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Latin Percussion, Gretsch Drums, Auralex Acoustics

Mar 23, 2020, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

LP 7 Inch Tuned DjembeLatin Percussion
New Seven-Inch Rope Tuned Circle Djembes

Part of the LP World Collection, the new seven-inch, rope tuned djembes offer stunning sound and extra durability with eye-catching looks.

The djembes are made of LP's exclusive HD Shell Construction with a reinforced bearing edge, making them lightweight and durable. The Synthetic Perfect-Pitch head is pre-tuned, impervious to climate conditions, and ideal for educators and enthusiast of all levels. The Ever-Tune Rope, an essential part of these rope-tuned Circle Djembes, gives long-lasting tension, reducing the need to continually retune. The new Circle Djembes are the perfect blend of Old-World traditions and the latest manufacturing techniques. Available in White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Blue Marble, Orange Marble and Green Marble.

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LP Dandy CowbellLimited Edition Dandy Bongo Cowbell

Latin Percussion launched the limited edition Dandy Bongo Cowbell, a tribute to John “Dandy” Rodriguez, an icon on the salsa scene. He has been working with LP’s USA cowbell factory to create a set of two cowbells that achieve an elusive sound that he has sought for years. Only 100 of these high-pitched bells will be produced, and each will be signed by John.

The 8-inch, hand-held cowbells will be available in brushed steel or limited-edition chrome finish. Both finishes will be available in either Hi or Lo tones. The Dandy Bongo Cowbells are made using a one-piece steel construction to produce the higher pitch and lively overtone that is associated with Latin music.

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LP Salsa SnaresNew Stainless-Steel Salsa Snares

Developed to meet the sonic desires and rigorous quality demands of salsa timbaleros, these new stainless-steel snare drums are equally at home in rock, pop, or any other style of music. The new Salsa Snares are constructed from the same stainless steel as the LP Timbales and fitted with prestige style stainless steel rims, 8 lugs, and a 24-strand snare wire.

The sound of the Salsa Snares is cutting and bright with a sharp attack, the perfect complement to any timbales or drum setup. They are available in two shell sizes: 5 1/2 x 13-inch and 4 1/2 x 12-inch.

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Gretsch Grand PrixGretsch Drums
Grand Prix Snare Drum

Gretsch Drums has extended their snare drum range with the addition of the Grand Prix Aluminum Snare drum, perfect for both live and studio use.

The Grand Prix Snare drum incorporates all the essential Gretsch characteristics: a sophisticated look, inviting feel, and fantastic sound. The lightweight, brushed 1.2-mm rolled aluminum shell is extremely sensitive and delivers a distinctive range of tone with loads of power. It has a 45-degree bearing edge and 302 double-flanged hoops to ensure a comfortable feel. It comes fitted with Remo USA Control Sound drumheads.

The Grand Prix Snare Drum is available in 5 x 14-inch or 6.5 x 14-inch sizes.

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Auralex Hover Mat 2019Auralex Acoustics
Updated HoverMat Drum/Percussion Isolation Mat

Auralex Acoustics, Inc. announced a new updated version of the HoverMat, a portable acoustic barrier designed for use under drum kits, percussion setups, and other sound-producing instruments. Based on customer suggestions and consultation with numerous drummers and percussionists, the updated HoverMat combines Auralex’s SheetBlok Sound Barrier with a non-slip durable fabric that is laminated together to produce an effective sound barrier that improves acoustical isolation and clarifies your drum’s tone.

The HoverMat allows for high-performance decoupling from hollow stages and floors, optimizing the sound of drums and percussion instruments by minimizing resonance from the surface on which the instruments are resting. Designed for portability, the HoverMat is a great replacement for old, worn-out rugs that drummers have been using over the years. Percussionists, especially those playing cajons and other floor-standing instruments, will notice a great improvement of tone, clarity, and reduced vibration with the stage surface.

The updated version of the HoverMat is currently in use in the studio and on tour with Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), Daru Jones (Jack White), Derrick Wright (Adele), Jordan Perlson (Adrian Belew), and Peter Erskine (Peter Erskine Trio).

The HoverMat improves acoustical isolation, is made of durable non-slip fabric laminated to the ISO barrier (no glue used), and is six feet wide by four-feet deep with a 0.25-inch thickness. A cinch sack with shoulder strap is included.

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