SABIAN is happy to announce that its popular Set-Up Builder is back by popular demand − and better than ever! The all-new Set-Up Builder is much cooler and easier to use than the previous version. It allows users to build as many kits as they like, listen to high-quality sound samples and easily share them. Top SABIAN endorsers will also get busy creating their own set-ups, where all of their activity is automatically updated live to their profile pages on the SABIAN website. 

According to SABIAN Online Marketing Coordinator Katie Bursey, “Building a set-up, keeping it up-to-date and sharing on social media is a great way to stay in touch with drummers everywhere. And with our new, high-quality SABIAN sound samples, it’s also a great way to try new cymbals before you buy – the new Builder allows you to hear how they blend with your current set-up.”

The all-new SABIAN Set-Up Builder launches October 8, 2014 at What are you waiting for? Start building!


image002 Mapex has you covered with their current Saturn IV FREE* Bags Promotion.   From October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 when you purchase a Mapex 4-piece or 5-piece Saturn IV set you will receive a FREE a set of Mapex premium padded bags.

You might be asking yourself: Am I experiencing Déjà vu?  Yes, you are.  The Saturn IV Free Bag promotion might sound familiar because Mapex ran the same promotion earlier in the year and it was a huge success. Here is what drummers were saying about it:

“Bags are expensive, this is a SMOKING deal and a great time to get a Saturn IV imo. Great Promo”

“That is an awesome deal. Free cases? Unheard of... until now. Nice”.

“Bags are like buying another kit.  Killer deal”.

We happen to agree and thus the reason why we are re-launching the promotion. 

Mapex Saturn IV have the unmistakable sound of a Maple and Walnut hybrid shells which is the  Saturn’s most valued and distinguished feature. With the addition of SONIClear° suspension systems and mounts rack toms sing with clarity and warmth, floor toms sound bigger and deeper than their size, and bass drums produce a dense punch and full boom. The finishes are breathe taking. The MH Exotics all come standard with Black Chrome hardware and are available in five distinct burl finishes with exquisite figuring. The MH Edition kits are all fitted with chrome hardware and are available in six new finish.

This free bag set offer is available with the purchase any of the following Mapex Saturn IV shell packs in MH or MH Exotic; SNM529X, SNM529XF, SNM628X, SNM628XF. Mapex Padded Bag Set 4pc retail Value is $209.99 and the 5pc is $299.99. Not only does the Saturn IV FREE bags promotion make it easier for you to protect the finish of your new the set, but with available payment terms of up to 60 months through First Mutual Financial, ownership has never been easier. There are no coupons to redeem or mail in forms simply pick up the bags at your Authorized Mapex dealer at the time of your purchase. There is no better way to protect your new Saturn IV set then with a set of Mapex premium padded drum bags, for FREE!

This special free bag promotion is available only in the USA.

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Mapex products are hand built and hand assembled by the artisans at its wholly owned factory. The people at Mapex have earned a distinguished reputation for designing, engineering and building the highest quality acoustic drums. In fact, Mapex is one of the only companies of its kind to have earned ISO9001 certification - the world's standard for manufacturing excellence.


For students and enthusiasts of any instrument, there are few moments as valuable as an in depth and intimate session with a true professional.  Drummers in Northern California were given that very opportunity when Gregg Bissonette and Dixon put on clinics in 5 venues, from September 10th to the 14th

“Gregg’s clinic is incredibly engaging,” Says Jim Uding, Dixon Brand Manager.  “He immediately connects with the audience and gets everyone evolved with clap-a-along patterns and sing-a-long drum solos. There’s a lot to learn from Gregg Bissonette and he makes it fun.”

The Tour included clinics at Bentley’s Drum Shop in Fresno, Gelb Music in Redwood City, Ingram & Brauns of Pleasanton, Skip’s Music in Sacramento, and Bananas At Large in San Rafael.  While the clinics generally followed the same format, the individual character and clientele of each turn out would influence the show. 

“At Bentley’s with its drum shop crowd, Gregg stayed very in-depth,” Says Uding, “But at Ingram & Brauns, a lesson studio with its students and families present, Gregg was entertaining and heavy on the inspiration. We got to create a lot of great moments, and Dixon and Gregg are planning on a lot more for the future.”

St Louis Music and Dixon are planning clinics for 2015.  For details contact[email protected] or call 800-727-4512.

[Pictured: Gregg Bissonette at Gelb Music]


Tuesday, October 7th
@ Vic's Drum Shop
@ 6:30pm
$50 for a 90 minute session
Students of all skill levels are welcome!

Learn from one of today's most uniquely talented drummer/percussionists in an intimate classroom setting. Space is extremely limited so reserve your spot right away by calling the shop.


About Walfredo Reyes, Jr.:
Few drummers playing today can successfully combine the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban and World Percussion with the drum set as well as Walfredo Reyes, Jr., can. For Wally, fusing the two disciplines has been his driving passion. In fact, by blazing this path, he has challenged the technical levels of our instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the U.S., Wally learned the traditions from his father and master percussionist, Walfredo Sr. Wally then married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own truly global rhythmic style. Simply put, he is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and recording with Carlos Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, David Lindley, Ricki Lee Jones, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, Smokey Robinson, Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample, Boz Scaggs, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Johnny Hallyday, Khaled, Lindsey Buckingham, Chicago, and many others.

Because of his versatility, Walfredo Reyes, Jr., is one of the most in demand musicians in the world today. He is currently touring with the world renown classic rock band, Chicago, playing percussion.
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