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What a trip! After 4 days jam-packed with the best drum performances, latest drum gear, and of course meeting and chatting with fellow musicians – we’ve landed back home in British Columbia, Canada. We’ve been providing updates as we’ve been going along, but I thought I’d take the time to compile the BEST of NAMM 2016 in one post!
To kick off this list, we have a fantastic performance by Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy),Larnell Lewis, and Marco Parisi. Both Cory and Marco were using Roli’s featured product – the Seaboard RISE. We got to witness a couple great solos from these two, all with Larnell filling in the gaps with his great drumming. You can find out more about Roli’s unique new keyboard by clicking here!
Tony from Zildjian was kind enough to give us a two-minute breakdown of what’s new in their world. Starting with the new ‘A’ Avedis line, Zildjian decided to take a step into the past and recreate the magic of vintage cymbals. From the hollow logo, marked gram weight, and patina style lathing – these pies will take you right back to the 50s and 60s. The other debuting cymbal line is the ‘S’ family. Made with B12 alloy, these affordable cymbals will give you a smooth, balanced tone.
For more information on these two new cymbals lines, head to Zildjian.com.
Michael Schack believes that having a real drummer on any DJ stage is far superior to having a computer simulate the drums. I think he proves it in this clip, don’t you? Michael Schack shows how the Roland TD-25KV can easily fill the roll in all styles of music – including Dubstep and EDM. Learn more about the TD-25KV by clicking here!
Artist, musician, and Drumeo instructor Pat Petrillo is here to tell you all about what Ludwig has going on for 2016. From their load of new snare drums, a pocket kit, and everything else in between – something is sure to suit your fancy. Explore Ludwig’s wide variety of drums on their website!
NFUZD Audio brought in Russ Miller to demonstrate their new Audio NSpire Electronic pads (paired with a Mapex drum set). We’ve never seen something quite like this before! Watch as Russ performs a cover of “Fields of Gold” by Sting using both acoustic and electronic sounds. Can you tell the difference? For more information head to NFUZDAudio.com.
Gon Bops Percussion
Stumbling across Alex Acuña and other fellow NAMM-goers playing out at the Gon Bops Percussion booth was definitely a treat. We got there at the tail end and grabbed this snippet! Learn about Gon Bops Percussion at GonBops.com!
Gabor Dornyei was just at Drumeo for a live lesson, so it was great to run into him at NAMM and get a rundown of his new percussion pack by Tycoon Percussion that he mentioned while he was here. Watch it in action during this overview and percussive jam! You can learn more about Tycoon Percussion by heading here.
Dunnett / George Way Drums
We gave Ronn Dunnett two minutes to tell us all about what’s new with Dunnett Classic Drums and George Way Drums. Ronn is actually a local drum manufacturer, so it’s always exciting to see what he has in the works. You can stay up-to-date with everything Ronn has going on by clicking here.
We also saw some beautiful gear…
…And came across a few familiar faces!
Special mention to everybody who came out to Tony Roma’s! It was great to see Drumeo students, instructors, and friends at the Drumeo NAMM 2016 meet up on Sunday Night.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our best of NAMM 2016 rundown and hopefully we’ll see you there next year!
By Jared Falk
A true turbine rc model jet engine adds the ultimate touch of realism to a radio controlled jet, and commercially produced units for rc use are now widely available and becoming more commonplace.
Turbine rc jet flying has become a big thing in recent years and there are some spectacular models around, large and small, but this aspect of the hobby is not for the novice!
Endless hours of flying experience and an impressive budget are needed to actively participate in flying proper radio control jets powered by real gas turbines. Even the smaller model jet engines are not cheap – and that’s on top of the cost of the jet itself, the radio gear and all the other necessary accessories.
So it’s serious business indeed but ultimately has to be one of the most rewarding ways of enjoying rc flying… if you can afford it!
Incidentally, rc model gas turbine engines are also used in other rc aircraft types such as turboprops and helicopters but, from a personal point of view, I don’t find scale turbine powered helis too realistic because of the sound – rc helicopters running on a turbine sound more like jets than helicopters (again, just a personal opinion!).
Shown right is a JetCat model turbine, one of the more popular commercially produced model jet engines readily available. JetCat USAare pioneers of this remarkable technology and offer some excellent turbine units.
Here’s a good video of a JetCat P80 being bench run:
Coxxie’s Drumming Studio Hardware and Software List
Drumming Studio Computer:
Roland TD-30K Electronic Drum Kit:
Roland TD-1KV Electronic Practice Drum Kit (Project Site):
Drumming Studio Recording Equipment – Hardware:
Drumming Stage Lighting Equipment:
Drumming Studio Recording Equipment – Software:
MH370 lawsuits gain pace as two-year deadline nears
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 next-of-kin have begun filing a slew of lawsuits over the plane’s disappearance as a two-year deadline approaches on March 8, with some hopeful that court scrutiny will help reveal answers about what befell the ill-fated plane.
Several US, Malaysian and Australian law firms told AFP they had begin filing suit on behalf of dozens of relatives of the 239 people on board the flight, seeking undisclosed damages.
Under international agreements, families have two years to sue over air accidents.
Any damages are to be paid by the flag carrier’s insurer, Germany-based Allianz, and thus would not impact the struggling airline’s finances.
But some also plan to sue Malaysia’s civil aviation authorities and military for losing track of MH370, attorneys said, and at least one will target aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
If successful, total payouts could reach into the “hundreds of millions” of dollars, said Joseph Wheeler, an Australian attorney who is seeking an out-of-court settlement for four Malaysian next-of-kin before the deadline.
“It’s a full Boeing 777, so the claims will be substantial,” said Wheeler.
The overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished soon after take-off on March 8, 2014.
Investigators believe it diverted and crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but neither a crash site nor cause have been found.
Under international agreements, families automatically get compensation totalling around $160,000 per passenger.
But they can sue for more, and Malaysia Airlines must prove it was not at fault, a tough task given the lack of clues.
Among major cases, 43 people, nearly all Chinese, sued in New York in early February, according to a copy of their case. MH370 carried 152 Chinese nationals.
A Miami-based firm is moving ahead with various lawsuits involving nearly 200 next of kin from several countries, said their attorney Roy Altman.
These include suing on behalf of all the clients against the airline and Malaysian government in Kuala Lumpur, and against Boeing in Chicago over possible aircraft malfunction.
The potential success of the various suits remains unclear given the unusual circumstances and jurisdictions, attorneys said.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers offer mixed reports of the process, with some reporting smooth negotiations for out-of-court settlements, while some others complained of low offers from the Malaysian side.
“We tried to negotiate, but they were intransigent and left us no option but to file,” Altman said.
Others complained that lawyers for the national carrier were threatening to have some cases struck out on grounds that a state-orchestrated rescue plan for the airline last year dissolved its previous holding company, Malaysia Air Systems (MAS).
A successor holding company claims no liability for MH370.
Voice370, an international next-of-kin network, this week called the move a “despicable act” to frustrate claims.
But the Malaysian administrator overseeing now-defunct MAS denied this Thursday, saying he had so far acceded to 96 requests for legal proceedings.
“No requests have been rejected,” administrator Mohammad Faiz Azmi said in a statement.
He said 42 next-of-kin had collected “full compensation” so far, giving no details.
He pledged a “good faith” effort to determine fair and equitable compensation, and said insurance would cover all reasonable claims.
Families accuse the airline and authorities of allowing MH370’s disappearance through a slow, bungled response, withholding information, and treating families poorly.
The charges are strongly denied, but a number of miscues blotted Malaysia’s chaotic reaction, including its air force’s failure to act despite tracking the plane on radar for nearly an hour after it diverted.
Most relatives declined comment due to the pending legal action, but several expressed hope that court action could reveal more information.
“We can’t let the world forget 239 lives. We can’t let such a tragedy happen again,” said Jack Song, a Chinese national whose sister was onboard.