with our Micro-Sensitive throw, 42-Strand snare wires, die cast hoops and a 'Snap-In' key holder.

    Source: Gretsch USA Copper Snare Drum 14x6.5 Black Plated | Drum Center of Portsmouth

  • Double Kickin' // Walkthrough Wednesday

    On this week's Walkthrough Wednesday... Tom shows off a monstrous double bass Pearl Masterworks kit from the 2018 NAMM show, we are also proud to bring RBH Drums​ into our growing family of snare drums, so Tom is taking a beautiful birdseye maple solid ply for a spin!

    We finish up in the cymbal section with some awesome new models from UFIP​, ENJOY!

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