PDP New Yorker
The Rhythm Best of drums 2015 polls have received over 102,000 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 2015. Here, we present the best drum kits of 2015. First up we have the PDP New Yorker.
We Say: "An entry-level mini kit from DW's little brother. The New Yorker is perhaps a little rough around the edges but certainly a lot of fun. It would make a cracking little club kit or a great first set for a younger player."
FULL REVIEW: PDP New Yorker
Crush Sublime AXM
We Said: "Crush continues to go from strength to strength.The company has definitely got its own way of doing things and this kit has been designed from the ground up to have its own look and sound. As a package it feels complete and makes a competitively priced alternative to established brands."
FULL REVIEW: Crush Sublime AXM
Sakae Almighty Maple
We Said: "Uncompromising in design, build, looks and sound, Sakae's Almighty Maple is appropriately named. It's an unambiguously pro spec kit and the level of quality it offers justifies the asking price. A heavyweight kit in every sense of the term."
FULL REVIEW: Sakae Almighty Maple
Q Drum Co Copper
We Said: "Striking looks, powerful warm sound and exceptional dynamic range courtesy of the riveted copper shells combined with the excellent maple edges. Q Drum Co is without doubt one of the 'coolest' drum brands around in 2015, but it has the substance to back up its substantial style. We can't wait to see what they come up with next year."
FULL REVIEW: Q Drum Co Copper
Natal Arcadia Series
We Said: "With premium features from Natal's high-end lines, adapted for the working drummer, the Arcadia series sets a stunning new standard for entry-to-mid-range kits. For themoney, this is an absolutely staggering kit, especially as it ships with two floors. This one comes very highly recommended."
FULL REVIEW: Natal Arcadia Series
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DW Mini Pro
We Said: "With excellent build quality and playability, the Mini Pro has everything that you might expect from a top-end DW kit, except of course the dimensions! It is the big brother to the PDP New Yorker, and we'd say that it is well worth the extra cash."
FULL REVIEW: DW Mini Pro
Sonor Vintage Series
We Said: "Here comes thevintage invasion! All things retro came well back into fashion this year, and Sonor made a superb job of its Vintage line. With its beech shells, rounded bearing edges, Superprofil hoops and teardrop lugs, Sonor’s Vintage Series recalls a fondly-remembered defining period in the German company’s 140-year evolution."
FULL REVIEW: Sonor Vintage Series
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Gretsch Broadkaster Vintage series
We Said: "Anything Sonor can do Gretsch can do just as well, right? Well, we loved the Sonor Vintage and weloved Gretsch's Broadkaster every bit as much. Gretsch has finally gone and done it. Built a lovingly faithful reproduction of its most sought-after three-ply round-badge era Broadkasters, with wise option of period or modern hardware."
FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Broadkaster Vintage series
Mapex Saturn V
We Said: "This is a fantastic all-rounder kit which is equally happy on stage or in the studio - on a jazz gig or playing rock. Mapex continues its traditionof evolving the already superb Saturn kit.The Saturn V is a masterful kit with incredible resonance. We're already excited to see what the Saturn VI will bring!"
FULL REVIEW: Mapex Saturn V
Pearl Wood Fiberglass
We Said: "Another blast from the past, this time from Pearl. Pearl's original Wood-Fiberglass shell was a genuine classic and this excellent, timely update with Kapur shells comes at a knock-down price. It's a limited run though, so if you want one, you'd better actmighty fast"
FULL REVIEW: Pearl Wood Fiberglass
Winner: Tama Custom Superstar Hyperdrive
We Said: "This kit has it all - great sound, excellent build quality and an incredible price; even at its full RRP this kit contradicts its comparatively meagre price tag. It was going to take one hell of a kit to hold of the retrocharge from Sonor, Pearl and Gretsch and the Tama Custom Superstar Hyprdrive is one hell of a kit, and then some."
FULL REVIEW: Tama Custom Superstar Hyperdrive