PDP Classic Wood Hoop kit
The Rhythm Best in drums 2016 polls have received over 136,000 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 2016. Here, we present the best drum kits of 2016. First up we have the PDP Classic Wood Hoop kit …
We said: "The PDP Classic Wood Hoop kit is a great sounding, cost-effective, lush-looking alternative to DW's flagship drum range."
Full review: PDP Classic Wood Hoop kit review
Ludwig Club Date kit
We said: "Ludwig raids its rich history to revitalise a classic line, revamping it for today’s busy drummer. Unencumbered by modern heavyweight hardware the Club Date has a fresh and warm tone."
Mapex Storm kit
We said: "The choice and quality of gear for new drummers has never been better. Mapex knows this, which is why their new Storm kit is such a formidable package. Poplar shells with SONIClear bearing edges, a double braced hardware pack included, and a range a modern, funky finishes."
SJC Tour kit
We said: "The American custom company has taken what it’s learned from years of making drums and applied it to this head-turning production line kit. The Tour Series is a versatile setup at a reasonable price."
Full review: SJC Tour kit review
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Pearl Decade Maple kit
We said: "Drummers looking to step up a gear will love the bright, lively sound of the Decade Maple with its thin, even-ply, all-maple shells and slick lacquer finishes, guaranteed for life."
Liberty Drums Richmond kit
We said: "A perfect example of the beautifully crafted drums that we have come to expect from Liberty Drums. The Richmond kit not only offers an abundance of tone but a surprising amount of low-end, too."
Full review: Liberty Drums Richmond kit review
British Drum Company Legend Series kit
We said: "It’s been just over a year since this fledgling British brand launched, and the Legend Series Kit - with its powerful and clean tone, courtesy of cold pressed birch shells - is an impressive introduction to the British Drum Company."
Yamaha Recording Custom kit
We said: "The Yamaha Recording Custom kit is a masterful return from one of the most famous kits ever made. The build quality is incredible. Don’t miss this!"
Full review: Yamaha Recording Custom kit review
Winner: DW Collectors Series Cherry Mahogany kit
We said: "DW continues to refine its already awesome Collector's Series, with this new attractive hybrid of cherry and mahogany offering a subtle variation of warm, sensitive and concise tones."
Full review: DW Collectors Series Cherry Mahogany kit review
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