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  • Pearl Masterworks Drum Set Review

    Pearl Masterworks - The Flagship Luxury Drum Line

    Pearl Masterworks Drums are the pinnacle of Pearl R&D.  While many drum makers offer custom drums,  Masterworks drum sets are a timeless heirloom crafted to elevate the custom drum concept to a whole new level.  We decided to take the plunge on an exceptionally elegant 4 piece rock kit with Nickel hardware in our latest video review.

    Massive Sound with Pristine Elegance

    This magnificent Masterworks kit is a bit of a contradiction.  The specs say brash rock and roll, but the attention to detail is that of fine furniture.  The kick drum is 24x14 and delivers an immediate low end punch that hits you in the chest.  The mount-less 13x9 rack tom features single point STL lugs that allow for smooth resonance.  Rounding out the set are two boomy floor toms - a 16x16 and a massive 18x16.  The 18 inch floor tom is one of the most impressive sounding drums we have ever experienced.  Period.

    Endless Exotic Shell Construction Options

    What makes the Pearl Masterworks line of custom drums so custom is the shell configuration options.  Choose from Maple, Birch, African Mahogany, Gumwood, or even create your own Composite Shells.  Shell thickness options include THIN (4-ply, 5mm w/ 4-ply Reinforcement Rings), MEDIUM (6-ply, 7.5mm), and THICK (8-ply, 10mm and 10-ply, 12.5mm).

    Pearl offers seven Artisan Exotic veneers: Cameroon Tamo, Black Limba, Flame Maple African, Zebrawood, Bubinga, Eucalyptus, and Carbonply.  They don't stop there.  They also offer a choice of interiors - Artisan Veneers, Fiberglass, and CarbonPly.

    Our Masterworks review kit is comprised of 2 plys of highly figured Tamo Ash inside and out over inner core plies of Mahogany.  This results in a truly unique sound that blends warm, round tone with immediate stick attack.  The thin shells with Mastercast hoops give this kit a sound that is similar to a Gretsch USA kit with slightly more attack.

    We Are an Authorized Pearl Masterworks Concierge Dealer

    At DCP, we are an Authorized Pearl Masterworks Concierge Dealer, that's a fancy way of saying that we can give you your best deal on the custom Masterworks drum set of your dreams.  Whether you're looking for one of their Sonic-Select Shell Recipes, or something from your own design, Drum Center of Portsmouth is your home for Pearl Masterworks drum sets!

  • What's The Best Metal Snare Drum Under $200?

    Budget-Friendly Beats

    At Drum Center of Portsmouth, we are known for carrying the finest snare drum selection in the world.  Some cost upwards of $5,000.  Clearly, that is not the price point %99.9 of people are comfortable with.  For the rest of us, finding a quality snare drum without breaking the bank is the goal.  We've gathered three fantastic offerings for our latest comparison video to help you decide what's the best metal snare drum under $200!

    Pearl Modern Utility Steel Snare Drum - 14x6.5

    Bellowing, open, and untamed, Modern Utility Steel snare drums add fat, cracking tone to your drum set arsenal. Its thin 1mm beaded Steel shell is rolled to ring with open punch when played at full force, and speaks with a crisp sensitivity at lower impact. The finish is blasted with a satin textured coating which gives it a cool, versatile vibe. The Modern Utility features Pearl's CL arch lugs and smooth SR700 snare strainer for precise tunability. It's an exceptional primary or added snare, and brings a high-volume power to your playing voice.

    Tama Soundworks Steel Snare Drum - 14x6.5

    This Tama snare drum has a slightly thicker 1.2mm thick steel shell that provides a very powerful, cutting sound that is designed to thrive in live settings, but we've found that the Soundworks Steel snare is great in a recording situation too. If you need the bottom end that modern music requires, coupled with the high end cut to combat loud guitars, the Tama Soundworks steel at Drum Center of Portsmouth is a perfect fit for you. The high quality components make this a solid candidate for the best metal snare drum under $200.

    Ludwig Supralite Snare Drum - 14x6.5

    The last entry in our Best Snare Drum Under $200 was the Ludwig Supralite.  Supralite series snare drums also feature a thin, beaded steel shell. The hardware consists of solid chrome-over-brass tube lugs, 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops, and brass snare wires.  We are huge fans of Ludwig snare drums, and this low price offering gives you tone, volume and quality in spades.

    Your Home for Snare Drums (at any price point)

    Whether you're looking for a $200 snare drum or a $2,000 snare drum, Drum Center of Portsmouth has exactly what you're looking for.  We pride ourselves on finding the perfect instrument for YOUR needs.

  • Black Friday at Drum Center of Portsmouth

    Steals,Deals,Savings Galore at Drum Center of Portsmouth on Black Friday 2018!

    Get a glimpse of our crazy Black Friday Deals by visiting the page now.  What you see now is regular pricing.  Come back on Black Friday to get INSANE pricing!

    First come, first serve. When they are gone - they're gone! 

    Just to clarify - what you see now is normal pricing. Come back on Black Friday (or perhaps a little earlier) to see the killer deals!

    Also, visit our deals page to save up to 70% off list NOW - while it lasts!

    If you don't see something there that you like, we are having our now famous event in store and on Facebook!

     

    The Black Friday Tradition at Drum Center of Portsmouth

    Turkey is a Thanksgiving Day tradition in the USA. Coincidentally, just like a drummer, turkeys come with two drum sticks. As you go about celebrating Thanksgiving, post a picture of yourself feasting on a drum stick (the turkey kind!) on our Facebook page and we will give you a free pair of drum sticks with your next order, regardless of size. The choice of drum sticks is up to you... Vic Firth, Vater, Pro Mark, Zildjian. You name it, if we've got it, a pair will be yours for free!

    THREE WAYS TO SAVE BIG ON BLACK FRIDAY

    We have three cool ways for you to save anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars on Black Friday. We think that our offers are among the most unique out there, and we hope you agree! Here are the three ways you can save big on Friday!

    1) Stop by the shop on Friday wearing black and we will give you 15% off the regular price of anything in the store.*

    2) If you cannot make it to the shop, or you are not in the Portsmouth area, post a photo (video is better!) of yourself wearing black with a sign or note saying something to the effect of "I love DCP" on our Facebook page and we'll give you 15% off the regular price of anything we've got. Please note you'll need to call or email to receive the discount.

    3) Don't have black clothing? Can't post to Facebook? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll give you 15% off anything in the store that is either black or has the word "black" as a part of the product name, or if you bring some non-perishable canned food that we can donate on your behalf to the local food pantry. Just stop by the shop or give us a call and we'll take care of you.

    BONUS: We'll offer an additional 5% off any order (including the above promotions) if you post a video of yourself doing a Johnny Cash cover to our Facebook page... acoustic guitar, spoken word, full band, karaoke-style dub / voice-over, you name it. Knock out a short video and save even more!

    NOTE: The main three promotions cannot be combined. You may only combine the bonus 5% off with one of the "big 3." This also does not apply to used/clearance/consignment items.

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    GOLD FRIDAY - The George Way Way!

    Here's an all week special on George Way Drums: All Way Gold Drums get a $100 rebate after checkout!  Example drum is here and here.  (5.5x14 also available, just reach out for details)
    Also, if you buy a George Way Drum Set this week, you will receive a FREE Way Gold Snare Drum, which will be sent following the drum set.**

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    * Restrictions apply. Used, consignments, and certain brands are exempt from this promotion.  Contact us for details.
    ** Snare drum will be sent at a later date.

  • What's the Best Snare Drum Under $500?

    What's the Best Snare Drum Under $500?

    One of the questions we get asked the most at the Drum Center of Portsmouth is, “What’s the Best Snare Drum Under $500?”.  With so many available options, the answer will differ on which one of our staff you ask. We decided to compile a list of sub-$500 snares that we are currently enjoying.

    Canopus Yaiba Maple Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Canopus Yaiba Maple Snare Drum

    If you ask Shane what he thinks is the best snare drum under $500 is, the answer is the Canopus Yaiba Maple.  If a customer walks into the store without a particular brand of snare drum in mind, 7/10 times they’ll choose Canopus.

    Canopus is able to keep the price of the Yaiba series under $500 with very few compromises. The Yaiba Maple is made in Japan and features top-quality hardware, including their best in class Snare Wires.  This snare projects ideal warmth and sound great in a variety of tunings.

    Yamaha Recording Custom Brass Snare Drum 14x5.5

    Yamaha Recording Custom Brass Snare Drum

    Jeremy “T-Bone” Charron’s pick is the Yamaha Recording Custom Brass snare drum.  The drum delivers full sound, rich mid-range and a wide tuning range. The Recording Custom Brass boasts premium features for this price point, including a thin 1.2mm shell, 2.3mm DynaHoops, and 20-strand snare wires.  It even includes additional 10-strand Steve Gadd style snare wires!

    Tama SLP Classic Dry Aluminum Snare Drum 14x5.5

    Tama SLP Classic Dry Aluminum Snare Drum

    The Tama SLP Classic Dry Aluminum is the least expensive snare on our list.  At under $300, this extremely versatile instrument hits well above its weight.  Chuckie is drawn to the seamless 1.2 mm Aluminum shell with a center bead. The 8-lug Steel Mighty Hoops make for a crisp sound with short sustain.  Tama’s SLP projects a super-dry center hit, but play out towards the edge more and it has a surprising amount of life to it.

    Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Cherry Bomb Snare Drum 14x6

    Mapex Design Labs Black Panther Cherry Bomb

    Tom’s choice for best snare drum under $500 was a no-brainer.  Mapex has been making exceptional value snare drums since the introduction of their Black Panther line.  Their latest rendition of the 14x6 Cherry Bomb is no exception.

    The Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Cherry Bomb Snare has a smooth, unique tone that really set it apart from the other snares on this list.  Its 8-ply, 9mm Cherry shell sports dual air vents and stylish tube lugs. It ships with Remo USA heads, so it’s ready to rock straight out of the box!

    Gretsch USA Chrome Over Brass Snare Drum 14x5

    Gretsch USA Chrome Over Brass

    The most iconic snare drum on our list is the tried and tested Gretsch USA Chrome Over Brass.  The G4160 has been the go-to snare for countless musicians for decades and it currently sits atop Barrett’s list.

    This beefy snare is packed with high-end features like diecast hoops, Lightning throw-off, and 42-strand snare wires.  We’re not sure how Gretsch packs so many premium features into a drum under $500, but it sounds incredible!

    Ludwig Acrolite Classic Snare Drum 14x6.5

    Ludwig Acrolite Snare Drum

    What does “The Hawk” think is the best snare drum under $500?  Many people look to his wisdom when it comes to drum sound, and he rocks the Ludwig Acrolite Classic Snare Drum

    The Ludwig Acrolite Classic is a staff favorite, due to its classic brushed aluminum shell with 2.3mm triple-flanged hoops, 10 classic bowtie lugs, the new P88AC strainer/butt, milled center bead, and classic Blue/Olive Badge.  The sum of its parts is a truly unique tone that we think you’ll enjoy, too!

    Looking For Your Ideal Snare Drum Sound?

    Best snare drum under 500

    The Drum Center of Portsmouth is your home for world-class snare drums.  We have a snare sound for absolutely everyone at any price point. If you’re looking for just the right snare drum to express your musical voice, we can help.  We are all passionate about our instrument and can help you find your ideal snare drum. Talk to one of our knowledgeable drummers today!

  • Tama Star Drum Sets - Head to Head Review

    Tama Star Drum Sets - Bubinga, Maple, Walnut Compared at Drum Center of Portsmouth!

    Tama Star drums have generated a lot of buzz since their launch in 2013.  The Star line is handcrafted by a small group of artisans in Japan to incredible tolerances.  Their uncompromising attention to detail makes Tama Star Drums a shop favorite at Drum Center of Portsmouth.  We’ve put together an epic head-to-head comparison video of Tama’s big three - Star Bubinga, Star Maple and Star Walnut.

    The Idea

    Working at a drum store has its perks.  One day during a meeting, someone had the idea to order a bunch of the world’s finest drums for a comparison video.  After a few long months our shipment arrived, and we were rewarded with three jaw-dropping kits. The Star Maple and Star Bubinga kits share the same configuration.  10x7, 12x8 rack toms, 14x14, 16x16 floor toms and a 22x18 bass drum. The Star Walnut kit sports slightly different sizes: 10x8, 12x9, 14x12, 16x14, 18x22.

    Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat.  Tama Star drums are among the most beautiful instruments on this planet.  When these kits were unboxed, everyone at the shop stopped what they were doing.  You can’t take your eyes off of them. The exotic grain, the flawless finish, the stunning hardware, those INLAYS!  

    Once we got over the initial shock of pure aesthetic perfection, we got to spend some quality time playing Tama’s flagship line.  And, oh...what a joy it was.

    Tama Star Bubinga

    At the front line of Tama Star drums is the Tama Star Bubinga.  The kit we test drove was finished in immaculate Dark Red Cordia.  The shell construction of the Star Bubingas is a super-thin 4.5mm with thick 9mm reinforcement rings.  The interiors are equally as gorgeous with an inner ply of oiled Cordia.

    Right away you can spot something unusual about these drums.  Tama ships them with Remo Ambassadors, as opposed to Evans heads.  This is just one of the details that help you realize that Tama spared no expense regarding the sound of these drums.  The kick drums come equipped with PS3 batters and Fiberskyn resonant heads.

    The sound of Star Bubingas can be summed up in a word - aggressive.  Their dark tone is immediate, sharp and punchy. Their note is clear and beautiful, and they tune up with ease.  Tama’s Zinc diecast hoops keep the sustain focused and the drum in tune for days. The kick drum was our favorite part of this kit, providing ridiculous thump and cut.

    Tama Star Maple

    As we switched over from Star Bubinga to Star Maple the benefits of Tama’s Star Hardware became apparent.  Tama’s Super Resonant Mounting system works with a nifty quick-lock tom bracket that makes setup a breeze. Simply flip a switch on the tom stand arm to release your tom while leaving the memory lock in place.  Slide the tom back on and, boom. Ready for the next gig. The floor toms also employ these quick locks, making them ultimately gig-friendly.

    Our Star Maple kit was also drool-worthy in appearance.  The finish is called, “Gloss Sycamore” and resembles the most heavily figured Flamed Maple you could imagine.  The gloss is flawless, and has a genuine 3D appearance.

    Star Maple shell construction is completely different from the Bubingas.  At the center of the shell is a “solid-core” ply of 2mm maple, sandwiched between 1.5mm thick cross-laminated plies on both sides.  This thin, 5mm base is supported by 5mm Sound Focus Rings. The reasoning behind this recipe is to simulate the sound of a solid-ply shell without the solid-ply drawbacks.

    This kit delivers maple tone on huge doses of steroids.  The midrange frequencies BOOM with an unusual blend of modern/vintage sound.  Sticking is clean and articulate and sustain goes on and on. If you crave maple tone, Tama Star Maple delivers in spades.

    Tama Star Walnut

    Rounding out the Tama Star Drums lineup is Star Walnut.  As mentioned before, our Star Walnut had slightly different sizes than the other kits.  Toms were slightly deeper, and the floor toms were slightly shallower. The finish is a more understated Dark Mocha Gloss, sans inlays.

    Along with the sizes and finish being different, shell construction is also unique to the Star Walnut line.  Toms are 5mm and the bass is 6mm without reinforcement rings.

    These thin walnut shells produced rich, dark tone as one would expect from Walnut.  What surprised us was an element of bright attack. The shallower floor toms kept right up with its earlier competitors, and the kick delivered the most low end.  The sound of this kit was not unlike birch with some enhanced low-end. This kit would make an excellent rock kit with plenty of aggressive thump to keep up with the mix.

    The Verdict

    Tama Star Drums are uncompromising.  They use the finest materials that are crafted by the world’s finest drum makers.  The hardware is strong, beautiful and practical. They are simply among the finest instruments money can buy, and their price tag reflects this.  We appreciate that these kits are for a handful of fortunate people, but we are grateful that Tama continues to push the limits of what a drum set can be.

    The Tama Star Drum line covers every base between its Maple, Bubinga and Walnut kits.  Each voice is uniquely magnificent. We carry a huge selection of Tama Star Drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth.  We will gladly talk shop about Tama or any other brand you are interested in!

  • Drum Center of Portsmouth Is Now a Roland V-Drums Dealer!

    Roland V-Drums Now Available at Drum Center of Portsmouth!

    Roland Electronic Percussion at Drum Center of Portsmouth Roland Electronic Percussion at Drum Center of Portsmouth

    It goes without saying that Roland is the leader in the world of Electronic Drums.  If you spoken to us before, we've been rather black and white about our feelings on V-Drums and E-drums.   Our typical answer has always been "There's Roland, there's Yamaha, then there's everybody else."

    It's not that simple anymore.  ATV drums have made a BIG splash here at DCP, and their momentum continues to grow.  Yamaha has been steady for us from the word go, and Pearl's Mimic Module is hard to keep on the shelves here.  The E-drum world continues to grow, but there can only be one leader, and that leader is Roland.

    I sold Roland for a number of years before DCP, and went to Roland US in 2004 for training.  ( I have a picture somewhere...)

    I'm very familiar with the architecture of Roland's V-Drum Sets and Sampling Pads, but I'll certainly be needing a refresh as the boxes continue to arrive here at Drum Center of Portsmouth.

    It's a natural evolution for us: in our old location, we barely had room for Electronic drum sets.  Then, the new Drum Center of Portsmouth opened in 2017, and now that we've passed that one year mark, we've learned something:

      People want to buy Electronic drums at Drum Center of Portsmouth.

    You have made it clear: E-drums, or V-drums, are not going away.  And you're looking for a place where you can talk to experts who can help you.

    This aligns perfectly with our mission statement:

    To provide drummers from around the world a community through local and global networking selling products for a reasonable profit and providing friendly service.

    We want to help you make the right choice.  To do that, we've made a major commitment to stock a wide array of Roland V-Drums products, such as the TD-50, TD-30,TD-25, TD-17,TD-11,TD-4, and TD-1 V-Drums Sets.

    Standard fare such as the SPD-SX, SPD-1, and the legendary OctaPad are already in stock.

    Add on Roland Triggers, Pads, replacement mesh heads, and cables are also on the menu and ready to fly.

      The Electronic Drum Division at Drum Center of Portsmouth Just Got Bigger!

    We will continue to stock and service the brands we've carried, we will now be able to provide another option for you.

    We'd like to give a  sincere thank you for spending your drum money with us.  We hope to provide you with many years of good service and pricing on your Roland, and other products that we offer here at Drum Center of Portsmouth.

    Browse our current Roland inventory here.

     

     

  • Bop Kit Battle – Sonor SQ2, Canopus RFM and Ludwig Classic Maple

    Three Top Tier Bop Kits Head-to-Head

    Jazz.  It’s one of America’s original art forms and provides the soundtrack for your Sunday brunch.  The anchor of any good Jazz trio is the bop kit drum set.  Just like the eggs in your Sunday brunch, there are many ways to make a bop kit.  We chose three magnificent maple bop kits from three different manufacturers to compare their discernable differences.  Our “Bop Kit Battle” participants are the Sonor SQ2, Canopus RFM and the Ludwig Classic Maple Jazzette.

    The Parameters

    For this comparison, we chose three maple kits in “standard” bop configuration.  Each kit consisted of a 12-inch rack tom, 14-inch floor tom and an 18-inch kick drum.  The depths of the drums were also standard, except for the Canopus and its 13-inch deep floor tom.

    Accenting these three gorgeous kits were some seriously high end Paiste cymbals.  The hi-hats we selected were some genre-appropriate 15” 602 Modern Essentials.  The crash cymbal was a luxurious 20-inch Signature Traditionals Light Crash, and the ride was a 22” Masters Dry.  For a comparison this classy, we needed an extraordinary snare drum.  After much deliberation, we decided on the Schagerl Anteres Brass 14x6.5 snare drum with Black Hardware.

    Canopus RFM Bop Kit

    The first kit we set up was the Canopus RFM in a Bitter Brown Oil finish.  Canopus drums are a staff favorite at Drum Center of Portsmouth.  They are a boutique-level brand that is devoted to the science of their sound.  They build their drums from scratch, and spend an obsessive amount of their resources on R&D.  Canopus has a drum line for every conceivable genre of musician, and their RFM Bop Kit was a joy to experience.

    The 12-inch tom uses a RIMS style mount, and their proprietary low-profile solid lugs are very sleek.  Their Bolt-Tight leather washers are a small but ingenious addition that help keep the kit in tune throughout your gig.

    RFM shells have a relatively vintage vibe to them, as they are thin and sport reinforcement rings.  They arrive from the factory with Remo coated Ambassadors on both the top and bottom, giving them a focused, slightly drier tone.  The low end is prominent when tuned low, and they have clean, crisp tone when tuned up high.

    The Canopus RFM kit falls right in the middle of the three kits, pricewise.  You get a ton of value for your money with this kit.

    Sonor SQ2 Maple Bop Kit

    The second kit we put through its paces was the Sonor SQ2 Maple in Rosewood High Gloss.  The SQ2 line is completely customizable from shells to finish.  We ordered this one with thin maple toms and a medium maple kick.  Each drum also boasts a classy Rosewood interior veneer.  We were extremely excited to unbox this high-end bop kit and couldn’t wait to lay into it.

    From an aesthetic point of view, it doesn’t get much better than an SQ2.  The attention to detail by Sonor’s craftsmen is arguably the best in the industry.  Once you realize that the drums perform as good as they look, there’s no going back.

    Their mounting hardware is rock solid and allows for maximum resonance, along with optimal maneuverability.  The shells are undersized by 12mm, which give them a bright, modern attack that is undeniably the “Sonor sound”.  Notes are clear and defined, regardless of tuning.  Playing an SQ2 is just fun.  The response and feel you get behind the kit is a truly unique experience.

    Ludwig Jazzette Classic Maple

    The final participant in our maple bop kit shootout was the Ludwig Jazzette Classic Maple in Vintage Blue Oyster Wrap.  Ludwig has a huge following and is steeped in American musical history.  Many people are aware of their significant presence in Rock n’ Roll with their huge, wide open sound.  So, how do the Classic Maple shells hold up in a bop setting?

    The 12-inch rack tom sports the straightforward Atlas mount for a quick, easy setup and good resonance.  The classic lugs along with the eye-catching Vintage Blue Oyster wrap has turned many heads here at DCP since its arrival.

    Not surprisingly, the Ludwig Jazzette kept right up with its higher-priced competitors with ease.  The Classic Maple shells are built to the toughest standards in the industry.  Like Sonor, they undersize their shells, which gives you a little extra response and feel.  Shells tune up quickly and easily and produce a warm, round tone that is noticeably balanced.  We especially enjoyed the musicality of the bass drum, which was tonally distinguishable in comparison to the previous kits.

    The Verdict

    The idea behind this comparison was to highlight three flavors of maple bop kits that might not be on every drummer’s radar.  Despite their base-level similarities, each kit managed to distinguish itself visually and sonically.

    The RFM had a unique tone with a slick, vintage vibe that would easily hold its own in any trio.  Canopus makes an incredible instrument and may be the best manufacturer you’ve never heard of.  At Drum Center of Portsmouth we like to say that people who know drums, know Canopus.  If you aren’t familiar, you should definitely get acquainted!

    The SQ2 gave us everything we expected from an ultra high-end, custom drum set.  Flawless tone.  Gorgeous finish.  Practical, sturdy hardware.  You pay a premium when you choose a Sonor SQ2, but you know exactly where your money has gone once you sit behind your instrument.

    Ludwig’s Jazzette kit performed well above its price tag.  It’s can be argued that the sound you get from the Classic Maple shells is preferable to that of a kit costing twice as much.  Great looks, practical hardware and distinguished tone make this kit an undeniable value.

     

     

     

     

  • Yamaha Crosstown Advanced Lightweight Hardware Pack Review

    For the gigging drummer, lugging your hardware can literally be a pain in the butt. Few things are more unpleasant than transporting awkward, heavy stands before and after your gig. This routine can be especially brutal during a New England Winter. Ever pinch a finger on a frozen cymbal stand? Not fun.
    So, what are your options? You could hire a drum tech, or you could get yourself some lightweight hardware. Let’s explore the latter option with the Yamaha Crosstown Advanced Lightweight Hardware Pack.

    The Lightest Hardware Pack On The Market


    Yamaha’s Crosstown Advanced Lightweight Hardware Pack consists of two CS3 cymbal stands, one SS3 snare stand and one HHS3 hi-hat stand. The HW3 Pack comes with a convenient carrying case with enough room leftover for your throne and bass pedal. Each piece of hardware is constructed from durable, lightweight Aluminum. The Matte finished fittings keep the appearance consistently attractive from fingerprints, and is refreshingly different.

    Smart Design


    The combined weight of the HW3 Crosstown Advanced Lightweight Hardware Pack is an impressive 17 lbs. If you are a drummer on the go, that is definitely reason to celebrate. Being lightweight won’t do you much good unless the gear is also sturdy. This is where Yamaha seems to have struck the perfect balance.


    Yamaha has employed crimped aluminum legs to bring the ease of a tripod, with the weight of a flat based stand. The durable channel-tracked legs are supported with aluminum bracing that folds up neatly within itself. This allows for solid performance along with exceptional portability.


    The sub-five pound HHS3 Hi-Hat Stand is remarkably stable thanks to a cast aluminum pedal frame. It also boasts a pro-level clutch that you’d expect from a Yamaha product. The SS3 snare stand’s basket uses the same chanel track design as the tripod base, making it strong enough for even your heavier cast snare drums.

    Features

    Crosstown Hardware shares many of the features that makes the rest of their hardware lineup so successful. It also has some unique innovations that are pretty ingenious. Tripod legs sport non-slip rubber feet that grip securely. The cast aluminum pipe clamps share a universal diameter that allow the stands to be converted into a more compact two-piece stand if desired. Beveled grommets are another small, yet crucial feature that protect fingers and fittings from unpleasant damage.

    The Verdict

    The main benefit of this sturdy tripod design is the load capacity. We put the Crosstown pack through its paces with a 22” ride, 18” crash and 15” hats with no stability issues. There are obviously limits. If you are a heavy-handed basher, this lightweight option might not suit your needs. The 600 series or 700 series is a more viable option for you metal-heads.

    The cost of Yamaha Crosstown Advanced Lightweight Hardware Pack is as impressive as its performance. You can pick up the HW-3 from Drum Center of Portsmouth for only $399.99. Considering the convenience this adds to the gigging drummer’s plight, we’d call this a no-brainer.

  • Remembering Roy Burns

    (November 30, 1935-May 2, 2018)

    A note from Shane:

    Roy Burns was one of the first guys that was truly nice to me when I was brand new in this business. He loved to pick up the phone and talk about the latest breakthrough he'd had with Aquarian Drumheads.   And he always had them.  He never stopped trying to better his craft or himself.  Over the years, the phone calls never slowed down. I'm not that special, Roy was like this with everyone. He worked his tail off and truly valued relationships. He understood how powerful they are, and because of it, he was able to carve out a niche in a nearly impenetrable Drum Head market. This all happened when he was supposed to retire! After being the very first drum clinician, and making a living as a professional drummer, he found himself starting Aquarian in 1980 and never looked back.
    Our industry is full of extraordinary people. Roy was at the top of this list. I am so grateful to have had a relationship with him. I learned a lot. Thank you Roy.

  • 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!


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