Sakae Celestial kit
The Rhythm Best of drums 2014 polls have received over 34,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the drummers and gear that have excelled in 2014. Here, we present one of the most hotly contested categories - best drum kit. The first in the list is a fine kit from Sakae...
We say: Sakae's Celestial is a top-grade series of hand-made drums with unique features like Chamber Specific Technology, which sees bearing edge profiles and ply lay-ups tailored to each size of shell.
Echo Custom Drums Apollo II kit
We say: This kit is beautifully crafted, portable, powerful and capable of being dropped into any musical situation.
Ludwig Signet 105 TeraBeat kit
We say: Brilliant new self-assembly concept, cleverly, elegantly and successfully engineered, brings USA-built American rock maple Ludwig drums into the middle budget arena.
DW Design Series Frequent Flyer Kit
We say: If the origins of the Frequent Flyer lie in acoustic settings, the finished product is more than capable of punching above its weight.
Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple kit
We say: Calling on expertise in various areas of instrument manufacture, the Absolute Hybrid Maple exemplifies Yamaha's pursuit of excellence.
Mapex Armory Series Kit
We say: Armory presents yet another significant step in the impressive onward march of Mapex. With hybrid shells, rounded bearing edges and superb finishes it will surely storm the middle market.
BUY: Mapex Armory Series Kit currently available from:
Premier Modern Classic kits
We say: Not everyone will take to the retro look, but in terms of pure drum sound the Modern Classic will leave a huge smile on your face.
BUY: Premier Modern Classic Concert Master 22 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
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