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NAMM 2014 - Sabian Cymbals 2014 Cymbal Vote Winners
Thursday, 06 February 2014 19:32
 
Last year, drummers from around the globe cast their votes to make sure their favorite models were included in the finals of the 2014 Sabian Cymbal Vote campaign. The time is upon us and we now reveal the 2014 winners!
 
 
 
The 4 new Sabian models will be in stores this year! They are: The AAX Iso crash, AAX Freq hats, AAX X-Plosion ride and the AA Raw Bell crash.
 
1. AAX Iso crash: We started with a heavily hand-hammered raw bell and drilled 6 holes around the cup. Why? Not only do the holes isolate the bell from bow for pure, strong bell tone, they also allow it to sound lighter than it is. So you get the sizzle of a Thin model with the strength, volume and projection of a Medium-Thin. More Iso-Bell, baby!. Available in 16", 18" and 20" models.
 
2. AAX Freq Hats: The success of last year’s Freq Crash led our Vault gurus to experiment using the same exclusive dual-lathing process on a set of AAX Hats. We were thrilled with the result! The Raw Bell and lathing process serve to gate the attack, resulting in a crispy pair of hats that never get out of control. Get your Freq on!
 
 
3. 20" AAX X-Plosion ride: An exceptionally crashable light ride that rounds out Sabian’s award-winning AAX X-Plosion family. A large raw bell boosts the crash-ability factor, and combined with our X-Plosion sustain-enhancing process, adds up to a cymbal that’s equally at home performing light ride or heavy crash duty. Available in 20".
 
4. AA Raw Bell crash: Quick, even response is the hallmark of this classic thin model. Like other AA series crashes, it’s strong, cutting and intense – and very well designed for high-volume performance. And yes, it may be built AA tough, but all you need to know is this… it’s simply just a very musical Crash. Available in 16", 18" and 20" models.
 
For full descriptions and video of the 4 winning cymbal models, please visit www.CymbalVote.com
 
For more information on Sabian Cymbals and their products, visit them here: http://www.sabian.com
 
For more NAMM Coverage from Sick Drummer Magazine, check this link. We will be adding a lot more to it in the coming days: http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/index.php/news/namm-show-coverage/2014-namm-coverage.html
 
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.

 
NAMM 2014 - John Blackwell - TAMA 40th Anniversary Party
Monday, 03 February 2014 20:25
 
This footage was taken during the TAMA Drums 40th Anniversary Party, which was attended by the entire Hoshino family. Players included: Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Charlie Benante, Spanky McCurdy, Simon Phillips, and Mike Portnoy, all with insanely talented bands playing with them. This was taken from the front row with one camera and an external mic. Anton and I were lucky enough to have gotten there early enough for front row! We sat next to Billy's family and Ronald Bruner Jr's Mom! It was amazing... We hope you enjoy this inside look at a NAMM special event!
 
John Blackwell is a Grammy winning drummer most commonly known for his work with Prince, Patti LaBelle, Justin Timberlake and his own John Blackwell Project.
 
 
 
The evening started off with a video history of the brand from the early 1970's, leading up to today. The room was amazing, equipt with ultra-huge LCD display screens on either side of the stage and the sound was immense. We would like to thank Aaron Vishria for making sure Sick Drummer Magazine had VIP access for covering this stellar evening of drumming. 
 

Each group played for about ten minutes and there were video appearances in between from some who could not attend. Stewart Copeland of The Police was even on scene for a quick speech, and was his usual entertaining self. Closing the event was a five-kit drum circle that featured Rayford Griffin, John Blackwell, Billy Rymer, Blake Richardson and Ronald Bruner Jr.
 
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.
 
More new gear pictures and news can be found on the TAMA website: http://www.tamadrum.co.jp/usa/news/show/namm2014/index.html

 
NAMM 2014 - UFIP Cymbals - Bionic Series - Crash/Ride
Monday, 03 February 2014 17:49
The New UFIP Bionic has evolved into an even more exciting and musical range with a new twist on the original Bionic concept, making this series even more contemporary and totally up to date. A truly stunning playing experience for the rock and metal drummer that requires a real musical cymbal.
 
 
 
These cymbals are faster and more dynamic, but still retain the power and cut of the original Bionic classics. The Bionic sets a new standard, simply awesome! Hammered especially deep and wide, then polished to a lustrous golden finish, giving the cymbal added warmth, richness and tonality, the new Bionic Series offers great control and versatility in any musical environment.
 
This cymbal really did have unreal separation and stick definition between the bell tones and bow tones, regardless of how hard we hit it. Even striking it very hard, the sounds remained individual and the bell still cut through without choking the natural ring from hitting any other part of the cymbal body. A very well made cymbal and one we would be happy to have on a kit.
 
For more information on UFIP Cymbals and their products, visit them here: http://www.en.ufip.it/
 
For more NAMM Coverage from Sick Drummer Magazine, check this link. We will be adding a lot more to it in the coming days: http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/index.php/news/namm-show-coverage/2014-namm-coverage.html
 
 
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.

 


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