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Carlsbro add the CSD100 & CSD600

Carlsbro are to introduce the CSD100 and CSD600 to the already expansive range of Electronic Drums Kits.

 

The CSD100 is a BRAND NEW 8 piece electronic drum kit with 8" cymbal pads and 7" drum pads. It comes with 108 percussion voices, a dual zone ride cymbal, AUX in and Midi connectivity and sits on a lightweight, space saving, telescopic frame. The CSD100 is an ideal starter kit priced at £199

The CSD600 is a top of the range, mesh head 9 piece kit. It features a traditional hi hat stand, 10" snare drum and floor tom pads, 2 x 8" tom pads, 14" tri zone ride and 2 x 12" crash cymbals. It comes with 408 high quality percussion voices, AUX in, Midi USB memory and USB MIDI interface. Complete with heavy duty, full size frame with fully adjustable hardware. The high end kit is priced at £799.

 

 

UFO Low Volume Cymbals

Active Music are proud to announce the exclusive distribution of UFO Low Volume Cymbals for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

 

UFO Low Volume Cymbals are developed to behave like traditional cymbals, only at a reduced volume. Enabling the user to play like they would normally, but quieter, making it more comfortable for both the player and those around them.

UFO Low Volume Cymbals feel and respond like traditional cymbals – all the way from the bell to the edge, they even have some of the same sound characteristics. Ideal for any situation where volume needs to be kept to a minimum, be it practice at home or a performance in a smaller, intimate, venue. The cymbals also work great for making stacks with traditional cymbals.

The UFO Low Volume Cymbals are made from durable zinc, and are available in two sets, (14, 16, 20 or 14, 16, 18, 20), complete with bag, or as individual cymbals.

Tycoon Percussion Launch a Range of New Products for 2019

Tycoon Percussion have announced a number of additions to their already impressive range of percussion instruments including the Supremo Kinetic Series, Finn Cajon, Bold Series Cajons and the Kalani World Rhythm Sets.

Finn Cajon

Tycoon is proud to introduce the all-new Finn Cajon, 100% crafted from Finnish Birch imported directly from Finland. Constructed using 10 ply birch for the body with 6 ply front plate for optimal sonic quality with durability to match, the Finn Cajon features four adjustable snare wires to enhance the snare sound.

 

Supremo Select Kinetic Series

Tycoon’s all-new Kinetic finish fits perfectly within Tycoon’s Supremo Select Series line-up. Available in either Kinetic Gold or Kinetic Steel and featuring the all new Black Steel hardware. The Kinetic series comprises of a double Conga set (10” & 11” set on double stand), Bongos, Djembe and Cajon.

 

Bold Series Cajon’s

Tycoon proudly introduce the Bold Series Cajon. A full-sized Cajon that features an Asian Hardwood front plate, adjustable snare wires and four rubber feet for improved stability when playing.

Offered in four BOLD colour options, Hi-Viz Yellow, Green, Pink and Orange.

 

Kalani’s World Rhythms

Tycoon’s all-new World Rhythms Collection, designed in collaboration with artist and educator Kalani Das. The world rhythm packs include hand-selected and specially designed instruments perfect classroom drumming. Available in Caribbean, Brazilian, and West African sets these sets are the perfect size, volume, and sound for music all education settings.

 

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Kahua Launch New Baritone Uke

Kahua Ukuleles have launched a brand new Baritone size Ukulele to their already wide range of Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles. Available in Mahogany, Mahogany Solar Eclipse, Ash, Okume, Walnut, Tamo and Burl Maple from UK Distributor Active Music immediately, this new size Ukulele is a great addition to any Ukulele stockist.

Kahua was created by musicians for musicians, with the idea of bringing together a diverse community to enjoy instruments that reflect and embrace each individual style and uniqueness. From absolute beginners to long-standing professional players, Kahua offers a variety of different wood series and sizes of ukuleles guaranteed to meet every player’s needs, whether hooked up on a live stage or simply to take along to the beach with friends.

Their ukuleles are made to be a musical companion for your daily life and travels; a lifestyle product that allows you to experience and share your story  in any way, with anyone, anywhere in the world. Their aim is to encourage and inspire all music lovers to connect through the expression of a shared passion. With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing musical instruments, Kahua understand the value of quality, diversity, and authenticity; and with these values at the forefront, Kahua promises only the finest products you can love and trust.

Ludwig Celebrate 110th Anniversary with a Pleather of New Products

For 110 years, Ludwig Drums have captivated players with their unrestrained style, design, and sound.

From their humble beginnings in Chicago, IL to their historic operations refined in Monroe, NC, Ludwig Drums are dedicated to serving drummers and the fine art of drum craftsmanship. Ludwig’s innovation over the last century has set the benchmark for many of today’s popular drum offerings. Their portfolio offers a wide range of options in drum kits, snares, and hardware to complement any musical setting or budget. Ludwig is committed to serving those eager to learn, perform, and educate in hopes of helping all players achieve their very best.

To coincide with the 110th anniversary celebrations Ludwig are honoured to present a brand new range of products to commemorate this historic celebration. Two limited edition Anniversary kits, Anniversary snare drums and new snare drum ranges are amongst Ludwig’s offerings for 2019. 

Anniversary Kits

The Legacy Diamond Flash is a Legacy Mahogany Kit available in FAB sizes (20,12,14) and limited to only 20 pieces worldwide. It features a Birdseye Maple dyed veneer with inlayed dyed Koto Wood Diamonds. An additional 14x6.5” snare drum will also be available. The Legacy Mahogany Van Buren is named after Ludwig’s first showroom in Chicago and comes in Pro Beat sizes (24,13,16). The new Natural Mahogany finish comes complete with Maple wood hoops and inlay. An additional 18” floor tom and 14x6.5” snare drum will also be available

Anniversary Snares

The Ludwig Black Beauty is the industry’s most respected snare and for 110th Anniversary Ludwig have launched a model in it’s original form. Featuring 8 brass trimmed lugs and a brass single flanged hoop, this snare drum is a nod to the Black Beauty’s original form. Available in both 14x5” and 14x6.5” but again with limited production.

The Heirloom Black Brass Anniversary Snare, available in 14x5.5” and 14x7”, is a brushed black brass shell fitted with brass hardware. Production for these models is limited to 2019.

The Aged Exotic Avodire snare drums completes the line up of Anniversary snares. A 10 ply maple shell, with Chrome Die Cast hoops and tube lugs, finished in a high gloss lacquered Avodire veneer. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide.

 

 

New Snare Drum Ranges

The Jazz Fest is a retro inspired 14x5.5” snare drum complete with an iconic baseball bat internal muffler. Available in a range of 4 classic finishes, Black Galaxy, Vintage Black Oyster, Vintage Blue Oyster and Mod Orange.

Completing the range of new drums is the Super Series Snare Drums. Available in Chrome over Brass or Lacquered Brass shells, 14x5” or 14x6.5” sizes and fitted with retro Nickel Hardware as a nod to the original Ludwig snare drums.

 

Other New Products

Also launched for 2019 is the Ludwig Drum Rug. Featuring the famous Ludwig script logo and Keystone badge design. It comes with anon slip rubber bottom and a Velcro fastener and ideal accessory for the gigging drummer.

6 new Drum finishes have also been launched. White Strata, Avocado Strata, Burgundy Mist, Copper Rose Mist wraps for all American made shells, (excluding NeuSonic). Vintage Mahogany stain for all Legacy Mahogany shells and Coral Red for the NeuSonic.

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Code Drum Heads Expand Product Range

The Code Pocket Pad is made wholly in the UK by master craftsmen. An ideal size to carry in your stick bag, tour case or pocket, this small pad is perfect for any sticking practice and the 3.5” playing surface is ideal for honing your accuracy. The pad is engineered with a heavy steel plate built into the body which will keep the pad well and truly planted on any solid playing surface. The specially developed pad features a fast and realistic feel which won’t be cruel to your wrists even after a heavy practice session.

 

Code have also added bass drum portholes in 2”, 3” and 6” sizes. These are available alongside the current 4” and 5” in sizes. Each Port Hole now features an embossed Code logo.

 

Black Port Holes in these sizes are available now, with the white coming in 2019.

Alpine team up with Action on Hearing Loss for Tinnitus Week

5th – 11th February 2018 is Tinnitus Week. Active Music is delight to announce that Alpine Hearing Protection is teaming up with Action on Hearing Loss to create awareness on the risks of hearing damage. During this national campaign, Action on Hearing will be informing people of the importance of high quality hearing protection and will be recommending Alpine earplugs through their website, social media and magazine articles. Action on Hearing Loss is the largest UK charity working with over 11 million people who are confronting hearing problems in the United Kingdom.

 

Tinnitus can occur at any age; even young children can suffer from permanent ringing in their ear. This is why Alpine offers a wide range of product for adults, children, and infants, Alpine are the only brand with CE certification across all ranges.

 

What is Tinnitus Week?

Tinnitus week was created to draw worldwide attention to the risk of suffering permanent hearing damage after just five minutes at the average concert, festival or club. By the time you’ve notice it’s already too late.

 

“Globally, 1 trillion people between the ages of 12 and 35 are at risk of permanent hearing loss due to exposure to loud recreational noise.” – World Health Organization

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This is the NEW Black

Slapklatz and Active Music are delighted to announce the release of a 10 piece professional drum gel dampening pack in Black.

 

With the revival of black and ebony drum heads being used in a wide range of styles, Slapklatz have produced durable and reusable drum dampening gels in black. Made from the same material as the best selling Alien Green and Clear, Slapklatz Pro contains 10 gel pads in a handy air tight storage container.

 

The Slapklatz PRO pack offers 3 different sizes of gel, making them the most versatile and useful drum damper kit on the market; these will work on both the batter and resonant side for your drums, and can also be used on percussion instruments like cowbells. Because of the superior adhesion they can be placed on or underneath your cymbals.

 

With artist such as Benny Greb, Craig Blundell, Anika Nilles, and John JR Robinson there’s a reason Slapklatz are the # 1 damper gel for drummers.

Tycoon Percussion Launch New Willow Series Finish

New Willow Series Finish on the Supremo Select Range

 

Tycoon Percussion and Active Music are proud to announce a new finish that is now available on the popular Supremo Select series.

 

The Willow Series is a burnt lightening effect, which produces a stunning naturally distressed look that will take centre stage at any performance.

Tycoon’s Supremo Select range is constructed using hand-selected Siam Oak and the range features Cajons, Bongos, Congas and Djembes.

 

All Tycoon products are manufactured in their own factory, using environmentally friendly sourced woods. Meaning they produce industry-leading instruments while maintaining high standards of quality.

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Ludwig Release the Raw Brass Shell Snare Drum

After the huge success of the Raw Copperphonic series, Ludwig and Active Music are excited to announce that the latest addition to the World renowned series of USA snare drums will be the Raw Brass. 

 

At the core of the Raw Brass snare is a 1.2mm seamless machine drawn brass shell which is the foundation of ‘The World Famous’ Black Beauty. The shell is then subjected to an oxidation process which will create each snare drum as a unique “One of a kind” drum. The raw shell is smooth to the touch and with no coating will oxidise slightly further creating a truly stunning shell that is like no other.

 

This new snare drum is now available in the UK in sizes 14”x5”, 14”x6.5” and 14”x8”.

 

Due to the truly unique manufacturing process of all USA machine drawn shells, only a very limited number of Raw Shells are available each year from Ludwig USA.

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Active get the Code

We are pleased to announce that as of September 1st, we became the exclusive distributors for Code Drum Heads in the UK and Eire.

Designed in the UK, Code Drum Heads offer a very competitively priced option to the higher priced established brands, whilst offering the same quality and durability. They have already attracted such high profile endorsees as, Pete Salisbury (The Verve and The Charlatans) and most recently Russel Gilbrook, (Master clinician and drummer for Uriah Heep). Launched only a few years ago, Code has gone from strength-to-strength both in-stores and on all social media platforms.

New and improved models are in constant development and being released on a regular basis, with all R&D, finishing and quality control being undertaken in the UK by founders James Potts and Mike Heaton, the drummer from rock band Embrace.

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Alpine Indian Summer Special

It's the Summer honest!

The guys over at Alpine Hearing Protection have given us a range of great promotional items that can be given away with any Alpine purchase, over the Summer months. We've got Beach Balls, Fidget Spinners, Sunglasses and that all important Rain Poncho (we all know a UK Summer means rain!!). Simply speak to your nearest Alpine stockiest for more information. 

 

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Ludwig Heirloom Snares Land in the UK

To honour the 100 Years plus of Ludwig’s superior snare drum craftsmanship, Ludwig USA have released a truly breathtaking stainless steel snare drum. Decorated with a Custom Laser-Etched Heirloom Band which has never been seen on any Ludwig snare drum before, this is a stunning addition to Ludwig’s American series snares.

 

The Heirloom series stainless steel snare is available in two depths 14”x5.5” and 14”x7”, these are a departure from their standard of 14”x5” and 14”x6.5”.

 

The 1mm flat brushed stainless steel shell provides pure attack at high volume and a focused bite that drummers demand in live situations, with Ludwig’s famous build quality this snare will be a firm favourite in any drummer’s live performance or studio set-up.

Featuring triple flange hoops and iconic flat Imperial lugs, this snare delivers a sound that could only be a Ludwig.

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Back by popular demand… FREE Matching Snare Drum on USA Ludwig Shell Packs

For a limited time only Ludwig Drums are giving away a FREE matching snare drum on selected USA shells packs.

 

Last year, a similar promotion on just the Classic Maple range saw a huge take up from the top UK Ludwig dealers. But this year, the promotion is even better and it’s open to all UK dealers as it’s been extended to also include the new Keystone X and Club Date Series too.

 

Classic Maple however, is still only available to the top level Heirloom dealers.

 

The deal couldn’t be simpler – just order a pre-configured shell pack in stock at either Active Music or the Ludwig USA Warehouse and receive a FREE matching snare drum worth up to £700 (RRP). But hurry – it’s while stocks last.

 

All 20” & 18” bass drum configurations will get a FREE 14”x 5” matching snare drums and 22” & 24” get a 14”x 6.5”.

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Ludwig release USA snare video library

Ludwig are excited to announce the release of a video reference library of their world renowned snare drums. This features their classic line-up of USA snare drums, which have been the industry standard for over 100 years. The videos give customers an overview of both their metal and wood snares, new and old. In the coming months this resource will be continuously updated to include all the greatest hits from Ludwig.

 

The videos were all shot in a studio in Hollywood USA and features Ludwig artist Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson). All clips are recorded raw with no audio effects so you can clearly hear the unique characteristics of each drum at a variety of tunings.

 

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