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Code Introduce the Signal Head

Code Drumheads have introduced the Signal range of heads to their already extensive catalogue.


The Signal represents one of Code’s most hard-wearing heads to date. Its construction is a single 14 mils PET film ply, held in place with Code’s unique Grip-Tight ™ rim technology. The combination of the rim design and thicker single ply gives the heads a stunning mixture of depth, projection and attack. Ideal for both snare and tom batters with a kick drum version featuring an internal deadening ring to help calm any unwanted overtones. A great all-round head that will take the strain of the heavy hitters out there, yet be sensitive enough for gentle snare drum brush work when required. 

Carlsbro Launch New Októ A Percussion Pad

Carlsbro have added the brand new Októ A Digital Percussion Pad to their range of electronic drum kits and combo amps.

The Októ A is an 8 pad and 2 pedal percussion pad. Featuring 8 high response, hard wearing, user configurable rubber pads. Each Októ A features 408 drum voices, 30 pre-set drum kits and 20 user drum kits. It has record, playback, demo and teaching functions with powerful step by step snare, rhythm and complete drum set practice and teaching modes.

Each pad comes with 2 foot pedals for bass drum and hi hat control. It comes with 6 reverb modes, each with adjustable strength, depth time and filter options, and a reversible interface to suit left or right handed drummers.

It can be used on its own as a compact drum kit, or as part of your existing setup.

It comes with a micro USB power input and Bluetooth MIDI transmission. You can also connect external pads, cymbals and pedals for great flexibility.

Code Launch New Box Packaging

Code Drumheads have introduced brand new head box packaging. This sharp new packing will protect the heads and look fantastic on the retailers’ shelves. It features unique colouring coding for each head range, a breakdown of the specifications on each range and details of Code’s Grip-Tight Technology™. Whilst there is still a small transition period into the new packaging the vast majority of Code heads will now come in these boxes with the exception of the Enigma bass drum range.

Alongside new packaging Code have also released two new products, the Laser Practice Pad and Deluxe Snare Wires.

The Laser Pad is a UK made 4” portable practice pad. Featuring a 3.5” playing surface and fitted with a steel plate into the body of the pad for extra stability, this pad is perfect to throw in your pocket or stick bag.

The Deluxe Snare Wires are available in both 13” and 14” sizes. They feature 20 German Steel Wires, brass end plates and a set of UK made non-stretch, ridged snare ribbons.

New From Ludwig for 2020

Active Music and Ludwig Drums are pleased announce the new product line up for 2020.

The Speed King Returns

The pedal the defined all other pedals makes it return to the Ludwig range in 2020. Still retaining its vintage look, the NEW speed King comes with a modern feel and super smooth heel plate bearing. Each Speed King comes with a canvas bag to complete the vintage look it is renowned for. This is your fathers speed king only better!

The Speed Flyer

The Speed Flyer is Ludwig new top of line pedal featuring an improved beater with traditional speed sizing and increased weight, an improved heel with smooth action bearings, a new toe clamp to reduce hoop damage, new ergonomic wing bolts, orientation marks for easier cam adjustments and anti-slip features for maximum stability. All with anew sleek look and design.

Classic Oak

The Classic Oak Series is the re-imagination of the Keystone X series. The Classic Oak series falls in line with the current configuration options available in both Legacy and Classic Maple ranges. The Classic Oak features 2 brand new lacquer finishes, Tennessee Whisky and Smoke. Each Classic Oak shell is fitted with a Ludwig cast badge in chrome.

Jazz Fest Snare Drums

Following the launch of the Jazz Fest Snare Drum in 2019, additional finish options have been added for 2020. Blue Sparkle, Silver Sparkle, White Marine Pearl and Sky Blue join the 2019 finishes of Black Galaxy, Mod Orange, Vintage Blue Oyster and Vintage Black Oyster.

8 Lug Black Beauty

In 2019 Ludwig released the 110th Anniversary 8 lug Black Beauty as a nod to its original specifications. These models proved extremely popular and thus Ludwig have introduced 8 Lug Standard Black Beauties to the current range of Black Beauty Snare Drums.


Pewter Copper Snare


The latest edition to the Phonic family of snare drums, the Pewter Copper comes with a brand new sheen which adds a little more sustain to the naturally dark tone of a Copperphonic shell. This snare is from a limited production run and comes with a NEW Special Edition badge.


The ever-popular Breakbeats are now available with Sahara Swirl and Mojave Red wraps. Alongside these two finish options, the continued improvement sees upgrades to the Bass Drum Riser and Claws.

New Finishes

2020 see the addition of a number of new finishes. Classic Maple is now available in Vintage Bronze Mist and Diablo Red. The NeuSonic is available in a rather striking Digital Black Oyster and the Evolution range coming in Gold Sparkle & Green Sparkle.

Other New Products

Also available for 2020 is the Bronze Black Beauty and Super Series Snares with tube lugs


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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. 



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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