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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

The latest from Yamaha, Boss, Vic Firth, Zildjian and more

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Boss DD-500 Digital Delay
SONiVOX Tony Coleman Drums sound library
Vic Firth Universal Practice Tips
Yamaha Reface Synthesizers

Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbal Series

Nowadays, drummers have more tools for low-volume practice and study than ever. One of the best and most recent is Zildjian’s L80 series of cymbals, brass platters constructed from a mesh-like grid that results in an 80-percent decrease in volume. The advantages and uses here are many: You can save your hearing when practicing, and spend less of your day wearing earplugs; practice in your house or apartment unharassed by angry spouses and neighbors; talk over your drumming during lessons and rehearsal sessions, or hear online/DVD instruction concurrent with your drumming; and handle quiet coffeehouse gigs without impeding on your technique. Zildjian is selling the cymbals in three different packages: 14-inch hi-hats/16-inch crash/18-inch crash ride ($300 online); 13-inch hi-hats/14-inch crash/18-inch crash ride ($250); and 13-inch hi-hats and an 18-inch crash ride ($200). zildjian.com

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