Having heaved a sigh of relief that we’d finally waded through the cornucopia of Winter NAMM product launches last week, Remo realised it had forgotten to tell the media what it had on show and put that right over the weekend. Which was just as well as the veteran company had made quite a number of introductions.
First up is the new Adjustable Bass Drum Dampener designed in conjunction with Dave Weckl. The Adjustable Bass Drum Dampener gives drummers the ability to add tone and feel control on any size bass drum at all tuning ranges, Remo says. The dampener is clamped to the bass hoop and can be adjusted around the circumference of the bass drum without interfering with the bass drum pedal and beater. It can be used on the batter or resonant heads of the bass drum.
Meanwhile, Remo has expanded its line of Colortone Drumheads to include Pink and Purple featuring proprietary Skyndeep Imaging Technology ‘…for a stunning visual appeal with powerful projection, tone and durability’. Colortone drumheads are offered in Powerstroke 77 snare, Emperor, and Powerstroke 3 Bass.
The Powerstroke 77 Colortone snare Drumheads are constructed with 2-plies of high-strength Mylar film with an added 5-mil Controlled Sound Dot on top and a 7-mil dampening underlay ring for a powerful, focused attack. Available in sizes 13” and 14”.
The Emperor Colortone Drumheads are constructed with 2-plies of high-strength Mylar film. Available in sizes 8” through 18”. The Powerstroke 3 Bass drumheads are constructed with a single-ply 10-mil high-strength Mylar film combined with a 10-mil underlay dampening ring. Available in sizes 18” through 26”.
Also growing is Remo’s line of Festival Drums. ‘The Festival Bass Drum packs a punch with an abundance of low-end resonance and volume for its 14” diameter size,’ Remo says. ‘The lightweight Festival Bass Drum is manufactured with Remo’s proprietary Acousticon drum shell and features the Fliptop replaceable drumhead. Festival Bass Drums are equipped with a vibrant fabric wrap and carrying handle that enables you to add other smaller percussion instruments inside. The Festival Bass Drum is highly recommended by facilitators and educators for music programs with drumming protocols that include wellness, social, skill building and culturally specific drumming activities’.
Also on display were Remo’s Lock Top Drum Riser, Nightwaves Ocean Drum (designed with a cushion dampener to reduce noise volume offering a softer, quieter sound) an expanded range of Praise Tambourines and the new External Sub Muffl Bass Drum System. The Sub Muffl is a bass drum dampening accessory product that features a free-floating external design that works with all bass drum heads that do not have external dampening. Constructed with an external plastic profile and a slip-resistant dampening foam, the Sub Muffl allows the Drumhead full contact with the bearing edge: ‘…enabling the head and drum shell to maintain their full character of sound with additional attack and subsonic lows without frequency manipulation of glued on dampening profiles. The dampening sections slip in and out of the tray for easy adjustability in studio or live situations. It’s available in sizes – 18″, 20″, 22″, 24″