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CLE Drums

If you’re looking for a set of drums with dry-sounding components that offer instant separation and less than immediate response, stay away from these drums. CLE drums are clearly designed to resonate with each other to produce an aural blend that draws the sound together, making a drum set what it should be: one instrument.

Though these drums are visually refined and elegant, drum-maker Michael Latini focuses on their sound and feel. The kit I received consisted of a 5 1/2 by 14-inch snare, a 9 by 12 mounted tom, a 12 by 14 floor tom and a 15 by 20 bass drum. To my ears, these drums are reminiscent of ’50s and ’60s Gretsch, with a touch of WFL tossed in. In other words, they’re meant to be played acoustically in a wide variety of situations.

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