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Gigbag: March 2004

Zildjian K Custom Session Cymbals

Drummer Steve Gadd spent years working with the big Z to create the new K Custom Session cymbals. He feels they’ve made dishes that sound faithful to the ones he’s used for years. The hi-hat’s top is heavier than its bottom (Gadd’s recipe for a defined “chick” sound); the crashes ring dark and low, but decay quickly; and the 18-inch, unlathed ride is low in pitch and has a more controlled spread than previous K Custom rides.

Vandoren Glass Reed Resurfacer

Vandoren’s Glass Reed Resurfacer is an obsessive’s tool. Imagine adjusting factory reed designs to your own tastes to better complement your highly original and innovative tone. You can sand a reed down on the Resurfacer and shape it just the way you like it. The best part about it is that this thing looks like any other glass tchotchke you’ve seen in other people’s homes and, out of politeness, haven’t asked what the hell it is. So no one will know how you do it.

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